We were unsure about taking a trip to Japan for the Auto Salon in 2018 but when the invite arrived from Spoon to join them for a celebration of 30 years of trading the opportunity couldn’t be missed.
Arriving in Tokyo on Thursday night we went for a quick look around Shinjuku and grabbed some awesome Shabu Shabu for dinner.
The auto salon’s doors didn’t open until midday on Friday so in the morning we took a quick trip up the Tokyo Tower and then made the hour journey to Makuhari Messe.
With Friday being the quieter day, it would have been great to look around however we had pre-arranged appointments with DIXCEL, KWM and finally we wanted to see the auction as two very special Spoon cars were to be sold!
This was the first auction to be held at TAS with Best Heritage Auctions Japan hosting the event. http://bhauction.jp/en/search/
A selection of very special hand-picked cars were to be sold including a 1970 Toyota 2000 GT (Sold for £550,000), 1990 R32 GTR with only 2800km on the clock (Sold for £58,000) and a brand new 2002 R34 GTR Vspec NUR with only 10km on the clock (sold for £228,000)! I think it is fair to say that it shows the calibre of the Spoon Super Taikyu S2000 and Macau challenging NSX when they have been chosen to be in the same auction.
I unfortunately missed the hammer drops on the Spoon cars due to meetings. The S2000 didn’t reach its reserve and the NSX went for a cool £130,000! Hopefully it will used, maintained and displayed by its new owner!
By the time meetings were concluded the doors to TAS were long closed and it was time to head back in to Tokyo for dinner. Found an unusual trendy food floor at a department store in Shinjuku close to the hotel serving a Japanese take on Mediterranean and Italian food. I was so tired I can’t even remember what I ordered!
Thanks to Jet lag I was up at 5am on Saturday which gave me loads of time to catch up on emails and make some meeting notes. The Spoon party didn’t open its doors until 3pm so we ventured over to Sensoji Temple for a little more sightseeing. Lunch was a coffee then more train rides to Ogikubo station. A short walk to TYPEONE we arrived with spare time to get ready for the party.
Here’s the KAS blog - https://www.spoonsports.eu/news/kas
After the party we were lucky that the guys from Spoon Japan had time to host us for dinner and drinks. I didn’t catch the name of the place, but it was close to Ogikubo station and served some awesome Sashimi. We were lucky to catch the last train back to Shinjuku to get our heads down for the last day.
Up early again on Sunday and got over to TAS as a free day to take a good look around. Many business cards exchanged and got to meet a childhood legend, Smokey Nagata
Time for our final dinner, this time we decided on some Yakitori (BBQ chicken) and a few beers.
We made our way back to the hotel to collect our bags and headed by Taxi to the airport. The crazy taxi driver got lost a couple of times but we had plenty of time so it was all in good humour. This brings the trip to a close.
Finally we are pleased to announce a new partnership with KWM. https://www.kiwami-jp.com/global/inchup/eng_inchup.html We have the EU exclusive on the INCH UP BRAKE KIT. This will be very popular brake upgrade for the S2000 and GT86. The Kit replaces all four caliper carriers with a cast one piece component to allow the use of the considerably larger supplied rotor. Separate blog post about this coming soon!