Author Archives: John Roper

EVENTS: 2015 NISMO Fiesta

In its fifth year, NISMO Fiesta has become the premiere event for Nissan nuts of Texas. With a new venue in the capital of Austin, the Nissan devoted came from all over the Lone Star State, with a few traveling from as … Continue reading

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JNC THEATER: Gorilla: Metropolitan Police Squad 8 DVD box set

Strap into your gull-winged Starion, because the entire 46-episode run of Gorilla: Metropolitan Police Department Squad 8 goes on sale tomorrow, December 17. What is Gorilla: Metropolitan Police Department Squad 8? It’s an 80s cop show produced in Japan, complete with shootouts, explosions, car chases, … Continue reading

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PRODUCT GUIDE: S2 Carbon Works Skate Decks

Are you jonesing for a glimpse of hakosuka Skyline or Datsun 510 during your sick front side 180 ollie? The S2 Carbon Works 2014 line of skate decks has some pretty cool JDM style rides, including a VIP Celsior/Lexus LS and … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Papercraft nostalgics by Metmania Fan

Got some time to kill? Perhaps the art of papercraft as applied to some JNCs will do the trick. These are the creation of a Japanese artist who goes by the name Metmania Fan, and cover a whole range of … Continue reading

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PRODUCT GUIDE: Datsun 510 reproduction panels by Futofab

One way to tell if your car has attained true classic status is how many reproduction parts are available. For example, it is possible to buy an entire 1967-69 Camaro bare metal body brand new and completely licensed by GM. JNCs … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Million Dollar Baby, Part 02

Two months ago a shockwave was sent through the automotive world when a 1967 Toyota 2000GT became the first Japanese car to break the million dollar barrier. 1,155,000 buckaroos to be exact. But was it a fluke? Well, we shall … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Belatrix Yellow 1967 Toyota 2000GT

This 1967 Toyota 2000GT is expected to fetch $650,000 to $850,000 when it crosses the auction block on April 27. If it does, it would be a new high for Japan’s first supercar. 

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WEDNESDAY WALL: High-res Hakos

Do you like GT-Rs? Of course you do. Here are some high-res versions by Rob Shaw from the Skyline Festival at Fuji Speedway. 

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? NOS Datsun Competition L20 head, manifold and 50mm Mikunis

Today’s kidney trade is not even a complete car, but it could cost much more than one. The Nissan L20 Group 1 cylinder head is perhaps the rarest, most unobtainable piece of Datsun metal in the world. A race-only part … Continue reading

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VIDEO: @Speed Garage Thailand: The Garage Passion Built

Thailand is a hotbed of nostalgic car activity these days, and @Speed Garage is the perfect example of exactly why that is. From classic Skylines to a race-ready Toyota Starlet, it’s the stuff our most fevered dreams are made of. … Continue reading

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QotW: Which nostalgic car makes the perfect daily driver?

Some of us are blessed with enough parking to house multiple cars. Others must choose only one to fulfill all their practical, reliable and/or economical reqs while maintaining a veneer of old school Japan cool. Therefore we must ask: Which … Continue reading

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FRIDAY VIDEO: Wangan Midnight, The Movie, with subtitles

You know the drill. Boy meets Fairlady Z, boy restores Fairlady Z, boy learns Fairlady Z is possessed by a need to kill its owner. Wangan Midnight, the story of the Devil Z and its rivalry against the Blackbird Porsche … Continue reading

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Marty McFly’s Back to the Future Toyota Pickup getting a restoration

While plebeians consider the DeLorean the “cool car” from Back to the Future, JNCers know that the real gem from the series was the jet black 1985 Toyota 4×4 Pickup that Marty McFly owned in his new-and-improved future. Now an outfit called Time … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: The Stainless Steel Carrot: An Auto Racing Odyssey — Revisited

Fans of famed Datsun driver John Morton will have the chance to meet him this weekend at JCCS. While you’re there, you might want to pick up a copy of The Stainless Steel Carrot: An Auto Racing Odyssey — Revisited … Continue reading

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The coolest E82 Corolla on Earth is “unreal”

Can wheels/stance make anything look good? After looking at these photos we’d say the answer is a resounding “Yes!” It appears our friend Sebastian at VirtualModels, creator of the B310 Sunny California Shooting Brake, is at it again. Thankfully he has … Continue reading

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QotW: What Japanese concept should have been produced?

The Tokyo Motor Show is known across the auto industry for having the most crazed concepts in auto-dom. Future is what Japan does best, but last week Toyota debuted a concept at a toy show to get Japanese kids off … Continue reading

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Happy 5/10 Day!

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B310 Sunny Shooting Brake is a USDM Jammer’s wet dream

This guy’s pretty crafty with the Photoshop. He calls it the Nissan Sunny California Shooting Brake. Let’s see… big bumpers, door mirrors, two-door wagon, faux wood-grain paneling and the word “California.” Sounds like a USDM Jammer’s wet dream to us. … Continue reading

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Lung, Anyone? Star Shark Ashtray

Valentine’s day usually results in a bunch of useless containers shaped like hearts. But here’s a much, much cooler container shaped like a Star Shark! It’s a vintage ashtray, still stamped with the original manufacturer, Colin, on the back. The … Continue reading

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Bonus Video: Mazda Skyactiv gets retro

Not to be outdone by the boys at Fuji Heavy, Mazda has produced yet another look-at-our-awesome-history-of-fun-to-drive-cars montage commercial, but this time without the zoom-zoom. Instead, it’s to get the word out about its new family of Skyactiv motors. The spot … Continue reading

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