Many places around the world are shutting down because of the COVID-19, a.k.a. the coronavirus. Though the virus has nothing to do with vintage Toyotas, this is an excellent time to get some work done on your JNC project if your workplace has shut down or your area is under home isolation advisement. Those circumstances may cause some people to go stir crazy, but luckily we are Car Enthusiasts. Social isolation? That sounds like wonderful hours of uninterrupted time in the garage, whether its swapping in a new transmission, claying your paint job, or redecorating the ol’ shed. Hell, since no one else is on the roads, it’s a great time to go for a drive.
What’s your JNC project until this whole coronavirus thing blows over?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Which JNC model deserves its own museum?”
There were several museum suggestions that we would actually pay good money to see among last week’s answers. An entire gallery full of Toyota taxis, as Negishi no Keibajo proposed? Where do we buy tickets? Similar collections of kei cars, the Toyota HiLux, Toyota Crown, and Mazda rotary, as submitted by エーイダン, robin, teddy, and both Brett and Daniel are all places we’d make special trips to see, but in the end there can be only one winner. This week, it was Dirty_S30, who made the best argument for a Z museum:
I personally think that the Nissan Z cars should have their own museum. It would include every Z car from the 240 up through the ZX’s and into the present era of 350, 370 and even the mysterious whispers of the 400Z. Now, I know what you might say. Oh that’s the boring answer. The obvious answer. And you might be right. But that doesn’t make it the wrong answer. Sometimes the right answer is the obvious answer.
This museum would have every model of Z car, with every trim level, turbo versions, and even all the goofy add-ons American dealerships put on the 240-280’s the jack up the dirt cheep prices. It would also have Z cars from different race teams, like the Paul Newman cars and such, and if the museum couldn’t find a 240Z 432 or a 432R, they could just make some. Slap some carbon fiber on and a double stack exhaust. Ya know slap in a twin cam out of a hakosuka, no biggie, right? The museum should also have some examples of cars built by individuals. The availability and accessibility of the Z platform has given so many more people people the opportunity to build an amazing Japanese car (that has since become a classic). People have built them following so many different styles and philosophies, and they all (usually) look amazing.
The museum should have designs and drawings of all the different Z’s, original advertisements and marketing campaigns, theater sections were people can view all the commercials. People should leave the museum WANTING to buy buy a Z.
And why should they want to buy a Z? Because the Datsun (and Nissan) Z family is the family that put irresponsible automitive fun into the hands of everybody. It made irresponsible idiocy a thing for the masses. 6 cylinder shenanigans for the budget conscious. European performance at the price of a few transatlantic flights. What’s not to love. Let’s get us a museum going.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!