One of the great things about an event like Nissan Jam is the sheer diversity of cars it brings out. Sure, there are Z and Roadster gatherings in SoCal, and 510s are bound to show up wherever you go, but there aren’t many places where you can see a B210, Sentra SE-R and a Patrol, along with the usual fleet of 240Zs and 510s, all in one place.
Ladies old and new abounded, albeit with a distinct variation in styles. Josh Kreat’s Hayashi-shod 1600 roadster exudes old school simplicity, while Henry Vasquez’s 40th Anniversary 370Z epitomizes new school show cars with a roll call a mile long.
Even Silvias spanned the era from Mike Sameshima’s S110 200SX to a facelifted S14. However, we still await the day when a CSP311 or S10 make an appearance.
Mike Posada’s B13 Sentra SE-R is one of those cars that was an enthusiast favorite not too long ago, yet have all but vanished in recent years. Rather than 90s tuner, a JDM Super Saloon front bumper, hako wing, fender mirrors and white-letter tires provide the modern-but-retro-inspired zokusha look that’s popular with the kids these days.
Jeff Drew’s 1985 720 pickup has over 208,000 miles and serves as his daily driver. He’s even found a period Nissan hood bra to to match his sunset plates.
Ron Sino-Cruz is probably most well known for his VIP G50 Nissan President, but at the complete opposite end of the spectrum is his lime green 1976 Datsun B210, zoku’ed out on Techno Phantoms.
This Datsun 521 could’ve been twins with the 320 pickup we saw in Part 01. It had the same perfect patina, red painted steelies and dog dish hubcaps. It’s a rare and beautiful truck that we hope stays exactly as is.
Audrey Reese won Best Truck for her 1967 Nissan Patrol (darker blue with white roof). She was joined by Lou Bircheff’s 1969, a barn find that had been stored for 30 years with 18,000 original miles. It had one owner, and its paint and tires are what it left the factory with.
Another one of our favorite regulars is Saro Fagerian’s and his Shiro Special 300ZX, one of only 1,002 all-white Z31s made, and with less than 8,000 miles on the clock. Saro took home second place in the Best 300ZX category.
Roy Quintana had a different take on his Z31, heavily modified with an S13 coilover suspension and and a custom turquoise paint job with flared fenders and hippari stretch.
David Moreno brought the show’s lone Datsun 710, complete with Enkei Compe wheels and swapped 5-speed.
George Curiel’s 1973 Datsun 620 possessed an interesting rat rod aura, full of zokusha touches like a tsurikawa, a buttload of stickers, and rare 5-spoke Hayashis.
One of the most impressive 510 builds was Dominic Le’s black beauty, swapped with an S14 SR20DET stroked to 2.2 liters with a Tomei kit. A slew of Tomei valvetrain components, custom hi-rise headers and a Koyorad radiator help keep it flowing. A 280ZX 5-speed swap and tons of custom work to the suspension, crossmembers, driveshaft and brakes make it an incredible achievement.
John Huckins’ 1972 510 looks like an unassuming yellow wagon, but powered by an SR20DET with a 9:1 compression ratio and NISMO 740 cc injectors while rocking a Wilwood big brake upgrade and a full coilover and four-link suspension in the rear, it’s quite the sleeper.
Of course, in the end there were still more Z-Cars than anything else, so let’s give proper recognition to some of the award winners. John Moran, president of the Empire Z Car Club took second place in the Best 80s Z category with his stock 1974 Datsun 260Z.
In the 240Z category, Luiz Lopez won 3rd Place with his 1970, a great example of a newer build done in exacting period correct US style with slot mags, high sidewalls and bumper guards.
John Williams took home second in the Best 240Z category with his race-ready L28 swap and many custom parts. John’s car was also the subject of the recent 240Z video by Electric Federal.
However, the overall winner of Best 240Z was Alton Takeyasu and his 1972 S30. There wasn’t any crazy engine swap or super rare parts, just an immaculate paint job and tremendous attention to detail.
That concludes Part 02 of our Nissan Jam coverage. There’s still more to come, but in case you missed it check out Part 01.