Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gearing Up for the Salon

Guest Contributor: Jin Photos by: June

On Thursday 31st January, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 press conference.

Now before I begin, it would be imperative to state that I do not possess any prior knowledge about cars. Despite having a driver's license and spending a one-year stint in the United State at the wheel of a 1992 Toyota Camry, my knowledge of cars is really limited to starting the ignition and getting from point A to point B. Essentially my cranium is totally devoid of information pertaining to customized cars.

By chance, Ben and June invited me to attend the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 press conference mostly because she needed someone to handle the audio recording of the event, while she snapped away with her DSLR. I agreed. It was either the conference or rotting at home like a true bum.

The conference was a real eye opener. First, I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth and kindness of the event organizers, who were always eager to get our questions answered. Next up, was the commitment of boys to their toys. One could definitely sense the passion radiating from fellow bloggers and journalists, some missing school just to come cover the event.

The media conference was meant to reveal the actual exhibition, which would take place in April at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre. The auto show is expected to attract up to 100,000 people.

For the hardcore modified car lovers, this is going to be a great chance to marvel at those painstakingly designed cars and more, while for the perverts, it is an opportunity to pose awkwardly next to scantily dressed girls in thick make up who are supposed to complement these expensive cars one can only dream of purchasing.

But more than that, I see the exhibition as a great opportunity for the average Joe and fans of the Japanese culture to delight in the antics of cosplayers and race queens, and in doing so, join in the hobby of modifying cars.

While I frankly don't think I will be pimping my ride anytime soon, must say I'm definitely looking forward to attending the exhibition, which will host up more than 20 cars from the original Tokyo Auto Salon 2013 as well as about 200 cars from Singapore and the region. Among the cars coming from Japan, the organizers mentioned Top Fuel’s Suzuki Swift Turbo, Amuse power House’s S2000 GT and the Tommykaira Lexus LS-F. There are also hints of really awesome j-pop celebrities gracing the event, which sounds pretty enticing!

The Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 will open its doors from April 12 to 14 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre (Hall A to C, Level 1). The show operation hours are from 10am to 10pm and admission prices are $25 per day or $70 for all three days.

Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013
Date : 12 Apr (Fri) – 14 Apr (Sun)
Time : 10:00am – 10:00pm
Daily Venue : Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands (HALL A TO C, LEVEL 1)
Admission Fees : 1-Day Pass – Adult: S$25.00 / Children (under 12 years old) S$10.00
                       3-Day Pass – S$70.00


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