KIDNEY, ANYONE? Bubble Economy Honda Civic Si trio

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Have you noticed? Original, mint-condition, late-80s Hondas  have been coming out of the woodwork over the past year. On eBay, right now, there are two Civic Si examples, both incredibly clean, while a similar-condition CRX Si auction just ended. Are we seeing a classic Honda boom? Continue reading

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Reminder: Nissan Jam 2014, Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

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Just a reminder, the 2014 Nissan Jam show will be this Sunday, June 15 in Costa Mesa, California.

There will be over 100 Datsun and Nissan cars at this event, from Sunnys to GT-Rs, hakosukas to Zs.

Special guest MC Alain Montiel will be hosting, and vendors include Stillen Motorsports, Barramundi Wheels, and more.

Stop by the JNC booth — we will be debuting an exclusive T-shirt created by DesignerD, the Nissan designer who created the Nissan IDx!

Doors open at 10am and the show goes till 2pm. See you there!

Location: Connell Nissan, 2850 Harbor Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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NEWS: The end of the kei car era?

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For Japan’s largest automakers, the kei car has outlived its usefulness. The government is aware of this and is ratcheting up taxes on the uniquely Japanese microcars to make their cost of ownership more on par with regular passenger cars. The move could signal the end of the kei car era as we know it.  Continue reading

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Happy 610 Day from JNC

Bluebird 610 brochure

On this day, our day of 610s.

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QotW: What’s your greatest JNC tragedy?

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This weekend’s sad news about a 2000GT being at the wrong place at the wrong time got us thinking about the heartbreak our cars cause us.

What’s your greatest JNC tragedy?

Sure, Mother Nature showing us who’s boss by cold dropping a 6.2-foot diameter tree on the most coveted Japanese car of all time is a bummer, but that’s what they call a freak accident. What’s less forgivable is when human hands ruin a 2000GT, on purpose. Now that we’re in the crying mood, we want to hear your automotive sob story. Accidents, forced sales, abandoned projects, make us weep!

What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of the last QotW, “What would Bunta drive in an Initial D prequel?Continue reading

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NEWS: Passing Toyota 2000GT crushed by tree

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There were only 337 production examples of the Toyota 2000GT built. Now there’s one less. At about 9:00 am this morning in the Gokayama area of Toyama Prefecture, the classic flagship car passed under a 100-foot beech. Unfortunately, that’s the exact moment the tree came down.  Continue reading

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MINICARS: Get these 2014 Hot Wheels right now

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Can’t find any J-tin on the pegs? You must live in California. However the consensus from other parts of the country seems that miniature Nihon steel is getting hard to find in those areas too. Much like 1968 was a banner year for traditional Hot Wheels collectors, 2014 is turning out to be the most Japanese year in Hot Wheels history.  Continue reading

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Classic & Sports Car pits Toyota 2000GT against UK and US counterparts

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The June 2014 issue of the UK’s Classic & Sports Car pits a Jaguar E-Type against a 1965 Corvette and a Toyota 2000GT to see which continent produced the best sixties sports coupe. Long-time readers know what’s coming next: A genuflecting ode to the perennial British favorite, a car that God himself did bestow on mankind because he felt bad about the whole global flood thing, while the Toyota, created only to pay tribute to the all-great Jaguar, is just lucky to be in the E-Type’s beatific presence.

Except, that didn’t happen.  Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Okinawa

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To Americans, the name Okinawa immediately conjures images of US military bases. However, the archipelago located south of Honshu, Japan’s main landmass, is also a popular subtropical tourist destination. Okinawa literally means “a rope in the open sea” and is comprised of a 600-mile chain of over 160 individual islands, only 49 of which are inhabited. But where there are people, there are cars.  Continue reading

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BOOK CLUB: Koichi Inouye’s 1960s Japanese sports cars volumes now available in English

Koichi Inouye books

Three Koichi Inouye books about 1960s Japanese sports cars have been translated into English and published as e-books. The works cover seminal automobiles from Japan’s largest automakers, the Honda S-Series, Toyota 2000GT and Sports 800, and the Datsun Fairlady roadster.  Continue reading

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