Author Archives: Kevin San

NEWS: Hayashi Racing is making A-Series valve covers

Hayashi Racing is now making some lovely cast aluminum rocker covers for the Nissan A-series. Available in black or red (the blue one above is a custom job for a Hayashi Formula J race car). We expect most of these to be … Continue reading

7 Comments

EVENTS: Classic Japan 2017

As the JNC crew in SoCal was getting their 80s and 90s car show fill at Radwood, we here in Australia were going further back in time. Classic Japan in Melbourne is probably one of the best gatherings of Nihon … Continue reading

4 Comments

Tokyo Motor Show: The State of Cars in Japan

By now you have seen plenty of car magazine and social media channels declare the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show as being a disappointment. Leading up to the show, there were whispers of some tasty production cars being revealed: a Fairlady Z … Continue reading

9 Comments

Happy Halloween from JNC

What’s the first rule of entering a dark garage with a classic car? Don’t go in there alone. Happy Halloween from JNC!

6 Comments

Sayonara, 2016. Happy New Year from JNC

あけましておめでとうございます。

5 Comments

EVENTS: 2016 Classic Japan show in Australia

One of our favourite nostalgic car shows in any country is Classic Japan, which is held in Melbourne, Australia in December every year. Melbourne is 1000 km away from JNC‘s Australian HQ in Sydney, so it’s also an opportunity to … Continue reading

16 Comments

JNC is now on DriveTribe

Japanese Nostalgic Car has created a DriveTribe thingy. The social network created by ex-Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond may be the next big thing, or it may fizzle out dramatically. We’re not quite sure what the … Continue reading

11 Comments

VIDEO: Abandoned Hakosuka in Cyprus

The story of a Toyota dealership abandoned in Cyprus in the 1970s is well known to long time readers. Apparently, though, old Celicas and Corollas aren’t the only J-tin left to gather dust on the island republic. Here’s a very complete … Continue reading

5 Comments

VIDEO: Excellent clips from the Shakotan Boogie anime

Here are some clips from the anime adaptation of Shakotan Boogie, which came out in the early 90s. Animation-wise, it falls somewhere between Speed Racer and the original Initial D, but I think that we can all agree, that this … Continue reading

10 Comments

JNC PROJECT HAKO: look, Ma… I’m on TV!

There are lots of TV commercials which try to appeal to true enthusiasts, but if you were given the keys to a TV production company, what sort of commercial would you make? If you answered that you’d gather a whole … Continue reading

1 Comment

SHOP LIFE: The Barrel Bros’ super wheel restorations

One of the most important (and expensive!) purchases you’ll make for your ride, are a nice set of wheels. J-nostalgics just don’t look right without the right vintage wheels, and so you’re probably already a veteran of cruising Yahoo Auctions … Continue reading

16 Comments

VIDEO: JNC Project Hakosuka hits the skidpan!

Since 2011 or so, a very nice LSD unit has been sitting under a cloth in the corner of  the JNC Hakosuka garage.  I never finished gathering all the parts I needed to install it until I had some spare … Continue reading

3 Comments

VIDEO: Club-level race at Nakayama circuit in 1985

This video of a club-level race at Nakayama Circuit in 1985 has got everything: AW11, Gemini, Bluebird, R30, SA22, multiple generations of Truenos and Levins, and the smooth jazz of a Gran Turismo menu screen. Watch the video below.

5 Comments

25 YEAR CLUB: Mitsubishi GTO

If you had to rank the social pecking order of JDM performance cars, then the Skyline GT-R would be the king. No matter what marque you favor, it’s hard to argue against the decades of motorsport glory and performance folklore … Continue reading

25 Comments

QotW: What’s the most insane luxury feature on a JNC?

Japan’s culture had always put a high priority on service, but along with new technologies came novel ways for automakers to provide some truly crazy luxury experiences for their customers. Therefore we ask: What’s the most insane luxury feature? Heaps … Continue reading

12 Comments

QotW: What’s the worst example of badge engineering?

Badge engineering. It’s one of the dirty little schemes of the auto industry that continuously surprises us, not by the Mitsubishi parts when you thought you were buying a Dodge, but because it continues to fool the average consumer. What’s … Continue reading

50 Comments

FUTURE NOSTALGIC: Toyota Alphard, king of VIP vans

No, you haven’t traveled into the future. The Toyota Alphard isn’t nostalgic yet, but to ignore them would mean turning a blind eye to a huge part of Japan’s car culture. Custom minivans are serious business in Japan and the … Continue reading

13 Comments

Happy Halloween from JNC!

To all JNCers resurrecting creaky, decrepit, faded, and just plain old cars, we wish you a Happy Halloween.

3 Comments

KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1965 Nissan President

From 1965, if you wanted the very pimpest and plushest the Nissan empire had to offer, then you’d go to your friendly neighbourhood dealer and plunk down a not-trivial six million yen for a President. The Royal Family may have rolled … Continue reading

6 Comments

Documentary: Sayonara Speed Tribes!

Ever since we started JNC, the sub-culture of the bosozoku biker gangs of Japan has always been a fascinating subject. The bosozoku were always a feeder-class as thugs for the mafia, but as we reported many moons ago, their outlaw traditions have … Continue reading

13 Comments