Author Archives: Ben Hsu

DESIGN: Acura NSX designer Michelle Christensen

Michelle Christensen was responsible for the form gracing the second-generation NSX unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, and is the first woman to hold the exterior designer position at Acura. With the original NSX passing the threshold into classic status this year and an … Continue reading

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The JNC Shop is back up

    The JNC Shop is back up and has a new URL. Thanks for being patient as we upgraded it. The downtime was longer than we expected but this will make the experience better as time goes on. You can … Continue reading

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Detroit Auto Show: The coolest car there could have been a fake

The Honda RA272 is a legend. It brought Old Man Soichiro his first Formula One trophy in 1965, only three years after his company began building cars. It is such a revered car that the company rarely even shows it in Japan. … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1977 Mazda RX-3 SP

The Mazda RX-3 SP was a US-only appearance package that included unique blacked-out bumpers trim and louvers, a snazzy decal package, and a jutting chin spoiler. Though nothing of note was added to the 12A rotary engine within, the SPs have become … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the greatest nostalgic Subaru?

With the Legacy squarely in the 25 Year Club and Subarus being the best mode of transportation available to much of the snowed-in country right now, it may be a good time to ask: What is the greatest nostalgic Subaru? Subaru … Continue reading

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KIDNEYS, ANYONE? Arizona auction roundup

After the record prices for JNCs seen in Monterey last year, all eyes were on the gavel-pounding circus that is Arizona in early January. With no less than six auction houses competing for attention and incessant television coverage, it’s like Superbowl of car … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? How to sell a Datsun 240Z

This 1973 Datsun 240Z has dings, hasn’t been driven in 15 years, and the dash has more cracks than a plumber’s convention. It’s not even a desirable 1970-72 model. Why, then, with just a little over one day on eBay, it’s been bid … Continue reading

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The saddest poem you’ll ever read

Forget Keats, forget Yeats. An unnamed Mazda RX-7 owner has penned the world’s saddest poem. Found in the missed connections section of Austin, Texas’s craigslist, it tells the tale of a new FC owner that found his formerly original-paint ’88 was no longer … Continue reading

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Detroit Auto Show: Production Acura supercar revealed, but is it an NSX?

This is the year the Acura NSX turns 25, and we can think of no better way for Honda to celebrate than unveiling the legendary supercar’s successor. Announced in 2007 but killed after the Global Financial Crisis but then revived again … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 24k-mile Mitsubishi Twin-Stick

The Mitsubishi Mirage (aka Dodge Colt (aka Plymouth Champ)) has one of the most interesting transmissions ever built, with as many gear ratios as your first big kid and two shift levers poking out of the cabin floor like a split hair. And … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the most anticipated “Class of 1990″ JNC?

Today is Coming of Age Day in Japan, a holiday in which adolescents become adults. Local city halls in towns across the country invite the newly minted adults for a small ceremony, a tradition that dates back to 714 AD. Of course … Continue reading

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DESIGN: An interview with Nissan designer Ken Lee

It’s not often that you find yourself hurtling down narrow two-lane roads with the guy that designed the very car you’re sitting in. We recently had the rare opportunity to take a ride with Ken Lee, a senior creative manager at Nissan … Continue reading

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EVENTS: SevenStock 17 Spotlight — Cherry Capellas

As the name implies, SevenStock is heavy on the Sevens. At SevenStock 17, however, Mazda RX-2s made a tremendous showing. We presented some of them already, along with R100s, RX-3s, REPUs and, yes, RX-7s galore. But there were three examples of what would be called Capellas if … Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC should be a Transformer and what should its name be?

Happy 2015! We asked for a Question of the Week in last Monday’s Question of the Week, and you delivered. So to kick off a new year of QotWs, here’s (one of) the winning questions. Which JNC should be a Transformer … Continue reading

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JNC‘s top stories of 2014

As we mentioned, 2014 was the Year of the JNC. As it draws to a close, let’s look back at the things that most interested JNCers over the last 365 days.

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QotW: What question should we ask next year?

We’ve asked you for many answers, but we’ve yet to ask you for a question. As the year draws to a close, what would you like to know from your fellow JNCers? What question should we ask next? What say … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from JNC

Wishing all you crazy JNCers a very Happy Holiday season. May サンタクロース bestow you with many gifts! Photo by Erik Lukas.

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GALLERIES: Honda Heritage Center opens in Ohio

Honda has opened a new Heritage Center at its plants and R&D center in Marysville, Ohio. Take note, this is a different collection of Honda vehicles than the American Honda Collection we recently toured in Torrance, California. This one showcases … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Nissan explores pickup history in “Truckumentary”

The next-generation Nissan Titan will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Leading up to it, Nissan has produced a multi-part “Truckumentary” leading up to its reveal. Part one delves into Nissan’s storied truck history. 

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QotW: What is your JNC getting for the holidays?

The holidays are meant to be spent with your loved ones. Sometimes your family is there too. What is your JNC getting for the holidays? A new car cover, some fresh new wheels, or perhaps that impossible-to-find NOS plastic bezel that hasn’t been … Continue reading

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