Author Archives: Ben Hsu

NEWS: Nissan reveals 1977 Zzzap-inspired Heritage Edition 370Z

Nissan has revealed a special edition 370Z ahead of its debut the New York International Auto Show. The 2018 model seeks to honor the many Zs that have come before it with a special appearance package that recalls 1977’s ZZZap 280Z. 

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EVENTS: Nostalgic2Days 2017, Part 01 — Starting with Z

The annual Nostalgic 2 Days show in Yokohama is a fantastic weekend of cars organized by Nostalgic Hero magazine. It’s as if the pages spring to life, with many of its featured cars gathered in one spot. Though it does tend to be a … Continue reading

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NEWS: Honda Monkey celebrates 50th anniversary, to be discontinued in August

It is with great sadness that we report the Honda Monkey will cease production by the end of this summer. Honda has announced that at the end of August 2017, the 50cc minibike will finish its 50-year run. Before it goes, though, … Continue reading

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QotW: Will the coming influx of JDM imports make US-spec cars less desirable?

Take a car like the Honda Civic. For decades, the ultimate version to own has been the 125-horsepower 1993-95 Civic Si hatchback, or maybe the 1999-2000 Si coupe, preferably in an exclusive and rare color like Electron Blue Pearl. Finding a clean … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Nissan President Sovereign VIP going up for auction

In recent years we’ve seen 2000GTs, Skyline GT-Rs, Z432s, Cosmo Sports, FJ40s and Centurys cross the auction block at some of the most high-profile auctions in the US. This weekend, a new contender will try to make a play for becoming the … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Lego JNCs that need to be made into sets

Did you know that Lego has an Ideas website where you can submit models for a vote, and if you receive enough, the company will consider making the set? It takes 10,000 votes to get a model reviewed, and combing through … Continue reading

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Koenigsegg founder built his own supercar as a tribute to his Miata

There are few cars so transcendent that they permeate the souls of people at every station in life. I think we can all agree that the Mazda Miata is one of them. We love the Miata, so do many of our … Continue reading

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NEWS: Mazda reviving rotary engine, but it may not be what you’re expecting

For decades the abbreviation “RE” in Mazda parlance stood for “Rotary Engine.” However, if the Mazda patents for a new rotary that appeared last week have anything to say about it, “RE” might take on a whole new meaning.  

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VIDEO: Toyota recreates Tamiya RC Hilux ad

Back in 1981 Japanese radio control vehicle company Tamiya released its RA1028 Toyota Hilux kit. With low gear and 4WD, they were able to string 14 of them together and pull a real Toyota Hilux pickup. To promote the newest Toyota Hilux in … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, Part 03 — The Classics

The Tokyo Auto Salon has a reputation for churning out some truly bizarre automotive works, but these day some seriously classy classics can be found amidst the VIP vans and drift missiles. You’ve seen the examples modified for speed and show; here … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from JNC

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from JNC! Here’s some midori cars for you’re viewing pleasure.

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EVENTS: 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, Part 02 — Restomods

Since its inception in 1983, the Tokyo Auto Salon has been Japan’s showcase premier exhibition of automotive trends. Back then, it went by the very literal name of Tokyo Exciting Car Show, but the idea was the same — showcasing what Japanese tuners … Continue reading

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Happy Pi Day from JNC

Happy Pi Day, the day in which we celebrate the mathematical constant π, or 3.14, the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference. According to people who know math, it’s very useful in all sorts of equations involving circles. … Continue reading

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EVENTS: New Year Meeting 2017, Part 08 — Leaving in Style

The New Year Meeting is an magical festival of vehicular awesomeness, but what happens when the party’s over? Most owners drive their cars home, but sometimes you want to ship your precious cargo. With many areas of Japan more crowded … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Celicas, Civics, RX-7s and Sunnys, racing together, in modern times

Last month in Australia was the Bathurst 12 Hour, an enduro packed with Nissan GT-Rs, BMW M6s, Vipers, Porsches, and Lamborghinis duking it out for supremacy. Nobody cares, though, because the supporting races, filled with JNCs, were about a million times more … Continue reading

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VIDEO: See the Prince R380 on US soil for the first time at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance

As far as we know, the 1966 Prince R380 has never been shown on US soil. That’s about to change this weekend when this pivotal Japanese race car makes its North American debut at the Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. 

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MOTORSPORT: Tomiko Yoshikawa, pioneer in Japan’s racing world

In honor of International Women’s Day, this is the story of Tomiko Yoshikawa, a race car driver and pioneer in the Japanese racing world. Born in 1954 in an Aichi Prefecture, Yoshikawa was a self-described furyou shoujo, a “bad girl” … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon, Part 01 — Legends of Rally

The Tokyo Auto Salon this year was its usual bacchanal of outrageous VIP luxury sleds, retina burning drift machines, and European exotics dripping money and diamonds out of their exhaust pipes. But in the midst of the madness, some companies actually brought … Continue reading

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NEWS: Coming to America, the Honda Civic Type R

Honda is finally bringing the Civic Type R stateside. The production version was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show this morning, promising what Honda does best — blistering performance in a front-wheel-drive package. With the decades-long clamoring fanboys now answered, here’s all … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Australia, a RWD Toyota paradise

Imagine a world just like ours, except that RWD Toyotas are everywhere, people still refer to their cars as “good ol’ girl,” and the “Oh What a Feeling!” jump at the end of Toyota ads never went away. The dream of the 80s … Continue reading

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