Author Archives: Dan Hsu

MINICARS: Diecast Racing League is the best sport to watch during quarantine

Actual motorsports might be on hiatus while the coronavirus quarantine is in effect, but that doesn’t mean all auto racing has to grind to a halt. Turns out, there’s a thriving community of drivers who compete in diecast cars. The … Continue reading

3 Comments

Happy 86th Birthday, Nissan!

On this day in 1934, Nissan as we know today was founded. To be fair, the companies that combined to form it were established long before. However, it was the 1933 merger of Kwaishinsha Motorcar Works established in 1911, Jitsuyo … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Happy S30 Day from JNC

We need to take a quick poll, guys. Today is May 30, or 5/30, or S30 in leet speak. So, a day to celebrate the first-generation Nissan Fairlady Z, then? However, in some corners of Z fandom S30 day is … Continue reading

3 Comments

Happy 521 Day from JNC

Today is the day that we celebrate reasonably sized pickups. Yes, we know there’s a 520 but they are extremely hard to come by and thus difficult to take a photo of. So let’s just say May 21 is also … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Behold, Japan’s suddenly famous Drift Dog

Earlier this month, a video of a Japanese dog went viral when the owner filmed it running down the side of an irrigation canal. Its cuteness, plus the fact that it had kind of an angled gait, quickly garnered it … Continue reading

5 Comments

Happy 510 Day and Mother’s Day from JNC

It’s not often that two special holidays fall on the same day. Today, May 10, is both Mother’s Day and 510 Day! And just because moms need to haul the whole brood around doesn’t mean she has to be saddled … Continue reading

3 Comments

Mazda extends car care program for health care workers, whether they own Mazdas or not

In April, Mazda announced a generous program to help health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. They offered to change the oil and clean the cars of these essential workers free of charge, and it was … Continue reading

Leave a comment

Good guy Mazda will change oil and wash cars of health care workers, even if they don’t own a Mazda

Health care workers are fighting the good fight on the front lines right now, putting themselves at risk so that the rest of us don’t get sick. To support them, Mazda has announced that they will change their oil and … Continue reading

1 Comment

BIKES: Honda reveals retro CB-F Concept

To mark the 60th anniversary of the revolutionary CB-series motorcycles, Honda had planned to debut the striking CB-F Concept at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show in March. Unfortunately, the coronavirus threw a big wrench into those plans, but Honda has revealed … Continue reading

4 Comments

Happy Familia Day from JNC

Being cooped up at home under COVID-19 quarantine is a great way to spend some quality time with your family. It’s fitting, then, that today is Familia Day, also known as 323 Day. Be sure to tell your loved ones … Continue reading

7 Comments

Happy 310 Day from JNC

You know, even though we have been celebrating holidays like 510 Day for years, we’ve been neglecting the poor Sunny. No more. The sub-Bluebird compact deserves some love too. Happy 310 Day from JNC!

3 Comments

BIKES: Now the Yamaha XSR700’s paint finally matches its retro looks

When Yamaha introduced the XSR700 in 2016, its goal was to combine modern technology with classic styling. The naked twin used the MT-07’s frame, suspension, and the crossplane crank parallel twin, but wore the retro look of famous Yamahas of … Continue reading

3 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day from JNC

Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all. Show your loved ones some TLC today, but don’t forget your spouses! Original Post

5 Comments

Happy TE27 Day from JNC

Metal bolt-on fender flares should be a factory thing again. Happy TE27 Day from JNC!

Leave a comment

Happy 117 Day from JNC

The New Year Meeting is no more, sadly, but back when times were headier an Isuzu 117 was the way to exit in style. Happy 117 Day from JNC!

Leave a comment

Happy Kenmeri Day from JNC

It’s Kenmeri Day, the holiday where you take a road trip with your significant other to a deserted field and frolic through the grass for no reason. Enjoy!

4 Comments

Honda concludes its 70th anniversary year with 400 millionth motorcycle built

This year marks the 70 years since Soichiro Honda’s little venture into motorcycle manufacturing. In 1949, the Dream D-Type became Honda’s first realĀ  motorcycle; prior models still had the appearance of a bicycle with an auxiliary motor strapped to them. … Continue reading

2 Comments

The Shoei NXR Zork TC-7 is the raddest helmet

We don’t often write about motorcycle helmets here on JNC, but when one comes along that is this striking, it’s hard to ignore. For 2020, Shoei is releasing a version of their popular NXR helmet slathered with 80s-inspired graphics, and … Continue reading

6 Comments

Japanese Classic Car Show 2019: Upping the Game and Best in Show

We are 60 percent of the way to the point where the JCCS itself, if it were a car, would be eligible for classic status. In its 15 years in existence, the Japanese Classic Car Show has grown from a … Continue reading

5 Comments

Happy Evolution Day from JNC

We don’t think Charles Darwin had flying Mitsubishis in mind when he published On the Origin of Species in 1859, but nevertheless, here we are, 160 years later, to celebrate Evolution Day. All our ancestors were running across the savanna … Continue reading

2 Comments