ART CORNER: Fujimi Touge Series Box Illustrations

Fujimi Touge Toyota Corolla TE27

Long after earning driver’s licenses and pinkslips to our rides, some of us still find ourselves mired in plastic model cars. Perhaps it reflects the constraint suffered by many of us on budget, space, or sanity (of ourselves and/or family members), limiting the number and kind of cars we can own. Or maybe there is something innately attractive about miniature replicas of objects of our interest. Fortunately, there have been no shortage of plastic models of JNCs. One line of particular relevance to JNCers is Fujimi’s Touge series of 1/24 scale model kits. Let’s take a look at them, especially the awesome box arts that graces its packaging.  Continue reading

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NEWS: Mazda gets naming rights to Hakone Turnpike

Mazda Hakone Turnpike

Mazda sure knows how to pick ‘em. In the US, Mazda PR reps never let us forget that the full name for the famous corkscrew-having NorCal circuit is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. On August 1 in Japan, they’ll be the official sponsors of the Hakone Turnpike, a road leading to one of the birthplaces of drifting.  Continue reading

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VIDEO: A Tale of Two Corollas

For your Hump Day viewing pleasure, we present two videos about 1970s Toyota Corollas. One’s stock, one’s anything but, though both are equally entertaining.  Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Rocket Craft’s stuffed cars are the cutest thing ever

Rocket Craft plush Isuzu Bellett

The problem with cars is that they’re made of metal. That means rust, skinned knuckles, and, most importantly, an inability to be cuddly. A shop called Rocket Craft has solved that last one for us by creating a series of stuffed cars, which are totally adorbs.  Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the coolest JNC stereo deck?

1986 Cressida OEM stereo

The rise of Japanese stereo component systems parallels the popularity of Japanese cars. Since it’s already been determined that retro electronica bands love the styling of 80s Japanese cars, what about the devices used to play them?

What’s the coolest JNC stereo deck?

This is the OEM stereo in the JNC Cressida wagon. It’s a massive double-DIN unit, has a 9-frequency equalizer, and the tape deck boasts something called “logic control,” which sounds like a world domination device Dr Mindbender would invent. In night driving, it lights up like the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Sure, it sounds like the music’s being played through a pillow compared to modern systems, but it looks so damn cool we can’t bear to part with it.

What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of the last QotW, “What’s the best shade of JNC blue?Continue reading

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Reminder: ZCon 2014, August 5-9

ZCon 2014

ZCon 2014 is coming up soon, and this year the organizers have a lot of great thing planned. First and foremost, you should know that this is not a Z-only gathering. While Zs from 240 to 370 are definitely a large part of the festivities, the organizers have plans to include Nissans and Datsuns of all stripes.  Continue reading

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TUNE UP: AW11 Toyota MR2, the official car of 80s revival electronica

Toyota MR2 AW11 Mary PopKids Nightdrive

Electronica, it’s what all the kids are into these days. It’s like the 1980s all over again, especially in car choice, and the AW11 Toyota MR2 is apparently the go-to machine for music videos of 1980s electronica revival bands.   Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 57-mile MA71 Toyota Supra Turbo

05 1990 Toyota Supra MA71

Yes, you read that right. 57 miles. 92 kilometers. That’s the odometer reading of this Canadian MA71 Toyota Supra Turbo, likely a dealership showpiece for nearly 25 years. Now it’s being offered by County Hills Toyota-Scion in Calgary after a lifetime of being wrapped in the original plastic. Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2014 Mitsubishi Owners Day

011-9616_Mitsubishi Starion

Every summer at the Mitsubishi Motors North America’s headquarters in Cypress, California there’a massive gathering of the triple diamond clan. The company might be in dire financial straits, but they’re still the only Japanese automaker to invite all their fans over for a house party. This is the west coast Mitsubishi Owners Day. Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels X JNC Datsun 510 Wagon Super Treasure Hunt

09-IMG_9929_Hot Wheels x JNC Datsun 510 Wagon Super Treasure Hunt

We are proud to show you the latest Hot Wheels to wear the JNC inkan, the long-awaited second color of the immensely popular Datsun Bluebird 510 Wagon. However, this is also the third color, because this model is being released as a Super Treasure Hunt, a special variation that will sure to be incredibly difficult to find in stores.  Continue reading

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