I’ve been watching Frasier‘s E36 go under the knife at Retroshine for the last few months, slowly being transformed from a slightly tatty and stock-bodied car into the HM-Sports kitted, WORK Meister S1R wearing drift car that sat before me at STL HQ last Friday afternoon.
If you’ve been reading Tokyo Auto Salon coverage on other sites up to this point, you’ve probably read plenty of hyperbole regarding the event and Japan as a country itself. Yes, TAS bombards your senses with more than enough sights and sounds to keep your brain preoccupied for a week or so and yes, Japan will always be an awe-inspiring country for travelling Westerners but I don’t want to focus on either of those topics in this post. I’ve been lucky enough to visit Japan a handful of times in the last few years and, if there’s one trait that stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to understanding and appreciating car culture in this country, it’s the attitude of Japanese car enthusiasts.
First of all, apologies for the delay in getting any substantial Tokyo Auto Salon coverage up on the blog as of late. The week after the show was spent in Japan travelling to additional events and locations, while my time since landing back in the UK has been spent catching up on the ten days of STL/326POWER UK work I lost due to the trip. Nevertheless, it’s time to get some words and photos together and it feels good to do so.
Dan from Low Origin works fast. Adam from RETROshine also works fast, maybe even faster than Dan. Combined, the two can churn out work at an alarming rate, with the transformation performed on Dan’s own S15 this weekend just gone being a case in point.
I’ve not posted anything substantial about my Nissan Cedric since August 2016 (see that post here) so I felt it was time I brought everyone up to speed now that I’ve been posting more photos of him (I’ve never been able to refer to the Cedric as “it”, only “him”…I know, I know) as of late.