I think you’re making a mountain out of a molehill in regards to JNC's use of the term Nostalgic. Or, maybe I'm missing something.
Perhaps there should
be a governing body that determines automotive nomenclature, but to my limited scope of knowledge, there isn’t. Just because one organization says one thing, doesn’t make it right. Club “A” has one definition and Club “B” has another.... so who’s right?
In one entry you state:
... Classic and antique have rigid definitions put forth by another car related organization, the Classic Car Club of America. Antique is 45+ years old. Classic is 25+ years old. They put additional requirements above and beyond age:
Usually the cars recognized as “CCCA Classics” were built inhttp://www.classiccarclub.org
limited production numbers and were quite expensive when new.
As a group, they represent the pinnacle of engineering, styling and
design for their era.
While in fact the CCCA says...
CCCA CLASSICWhich would make a classic at least 62 years old.
A term defined by the Classic Car Club of America to include only specific important marques built largely between 1925 and 1948. See a list of CCCA Classics on our website.
When used by the Classic Car Club of America, it is an exclusive list that includes only specific important marques built between largely between 1925 and 1948. The term is often applied loosely by owners to any car.
(Br.) Post WW-2 collectable car. These are not the cars CCCA is talking about, but our friends in the UK are. We are indeed two nations separated by a common language.
And they disagree what the Brits define.Also according to the CCCA, an ANTIQUE car would be 25 years old
A general description of any car that is 25 years old or more. All Full Classics(tm) are antiques, but not all antiques are Full Classics(tm) as defined by the club.
What bothers me even more about the CCCA is this little part...
...only specific important marques...
"Only specific important marques
"..., so what about everything else? Sounds a bit exclusive to me.
Now, as for this...
Antique Automobile Club of America
Antique is 45+ years old. Classic is 25+ years old.
Mind you, I have not visited their site to confirm anything, but according to your post, their definition is just the opposite that of the CCCA.
Now I can not speak for the founders of JNC, but if you ask me, when they coined their name, I have a feeling they were thinking more in these lines, as taken from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:
2. a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition; also : something that evokes nostalgia
This falls more in line with that popular magazine from Japan that a lot of us like to look at, Nostalgic Hero. I think their use of the term Nostalgic is based on a similar definition.
And if JNC want's to go with 1985 as a date to determine which cars are in & which cars are out, that's fine by me. It's their magazine and they may set their own standard as to what is included. Maybe at some point, they will include a section for 'new' nostalgics. Either way, whatever they do, whatever they call it, I'm happy that they DO cover old Japanese cars, regardless of what anyone wants to call them.