Today is Hobby Day in Japan, a pun made from combining the numbers shi (4) and yumi (3) to make shumi (“hobby” in Japanese). Of course, one could argue that cars themselves are a hobby, but we’ve found that those who go deep on cars tend to be bet pretty otaku with other interests as well. This time, we’re not limiting the response to just car-related hobbies, but anything that floats your boats:
What are your hobbies?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What JNC will never die?“.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the comments became a “greatest hits” list of most beloved nameplates. The first answer out of the gate was the Nissan Z, picked by Jeremy A. and Taylor C. While enthusiasts will keep that car alive ’til the end of time, there was definitely a time between, say, the 370Z’s eighth and twelfth year on the market, that it wasn’t so certain Nissan would continue the model. Similarly, HE HE‘s pick of the GT-R shares a similar fate.
On the other hand, Mazda has sworn it will never abandon the Miata, which Taylor also picked, along with Mark. Hopefully that remains true no matter how many CEOs take the helm. Jim Klein and dankan both cast votes for the Toyota Land Cruiser, which will outlive even cockroaches as individual vehicles, but Toyota was apparently dumb enough to kill off the name in the US.
We appreciated Long Beach Mike‘s unconventional answer, the Subaru Outback, as it seems to be the bread-and-butter car for the company. Similarly, dankan‘s choice of the Civic and Sammy B‘s Corolla nomination are best sellers for their respective companies. In the end, it was Alan‘s comment about the Toyota Corolla that won the week, because he got right to the heart of what makes JNCs so addictive:
In time, each successive generation of Corolla and Camry inevitably become the most common and accessible JNC’s.
I can’t count how many times I’ve lied to myself along the lines of “I’ll never look at a 9th gen Corolla the way I do an E70 chassis”. Well, here we are, and I notice them more than ever.
JNC’s are so practical that even the dullest commuter car example will forcibly invade your heart over a certain timeline. Whether I like it or not, there are automatic FWD Corollas parked among the big Mikunis, sequential turbos, ATTESA’s, 4WS systems, double wishbones, and 8,000 + rippum redlines in my dreams.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!