In parts 1 & 2 of the Motor Show coverage we saw some of the Hyundais, Lotuses, and concepts shown to the Busan public, as well as a few tuner cars. Now I’ll take you through the rest of the latter category. Tuner cars in Korea are a rare and special breed. But should you ask anyone in Korea, particularly a cab driver, they will tell you tuner cars (or tyooning cars, as they’re more often referred to) are everywhere.

It’s not uncommon to come across middle-aged salarymen, delivery bike boys, ageing housewives, and even taxi drivers with “tuner cars.” In Korea, a simple suicide knob on the steering wheel, LED-lit number plate frame, random JDM sticker on an otherwise stock car, or even a blinking Mother Mary dashboard statue (I kid you not) turns your car into a “tuner.” Cars are modified everywhere you look… but you will stop looking after say, a bird flies overhead, because whatever unfathomable insignificant function said modification performs is completely and utterly negligible to the point of ignorance.

That being said, an S15 Silvia hanging next to a WedSport widebody S2000  and R34 Z-tune replica is quite the track-stopping trio to come across in a city like Busan.

The tuners certainly had a good start then, compared to the expectation of what a tuner car in Korea is. Not to be outdone by their Asian compadres, Ze Germans were in good showing as well, as evidenced by this clean M3 and somewhat-less-clean Carrera, whose owner sported looks out of a rap video.

This blue Benz caught my eye, matching the above BMW slightly, if not for the darker blue tones and more abundant carbon fiber. Hats off if you can tell me what designer pattern the teddy bears above the seats are wearing (you’ll have to squint).

An otherwise great looking interior in this 911 is ruined by the wrong type of slushbox.

Domestic tuners were not to be overlooked as evidenced by this Genesis Coupe Turbo built by the suspiciously named “Dragon” garage (Ray Wert was curiously nowhere to be found). The Coupe sported large Volk TE37s , mildly stretched tires and fenders, as well as a larger hairdryer under the hood.

The Americans didn’t have any tuner cars to speak for, but they did have a modified girl guarding a Camaro that resembled Bumblebee from the Transformers films.

Towards the very end of the hall where the tuners were, the Road Buster crew had two of their demo cars on display, right next to a throne of beautiful wheelage.

This particular MR-S has undergone a series of transformations, even once parading as a cop car through Busan. Hopefully I can bring you some more details on this midship’s build down the road.

Road Buster is known for their trademark matte black cars and high-polish engine bays, this one above belonging to a first gen Toyota Altezza.

These days matte black is the rage and is more played out than Taylor Swift, but for all the short skirts and t-shirts in the world, Road Buster knew how to play that matte black track… and they played it well. Also demonstrating signs of the trendy times was this GT-R “Funny Car” which still managed to pull the matte job off with finesse. It just goes to show that though we see trends grow and ebb, all it takes is the right car to still pull off even the most played out look.

So what do you think will get changed out first? The paint job on the GT-R, or Jake Gylenswift? I’ll leave you on that note.

article & photography: colbydc5


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