When Toyota holds a car show in the middle of Tokyo’s equivalent of Central Park, people notice. In Part 01 of our Meiji Jingu Classic Car Festival coverage we had the rare opportunity to see the best of Japan’s historic icons in their natural environment, wending their way through the bustling capital city. Once the route was completed, each car pulled into the heart of Meiji Jingu Park, attracting massive crowds of car fiends and weekend strollers alike. Continue reading
For Celica fans 1986 is known as the year when the beloved sports coupe was transformed from rear- to a front-wheel-drive. Despite its softening, Toyota was still hell-bent on scoring sales with an aggressive racing program. At the time there was no bigger US race series than IMSA touring cars, so three GTO-class Celicas were created to challenge the likes of the Mazda RX-7, Porsche 911 and Chevy Corvette. They were rear-drive, turbocharged, and produced as much as 600hp. And now you can own one. Continue reading
We’re extremely lucky to attend as many J-tin filled shows as we do, so it might sound like a first world problem when we say there’s always one teensy issue: The cars are stationary. That’s why when the Toyota Automobile Museum decided to host a classic car festival and parade in the heart of Tokyo, we simply had to go. Continue reading
Last year Hot Wheels graced us with the Toyota 2000GT, a car JNC readers have been clamoring for ever since the first hints of Mattel venturing into the world of nostalgics. For 2014 two re-colors of the million dollar baby have been released, including a gorgeous yellow example.
The black car was released at the tail end of 2013 and can still be found in stores. The yellow example was just leaked by The Lamley Group — meaning a likely shelf date at the end the first quarter — and features heritage cues based on famous cars in the 2000GT’s history. Continue reading
A new year is upon us, and if you haven’t already made a 2014 resolutions yet it’s not too late to start. Perhaps you have a heap of parts waiting to be re-merged into a car. Or 2014 could be when you finally make it out to one of the great car shows like JCCS. Or Maybe this is the year you add that special car to your garage.
What’s your 2014 automotive resolution?
We, for one, are going to make some improvements to this little corner of the internet we call home. The website is going to undergo some changes that’ll polish up navigation, presentation and just make the overall JNC experience more pleasurable. It’s going to be an exciting year ahead!
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, “Which “Class of 1989″ car is the greatest “new” JNC?“ Continue reading
At the Tokyo Motor Show last November Honda released a short video called “The Challenging Spirit of Honda.” Chock full of 1960s racing footage from Honda’s first foray into Formula 1, it begins with Old Man Soichiro’s world-beating RC motorcycles and culminates with engine testing in preparation for its 2015 return to F1. Continue reading
Just one day into 2014 and it’s happened. Enthusiast Trevor Cobb has become the first person to legally import an R32 Skyline GT-R into the United States under the 25-years-and-older exemption. You get the idea he’s been waiting a while. Continue reading
Japan’s shaken roadworthiness inspection is one of the world’s toughest. But it’s not strict enough, interestingly, to stop you from registering a full blown Le Mans prototype racer for street use.
Motorhead and Maiham Media have produced a fantastic video about Mr. A, Takeshi Moroi, and Senji Hoshino, three gentlemen insane/passionate enough to own, care for and drive a Jaguar XJ220C LM, Porsche 962C, and a Mazda 767B. It is the ultimate race enthusiast’s dream. Watch the video below. Continue reading
In Japan it’s a new year’s tradition to wake up early, drive to the coast or the top of your nearest mountain, and watch hatsuhinode, the year’s first sunrise. Bosozoku take this seriously enough that police blockades are set up to curtail their activities. We hope your 2014 is free from such encounters from law enforcement. Happy New Year from JNC!
Earlier today, Nissan released a teaser shot of a car called the Sports Sedan Concept to close out the year. The show car will be fully revealed at the Detroit Motor Show in January, where it will be joined by the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO for their North American debuts. The press release has led some media outlets to speculate that the Sports Sedan Concept is a Datsun 510 revival. It is not and here’s our evidence. Continue reading