Author Archives: Ben Hsu

VIDEO: If you love Toyota Celicas, look away from this Pro/Celebrity race

For three decades, Toyota sponsored an annual automotive carnage-fest known as the Pro/Celebrity Race. It gathered a bunch of drivers, some who were actual professional racers and some who were movie and television… well, stars, might be too strong a … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show: Editors’ Picks

In a historically unusual year, the Japanese Classic Car Show managed to pull off an event that managed to capture the same sense of community that the physical provides in spades. Not only that, but they’ve even welcomed more enthusiasts … Continue reading

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QotW: What cars bookended your favorite era of Japanese cars?

There’s a lot of talk these days about whether we have passed the golden age of the automobile, and what the future of transport will bring. While technological improvements in safety, efficiency, and performance are hard to argue with, many … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 08 — Finale

We have arrived at the finale of the 2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, the awards section. In a normal year, this would take place at the end of the show, at the main stage. Winners would be called up and … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 07 — More 90s

Today is the final day of the 2020 JCCS, a virtual show known as World Matsuri Week. Once again it focuses on what many consider the golden age of Japanese cars, the 1990s. Sponsored by Toyota, the episode rounds out … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Feast your eyes on this 30th anniversary Honda NSX development film

The 30th anniversary of the production NSX took place last month, and Honda is releasing some excellent content to celebrate this phenomenal machine. Last night, a video showing the development of the NSX dropped. And even though we can’t understand … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 06 — 90s

For the next installment of the 2020 JCCS World Matsuri Week virtual show, we are entering the final era that can reasonably called a classic. The 1990s was when Japan’s car scene peaked internationally, so it features an interesting mix … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 05 — More 80s

Here’s the fifth installment of JCCS 2020, sponsored by Honda. It’s a great episode with some JDM gems and an evergreen collection of AE86s, CRXes, MR2s, and Preludes from around the world. And, if you want to participate in the … Continue reading

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Honda made a whole video just to support JCCS

It’s no secret that 2020 has been hard on car shows. Because we help out our friends at JCCS, we are privy to some of the behind-the-scenes goings on this year. And let us just say, it has not been … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 04 — 80s

In the fourth installment of this year’s Japanese Classic Car Show, machinery from the 1980s takes center stage. For many, this is the peak era of Japanese cars, and should be an exciting episode. This segment is sponsored by Yokohama … Continue reading

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Second-gen Subaru BRZ revealed, sort of

Normally the annual Subiefest event in southern California is a cornucopia of stanced WRXes, flat-brimmed hats, and vape smoke. This year, though, Subaru brought something pretty special: a well-camouflaged example of the long-awaited second-generation Subaru BRZ.

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 03 — More 70s

Here’s the next installment of the 2020 JCCS, aka World Matsuri Week, sponsored by Nissan. There are a lot of 70s cars to cover, so they’ve been split into multiple episodes. We’ve seen some excellent entries from around the world, … Continue reading

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QotW: Where’s the greatest place for Japanese cars outside of Japan?

All week we will be featuring videos from this year’s virtual Japanese Classic Car Show. Though JCCS 2020 is online only this year due to that whole pandemic thing, they are allowing entries from all over the world. Which brings … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 02 — 70s

The JCCS 2020 World Matsuri Week continues in Part 02 of their virtual car show. The theme of this episode, presented by Motul Oil, is more 1970s J-tin. Tune in every day this week for more episodes, and click here … Continue reading

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2020 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 01 — 60s and 70s

This year, the Japanese Classic Car Show could not be physically held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the organizers took the opportunity to expand the show into a global virtual event for 2020, allowing entries from all over the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The fifth-gen Honda Accord was “the most widely anticipated family sedan ever”

The Honda Accord was the first imported car to hold the crown of best selling car in America. Starting in 1989, the third-generation CA Accord‘s 362,707 in sales held the top spot, and carried it over through the first two … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: Calsonic colors live on, even though the company’s gone

When Calsonic was merged with Magnetti Marelli in September of last year and renamed to just Marelli, the fate of its famed blue livery was uncertain. It would have been sad to see Calsonic go, as they had been a … Continue reading

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This thing could have been the Nissan Z Proto

Okay, just one more thing about the Z Proto and we’ll shut up about it (for now). In some materials that Nissan shared, alternate designs for the Z Proto can be seen on the wall at the Nissan design studio … Continue reading

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QotW: What stupid question have you always wanted to ask about Japanese cars?

September 28 is Ask a Stupid Question Day, so today’s your chance to ask a stupid question about Japanese cars, no judgements. Why do Japanese cars limit their engine displacements and power? Why do Japanese cars have so many variations … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Isuzu Elf had a cute name but did massive work

The Elf is to Isuzu what the Land Cruiser is to Toyota or the Skyline is to Nissan. At 61 years old it’s the longest running nameplate in Isuzu’s history, and a truck that can be seen in almost every … Continue reading

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