QotW: What job well done are you thankful for?
Japan obviously doesn’t celebrate the same Thanksgiving Day as the US, but there’s a very similar holiday in Japan that occurs on November 23 each year. Labor Thanksgiving Day, or Kinrōkanshanohi, has its roots in a harvest festival, but in modern times honors workers and their role in society. Though many JNCers are do-it-yourselfers, there are always things we need help with, whether it’s from a tradesman, a good buddy, or the creator of some obscure part with which your project would otherwise be incomplete.
What job well done are you thankful for?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What should be inducted into the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame next?”
There are some glaring omissions in the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame, as many of you have pointed out. From newer machines like the Z32 Twin Turbo that art derix suggested to tried-and-true workhorses like the Toyota HiLux recommended by Teddy. Angelo‘s nomination of the Toyota Crown Comfort came close to securing victory, but in the end it was My_Fairlady_ZFG‘s inspirational answer that won our hearts.
The Datsun S30 Chassis should be inducted into the JAHFA. I don’t know the impact the 240Z, 260Z, and 280Z had on the Japanese domestic market, but I do know the S30 was monumental in America. A fuel efficient, fun sports car that anyone could afford was something that was totally new here. It opened up the opportunity of motoring adventure to the Everyman and changed thousands of lives as a result. Now, I don’t know these things for a fact because I was not alive at the time, but I am beginning to see it for myself as I restore my own 240Z. The joy I get when 50 year old technologies and parts still work as well as they did, or near as well as they did, the day they rolled off the assembly line, is a unique thing. The S30 chassis is dynamically influential, in that it continues to be revolutionary, even today. My generation can tear one apart and see how cars used to be made. They can learn about points and condensers and all the other analog technology that isn’t used in newer cars, and see the brilliance in it. I know points and such are not unique by any means to the S30, but it is a valuable lesson that needs to be learned My young car enthusiasts, that stage III chips and computers and self driving cars And even power steering are not needed for fun. The S30 serves just fine.
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