Author Archives: Ben Hsu

EVENTS: 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 08 — Editors’ Choice

As is tradition, each year we conclude our JCCS coverage with list of our favorites, and each year it gets harder and harder to choose. I asked the JNC staff to each pick the two cars that they liked the most, and provide a … Continue reading


VIDEO: It’s October 21, 2015, Welcome Back to the Future

Put on your self-tying sneakers and get on your hoverboards, because the future is here. Today, October 21, 2015, is the day Marty McFly time traveled to in Back to the Future II, and Toyota is using the opportunity to … Continue reading


PRODUCT GUIDE: Rocket Bunny Pandem S30 Z kit

Rocket Bunny has released a new kit for the S30 Z. The Pandem kit takes the widebody look that head honcho Kei Miura is known for and applies it to the OG Japanese sports car. 


EVENTS: 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 07 — Motorcycles

As we near the end of our JCCS coverage, we arrive at a subject we rarely cover on JNC, but we love two-wheelers just as much as four. In Japan, however, the ratio of motocycles to automobiles is far greater than in the US, and is … Continue reading


QotW: What would you do with 24 hours in Japan?

For some reason your flight to O’Hare was diverted to Tokyo instead. You have one day see the one shop, buy the one part, or drive the one car you’ve always dreamed of before you have to fly back across the Pacific. What … Continue reading


Street Neo Classics Preview: Limited Edition Made in the 80s Shirts

Join us this Sunday at Toyota headquarters for the Street Neo Classics 80s & 90s show. We’ve made a limited edition run of our Made in the 80s shirt to debut at the show. It will be available in the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Toyota announcement coming on Back to the Future‘s October 21, 2015

October 21, 2015 was the date Marty McFly flew to in Back to the Future II, the date we were supposed to have things like hoverboards and Mr Fusion engines. And while the film’s hero may have done all his time traveling in … Continue reading


EVENTS: 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 06 — Road & Race

The last installment of our JCCS coverage was a homage to bone stock beauts, but a huge contributor to the popularity of Japanese cars has always been their tunability. Here are the JCCS cars that were built for street and circuit, not preservation. 


VIDEO: Sung Kang’s Datsun 240Z Dream Build

Sung Kang is perhaps best known for his role as Han in the Fast & Furious movies. Like his character in the films Sung is a car guy as well, and is currently building a Datsun 240Z with the help … Continue reading


Street Neo Classics Preview: Meet Hot Wheels designer Ryu Asada at the JNC booth this Sunday

This Sunday marks the inaugural Street Neo Classics show, an event for 80s and 90s Japanese cars, brought to you by the people who created JCCS. We at JNC will of course have a booth there, and joining us to sign autographs … Continue reading

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VIDEO: A Fairlady Z for future generations

We’ve admired Glenn Chiou’s Nissan Fairlady Z ever since the moment we laid eyes on it at the 2012 Bayline Gathering. Over the years, we’ve seen it progress into what is quite possibly one of our favorite S30 Z builds in the states.


EVENTS: 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 05 — Stock as a Rock

This year’s Japanese Classic Car Show seemed to have more diversity in bone-stock rides than ever. We might be reaching a point where fans of J-tin are truly beginning to appreciate unmolested cars. Along with the other time warps peppering our other … Continue reading


QotW: What was the last great golden era Japanese car?

The era of the Japanese performance car is one of automotive history’s great epochs. With everything from kei sports cars to supercar killing sedans, there was seemingly nothing the Japanese wouldn’t build. Despite cars like the Nissan GT-R and Lexus LFA, … Continue reading


ART CORNER: Oh look, someone already digitally modified a Toyota S-FR

Here’s a Toyota S-FR photoshopped with a Zero theme, some better airflow, and gunmetal Wats. It was sent to us by a fan that shall remain nameless because he works for a car company that is not Toyota. Let’s hope the S-FR sees production … Continue reading


NEWS: Two more retro concepts from Toyota

While the Yotahachi-inspired S-FR Concept  is getting all the attention, Toyota is actually bringing several other concepts to the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of the month, two of them with throwback styling. 


NEWS: Toyota S-FR Concept is the Sports 800 reborn

Toyota has previewed a new sports car concept ahead of the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show later this month. According to the automaker, the Toyota S-FR “continues the proud heritage of Toyota’s fun-to-drive lightweight sports cars.” Of course, this year was the 50th anniversary … Continue reading


JCCS 2015: A tribute to legendary figures in Z-Car history

When it debuted in 1969, the S30 Z promptly redefined the sports car, tearing down any remaining barriers, psychological or otherwise, to owning a Japanese car. It became the first piece of Nihon steel you could own with pride in America, which set the Z … Continue reading


EVENTS: 2015 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 04 — Workhorses

This year’s JCCS had a higher turnout, truck-wise, than any other in recent memory. Former workhorses that managed to survive — or evade — decades of hard labor showed up en masse on Queen Mary lawn to enjoy their new status as classics. 


VIDEO: Mitsubishi sends off the Lancer Evolution by showing you how it was made

It’s the end of the line for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The company is building 1,000 Final Edition cars for Japan and another 1,600 for North America. After that, they’ll be no more. The Final Edition cars will get several trim and mechanical … Continue reading


QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC red?

I hate red. It’s too loud, it fades to a powdery pink over time, and it’s often too obvious a choice. In Japan, red was forbidden on passenger cars until Soichiro Honda embarrassed MITI with a scathing editorial in the newspapers, thus opening … Continue reading