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TAS Week 2024: Underground Tokyo Does Rooftops Too

TAS Week 2024: Underground Tokyo Does Rooftops Too


The afterparty is at all times the place it’s at, and after the large crowds skilled at Tokyo Auto Salon final Friday (after which proper throughout the complete weekend), hanging out on a chilly and windy rooftop carpark in Tokyo with a bunch of automobile nerds was a breath of recent air in additional methods than one.

Final 12 months’s Underground Tokyo Meet was a heady buzz of automobiles and fanatics from throughout the globe. The occasion title might have had you pondering it was totally underground within the sense of being secret, like a techno rave in an deserted quarry, however in actuality it was actually held in an underground carpark. Round 40 or 50 automobiles rocked up by invite solely, with lots of of spectators there to verify them out.


I don’t typically get complications, however spending an prolonged period of time in a poorly-ventilated underground carpark as automobiles repeatedly cruised by means of had my eyes watering from the fumes and my head throbbing till mattress time. This time round although, the Underground Tokyo crew teamed up with NVRFUKNSUC and automotive life-style model Peaches to ramp issues up a notch.


A brand new location on a rooftop carpark in Tokyo’s Koto Metropolis ward was secured. There was loads of area and, most significantly, breathable air.


Having spent the complete day at Makuhari Messe, Rick and I arrived fairly late to the occasion, lacking a particular look from the Nissan Hyper Power GT-R idea and in addition Nissan’s Skyline Tremendous Silhouette race automobile. Bummer. Nonetheless, there was a lot to see – form of.

The rooftop location would have been additional wonderful if the parking space had overhead lighting, however sadly it didn’t. The organisers introduced alongside a couple of giant transportable lights, though they have been by no means going to light up the whole website. A few folks had torches and there was the odd videographer round with an LED gentle unit, however for those who got here unprepared, you might need been wishing you’d eaten extra carrots the week prior.


Annoyingly, Rick appears to be uncannily secure along with his digital camera and may shoot proper right down to a 1-second publicity and nonetheless have his photos pin-sharp. I attempted my finest, however I may solely efficiently get right down to half a second. Nonetheless, I felt a way of satisfaction because it was significantly better than my regular 1/twentieth of a second go-to shutter velocity for evening capturing.


A smorgasbord of 911s, GT-Rs, Evos (together with the unique reference automobile for The Quick And The Livid: Tokyo Drift Evo), Imprezas, RX-7s and all the pieces in between lined the rows of what would usually be parking for grocery-getters and minivans. 108 invited friends in complete. Fairly particular.


The bustle of the group, the chilly winter air and the nice and cozy under-glow of tuner automobiles was an actual vibe.


The lined parking ranges beneath the rooftop have been stuffed with spectator automobiles, and we discovered some beauties down there too. An actual blended bag.


All good issues should come to an finish although, and with simply 20 minutes left to run within the occasion the police confirmed as much as politely ask folks to depart, which they did.

Not that it actually mattered, as a result of the next night there was one other meet to take a look at. Keep tuned for that as our protection from Tokyo Auto Salon 2024 and all the opposite TAS week actions in Tokyo continues.

Toby Thyer
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Further Pictures by Rick Muda
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