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QotW: Take the JNC Challenge, Part 02

Last week, we introduced a new challenge segment for QotW. In fine fashion, JNC readers came up with some amazing answers with links and fact checking to prove it! The staff here were blown away by the amount of creativity … Continue reading

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QotW: Take the JNC Challenge, Part 01

Welcome to a new segment, “JNC Challenge,” that will be sprinkled in throughout the year. After stellar responses in previous QotW, we decided to put your creativity to the test. The premise is simple, we will ask a situational question … Continue reading

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PIXELATED: Tokyo Xtreme Racer is coming back

Video game publisher Genki recently tweeted an picture of a Nissan GT-R idling at a Tokyo expressway pull-off zone at night, ready for action. For JNCers of a certain age, then image should instantly evoke the thrill of Tokyo Xtreme … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Hot Wheels designer Jun Imai details the Datsun Fairlady 2000

The Nissan Fairlady 2000 is one of the most anticipated cars of the 2017 Hot Wheels lineup, and it’s easy to see why. Dedicated collectors will easily spot the signature touches of designer Jun Imai, who has transformed it into … Continue reading

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Sayonara, 2016. Happy New Year from JNC

あけましておめでとうございます。

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MINICARS: A proper Japanese vintage barrel for Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels designer Jun Imai posted a photo of two newer Z castings recently, and hidden in the image was a surprise that bodes well for fans of proper Japanese barrels. If you look closely, you’ll notice that it’s a small size … Continue reading

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PRODUCT GUIDE: CSF BOSS External Oil Cooler

Do you have a shakotan build and want an external oil cooler that isn’t from a junkyard or some sketchy eBay seller? Luckily enough CSF has released their new BOSS External oil cooler. Originally designed for the Rocket Bunny S14 body … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s your best JNC moment of this fall (2016)?

It’s getting to be that time of the year again when the leaves of Irohazaka in Nikko start to fall and we can look back on this fall season. During that season, maybe you had a chance to finish that … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Yet more cars (and bikes) from the Honda Collection Hall

Will the Honda Collection Hall ever run out of vehicles to demonstrate? It’s positively amazing that not only do they have the cars, but that they are all kept up in running condition, whether they be motorcycles, cars, or racing machines. Often … Continue reading

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QotW: What JNC would Dracula drive (and why)?

Halloween is nearly upon us so why not go for a fun one! There are many iterations of Dracula over the years. He supposedly is hundreds of years old. He’s seen the ages go by so why wouldn’t he get … Continue reading

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NEWS: All your Mitsubishi are belong to us

Do not adjust your set. This is a takeover. Nissan’s purchase of a controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors is now official. Transaction complete. Nissan-Mitsubishi-Renault-Samsung-Dacia-Venucia-Lada Alliance is now one of the top three largest automotive groups in the world. Plants will be optimized, … Continue reading

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Come to the Toyota USA Museum for the Touge 80s finish

This Saturday will be the inaugural running of Touge 80s, our first Touge California event with a focus on cars of the pop-up headlight era. After six hours of driving, our finish will be the Toyota USA Museum. And while all openings on the driving … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: First US-market Honda to debut

Last year at JCCS we highlighted an old, neglected Honda N600 with peeling, non-original paint. Why? Because it was the first Honda automobile ever built for the US market. One year later, it’s been completely restored and is ready for its debut this Saturday. The … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Nissan 2017 GT-R NISMO debut, Matchbox Hakosuka giveaway

After a strong showing in 2015, Nissan will be back at the Japanese Classic Car Show this year in a big way. First off, they’ll be showing what is arguably the crowning jewel of its American collection, the BRE Datsun 510 raced by John … Continue reading

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Stay safe out there, Tokyo!

Typhoon Mindulle is hammering Tokyo right now with epic rains. A tunnel on the Chuo Expressway in Tokyo saw some epic flooding this morning. The storm is headed towards Tohoku next. Looks like I won’t be driving my Skyline for a … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Behind the scenes at Toyota’s Calty design studio

We all know that cars are designed, but what is “design,” exactly? A new video released by Toyota aims to answer that question via a history and tour of their Calty design studio. Toyota was the first Japanese automaker to open … Continue reading

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Happy Mountain Day from JNC

Happy Mountain Day from JNC! If you’ve never heard of Mountain Day, a national holiday in Japan, don’t feel bad. Over a third of actual Japanese people have no idea it exists either. To be fair, it’s a new holiday — so new, … Continue reading

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Happy 810 Day from JNC!

Happy 810 Day from JNC! Here’s Jorge Ramirez’s old goon for your viewing pleasure.

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VIDEO: Corolla Matsuri 2016 goes all-out 80s on VHS tape

By now you’re all familiar with the typical drift video — dramatic hi-def footage of heat waves coming off of the tarmac, wheels being mounted, zipties being zipped, and cars sliding in slow-mo to the beat of electronica. This is … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Sung Kang’s Fugu Z is now a Hot Wheels

We’ve known it was coming for quite some time, but now it’s official. Over Instagram, Fast & Furious actor Sung Kang revealed that his Fugu Z is now immortalized in Hot Wheels form. 

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