Category Archives: honda

VIDEO: Honda celebrates 65th birthday with “Hands” advert

To celebrate its 65th birthday, Honda has created another insanely watchable commercial showcasing its long history of motorized products. In “Hands,” a single nut became everything from a Super Cub to an NSX to ASIMO the robot. It is the … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? A trio of Honda S600s, some assembly required

Er, how many kidneys does a human body have? Whatever it is we hope you’ve got enough, cause hidden gems are surfacing left and right this week. Hot on the heels of yesterday’s unmolested FC RX-7 comes a trio of Honda S600s … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 1986 Honda City Turbo II, with Motocompo

Looking for a rare little turbo trickster from the dawn of Honda’s golden age? Look no further than this 1986 Honda City Turbo II, Soichiro’s bulldog with the foldable bike in the trunk. 

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QotW: What’s the greatest Japanese Nostalgic Motorcycle?

We talk a lot about cars here, but really, the most Japanese form of transportation is the motorcycle. From pimped scooters to crotch rockets the variety and performance spectrum of Nihon’s bikes is just as great as that of their … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the most environmentally friendly JNC?

Today is Earth Day, and JNCs have always been at the forefront of environmentally friendly motoring. If it wasn’t for the Oil Crisis of 1973, JNCs may not have even entered the mainstream automotive world. From kei cars to hybrids … Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Shio no Michi, the Salt Road — Part 01

Having not been away in a few weeks, we decided to take a Monday off and spend three days exploring Nagano Prefecture and some of the less traveled valleys near the Northern Alps. Using our usual form of taking the main … Continue reading

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Honda/Acura to Completely Revert to 1991 Lineup

Honda Motor Corp. has shocked the automotive world with the announcement that it will be completely reverting to its 1991 lineup. Safety and emissions equipment will be updated and prices adjusted for inflation, but everything else — including its former … Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Mobara Twin Circuit

As some of you might know, I own a dark gray Honda S800M Coupe, and it has landed me right in the middle of Tokyo’s S-car scene. When some friends went out for a day of circuit racing, I decided to … Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Kanto

Since the opening of the Yamate Tunnel, provided traffic is light of course, traversing Tokyo to join the out-going expressways has become a lot easier. In ten or fifteen minutes, you can join the Joban for a quick run out … Continue reading

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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

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QotW: What’s the worst mod you can make to a classic car?

There’s purists and there’s everyone else. At least that’s how the purists see things. We don’t expect everyone to keep their JNC showroom original, but there are things that simply should not be done. What’s the worst mod you can … Continue reading

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QotW: Who’s the Baddest President of a Japanese Car Company?

Since Monday was Presidents’ Day here in the States, we thought it’d be a good time to find out which captains of Japanese industry you admire most. From Mitsubishi founder and real life samurai Yataro Iwasaki to current Toyota head … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2013 JCCA New Year Meeting, Part 02

In Part 01 of our 2013 New Year Meeting coverage, our photogs arrived on the scene in Odaiba, Tokyo. Nihon steel was shot, the swap meets was perused, and legends of Japanese motoring were admired. We see no reason not … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day from JNC

A chocolate Tomica is either the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for the car lover in your life or a diabolical plan to drive die-hard collectors insane. You can’t keep this one Mint in Box, but it would sure taste good … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Car Craft Boon’s Kazuhiro Furukawa explains what it means to be a Kanjo Racer

This isn’t the type of thing we usually cover on JNC. Sure, the video spends a large amount of time spotlighting a “hellaflush” EK Civic, but Kanjo racing is a deep rooted part of Japan’s — and particularly Osaka’s — … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Kyosho Honda Collection 1974 Civic RS

Remember to go to DaBox Toys and get 7.5% off any order with the coupon code JNC2013. If there’s one thing about Japanese collectibles that’ll drive you crazy, it’s the blind box. Found in toy stores and konbini across Japan, … Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Driving the Chubu Touge, Part 02

In Part 01 of our Chubu grand tour, we escaped Tokyo by expressway northwest into the mountains. Our return trip took us on roads less traveled, over some of Japan’s most famous winding passes known as touge. We had made … Continue reading

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QotW: Which car should Japanese automakers sell again exactly as they were?

In 1998 Nissan embarked on an unprecedented program to buy back 1970-71 Datsun 240Zs, restore them, and sell them through dealerships with an official warranty. Only about 40 of the 250 planned cars were sold, and even at nearly $28,000 … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Tomica Limited Vintage Neo Honda CR-X

In the last installment our series on nostalgic collectibles, we looked at the Tomica Limited Vintage Toyota Crown. The TLV line pumped out casting after casting of stupendously detailed models of 60s and 70s cars for two years, and its … Continue reading

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VIDEO: The Emperor of Japan drives a mauve Honda Integra

You would think that being the absolute top dog of a country known for building spectacular vehicles would provide Emperor Akihito with a garage to end all garages. Instead, when the head honcho of the Japanese royal family is not … Continue reading

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