Author Archives: Dave Yuan

JNC THEATER: NHK to air three-part Mazda Documentary

This August will mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To keep alive memories and legacies of the survivors, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) will broadcast a series of television specials. Three shows are of particular … Continue reading

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The Subaru Legacy is officially a Japanese nostalgic car, Part 02

Let’s get right back into the groove this new year by continuing the induction of the original Subaru Legacy into the 25 Year Club. In Part 01, we studied its origins, but despite its humble family sedan appearance, Fuji Heavy Industries intended … Continue reading

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The Subaru Legacy is officially a Japanese nostalgic car, Part 01

As mentioned, the great machines that debuted a quarter century ago have made 2014 the year of the JNC. As it draws to a close, let’s sneak in another a member of the “Class of 1989.” This late entry competed against ubiquitous mid-size … Continue reading

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Omedetou, Shinkansen! The bullet train turns 50

Don’t worry, you’re at the right place. As JNC fans, sometimes we find ourselves fascinated by various vintage Japanese machines and the Shinkansen, or bullet train, is perhaps the most historically and culturally significant. The image of sleek white arrow piercing the landscape with … Continue reading

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EVENTS: MX-5 Turns 25 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

If you just woke up from a coma, we have two things to tell you. First, welcome back. Second, Mazda made a new Miata. Everyone else in the world was bombarded with that knowledge a week ago with an inescapable global unveiling. That, however, … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Fujimi’s Touge Series Box Illustrations

Long after earning driver’s licenses and pinkslips to our rides, some of us still find ourselves mired in plastic model cars. Perhaps it reflects the constraint suffered by many of us on budget, space, or sanity (of ourselves and/or family … Continue reading

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BUBBLE ERA EXCESS: The story of Mazda’s M2 brand, Part 02

In Part 01 of our story about M2, we delved into how Mazda set up flashy building in Tokyo’s posh Setagaya neighborhood and invited customers to give them feedback. What resulted was the 1001, a clubman-themed Miata modded straight from the factory. In Part … Continue reading

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BUBBLE ERA EXCESS: The story of Mazda’s M2 brand, Part 01

As enthusiasts, many of us feel the urge to voice opinions about our favorite marques. “Honda should do this,” or “Toyota should build that.” If only the they would listen the (automotive) world would be a better place, no? In fact, … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your favorite period-correct license plate for your JNC?

Thanks to California’s Legacy License Plate program we’ve been talking a lot about the proper period-correct license plates for your JNC recently. We’ve been Cali-centric, but we’d like to open the question up to our readers worldwide. What’s your favorite period-correct license … Continue reading

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OTAKU OBSESSION: The true history of period-correct California license plates

California’s unique blend of arid weather, car culture, and state law forcing license plates to stay with the car, even when it changes hands, have created a perfect storm for a unique otaku obsession. For sale ads in all corners of … Continue reading

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FAUX-STALGICS: 2000 Toyota Origin

On the heels of another Toyotafest, let us return to the series where we check out some examples of modern retro-inspired cars along with the JNCs they mimic. In this post, we turn to a quintessential classic Toyota, the Crown, … Continue reading

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FAUX-STALGIC: The MX-5-based Mazda Cosmo 21

The 19th century naturalist Henry Walter Bates discovered caterpillars in the Amazon with gigantic heads resembling those of pit vipers. This type of mimicry is a clever and effective means of survival, but can it work on cars? Given the … Continue reading

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BACK ROADS: Remembering the Suzuki Fronte Coupe

Can you name a rear-engined Japanese sports GT with Italian styling and specific output of over 100PS/L? Such a car was real, and it came from Suzuki. Suzuki is a marque with rather divergent reputations in the US versus Japan. … Continue reading

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BOOK CLUB: Datsun 280ZX, by Nissan Motor Corp

I purchase books fairly infrequently thanks to libraries. Automotive books are the exception. Information in high-quality books on cars tend to be less immortal than, say, the words of Shakespeare. Sales and circulation tend to be limited, and photos and schematics make … Continue reading

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BACK ROADS: Remebering the Honda City

As long-time Honda enthusiasts, it is hard nowadays not to marvel at the many creative and awesome machines that bore the iconic “H” during the 1980s. One of our favorites from those days is the Honda City. An unassuming econobox … Continue reading

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