QotW: Tell us you’re a JNC owner without telling us you’re a JNC owner

The JNC life is a hard one. There’s a lot to deal with when you drive an old car, so let’s commiserate with each other by playing the Tell Me Challenge, in which you tell your fellow travelers what it’s like to own an old Japanese car without actually saying that.  For instance, “I have enough parts stashed away to build a second example of my car,” or, “I don’t know whether to laugh or cry when I look at Bring a Trailer,” or, “People always ask me what year Mustang I’m driving.”

Tell us you’re a JNC owner without telling us you own a JNC.

The best comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the one car enthusiast tourist thing you must do before you die?”.

For several readers, the dream journey was a road trip along the mountains of Japan. For others, it was more traditional events like Monterey Car Week or a cross-country road trip to JCCS. However, GSX-R35 offered something we didn’t even consider, and something that anyone can do, which is why the answer was this week’s winner.

As a car nut in general and die-hard Nissan nerd specifically, I feel extremely lucky to have had the chance to do a lot of cool car enthusiast tourist activities over the years such as joining the DSport Tokyo Auto Salon tour; doing a Nismo track day at COTA, attending R’s Day and driving at Laguna Seca, watching an F1 race at Indy, and so on and so forth. In fact, I just got back from a week on the East Coast driving the Blue Ridge Parkway and culminating in a trip to NIssan NA HQ then getting a tour of their private heritage collection at the Lane Motor Museum.

There are still a lot of trips on my bucket list I’d like to do such as attend the 24 Hours of Le Mans, watch a Super GT race in person, and rent a JDM performance car to drive the touge in Gunma prefecture but like most people time is a major limitation – so if there’s one truly touristy thing I’d wish I could do as a car enthusiast it would be simply to have the luxury of a week or two off from work and other responsibilities, pack a bag, and head off on a road trip in my favorite car.

Maybe I won’t even have a specific destination in mind…just have a simple goal of spending time with my pride and joy in search of some cool sights and great driving roads.

Life is short and as such it’s all too easy to focus solely on the big goals but sometimes the biggest joys in life are the simpler ones. Just like you don’t have to go to Fiji or Paris to have a great time with a beautiful lady in your life (or handsome man as the case may be), you also don’t necessarily have to make the trip to an automotive mecca to spend quality time with that special vehicle in your life 🙂

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24 Responses to QotW: Tell us you’re a JNC owner without telling us you’re a JNC owner

  1. My_Fairlady_ZFG says:

    It’s rare that I find replacement parts in my local junkyards. Very rare. When I find a donor, it’s a reason to celebrate. Sometimes parts are cheaper too, because “yeah that’s just some weird stuff.”

  2. speedie says:

    “I saw my exact car drive by me the other day and I wondered where they got their exterior trim.”

  3. BW says:

    “I prefer subs to dubs”

  4. j_c says:

    NOS means New Old Stock.

  5. Ben E says:

    Check out my vacuum diagram!

  6. Simon Berridge says:

    One of the first tabs on your browser is “auctions.yahoo.co.jp” and you can be found scrolling through at any time of the day

  7. Yuri says:

    I often pay six times the amount on shipping than I do the part itself.

    Some of my best friends I communicate with using Google translate.

    I always take a large empty suitcase on every trip to Japan.

    I never go to the junkyard because the same people have already stripped the car like the one I own to the bone within 30 minutes of it getting there, and the parts are already on facebook for ten times the price.

    I always laugh when someone says that cars are always a depreciating asset.

    I’ve bought entire cars for parts because it’s easier to find the whole car than the part I need.

    I’ve ended up restoring some of those parts cars, because they were worth more that way than as parts.

    This means I have literally bought parts cars for my parts cars.

    I have purchased a 911 Turbo in the hope that it gains enough value I can sell it to buy an R33 GTR down the road.

  8. Michael Jue says:

    Wow, I used to buy OE parts for a quarter of that much! And now all I can get are reproductions.

  9. MikeRL411 says:

    Little old ladies tell me “My daddy bought me one of y\those when I graduated from High School”.

  10. sagquattro says:

    Your search history is full of ebay links and Bring A Trailer

  11. Ian N says:

    ALL of the above!

  12. CycoPablo says:

    Overheard when running: “It’s nice, but where’s the back half?”

  13. Angelo says:

    I thought girls would adore my car, but then I got surrounded with uncles trying to reminisce their old days.

  14. gaijinshogun says:

    When the covered cars have these strange bumps on the front fenders.

  15. shaun says:

    Do you feel like coming over for some steamy Jinba ittai ?

  16. Walter says:

    I have started documenting a list of all the drivers I’ve seen who drive the same model as I do.
    I have seen a total of 3 in varying conditions within my local area.

  17. ra21benj says:

    Every new sports car I see looks huge.

  18. 555jay says:

    I bought a 3D printer because all my crispy plastic parts are dead-stock.

  19. Bill Bailey says:

    My CA “sunset” plate begins with 2.

  20. Danny says:

    I buy 14″ tires when they’re in stock, not just when I need them, because I’m afraid they’ll get discontinued.

  21. jon hayden says:

    I am willing to spend more for a pair of used Everwing brand fog lights than for a set of nos Marchal/Cibie of far superior quality.

  22. Jonathan P. says:

    I have more vacuum running through the motor than a Kirby manufacturing plant.

  23. By correctly pronouncing “軽自動車”.

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