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Nagoya Exciting Car Showdown - Japan

Site: Nagoya Port Messe / Japan

When it comes to shows in Japan, nothing attracts a bigger turnout than the Tokyo Auto Salon (TAS). New product releases and high-profile show cars litter the halls of the Makuhari Messe Exhibition Center as people from around the world flock to check out what's new for the year. But those searching for a little more - how shall we put it - focus, should probably be looking to hit the Nagoya Exciting Car Showdown (NECS). It might be low profile compared to TAS, but the tantalizing selection of cars on display will be enough to make most enthusiasts weak at the knees. Now in its third year, the NECS is a gathering organized by none other than Daijiro Inada himself, the man behind TAS, D1 and the Option magazine family of publications. Inada's idea was to create more of a get together of friends in the tuning industry to help smaller shops scattered throughout Japan show their best creations. The event is strictly invitation only, with Inada-san hand picking the 300 or so cars that will be put on display under the Nagoya Port Messe dome. High-profile shows like TAS may have shifted toward the show-car side of the spectrum, with the emphasis being put on looks rather than oily bits, but we can rest assured that all is still well in the land of the hashiriya!

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