To the average consumer the formula is pretty straightforward: new = good. But JNC owners know better than that. The last couple of decades have seen an in-car technology boom, but if you’re reading this you likely long for the days when technology enhanced driving performance, not digital convenience; fuel injection, not
blind spot monitoring. Modern cars are faster than ever but arguably less fun. What was the turning point? CVTs? Drive by wire? Touchscreens? Mandatory traction control? Let us know when tech began detracting from the driving experience rather than amplifying it.
What technology made modern cars less interesting?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What works from your childhood fueled your love for cars?“
The comments this week provided a nostalgic journey that brought fond memories out of long-term storage. It seems that almost unanimously, Knight Rider and Dukes of Hazzard were highly influential. We won’t even mention all the times those were brought up because it would get pretty repetitive. Instead, here are the other works that fueled your love for cars.
For Ian G. it was the Cannonball Run series, though others mentioned it as well, and as a bonus it featured some actual JNCs in the form of a Subaru Leone and Mitsubishi Starion. Lakdasa added Airwolf as well as The Highwayman and Viper, both incredibly short-lived series, to the mix. For Alan it was the The Karate Kid, which actually featured a Honda S800 in the sequel. Sammy B reminded us of a whole bunch of shows and movies, like The A-Team, Magnum P.I., Smokey & The Bandit, The Blues Brothers, and Back to the Future to name a few.
The 80s wasn’t just a great time for car-themed TV shows and movies. There were plenty of automotive IPs aimed directly at kids. As Arman mentioned, there was the all-consuming Transformers. And how could we forget the Love Bug, Herbie, as nominated by Christopher Scott? Toy-wise, there were lines such as Hot Wheels and AFX Slot Cars as suggested by Nigel. Fred Langille brought up even more obscure toys like the Crashmobile and Design-a-Car set.
The winner this week was Streetspirit, which brought to our attention something we knew nothing about. Apparently in one Crayon Shin Chan installment the titular character went bosozoku. We had seen other Crayon Shin Chan movies filled with JNC content, but this was a new one to us.
As someone right between Millenial and gen Z there was little in terms of young pertolhead entertainment but shows like ‘Totally Spies’ and ‘inspector gadget’ as well as what little anime made it to our screens had lots of cool rad-era inspired cars.
My greatest kid-petrolhead television memory(specific, i know) was seeing my first zokusha in an episode of shin chan.
How shin chan was ever seen as a kids show is beyond me but in one episode he did his tricycle up in bosozoku style and started roasting two bad guys in what i assume was a tricked out soarer or as shin chan called it ‘a pink weeniemobile’.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!