Last year a fantastic new show called the Bayline Gathering emerged on the NorCal scene. It brought out some of the best cars the region had to offer and filled a void that desperately needed filling. Last month, the organizers were back with another event called Shokuji J-Tin.
In Japanese, shokuji means “to have a meal together,” hence the awesome Ed Roth-style octopus driving a hakosuka design on their T-shirts. If you missed out on the shirts, they’ve made more and are available here.
The group behind both events is the HJCG, and one of our favorite parts of this show is the location at the San Leandro Marina, which gorgeously overlooks the the San Francisco Bay. If you can find a location more reminiscent of Tokyo Bay, let us know.
That’s why for our first installment of Shokuji J-Tin coverage, we’re turning an eye towards the JDM and techno-sled look that you’d see along the infamous Bayshore Route along Tokyo Bay. Oppa Wangan Style!
It’s hard to get more Wangan Style than with an angular, turbocharged GT from the Bubble Economy. We loved Art Lingad‘s Z31 300ZX last year and it returned to wow us again. Louvers, T-tops and a turbo scoop. You can’t get more 80s than that!
One of the standouts at this show was this MX73 Cressida. Not only was it an extremely clean base, but a rare combination of both restraint and bosozoku style.
The hako-type wing is an increasingly popular accessory for shakotan Cressys, and the red stripe is what’s known as a “Day Two” modification. You get your boso ride on Day One; add a diagonal line on Day Two.
We what we love most is that it’s a rolling tribute to Hoshino Impul wheel, complete with star logo on the fender. Now that’s taking vintage barrel admiration to a whole new level.
If you prefer your Cressidas stock, feast your eyes on this bone-stock champagne X60. Can you not envision this sweet ride gliding down the Shuto in 1984 with a proud new owner behind the wheel? It was probably purchased from some Bay Area senior who has no idea that her ride is a favorite amongst Japanese car gangs.
Not all Wangan cruisers had to be long-wheelbase sixes. A first-gen Honda CRX with a Houseman widebody kit would be just at home blasting through the concrete jungles of seaside Tokyo.
The Toyota MR2 is another iconic 80s wedge, and red Rebel Alliance center caps on gunmetal RS-Watanabes are the perfect match to its crimson paint and black canopy trim.
Takumi Fujiwara in da house. You can almost see him standing by the water, gazing into the horizon as the dramatic music swells.
Although the height of Wangan street racing coincided with the rise of the Bubble Economy, plenty of pre-80s cars look right at home on the waterfront too. Ed Dizon‘s 2T-G Celica would have been the hot ticket back in ’71.
Enkei Turbo Mesh are not the first wheel that comes to mind when you think of a JDM 510 Bluebird Coupe. Somehow, though Sean Shokouh pulls it off on his daruma rival.
Another Bluebird coupe on Enkeis, this time the classic 92 meshies. We love the slightly yellower off-white color on this example. NorCal’s quickly becoming a rival to, if not surpassing, SoCal in clean 510 builds!
The definitive JDM car these days seems to be the hakosuka Skyline, a white GC10 on Wats is about as Japanese as you can get. Especially when it’s parked between a red-on-black DR30 and gold Savanna RX-7.
The Bay Area is home to Mark Arcenal and the Fatlace brand, so it was natural that he’d make a brief appearance in his Work CR-01 shod kenmeri before making a fashionably early exit.
The Bayline Gathering is probably most famous for bringing Diane “Mary” Krey-Wesley out of retirement and back into the nostalgic limelight. Since we last saw her at JCCS our very own Jason Kusagaya has helped her fulfill her dream of returning to Japan after a 40 year absence. Here she is holding up the newspaper article about her visit.
We’ll have more coverage from this event coming up. Stay tuned!