Today marks the first week in Japan that truly feels like spring is in the air. Temperatures are hovering right around T-shirt wearing digits (a JNC shirt found in the JNC Shop would do the trick). It’s time to tackle that honored tradition of taking your JNC out on a spring drive. For many of us, that first drive is more of a shakedown to prepare for summer months of mountain drives and car meets. The trunk gets filled with tools, fluids (more than usual, anyway), and an assortment of rags and drop cloths just in case.
The spring cruise can also be the first time your JNC sees light outside of a garage or car cover in months. Just yesterday, in my neighborhood I saw a C110 Skyline GT-R Kenmeri in magical metallic royal blue that any Hot Wheels fan would swoon over, rolling on deep MkII barrels with period-correct stretched tires. I’ve lived in the area for some time, but this was the first occasion seeing it roam the streets. Thanks, spring!
So JNCers, what will be your spring cruise? Will it be strategically planned around parts stores? A long run along cool breezes in the canyons? Maybe a first test for your newly purchased or restored JNC?
Where will you road trip your JNC this spring?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What do you put up with on your JNC?”
Last week’s QotW asked what are we willing to look past for the sake of JNC ownership. Some of you, like Geoff, withstood endless suggestions from others to change your ride for the sake of more power. Or, like jivecom, endured remarks about how your JNC is not worthy to “superior” vehicles. I think some forget that we may like a vehicle for its unique characteristics, not just specs..
Fifty5engineering puts up with a vintage packaging. As a guy who is over six feet and enjoys a few beverages, I feel your pain.
Others, like Kiran, have to put up with mistaken identity and the tropes that come with it. Fun fact: Within the first year of owning my AE86 (a car Kiran’s Cordia gets mistaken for) mine was confused with everything from a plausible Honda Accord fastback to a DeLorean. After Initial D reached US shores, my slow blue-top (at the time) Corolla GT-S actually was mistaken for a godly drift rocket meant for overtaking.
Tom Westmacott gave an all-too-familiar account of the types of drives we wished to avoid. His long trips to the repair garage, and train trips back, is possibly one of the most tolerant acts of JNC ownership we’ve encountered. The fact that Tom makes the 50-mile trek to keep an RX-7 on the road deserves a nod.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!