EVENTS: 2014 All-Toyotafest, Part 04 — Museum Pieces

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For our final installment of Toyotafest coverage, we bring you the museum-worthy cars that put meaning to the word classic. Whether its racing provenance, rarity, pop culture status or just a stupendously fantastic specimen, these are the cars that are should be exhibited and preserved as inspiration for posterity.  Continue reading

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NEWS: Get one of 100 Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Editions today, while supplies last

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In honor of the Miata’s 25th birthday Mazda has created just one hundred MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition roadsters. A special website will open for orders in just a few hours, on May 20 at 10:25 am Pacific Time. UPDATE: Well, that was quick. All 100 sold out in 10 minutes. We can’t praise Mazda enough for recognizing their heritage when many Japanese companies seem hesitant to do so, and were on hand at the Miata’s New York birthday bash last month. That’s where the 25th Anniversary Edition was unveiled and here’s what it has to offer: Continue reading

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QotW: Which JNC should Cameron keep?

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This week’s QotW comes from long-time JNC reader Cameron V., who hails from Cleveland, Ohio and goes by camshaft in the forums. He wrote us for help with deciding how to cull his herd to just one JNC, a question we turn over to you, dear reader. Will it be the Mazda, Toyota or Nissan? We’ll let him describe his dilemma in his own words. Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2014 All-Toyotafest, Part 03 — Practicals

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We’ve seen the high-end luxocruisers that gave Toyota its reputation of apocalypse-grade reliability and the long-forgotten sports coupes Akio Toyoda hopes will rekindle passions for his great-grandfather’s company, but Part 03 of our Toyotafest coverage is about the everyday cars and trucks that made the ToMoCo kingdom possible.  Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2014 All-Toyotafest Part 02 — The Sports Coupes

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This year Toyotafest fell on a very special occasion — President and CEO Akio Toyoda‘s 58th birthday. Since taking the helm of his great-grandfather’s company in 2009, Toyoda-san has vowed to bring the wakudoki back. What’s wakudoki? “A palpable, heart-pounding sense of excitement,” says Toyota. To do that Toyoda-san, an occasional race car driver who’s done laps in a competition-prepped Lexus LFA, has sworn to imbue Toyota’s lineup with fun, sporty cars the marque was once known for. Wait, Toyotas were sporty and exciting? Here’s a reminder of what was. Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2014 All-Toyotafest, Part 01— Luxe & GT

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Hanging like a cloud over the festivities of the 19th annual All-Toyotafest this year was the news that had been leaked to the press a week prior: Toyota USA was moving its headquarters, which had been a southern California fixture since 1957, to Texas. What would happen to the Toyota USA Museum in Torrance? To its vast archives of historic data? To Toyotafest? It was with this uncertainty in mind that we began to explore the fine specimens of Aichi steel that had taken the 57-year journey to the lawn of Queen Mary Park.

Since it seemed like the end of an era was upon us, let’s first take a look at the luxury sedans, grand tourers, and deluxe nameplates whispered in reverence that made Toyota great.  Continue reading

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VIDEO: Identify these nostalgic Nissan race cars by sound

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Pop quiz, hotshot. Five nostalgic Nissan race machines tear down a straight. You have only the glorious sounds of their motors to identify whether they are the 1971 Safari 240Z, a touring spec B110 Sunny Excellent, the turbocharged 240RS, the OG Prince Skyline GT or the 1982 Safari A10 Violet.

Think you’ve got the chops to tell which is which by sound only? Watch the video below and post your guesses in the comments. Honor system in full effect! Continue reading

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2014 Nissan Jam registration now open

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Registration for the 2014 Nissan Jam is now open. After the success of last year’s inaugural show, the venue has been opened up to include space for even more Nissan and Datsun cars than last year. Click here to register. All entrants receive a free T-shirt.

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QotW: What’s the story with your JNC’s keychain?

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Keychains. They will soon be a thing of the past thanks to fancy push-button starters and “smart” keys. Can something really even be called a key fob if there is no key attached?

Well, at least when you drive a JNC you can still get that visceral, at-one-with-the-machine thrill when you rotate a lock tumbler with a good, old-fashioned blade and bow. Plus, they provide another personalizable connection with the car because they can be unique, sentimental or a collector’s item unto themselves, rather than a uniform black oval designed specifically to fly out of your shorts pocket and into the driver’s seat-center console trench because it is smoother than a suppository. What symbol of motoring tradition sways from your steering column as you bomb down the streets of your town and what does it mean to you?

What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a toy. Click through to see the winner of the last QotW, “Is Toyota making the right move?”  Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day from JNC

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A page from the 1962 Mazda Carol 360 brochure, one of Japan’s first family cars. Happy Mother’s Day from JNC.

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