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EVENTS: Monterey Historics, Part 03 — Motorsports Reunion

Perhaps the only thing more heavenly than hearing a cacophony of uncorked engines at full tear is actually witnessing a fleet of irreplaceable metal come screaming over the hills. The Rolex Motorsports Reunion is one of the highlights — possibly the highlight — of … Continue reading

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Hachimaru Hero ranks the top 80s Japanese cars

Hachimaru Hero (80s Hero) is the Bubble Decade’s counterpart to Nostalgic Hero. Both come from the same publisher but nowadays interest in 80s Japanese cars is picking up speed. Recently the magazine put out a reader survey asking for the … Continue reading

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EVENTS: 2014 SpoCom

Google “SpoCom” and you’ll find more photos of bikinied booth babes than actual cars, but occasionally this “automotive lifestyle” show for the dubstep crowd does turn up some JNC gems. To show you, we dodged legions of rehearsing dance crews, suffered loud electronic distortion … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 125-mile 1985 Honda Civic

These may be the worst photos ever taken by someone trying to sell what is claimed to be a historic vehicle. Despite the potato-cam, however, the seller of this 1985 Honda Civic hatchback claims that it was a special car commemorating the … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Fujimi’s Touge Series Box Illustrations

Long after earning driver’s licenses and pinkslips to our rides, some of us still find ourselves mired in plastic model cars. Perhaps it reflects the constraint suffered by many of us on budget, space, or sanity (of ourselves and/or family … Continue reading

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ART CORNER: Rocket Craft’s stuffed cars are the cutest thing ever

The problem with cars is that they’re made of metal. That means rust, skinned knuckles, and, most importantly, an inability to be cuddly. A shop called Rocket Craft has solved that last one for us by creating a series of stuffed cars, which are totally … Continue reading

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QotW: What’s the best shade of JNC blue?

Happy Marine Day! Also known as Ocean Day, the third Monday of every July is a Japanese national holiday that celebrates the seas and the bounty they provide for the island nation. On St. Patrick’s Day we asked for the … Continue reading

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RIP James Garner, 1928-2014

James Garner, actor, car enthusiast, and Mazda spokesman has passed away at the age of 86. He will be missed.

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VIDEO: The Kanjozoku by Bowls Films

Osaka’s midnight racers have been terrorizing the Kanjo Loop line for decades. There have been many stories about the Kanjozoku, but a new short by Bowls Films is the most in-depth look yet at the Honda Civic driving speed junkies. 

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QotW: Just the tip of the iceberg, or last of a dying breed?

Last week we saw several nice Hondas come out of the woodwork, including newfound appreciation for a Mugen CRX Si with customizing styles way ahead of its time. Are these just the tip of the iceberg, or last of a dying … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day from JNC

To all the daddy JNCers out there, Happy Fathers Day.

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PROFILES: Sid Chiang’s 1986 Mugen Honda CRX Si

Sid Chiang is a long-time veteran of the automotive design world. He’s held positions at GM, where he worked on cars like as the C7 and Camaro, and before that Ford, where he was lead exterior designer on the ST44 Probe and Ford GT. Prior … Continue reading

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? Bubble Economy Honda Civic Si trio

Have you noticed? Original, mint-condition, late-80s Hondas  have been coming out of the woodwork over the past year. On eBay, right now, there are two Civic Si examples, both incredibly clean, while a similar-condition CRX Si auction just ended. Are we seeing a … Continue reading

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NEWS: The end of the kei car era?

For Japan’s largest automakers, the kei car has outlived its usefulness. The government is aware of this and is ratcheting up taxes on the uniquely Japanese microcars to make their cost of ownership more on par with regular passenger cars. The … Continue reading

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MINICARS: Get these 2014 Hot Wheels right now

Can’t find any J-tin on the pegs? You must live in California. However the consensus from other parts of the country seems that miniature Nihon steel is getting hard to find in those areas too. Much like 1968 was a banner year … Continue reading

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GRAND TOURING: Okinawa

To Americans, the name Okinawa immediately conjures images of US military bases. However, the archipelago located south of Honshu, Japan’s main landmass, is also a popular subtropical tourist destination. Okinawa literally means “a rope in the open sea” and is comprised of a 600-mile … Continue reading

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BOOK CLUB: Koichi Inouye’s 1960s Japanese sports cars volumes now available in English

Three Koichi Inouye books about 1960s Japanese sports cars have been translated into English and published as e-books. The works cover seminal automobiles from Japan’s largest automakers, the Honda S-Series, Toyota 2000GT and Sports 800, and the Datsun Fairlady roadster. 

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KIDNEY, ANYONE? 12k-mile Honda S800 Coupe at government auction

The cars at government auctions usually aren’t this interesting. In Fukuoka, Japan the Regional Taxation Bureau is trying to unload a Honda S800 Coupe with less than 12,000 miles. Yes, that’s miles, because this is something rare, even for Japan — a left … Continue reading

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JNC THEATER: Operation: Mystery! and the Tortoise

Kaiki Daisakusen (or Operation: Mystery! in English) was a 26-episode Japanese TV series about a team of investigators dispatched to solve cases involving supernatural phenomena. The SRI, or Science Research Institute may have been Japan’s 1960s counterpart to the FBI’s X-Files department, but Mulder and Scully never had … Continue reading

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NEWS: Honda S660 confirmed for 2015

Honda has greenlit the S660 roadster, shown at the Tokyo Motor Show last year, for production. The mid-engined kei sports car will begin rolling off the assembly lines in 2015.

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