Author Archives: Dan Hsu

VIDEO: Discovery Japan’s Retro Car Kings

Discovery Channel Japan’s Retro Car Kings has been recut into English. The one-hour show visits several of Nihon’s classic car builders, with styles varied as the cars themselves. There’s a bit of everything no matter what your poison, whether it’s … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2013 JCCA New Year Meeting, Part 01

It’s a winter wonderland in Tokyo, but the blinding whiteness did not come from new-fallen snow. Instead, it emanated from the gleaming shiro paint jobs of rows upon rows of kyuusha. Two of JNC‘s intrepid photographers recently braved Japan’s icy … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Car Craft Boon’s Kazuhiro Furukawa explains what it means to be a Kanjo Racer

This isn’t the type of thing we usually cover on JNC. Sure, the video spends a large amount of time spotlighting a “hellaflush” EK Civic, but Kanjo racing is a deep rooted part of Japan’s — and particularly Osaka’s — … Continue reading

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VIDEO: 2013 JCCA New Year Meeting

Forget the Tokyo Auto Salon. You know the best place to be in Tokyo in January is really the New Year Meeting. We dare you to watch this video of the event in Odaiba, Tokyo and not drool all over … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from JNC!

Happy new year from the JNC team! Download the wallpaper-sized nengajo below.

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PROFILES: Jun Imai’s 1971 Datsun 510 Wagon

We see a lot of cars here at JNC. A lot. Every so often, however, there’s that one singular car that comes along and truly blows our feeble minds. Jun Imai‘s 1971 Datsun 510 Wagon is exactly one of those cars, and … Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: A SevenStock Pilgrimage in Japan’s Car of the Year

We didn’t know it as we barreled up the Newhall Pass, but we were driving the best new Japanese car of 2012. What might that be, you ask? Well according to the panel of journalists that make up the Japan Car … Continue reading

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MINICARS: 2013 Hot Wheels Mad Manga now in Blue, Yellow and Pink

Hot Wheels just revealed a new color and paint scheme for everyone’s favorite bosozoku diecast, the Mad Manga.

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NEW PRODUCT: Hayashi Streets now available in 17-inch

The “Street” by Hayashi Racing is a favorite among collectors of old school barrels. Now the company is updating the classic design in a 17-inch size called the Hayashi Street STL.

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QotW: What should Suzuki USA have done differently?

Alas, Suzuki, we hardly knew ye. This statement rings especially true in the wake of the Suzuki’s departure from US shores last week, because as JNC reader Tyler pointed out, many of their best cars were not sold here under the … Continue reading

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Honda Celebrates 30 Years of US-built Accords

Here’s your daily dose of history. November 1, 1982 was the day when the first US-built Honda rolled off the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio. The first car to emerge from the newly constructed plant three decades ago was a … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 08: Two-Door Sedans

Some of you may be wondering what the deal with the two-door sedan is. Isn’t that just a coupe, and didn’t we already see the classic coupes at JCCS? The answer to that is, confusingly, no.

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QotW: What’s the best sequel?

Rarely is the follow-up better than the original, but when it is, it’s not just slightly better — it blows the original away. That is why we ask: What’s the best sequel? We just spent a weekend at 86Fest, so … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 05: Sports Cars

You want Zs? You got Zs. We begin Part 05 of our 2012 JCCS coverage with the seminal Japanese sports car, the one that forever changed perceptions of what it meant to be “J-tin” and swept America by storm. Here … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 04: Luxury & GT

By the mid-70s Japanese automakers had their sights firmly set on comfortable long-distance runners that could eat up highway miles. They were often luxurious too — well, more luxurious than a Datsun 510 at least — and built for the new … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 02: Sedans

In Part 02 of our coverage of the 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show we examine the fabulous four-doors that graced the Queen Mary lawn. 

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Friday Video: Celica Panic!

After seeing a prototype of Jun Imai’s latest design in the flesh at JCCS last weekend, we’ve had nothing but Celica on the brain all week here at JNC.

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EVENTS: 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show, Part 01: Debuts

The 2012 Japanese Classic Car Show has come and gone, and this year’s was the hottest one yet. We mean that literally, as it was an unseasonably scorching 100-plus degree day, rare even for SoCal in September, but that didn’t … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Hot Wheels X JNC Toyota AE86 Corolla

The beans have been spilled. Those of you who came by the Japanese Nostalgic Car booth at JCCS on Saturday were treated to a very special surprise — the Hot Wheels Toyota Corolla AE86 new for 2013. We are very proud to once … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: JDM Legends’ 1:1 Hot Wheels Mazda RX-7

Our friends at JDM Legends have been hard at work on a project they plan to debut this Saturday at JCCS. As you can see from this teaser photo, it’s a Mazda RX-7, but it ain’t just any 7. When … Continue reading

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