With great pleasure we bring you our 2018 Auto Salon report with a difference. This year was the 30th anniversary of Spoon Sports. Spoon decided to not exhibit at the Tokyo Auto Salon, but rather hold their own Auto and Art Salon at their famous TYPOENE workshops.
The party was held at TYPEONE that was designed by the highly acclaimed Torafu Architects Inc. http://torafu.com/works/sst featured in numerous media across the globe like Dezeen https://www.dezeen.com/ . The workshop also appears in backgrounds within the newest Gran Turismo GT Sports game, and has become a must visit location for car enthusiasts all over the world. Spoon’s demo cars were on display as well as sales of Kanpachi Auto & Art Salon limited merchandise.
Merchandise on sale here (limited production) - https://www.spoonsports.eu/catalogsearch/result/?q=org-apr
In 1992 Tatsuru Ichishima created Spoon with the vision of creating performance products for the Honda market. 30 years later the Spoon brand is famous among Japanese tuning scene all around the world. Ichishama is commonly referred to as one of the Godfathers of JDM tuning.
To celebrate the return of the Civic to the Japanese market after an absence of seven years. Spoon chose to display a number of their historic Civic Race Cars along side the most recent FK7 Civic Sport and FK8 Civic Type R. Both of the new cars have already had a spattering of Spoon development products like, Rereleased Sw388 wheels, 6 pot calipers, Prototype N1, carbon bonnets and the classics we all know and love like the Carbon bucket seat and shift knob
It is obviously apparent that with everything Spoon does there is a strong connection with Art. Weather that be in beautiful products of the striking design of TYPEONE. A further expression of the company passion was included in the Auto & Art Salon with various artworks exhibited though out the building. Some of which were previously commissioned by Spoon such as the line drawing works of Hiromi Karishu from the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Live art performances were held on both floors of the exhibition. With Hiromi Karishu carrying out a new piece of work to the rear of the FK7 on the ground floor and Genta Kosumi demonstrating a live art performance to music provided by tatalaYAVZ
A favourite moment for me was sitting listening to Ichishima being interviewed about his career. I obviously understood very little of the conversation but it was accompanied by a great slideshow of images from the last 30 years. The slides included Pictures from Europe of the 1999 Nürburgring S2000 and the even earlier 3rd gen Civic that competed at Snetterton 24 hour in around 1993.
As the evening went on the live music continued and drinks were provided to the guests from all corners of the world. For us it was a truly great chance to meet and spend time with some of the other Authorised dealers.
With so much going on you would have been forgiven if you missed the Gran Tourismo simulators on the first floor allowing visitors to challenge world famous circuits in either the Honda FK2 or NSX applied with the oh so familiar Spoon livery.
As we are sure many questions will follow about how to obtain the Spoon livery please see these instructions provided by Gaijin Garage: Please follow these steps to unlock the Spoon Livery for the NSX-GT3 and the Civic Type R (FK2)…
Firstly, you must obtain the NSX Group3 / GT3 and Civic Type R (FK2).
For the NSX Group 3 you can obtain the car by season contract in the Championship.
- 1. In the PS4 ‘Friend Menu‘ search for ‘spoonima’ and send a friend request.
- 2. After approval of the friend request you will receive a message ‘spoonima is added to your friend list’.
- 3. Start Gran Turismo Sport.
- 4. In the top menu, press the OPTIONS button. Choose Friend Menu à ‘spoonima’.
- 5. From the Profile Page ‘spoonima’ move to ‘Gallery’ à Car Livery.
- 6. Select NSX and Civic Type R and ‘Add to collection’.
- 7. Back to the Top Menu, Home à Change Car Livery.
- 8. From the pulldown menu on the right top side, choose Collection.
- 9. You can see NSX or Civic Type R Livery, if you have those cars, you can now use the Official Spoon Livery !
Enjoy and please post some photos of your cars with Spoon Livery !
All in all another unforgettable trip to Spoon Sport and the TYPEONE workshops. If ever you are in Tokyo we highly recommend that you pay them a visit and drop by the shop.
Spoon thanks for the awesome party.