We’ve shown you a lot of cars from the 2011 New Year Meeting, but the event is much more than that. It’s a celebration of kyuusha kulture, and as you might expect, there’s all sorts of car-related goodies dotting the grounds. Let’s take a stroll through the booths, shall we?
We’ve shown you many of the car clubs that come to the Meeting, and most of them are devoted to one marque or model (like the S30 club beside this one). It’s rare and kind of cool to see a group that includes as diverse a selection as the Mazda Cosmo AP, 310 Bluebird and Honda Z.
But did you know that the New Year Meeting isn’t just about Japanese cars? It includes vintage vehicles from all over the world, and this club has gathered the best from Italy, Germany, Japan and the US.
And of course, some of the vendors were out and about. It was the perfect venue for Rays Wheels to show off their vintage-centric Volk TE37V rims.
09 Racing‘s primary business is motorcycle racing parts, but they’re branching out into carbon fiber pieces for vintage Japanese cars.
For diecast collectors, Ebbro makes some of the most detailed 1:43 scale minicars of kyuusha classics you’ll ever find. They make everything from kei cars to race machines but at $40 a pop, they’re not cheap.
Our friends at Kousoku Yuen magazine had a booth, with the editor-in-chief’s US-spec wood-paneled Toyota Cressida wagon lurking in the background.
Find almost any vintage brochure your heart desires. Full catalogs of popular models will probably set you back $50 or so. For something like an original Skyline brochure, get ready to spend $100, if you’re lucky.
The amount of old trinkets and stickers is pretty much endless. You could easily spend a thousand bucks in the blink of an eye. The Japanese know the value of old goods. Perhaps it is better just to view them from afar. Your wallet and kids will thank you.
Photos by Jason Kusagaya.