Author Archives: Ben Hsu

EVENTS: Tokyo Auto Salon, Part 01 — Old School Cool

As one of the most important auto shows on the Japanese calendar, the Tokyo Auto Salon is a showcase of Japan’s latest and greatest tuning trends. With every customization style imaginable on display, however, old school cool is not always easy … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon Spotlight – Liberty Walk S30 Z

It’s understandable that most non-JNCers would recognize Liberty Walk as the purveyor of trendy widebody kits for Ferraris, GT-Rs and other assorted supercars. In his heart of hearts, though, founder Wataru Kato is an old school bosozoku.

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QotW: What’s the greatest forced-induction JNC?

The Skyline Japan GT-EX kicked off the Age of the Turbo when it debuted in April 1980. Not only was it the first Japanese car to rock a snail, it was deemed so important by Nissan that it was positioned successor to … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2016 Tokyo Auto Salon, Part 01 — A Preview

The Tokyo Auto Salon kicks off this weekend, and that means it’s time for the craziest builds the Japanese aftermarket has to offer. While gold-plated GT-Rs and VIP vans are still very much a part of it, looking past the glitz this year … Continue reading

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DETROIT: Aisin’s 1961 2-speed Toyoglide

This crusty old transmission seems like it should be sitting in the back of an old Japanese garage in some rural prefecture but it was displayed proudly, behind glass, at the Aisin booth at the Detroit Auto Show. 

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DETROIT: Soul Red is the new white

Despite our decree that white was the best color for Japanese cars, Nihon automakers are still continuing to make cars in other colors. One hue that seems to be surpassing the traditional white is Soul Red. 

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DETROIT: White is the best color for Japanese cars

The NSX proves that the best color for Japanese cars, especially Honda sportscars, is white. 

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DETROIT: Akio Toyoda’s rousing speech about Toyota’s future

Lexus has unveiled its new halo sports coupe, the LC 500, at the Detroit Auto Show. If you’re thinking you’ve seen it before, that’s probably because it looks identical to the LF-LC concept that spawned it. This is, amazingly, an … Continue reading

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DETROIT: Toyota Kikai gets an American makeover

One of the funkiest concepts to come from the Tokyo Motor Show last year was the Toyota Kikai, a steampunkish, Miyazakian retro hot rod. It’s a re-imagining of the automobile for a world where mechanical objects are things of beauty … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your most anticipated 25 Year Club addition?

Each year on the calendar brings us another round of cars that turn 25. Why is this significant? In short, 25 is the age at which most governments will grant a car historic status, which makes them eligible for things like collector car license plates … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: The Super Silhouette Nissans that inspired a generation of bosozoku

One of the biggest treats from the NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway the display of Nissan’s Super Silhouette racers from the late 1970s and early 1980s. Developed for Group 5 specifications, their extreme aero styling inspired a generation of bosozoku and kaido racers. 

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MOTORSPORT: How Nissan thwarted the Toyota in the golden age of the Japan Grand Prix

By 1968 Toyota had had enough of losing their home country’s biggest race — the annual Japan Grand Prix — to Nissan. They had just debuted the nation’s flagship sports car in the 2000GT, but it was getting trounced by the Prince/Nissan R380, a … Continue reading

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EVENTS: Walking the paddocks at the 2015 NISMO Festival

A celebration of all things Nissan and racing, the annual NISMO Festival held by the Nissan mothership in Japan. For one late November day, legendary racing machines are dusted off and emerge from their Zama hibernation to roar across the hallowed tarmac … Continue reading

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2015: The JNC Year in Review

With 2015 in the books, we thought it might be a chance to look at the highlights from the world of JNC. 

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QotW: What’s your JNC New Year’s resolution?

Happy Year of the Monkey! We’re like 80 percent sure that Han Dynasty astrologists weren’t talking about Honda’s 50cc mini-bike, but perhaps this will be an auspicious year for you, JNC-wise, anyway. Will you finally pull the trigger on that old … Continue reading

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25 YEAR CLUB: Acura NSX

We end 2015 by welcoming another inductee into the 25 Year Club. Yes, it’s a car, it’s Japanese, and it’s beloved. But we’re going to go one step further and call it the Best Car Ever Made. Consider this proof: … Continue reading

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25 YEAR CLUB: Z32 Nissan 300ZX

As we hurtle towards our own bonenkai, let us commemorate some of the landmark cars that joined the 25 Year Club in 2015. 1990 was the first model year for Nissan’s watershed fourth-generation Z-Car. Now, 25 years later, the Z32 … Continue reading

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QotW: What automotive woes are you most eager to forget?

In Japan, the bonenkai (“year forgetting”) parties on December 31 are where you leave behind the stresses of the previous year, usually by consuming large quantities of alcohol with friends. Old cars can be the source of many reasons to down a pitcher of … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from all of us at JNC

From all of us at Japanese Nostalgic Car, have a happy holiday. May your desserts be sugared and your cars unsalted!

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EVENTS: Hachimaru Meeting at Fuji Speedway

If it wasn’t for its glorious motorsports history, Fuji Speedway would be just about the worst place to hold a car show. It rains seemingly half the time there, and while that makes for cool photography, it can’t be pleasant for the … Continue reading

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