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EVENTS: 2016 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 03 — Rotary Power

Mazda’s official JCCS display was a touching tribute to one of Japan’s late, great racing legends. And if Yoshimi Katayama was looking down from the afterlife, he surely would have been beaming over the private entries as well. There were some familiar faces, but … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2016 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 02 — Skyline City

This year’s JCCS was truly a special event for many reasons, but here’s another one: the numerous and diverse number of Skylines that showed up. Nearly every generation of post-Prince Skyline could be seen, and for a car that was never … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2016 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 01 — Movin’ On Up

We’ve been going to the Japanese Classic Car Show for over a decade, but this year was undoubtedly the best one yet. In its twelfth year, the JCCS, which took place this weekend at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, has grown … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: JNC Shōnin decal

As you’re walking around at JCCS this weekend, look out for cars wearing the new JNC Shōnin decals. When used in conjunction with the classic JNC inkan, they represent the best of the breed, cars that have either served as JNC booth cars, cars that we … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: JNC “Charge” decals and limited edition Mazda 787B “Le Mans” T-shirts

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Mazda 787B’s victory at Le Mans. The quad-rotor demon, decked out in retina-searing orange and green livery, is one of the most iconic race cars of all time. To honor it, we’ve created two new … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: First US-market Honda to debut

Last year at JCCS we highlighted an old, neglected Honda N600 with peeling, non-original paint. Why? Because it was the first Honda automobile ever built for the US market. One year later, it’s been completely restored and is ready for its debut this Saturday. The … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: San Mamiya stickers and prints

At JCCS this year, JNC is proud to carry the works of one of Japan’s best automotive artists. San Mamiya stickers and prints will be available at the JNC booth in very limited quantities, so get there early. Here’s a listing of what we’ll … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Autograph session with Datsun BRE engineer John Knepp

JNC is honored to welcome a very special guest to our booth at the Japanese Classic Car Show this Saturday. John Knepp was a key engineer on the BRE team (above, 7th from left) who helped build championship cars such as the … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Hot Wheels X JNC giveaway

Are you ready for JCCS this Saturday? We at JNC are having a Fairlady Roadster-themed day to coincide with the debut of Hot Wheels’s newest JNC casting, the Datsun Fairlady 2000. As such, we will be giving away several cars at the show, including … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: JNC “39” shirts debut

We are very excited about the JCCS (four days away!), and the theme at the JNC booth this year will be early Nissan motorsports. To celebrate, we are debuting a new shirt design, called simply “39”.

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JCCS Preview: History of Mazda Premium and a tribute to a racing legend

Mazda’s plan for JCCS this Saturday is two-fold and promises something for Mazdafarians of all stripes — a history of high-end models and a tribute to its motorsports legends.

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JCCS Preview: Nissan DNA Garage cars loaded up

This morning, a truck in Nashville picked up a couple of old cars to transport to California, including what is arguably the most valuable car in Nissan USA’s DNA Garage. 

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? The last Mitsubishi LanEvo is up for auction

Tomorrow will mark the end of an era, as the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution goes on sale. After ten generations and 24 years of turbocharged, all-wheel-drive madness, this rally car for the road is sayonara-ing into the sunset.

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VIDEO: Hiroshi Hosoya test drives the Rocky Auto 3000GT

The Rocky Auto 3000GT is a work of modern art. A hand-crafted body draped over one of the finest drivetrains ever produced and screwed together by one of Japan’s top tuners, it’s an homage to a timeless blue chip Japanese classic. 

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NIHON LIFE: Japan proposes changes for easier expressway navigation by foreigners

Japan’s expressways are famously difficult to navigate. Most are named for the far-away places they head to and are difficult for non-native Japanese speakers to remember. That may all change, the Ministry of Transport is proposes an alphanumeric system to help us gaijin not get … Continue reading

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PIXELATED: Scoot Scoot‘s Motocompo gymkhana will drive you insane

Okay, so Scoot Scoot isn’t a driving game per se, but any time a Honda Motocompo is the star vehicle consider our interest piqued. The premise is simple. Pilot the folding bike from the back of a Honda City around a richly colored parking … Continue reading

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NEWS: Bosozoku magazine Champ Road suspends publication

It was announced on September 5 in Japan that Champ Road, the last bosozoku tuning magazine, is suspending publication. The so-called “Bad Boy Bible” has been in print for 29 years, showcasing the bikes, cars, and fashion of Japan’s rebel youth. The November 2016 … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Ridley Scott Super Bowl 300ZX

In 1990 Nissan debuted the Z32 with what was likely one of the most expensive car commercials ever commissioned at the time. They hired the most famous Hollywood sci-fi director in the world, Ridley Scott (of Blade Runner, Alien, and Black Rain fame), aired … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The age old battle of Skyline vs Rotary

Skyline vs Rotary. It’s one of the oldest rivalries in Japanese motorsports, ever since Mazda snatched the Skyline’s widely expected 50th touring car victory in 1972. The folks at Best Motoring have recreated the battle, with tributes to the works Hakosuka GT-R and Savanna … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Nissan 2017 GT-R NISMO debut, Matchbox Hakosuka giveaway

After a strong showing in 2015, Nissan will be back at the Japanese Classic Car Show this year in a big way. First off, they’ll be showing what is arguably the crowning jewel of its American collection, the BRE Datsun 510 raced by John … Continue reading

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