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Thread: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

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    Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    So I have had some odd things happen to me over the years on my various J-tin cars,and trucks. For the past 5 years or so it has been fine, but this afternoon I was reminded that there are still ignorant people in the world of cars.

    Now I understand my choice in vehicles is eclectic at best, but it still doesn't make what happened to me any more understandable. Around 6-7 years ago I went by a local cruise night with my 74 REPU, and started driving in the back where the "show" cars were parked (I parked way out in the grass area away from the "cool" cars on the pavement) as I thought it would be cool to show off my rare truck. As I was pulling in a guy at the gate stopped me by stepping in front of me. I guess he was handing out some sort of raffle ticket to participants that I didn't want or care about. I had my oldest son with me at the time, and was just looking to go park my truck,and look at some cool cars and trucks. The guy then tells me that he doesn't think I should be going into the show. I ask him why, and he says it was only for classic cars and trucks. I said great,and started to let out the clutch, and move along. He then steps back in front of me, and says I guess you didn't hear me? I said no I heard you just fine, and was going into park my truck. He says well you don't understand this show is only for old cars and trucks. I said okay well is 74 old enough? He steps back, and inspects my truck, and with a puzzled look on his face asks me if I were sure it was a 74? Of course I said, and drive into the show. The very next week I go to the same show as we had a good time aside from the guy at the gate, and wouldn't you know the same guy stops me again. I wasn't hearing any of his noise,and drove right past him or at least tried to, but he steps in front of me again with the same line of BS as the week before. I asked him nice and polite that if the show were for old and classic cars then why was there a brand new Vette, and Mustang sitting right in front of me? He says well they are future classics and "cool". Well I said leave me alone man this truck is "cool" and maybe one of the most rare vehicles you will see all night. I told him that I didn't want the stupid raffle ticket,and I was sick of him hassling me,and drove into the show. I have never had an issue with that show since, but I know that certain people would still rather not have any Asian, or import cars in it at all, but they can't stop us.


    Fast forward to tonight,and my youngest (5 years old) son, and I head out to another local cruise held at a semi-local Vocational school that I haven't been to in quite some time as last summer I was busy most Tuesdays so I couldn't make it. We went in my new 1990 Mitsubishi van. Now I understand it is an odd vehicle selection, but that's what makes it cool if you ask me. As we are pulling up to go into the parking area for the show I have another one of these coolness czar's stop me,and tell me that I was not welcome in the sparsely attended show. I asked him why,and he said it was because they only allow old cars in. The same tired line the other DB used on me 6 or so years ago. This time I was maybe just too tired, or not wanting confrontation due to being older but I just politely turned around (the mitsu van has an amazing turning radius by the way), and headed back home instead of entering the regular parking lot,and going to see the cars. Still it bugged me. I bet if I have a V8 under the seat they'd of let me in. What do you think?

    Do you guys get this hate where you live? I swear maybe it is a New England thing, but Japanese cars don't get any respect around here from anyone aside from other J-tin lovers or open-minded people. By that I mean way back when the guy hassled me about the REPU I had a great number of people say they loved my truck that night when I was either just getting out of it, or back into it to leave so I understand some people liked it, but the old guard muscle car guys seem to be stuck in the 1940's or something. I would have thought that by 2012 we would be past this sort of thing especially in a world where there really is no such thing as an American car anymore.

    Your thoughts?

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    Down here I think maybe there is a *little* bit of prejudice by the V8 muscle guys, but it's not very much. For example, a few weeks ago I took the Hako to an event which is called Muscle Car Saturday. After I parked up, I had a few ppl come over to say that they thought the Hako was the coolest car at the event.

    ...mind you, they said it in a whisper, as if it might be a bad thing for them to be overheard saying such a thing Then again, at a classic car show last yr, it was mostly V8 muscle inattendance, and the Hako got runner-up in entrants choice.
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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    I enjoy being the under dog at such events, I used to take my Colt to the regular vintage car display (it was eligible) just to stir up the old boys!

    Funny thing is, Baby boomers who are into muscle and old vintage are going to retire soon,
    some of there ridiculously priced 8's are going to be up for sale and there wont be anyone who cares around to by them soooo...

    prices will plummet!

    And Jap tin will go up.... the great cycle continues.

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    I haven't experienced it much in Detroit... but I haven't really tried to take the '71 Mazda to shows either (because it doesn't run... :lol: ).

    I'd chalk the REPU incidents up to one person's ignorance, and the Mitsu van doesn't surprise me, unfortunately- it's really not all that old, and unless you knew what it was, it just looks like an old van. I wouldn't expect to get into a classic car show with an '89 Aerostar, Astro, or Previa either.

    It just depends on the circles of people. Sit down classic car cruise ins tend to gather an older crowd- so even if opinions have changed, you're still interacting with the people who created that original opinion, and they haven't changed. And at this point, they likely won't change anyhow.

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    Try not to let a couple ignorant people get to you. I'll bet there was more people thrilled to see your REPU in the show. I know I would have.

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    I haven't taken the celica out to a proper car show yet, but it has attended several cars and coffee events. I don't try to park near the mustangs or exotics, eventhough last time there was an open spot between two 977s I really wanted to park in. I actually got quite a few "I had one of those when they were new" comments. I even had one lady who stopped and chatted with me for 10-15 minutes about the one she bought new in '76. She even remembered the color code for the paint! So I don't see it near as much as I used to. There are still those who look at my car weird, but I don't really care.
    I do notice, at the cars and coffee stuff, that more younger kids stop and notice my car than older folks. I still get people, especially at some of the local salvage yards talk about 'Jap crap" when they see my car. Ricers don't help the issue either :lol:

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    Back when I was driving my old R30 people used to tell me to send it to scrap and get a V8 all the time. When asked what they thought I should get, it was always "What, you dumb? Get a Commie/Falcon mate. Would shit all over that fucken Japanese piece of shit."
    Funny thing was, that R30 ate V8 Commodores and Falcons for breakfast, lol

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    you know the famous nickname where you are from for those types right?



    Massholes..





    other than that.. people are people.. prejudices come easy when its not about a person..

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    I get it all the time where I live, too...I'm tempted to organize my own car show. No cars older than 1980, no red Corvettes, nobody old enough to remember where they were when Kennedy got shot, and no friggin' Beach Boys blaring from the DJ booth. Reverse age cutoff FTW.

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    Re: Why in the year 2012 are Japanese cars still hated?

    We also still have some TEAM AMERICA v8 american steel types here in CA. Sort of related..I was riding my Honda 954RR home from work, and some angry old man in a convertible 350Z randomly cut me off right before a red light...he then proceeded to tell me "get your f*cking japanese rice rocket off the road". I then explained to him in not very kind words how he almost knocked me over for no reason and p.s. you are driving a japanese car you ignorant *($)*@#()*@@)($!!!!!

    However I haven't encountered any hate while driving my 240z, and mostly receive thumbs up and "i use to have one of those" comments. Like anything there will always be people ignorant to unfamiliar/foreign things...unfortunately

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