The theft of a Hakosuka Skyline last week left the JNC world in a bit of a panic. Of course we have been accustomed to bandits wreaking havoc in the select communities, but to target a very specific, 50-year-old car like a custom Hakosuka Skyline signaled that perhaps a new breed of guns for hire were out to capture iconic Japanese classics. It was more akin to an art heist than your typical larcenous behavior. Luckily, this time the car was recovered and the criminals seemed didn’t seem to know what they had, but whether you’re driving a Hako or a Honda, caution must be taken.
What theft prevention measures do you take for your car?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What automotive stuff do you hoard?”
We were thrilled to hear about the variety of things our readers hoard. If combined, they’d probably provide a pretty good Library of Alexandria of JNCs. There were important archaeological items like r100guy‘s 35 years’ worth of car brochures, or Vic‘s car magazines dating back to the 70s. It was no surprise that HotWheelsAndFriedChicken lived up to his namesake by hoarding diecast cars.
Then there were those, like Lupus, who hoarded everything surrounding an obscure car, ensuring that it would be driveable for years to come. Others, like Howard D., collected everything from a particular marque. Lee L. gathered a specific part from various cars (gear shift knobs), while ACSK bought numerous duplicates of going-out-of-production consumables to keep their car running for many years to come.
However, the winner this week is Banzai, who went on to hoard entire cars due to a need to find a wiper cap for his Mazda RX-7:
My obsession started as a teenage lust. Was 19 and shopping for my first new car. Just so happened Mazda introduced its Rx-7 that same year and it was love at first sight. Fast forward some 25 years later and my old girl lost a wiper cap. Flew off from a gust of wind I suppose. Anyhow, I had been isolated, just me and my car for all those years and in my quest to find a replacement cap, I found the Rx-7 club forums and a whole other world of other Rx-7 enthusiasts who shared my passion. It continues to bring me to other related places like this one.
Since finding a replacement cap, I started buying other spare parts, which led to another whole car, which drove the need for more parts and so on. I now own five 1st gens (god help me) and have a garage attic of related parts and spares. At least I never have to look far if I ever lose another wiper cap.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!