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Unloved Cars of Tochigi

Location scouting North of Tokyo, we were surprised to pass a yard not filled with the usual rural kei cars — or farming implements — but one filled with an enormous range of nostalgics.


Vintage Japanese Car Show at Laguna Gamagori

Laguna Gamagori is a seaside amusement park in Aichi Prefecture. JNC reader Nakazoto went to a vintage car show there recently and snapped a metric buttload of photos. Somehow, a light blue hakosuka looks simultaneously oh so wrong and oh … Continue reading


Wednesday Wall(s): Vintage Subarus by BOW

Remember last week’s nostalgic Honda wallpapers by BOW? Here are some Subarus for your desktop backgrounding pleasure. [Subaru]


Saitama Air-Cooled Yard

Students of automotive design and history advise us that the death of the rear-engine air-cooled car was dictated by a number of changing fashions and requirements. Pollution and noise requirements ensured two-strokes, with their oil-burning lubrication systems, were phased out … Continue reading


Subaru GL Achieves Higher Consciousness with Third Eye Passing Light

A few months ago we embarked on a dusty pilgrimage to an Inland Empire junkyard. We were in search of a motor mount for a 1986 Toyota Cressida, but accidentally found enlightenment instead. After trudging through the umpteenth corridor of … Continue reading


The First Subarus to Rally in North America

Don’t let its humble physique and faded pumpkin orange paint fool you. Long before legions of metallic blue Imprezas, this was the first Fuji Heavy to rally in North America. The Subaru FF-1 took on the Baja 500, baby, and … Continue reading


MSN UK Picks Top 50 Japanese Cars: So another media outlet tackles the question of the top Japanese cars of all time. Since it was a British outlet, we’ll go with the 1965 Daihatsu Compagno, which was apparently the first … Continue reading


EVENTS: 2010 New Year Meeting, Part 3

Okay, okay. We can’t keep the rabid Nissan nutters at bay any more. Luckily, as with most nostalgic car shows in Japan, the New Year Meeting has heavy emphasis on Skylines with a hearty helping of Fairladies and Sunnies on … Continue reading


Kidney, Anyone? 40K-Mile 1985 Subaru GL

At first, this 40,433-mile 1985 Subaru GL surprised us by popping up in Phoenix, Arizona. What does a state need with a quirky, all-wheel-drive hatchback if they don’t even know what a snowflake is? But it makes sense that such … Continue reading


Isuzu, Subaru and Daihatsu Label Liquor

The beauty of Kimi Kurasu Machi carrot shochu is that it combines three Japanese crazes — that of regional delicacies, alcohol, and limited edition products — and wraps them all in a label illustrated with nostalgic cars.


SEMA 2009: Nostalgics from Subaru and Honda

The floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center is much sparser than it has been in recent years, but SEMA 2009 is still several times the size of some Central American nations. We were heartened to see more and more … Continue reading


Subaru 216A, the Uber Toyota FT-86

As if Toyotaku weren’t already miffed enough that the long-awaited return of the AE86 was packin’ a Subaru 2.0L boxer under its sloping hood, here’s a little salt for that wound: it appears that the top line version of the … Continue reading


61 J-Tin Sightings in Alameda

Our buddy Murilee Martin over at Jalopnik has been documenting old cars still in service in his hometown of Alameda, California. “The Island that Rust Forgot,” he calls it. Out of 480 cars “Down on the Street,” 61 have been … Continue reading

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Retro Roundup: Mazda RX-7, Toyobaru 086a, Honda Prez

Despite a flagging global economy that’s hit Japan particularly hard and reports of the world’s auto manufacturers bailing on this year’s Tokyo Motor Show left and right this year, there are now some surprising rumors surfacing. If true, the 41st … Continue reading


JCCS Demo Reel

By the way, the crew at JCCS have released a demo reel to get you primed for the 5th annual show. It’s scheduled for Oct 3, 2009 in Irvine, CA. Mark your calendars now! You can also play Where’s Dan? … Continue reading


Daikoku by Day

You’ve all heard of the stories of Daikoku Parking Area. On weekends, it serves as the gathering area for a multitude of Japan’s outrageous car cultures, from hashiriya street racers to bosozoku bikers to crazy vanners with more fiberglass than … Continue reading


Japanese Backyard Collection of J-tin

This backyard stash of J-tin was just sitting about on a quiet suburban side street. The owner of this trove may not want to be revealed so I won’t mention any names, but he did say that the majority of … Continue reading


Nos2Days Day 1 Sneak Peek

So this is why I’m in Japan and posting Friday videos on Thursday – the first ever Nos2Days show in Yokohama. As you might have guessed it lasts two days and is sponsored by the best selling Japanese classic car … Continue reading


Toyota "086A" Project On Like Donkey Kong

Hachiroku, the digits 8 and 6, are legendary in the annals of Toyotaku by simply being the chassis code for last of the great FR Corollas. The car’s demise left a gaping hole in Toyota’s lineup that couldn’t be filled … Continue reading


Big Gallery of Airborne Nostalgics II

Back by popular demand, here’s the continuation of our Airborne Nostalgics series in which we post nothing but pictures of J-tin momentarily defying the forces of gravity. We also urge you to free any similar images you have from the … Continue reading