Nissan owners are a passionate bunch, with owners who are fanatical about Z-Cars, 510s, and Skylines. While it’s great to be enthusiastic about your favorite model, the fervency expressed by owners of the most popular models often overshadows the amazing diversity of the Nissan family tree. Shows like Nissan Jam, however, do a pretty good job of showcasing all members of the clan.
Perhaps the most impressive showing was the large contingent of the S12 chassis. The strength of the 200SX group was nothing to write home about compared to the Zs, but it was still the biggest gathering we have ever seen. Many of them, like Ann Gonzaga’s Light Pewter 1986 hatchback, were original owner cars, or ones that had stayed in the family since new.
S13 and S14 240SXes, while popular, still don’t get entire shows devoted to them like Nissan’s more popular models do. Sure, they dominate at drift days, but Nissan Jam is one of the few places where we see them loved as cars, not as conveyances in which to go sideways.
One of our favorites was Yuichi Ikegaya’s kouki S14, despite its XXRs. As the proprietor of one of the Tokyo’s most well known Skyline shops, Utilitas, he obviously has no shortage of access to proper Japanese barrels. So why the XXRs? Because he keeps this car in the US, and wanted to make it as USDM style as possible. And, sadly, a Japanese car enthusiasts’s image of USDM is that it must run XXR wheels.
Rear-wheel-drive Maximas are nearly all but forgotten outside the JNC world, but here at Nissan Jam there were at least two of them, holding down a lonely corner of La Palma Park.
Our love for wagons around these parts is well known, and Nissan Jam’s collection of classic longroofs did not disappoint. A truly surprising turnout of B310 Sunny wagons was supplemented by a Josue Elias’s lone 610 of any body style, and Royale Sera’s PU11 Maxima goon.
Toyotas get most of the import truck love in car enthusiast circles these days, but it could be argued that Nissan has the more varied and impressive history of compact pickups. Jose Tarin took home the second place award in the Trucks category for his light green 3S-GE Beams-powered 1971 521, while Luis Chavez won Best Truck with his red SR20DET-equipped D21 Hardbody.
We also found Uriel Gomez’s 1986 720 with slats across every horizontal front surface a rad symbol of the 80s.
Last but not least, Nissan Jam even manages to attract oddball JDM cars that would otherwise have no place to be showcased. Jeff Koch’s Nissan S-Cargo and Datsmo’s C30 Laurel are cars you simply don’t see anywhere else.
To be continued…