QotW: What are the biggest changes to the Japanese classic scene in the last decade?
As we wind down the decade, it’s a good time to reflect on how drastically the Japanese classic scene has changed in the past 10 years. The 2010s saw increased acceptance of Japanese cars as rapidly appreciating collectors’ items, modification trends that lean towards keeping a car more stock or period correct, and a boom in collectors of Japanese classic diecasts. In the world of the carmakers themselves, we saw massive changes in the landscape, with Nissan and Toyota consolidating Japan’s car companies into two huge entities, Nissan’s management completely upended, and Mazda come out of nowhere to take the mantle of the go-to brand for driving enthusiasts. A decade is along period of time to reflect on.
What are the biggest changes to the Japanese classic scene in the last decade?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “If you could own a Japanese race car from any era, what would it be?”
There are so many legendary Japanese race cars that it’s hard to choose just one. We had answers ranging from RainMeister‘s Honda F1 car to Banpei‘s humble little Toyota Sports 800. Rally cars were a popular option, like j_tso‘s Impreza WRC or エーイダン‘s Safari Lancer 1600GSR. Purpose-built cars like Some Guy‘s Prince R380 or speedie‘s Mazda 787B are also top tier choices. However, the story we found most heartwarming was young Master Troy‘s, about his love for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV:
I’m a pretty young person, so I haven’t seen many Japanese race cars in the flesh, and I really haven’t seen any of them driven at the limit, so one could say that I don’t have a deep backstory to any particular race car. I can pull out one card that influenced me so deeply that even an entire decade later I still consider the street version to be my ultimate affordable dream car.
Back around 12 years ago, I was first introduced to the world of motorsport through my dad and his PS2. He had all the greatest car games, Midnight Club 3, WRC, FlatOut 2, and the old Burnout games as well. One game stood out as the greatest of all though, Gran Turismo 4. With such a legendary status, it overwhelmed me, and to this day I’m still very proud of my 95.7% complete save file.
One car though, became my utmost favorite to drive though. It wasn’t the Calsonic R32 or those shadow Group C racers that appear rarely. I loved the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV WRC car. It might seem a bit bland, but this car, through my childhood, has become something that’s more than just a car to me. Since then I’ve been a diehard Evo fan, particular to the IV-VI models, and one day, I’ll finally get my keys to a Steel Silver Evo IV GSR, a dream I’ve had all those years.
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