WEEK: LIBERTY WALK
26 September 2014 | Story & photos: Nish |
Las Vegas Convention Centre, USA.
Liberty Walk: Two words
I heard many times before. I had seen the pictures of various
Liberty Walk cars in the year preceding SEMA ... It really is
an old cliché, but nothing can prepare you for the sheer
insanity and detail of a Liberty Walk equipped car live and in
Liberty Walk has been around since 1993 believe it or not. From
Beemers to GT-R's to Lamborghinis and Ferrari's. These guys have
really taken it to the next level.
It takes a very special kind of company to create a body kit for
a multi million rand supercar and then proceed to bolt it on with
screws and Allen key bolts with such perfection that it seem as
if that is the way it was meant to be released in the first place.
The Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 was definitely the star of the show.
Everyone and I mean everyone was talking about it.
We must have walked past the main Liberty Walk stand three or
four times before I even noticed Wataru Kato, head of this insane
Tuning Company. I had heard that he didn't speak much English
so I wasn't going to run up and greet him like a giddy School
At that time he was doing an interview for SpeedHunters, interpreter
and all. So, instead we just opted for a walk by and gave the
man a nod and grin to which he reciprocated nodding and smiling
Thinking about it now, we should have made a better effort to
at least meet the man.
A little birdie at the show told me that in 2011 or 2012, Kato-San
had already spent a small fortune trying to steal the show at
SEMA and that at that point he was almost ready to throw in the
towel. At SEMA 2013 not only did Liberty Walk steal the Show,
they were expected to.
I read an interview somewhere where Kato-San is quoted as saying
"I Like to build cars that make people happy". Kato-San,
from RACEWEB we would just like to say, you and your company have