We at Japanese Nostalgic Car are proud to announce that Touge California, our vintage road rally for all Japanese marques, returns for 2017 with Mazda as the title sponsor. It is a particularly great honor this year, as 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Mazda’s rotary engine, and Touge California will be part of the festivities.
The 2017 Touge California will take place on July 15 in southern California. The road rally will cover approximately 200 miles of twisting mountain roads and stunning lakeside drives that represent the namesake of the event.
In Japanese, touge refers to the hallowed mountain passes that gave birth to up- and down-hill battles, the art of drifting, and some of the country’s most renowned racing heroes. Many of the cars we know and love were forged on such roads, and Touge California was designed to bring the spirit of Japanese motoring to America.
Entries are now being accepted. We’re looking for exceptional pre-1980 Japanese cars and driver/navigator teams who are ready to embrace a fun and challenging day behind the wheel. Touge California is not a race or timed competition.
DATE: Saturday, July 15, 2017. Start time will be at 10 a.m. Pacific Time at a southern California location to be disclosed upon acceptance into the event.
ELIGIBLE VEHICLES: Any Japanese car manufactured before 1980, though continuation models are eligible (i.e., the Mazda RX-7 was introduced in 1979, so all examples of that generation through its completion in 1985 are permitted). Stock and modified cars are welcome, though we’re looking for outstanding examples. No project cars, mismatched paint, excessive rust or major dents, please. All vehicles must have valid registration and insurance.
TEAMS: All teams are required to have a driver and a navigator. No exceptions. Additional passengers are permitted, but only as many as there are seatbelts in the vehicle. All participants must be 18 or older. No prior rally experience is required.
ROUTE: We will give exact route instructions on the day of the event, but generally speaking we will start in San Diego County. Expect a mix of moderately challenging canyon roads, beach cruising, and a little suburban traffic. As is customary for Touge California events, the finish will include festivities hosted by our title sponsor, Mazda, in Orange County, California.
ENTRY: We are looking for a range of makes and models and have limited openings. Application is not guarantee of entry. Early registration will be taken into consideration. Deadline for entries is Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. All applications will undergo a selection process; we will notify accepted entries no later than Monday, June 26, 2017.
THE BOTTOM LINE: The entry fee is $100 per car, which includes a gift bag and dinner. No fees are due until acceptance is confirmed. To apply, please fill out the application form. We hope you can join us!
For a more detailed explanation of the event, see last year’s Touge California.