Author Archives: Guest Writer

KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1987 Isuzu Impulse RS Turbo

Today’s Kidney Car is a sad one, because it belongs to our dear friend Bart Wilkus, JNC contributor and master of all things Isuzu. How does one even begin to write a “Kidney, Anyone?” for their own car? I guess I’ll … Continue reading

8 Comments

EVENTS: Monterey Historics, Part 04 — Running a Datsun 240Z at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion

Today’s guest writer is Alvin Gogineni, a member of the Z Car Garage team that restored and worked as pit crew for Joel Anderson’s No. 49 IMSA Datsun 240Z at the Rolex Motorsports Reunion. —Ben If it’s the smell of 110 octane, … Continue reading

6 Comments

PROFILES: Sid Chiang’s 1986 Mugen Honda CRX Si

Sid Chiang is a long-time veteran of the automotive design world. He’s held positions at GM, where he worked on cars like as the C7 and Camaro, and before that Ford, where he was lead exterior designer on the ST44 Probe and Ford GT. Prior … Continue reading

15 Comments

KIDNEY, ANYONE? 20k-mile 1986 Isuzu Trooper II

Although there are still quite a few of these old workhorses around, they’re never in this kind of shape. Typically, Isuzu Troopers were rode hard and put up wet. They were used for transporting people and ab-used while hauling stuff. So … Continue reading

10 Comments

QotW: Which JNC should Cameron keep?

This week’s QotW comes from long-time JNC reader Cameron V., who hails from Cleveland, Ohio and goes by camshaft in the forums. He wrote us for help with deciding how to cull his herd to just one JNC, a question we turn over to you, dear … Continue reading

48 Comments

MINICARS: Custom 1:18 Models by Yordy Kolner

Today’s guest writer is Yordy Kolner, who hails from the Netherlands and, like Luis Aguilar, builds custom scale models of his favorite Japanese cars. However, Yordy starts with 1:18 scale cars made of diecast metal. Here’s his story in his … Continue reading

9 Comments

ART CORNER: The custom 1:24 models of Luis Aguilar, Part 02

We met Luis Aguilar at a local AE86 owner gathering and immediately had our brains melted by his astounding 1:24 scale plastic models. It wasn’t just his tremendous attention to detail that caught our eye, but his highly accurate adherence … Continue reading

15 Comments

ART CORNER: The custom 1:24 models of Luis Aguilar, Part 01

We met Luis Aguilar at a local AE86 owner gathering and immediately had our brains melted by his astounding 1:24 scale plastic models. It wasn’t just his tremendous attention to detail that caught our eye, but his highly accurate adherence … Continue reading

8 Comments

KIDNEY, ANYONE? 33k-mile Isuzu Impulse

I don’t think I have ever seen a vintage Isuzu for sale with an asking price that exceeds $5,000 this comfortably. But in my opinion, it doesn’t get much better than this 1984 Isuzu Impulse with just under 34,000 miles. 

11 Comments

KIDNEY, ANYONE? A pair of Isuzu Bellel Diesels

Kidney anyone?  Well, not quite, as I bet this pair of Isuzu Bellels can be had for a song. Wait, wait! Before all you Toyota and Nissan geeks shrug this one off as just another boring Isuzu no one wants, you should know … Continue reading

14 Comments

KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1983 Datsun 720 Pickup on eBay with No Reserve

Want to stand out from the crowd and express your love for retro 80s styling? Now’s your chance. This 1983 Datsun 720 4×4 pickup is beautifully unmolested, and at 30 years old, looks almost brand new save for some minor bed wear that proves … Continue reading

8 Comments

SHOP LIFE: A visit to Rocky Auto, Nissan resto-modder extraordinare

Today’s guest writer is David Lovett of Classic Car Nagoya, who recently went on a little field trip to Rocky Auto. The famous tuning shop’s founder, Yoshiya Watanabe, will make a rare American appearance at Vintage Auto Salon this weekend so come … Continue reading

20 Comments

GARAGE LIFE: A visit with Isuzu Sports Eagle

We first met Koji Okane, owner of Isuzu Sports Eagle, in 2009 at the inaugural Nos2Days show. A gracious guy, he invited us to his shop but our time in Japan was too short. We could think of no one … Continue reading

26 Comments

EVENTS: 2013 Nostalgic2Days, Part 01

The latest dispatch from guest writer David Lovett of Classic Car Nagoya covers Part 01 of the annual Nos2Days event, where we first encountered CCN years ago. —Ben There’s one show every year I absolutely refuse to miss. Nostalgic 2 Days happens every year … Continue reading

18 Comments

EVENTS: Classic Japan 2012, Part 05: Staff Favo(u)rites

Our picks of Classic Japan 2012 coverage from Melbourne, Australia thanks to guest writer Adam Laws —Dan Our fifth installment of Classic Japan 2012 coverage features the JNC staff favourites. As it turns out, they have pretty damned good taste … Continue reading

13 Comments

EVENTS: Classic Japan 2012, Part 04: Never Seen in the USA

Part 04 of Adam Laws’ Classic Japan 2012 coverage from Melbourne, Australia covers a whole bunch of J-tin that is rarely spotted in the USA. —Dan In Australia the Mazda range in the 70s included both the RX-3 and its … Continue reading

15 Comments

EVENTS: Classic Japan 2012, Part 03: Modified Classics

In Part 03, Adam Laws takes a look at the modified nostalgic cars from the 2012 Classic Japan show of Melbourne, Australia. —Dan Part 03 of our Classic Japan 2012 coverage features a whole range of modified classics, those special … Continue reading

15 Comments

EVENTS: Classic Japan 2012, Part 02: Totally Awesome 80s

In Part 02, Adam Laws continues his coverage of Classic Japan 2012 from Melbourne, Down Under. —Dan Our second installment of Classic Japan coverage from Australia is focused on some quintessential 80’s classics. Bring on the boxes! 1986 saw the … Continue reading

16 Comments

EVENTS: Classic Japan 2012, Part 01 — Rock Stock

Today’s coverage of the 2012 Classic Japan comes courtesy of Australian contributor Adam Laws. Enjoy! —Dan November 25th saw the second running of Classic Japan in Melbourne, Australia, a show celebrating 25-plus-year-old J-tin, run by the Toyota Car Club of Australia (VIC), in conjunction … Continue reading

13 Comments

EVENTS: 2012 Nagoya Classic Car Meeting

The latest dispatch from guest writer David Lovett of Classic Car Nagoya covers the annual Nagoya Classic Car Meeting held by the shop. Here’s his first-hand account. —Ben  Every year in November Classic Car Nagoya rents out the Toyota Stadium parking lot for a day to … Continue reading

9 Comments