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Behold the bridge of the USS Mazda Cosmo

This is the interior of a third-generation Mazda Cosmo. The first generation 1967-72 Cosmo Sport had space-age styling on the outside. Then Mazda brought back the Cosmo name in 1975 for the Mazda RX-5, and the only thing spacey about … Continue reading

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JNC “Best of the Best” Shirts Now Available

Our “Best of the Best” shirts, featuring the top late-Sixties GT cars in racing livery, were a big hit at JCCS. We’ve made more of the sizes that sold out at the show, and they are available now in the … Continue reading

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JCCS 2011 Preview: JNC Best of the Best T-Shirt

It’s become sort of a tradition for us at JNC to debut a new T-shirt design at each JCCS show. This year, JNC‘s designer and Project Z owner Yee Chan came up with something really special, what he calls “Best … Continue reading

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Friday Videos: Sayonara, Rotary Engine

This week Mazda announced the death of the RX-8. That means that for the first time since the Cosmo 110S debuted in 1967, there will be no rotary powered car sold anywhere in the world. Currently about 300 unsold RX-8s … Continue reading

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Pre-Digital Camera Kobe Kyuusha Meeting

We here at JNC love photos taken in pre-digital days. Clearly it’s not the photo quality, it’s that these authentic time-warp photos probably lived in some Japanese bloke’s personal photo album until one fateful day when it met with a … Continue reading

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Friday Video: Zokusha Cruise Osaka

As Japan recovers, let’s visit a simpler time. Here’s a nice evening commute through Osaka. Judging from the cars the background, it’s mid-1980s. Fun times. Watch the video below the fold.

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Mazda Assembly Lines Through the Ages

Straight outta Hiroshima, let’s take a journey through Mazda’s assembly lines over the years. The above is a 1980 plant churning out the SA22C RX-7 Savanna by the boatload.

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Friday Video: Mazda Cosmo Sport in Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.0

While we’re on the topic of Mazda Cosmo Sports, we have no idea what Neon Genesis Evangelion 2.0 is about, but there is a decidedly old school Cosmo in an animated cityscape leading a bunch of gigantic, futuristic military vehicles. … Continue reading

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Mazda Cosmo Sport is a Chick/Dude Magnet

Oddly enough, one of Mazda‘s early successful export markets was Greece, where the three-wheeled Mazda T1500 was actually assembled locally. The above is a promotional photo for the Cosmo Sport from Mazda Greece, demonstrating clearly¬†why nostalgics are cool.

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Car Surfing on a Mazda Cosmo RX-5

The Jokers were one of Japan’s biggest bosozoku gangs in the ’70s and ’80s. What’s that? The¬†Mazda Cosmo AP looks too close to the pageant winner of Japan’s 1976 Car of the Year? How about one with garuchan headlight covers, … Continue reading

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