Part of our budding bromance with grinning maniac Chris Harris stems from a shared hatred of the bullshit you go through when driving press cars. A few years back, Harris railed against King Bullshitter Ferrari and its insane attempts to control every aspect of Ferrari press car coverage.
Ever since the Liberty Walk/LB Performance Ferrari 458 hit SEMA in 2013, car lovers have wanted to know more about the man behind this innovative Japanese shop. And thanks to this great vid from GTChannel, we got an insightful look into Liberty Walk and its interesting owner. His name is Wataru Kato, and he’s a pioneer in building custom body kits for Japanese, American and European vehicles. However, you have to go back to 1980s Japan to understand his eclectic style.
There are some roads that are legends in the motoring community—a bucket list for petrol heads, tuners and anyone with even a whiff of automotive fanaticism in their thick, black and oily blood.
The word gratuitous means different things in different places. In Italy, flipping around on daytime TV results in lots of gratuitous nudity, which is something their old, boob-loving Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is probably proud of. And ze Germans are proud of their gratuitous, confusing words: why just say "car" when you can trot out "Motorwagen" at every opportunity?
Cutting up a Ferrari 458 Italia would register on the sacrilegious scale somewhere around the same place dropping a Chevrolet Big Blog into a Ford would, but Wataru Kato, owner of Liberty Walk Performance, doesnâ€™t believe that a chopped-up 458 is a bad thing.