We also went to Tommy Kaira in the city of Toyota-shi… on the outskirts of Nagoya.
Getting there was definitely a challenge, with little to no knowledge of the Japanese language. We eventually made it there with the help of a taxi and a phone call to Tommy Kaira.
Actually, we’re quite surprised at the size of the facilities. It was a massive warehouse.
While waiting outside, we spotted this smashed up, Tommy Kaira kitted Prius on TE37’s outside. Definitely looked forward to big things after seeing that sit outside.
While waiting for their English speaking representative to arrive, we got to enjoy a cup of coffee and check out the numerous magazines in their lounge. When their rep arrived, we immediately got a grand tour of the shop 😀
This was just 3 days before the Friday opening of Tokyo Auto Salon, and being in Nagoya, it’s still about 2 hours by bullet train to Tokyo. Driving will take longer. Tommy Kaira staff were busy putting a couple cars together still for the show. Scheduling is quite tight! The man on the left in the above photo is their clay modeler. The man is an artist. He models the kits by hand, based on a rendering by Tommy Kaira’s president, Mr. Hiei.
Anyway, onto some of the cars.
I believe most of these cars ended up going to TAS. The TT wasn’t there, however.
LOVING this A5 sportback/4 door. Do we even have these in Canada? I’ve never seen one at least. Tommy Kaira are also looking to make a big splash in the euro scene, with their brand ROWEN. They mentioned that they will also be going to SEMA 2012, in November. Look out for them there!
Nice to see NSX’s still getting love after all these years.
Interestingly enough, a large part of Tommy Kaira’s main business is actually warehousing and shipping for other companies. In the stacks of aero parts, there’s actually Wald goods. In fact, Tommy Kaira’s Mr. Hiei is good friend’s with the boss at Wald.
That concludes my shop tour of Tommy Kaira. Stay tuned for more shops!