With 2015 in the books, we thought it might be a chance to look at the highlights from the world of JNC.
Popular featured cars included the Datsun Baby restored by Nissan, a track-prepped 10,000rpm Honda T360, the Ibarra Bros’ collection of immaculate rotaries, the private collection of Mazda North America, and, not surprisingly, Sung Kang’s Fugu Z.
The Kidney Cars that you were most fond of included a mint Eagle Talon TSi AWD, EF Honda Civic, a 14,500-mile AE86, a Fairlady Z432 that went up for auction and what was purported to be (but is likely not) the world’s first Toyota 2000GT.
The events that JNC readers were most interested in were the Mooneyes Street Car Nationals, Toyotafest, AE86 Nights, Nissan Jam, New Year’s Meeting, Japanese Classic Car Show, the two-day 50th anniversary of the Toyota Sports 800 celebration in Japan and the Tokyo Cars & Coffee when Akio Toyoda showed up.
Support for the aftermarket continued to grow. The S30 Z led the way with a complete FRP S30 body and the Rocket Bunny Pandem widebody kit. Many JNC readers were also interested in the new RS Watanabe Toyota Works replicas and our peek behind the scenes at LAX Wheel Refinishing.
Japanese automakers returned to form with both new debuts steeped in history — such as the Honda S660 and Mazda ND Miata — and heritage concepts that point to a bright future — like the Honda 2&4, Acura NSX, Toyota S-FR, Yamaha Sports Ride, and the stunning Mazda RX-Vision. In fact, it seems as if Japan is returning to sports cars en force.
Our inaugural JNC Touge California, a road rally designed especially for chrome-bumpered Japanese cars, was a huge success. We are on track to hold another one in April 2016, so look for an announcement soon.
And lastly, our most popular article for the entire year was the announcement of the Hot Wheels Japan Historics line, a premium line of diecast cars that will feature the red JNC inkan on all its cars. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a great 2016!