Author Archives: Ricky Silverio

VIDEO: Jay Leno goes bananas for a Savanna

Jay Leno was is probably the most famous Mazda Cosmo Sport owner out there, but that doesn’t mean he can’t still get his socks knocked off by a bridgeported 13B turbo RX-3. In the latest Jay Leno’s Garage video, the host meets … Continue reading

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SAN MAMIYA’S CORNER: San Mamiya X JNC debut

We are proud to welcome Japan-based artist San Mamiya as a regular contributor to JNC. After we featured his brilliant artwork in March, some of the JNC staff commissioned him to draw their own cars. That project snowballed into a deeper collaboration, and we hope readers … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Oka no Blume Meeting 2015

Watch as the purveyors of Japanese shakotan style head to a meet in Shiga Prefecture. Words cannot do these cars justice so you’ll just have to watch the video itself. 

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Why the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R has “doubled” in price

According to several Japanese car importing businesses, prices of the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R have doubled in Japan. This is not surprising, as the R32 is one of the most sought-after cars from the tuner era and it is now federally legal to import … Continue reading

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SHOP LIFE: The return of Racing Mate

Racing Mate, the Japanese motorsport accessories company, founded in the 1960s by race car drivers Soukichi Shikiba and Tokudaiji Aritsune, is back. While the relaunch has been planned as early as 2013, they have just recently released the first complete kit, and it’s … Continue reading

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MINICARS: 2016 Hot Wheels Chevy LUV

We’ve been told 2016 is going to be a great year for JNC fans that are diecast collectors, and here’s the first evidence of that. Photos of a Hot Wheels 1977 Chevy LUV have been leaked. Of course, JNCers know this car as the … Continue reading

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MINICARS: “Barn Find” Hot Wheels

For almost as long as there’s been Hot Wheels, there have been customizers. Lately the trend in modified Hot Wheels, especially with the new generation of collectors, has been the use of patina to emulate worn out, barn find, or … Continue reading

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MINICARS: 2015 Hot Wheels Datsun 510 Bluebird Wagon coming soon in black

An image for the a recolor of the Hot Wheels Datsun 510 wagon was revealed online today. The second issue of the 2015 graphic scheme (the first one having been released earlier this year in yellow) is a sinister black with beige … Continue reading

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MOTORSPORT: 1968 Honda RA302 replica

  Do you wish you could have a 1960s Honda F1 car of your very own? A British outfit called Stuart-Taylor Motorsport is building a life-size replica of the 1968 Honda RA302, an interesting choice considering the original’s morbid history. 

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MINICARS: Should Lego make an official Land Cruiser kit?

Do you want to see a Lego Land Cruiser set? There’s a 40-series up for evaluation right now, and if it gets enough votes it could become an official Lego kit.

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MINICARS: How J-tin will save Matchbox

The news came down this morning, dropping like a bombshell in the diecast world. For 2016, Matchbox will add two Japanese icons to its lineup. The first is a no-brainer: the ND Miata is Mazda’s latest sportster and the most … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: The illustrations of U井T吾

For this installment of JNC‘s Art Corner, we feature another artist from Japan. U井T吾, 27, is a Kyoto-based artist whose day job is in character design for board games and social gaming. Fortunately for us, he’s also an enthusiast of old Japanese … Continue reading

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VIDEO: One of the nicest Mazda RX-3s you’ll ever see

Last week we showed you Australian insurance company Shannons’ video about the collectability of the first-gen Toyota Celica. Here’s an earlier one they’ve done about the seminal Mazda RX-3, and it features one of the most stunningly original examples you’ll ever see. There’s … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Aussie history of the Toyota Celica

Shannons, and Australian classic car insurance company has a great series of videos about collectors cars you should consider. While most feature Holdens and cars you’d see in Mad Max, one recent video is all about the Toyota Celica and its emergence … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Mazda MX-5 Miata, NA vs ND

You know what’s up with the 2016 Mazda Miata already. It’s smaller, lighter, and quicker than the outgoing model. No, it still does not have any more horsepower than the outgoing NC. It has fewer, in fact. However, if you … Continue reading

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MINICARS: A brief history of subscription scale models

We recently showed you the ultimate Hakosuka Skyline model, a 1:8 scale wonder with 400-plus pieces that will require $1500 and two years to complete. Available only by subscription, the model is fed to you week by week, piece by piece, like body … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Kenmeri GT-R, 2000GT up for auction at Monterey

Last year’s Monterey auctions introduced the Nissan Skyline to guys who, until that very moment, thought a Hakosuka was an octopus-based snack. Similar head scratching occurred moments later when two decades-old Toyotas and a Mazda followed and sold for big bucks. After that, every automotive journalist, … Continue reading

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NEWS: Toyota celebrates 10 million domestic Corolla sales

Over the weekend the humble Toyota Corolla surpassed 10 million in domestic sales, and Toyota Japan released a small video to in honor of the occasion. Of course the Corolla is already entered the record books in late 2013 for racking … Continue reading

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MINICARS: The ultimate Hakosuka Skyline scale model will take you two years to complete

Only in Japan could something so obsessed with detail, patience and completism exist. This KPGC10 Nissan Skyline GT-R scale model is, quite simply, astounding, measuring over 21 inches in length at 1:8 scale and comprised of over 400 individual pieces that … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Lego Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux

Sorry to disappoint right off the bat, but this is not an official Lego set. It’s the creation of Russian brick enthusiast who goes by RM8, but it’s something Lego should seriously consider offering. In addition to realistic proportions, the Lego Cruiser features doors that lock … Continue reading

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