QotW: What would you store in a Global JNC Vault?
On this day in 2006, construction began on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, an international bank that stores the building blocks of important plants in case of a global catastrophe. The seeds tell the story of Earth’s flora, and is intended to last 1,000 years. What if there was a similar vault for JNCs? A place to store important items, information, and actual cars that future generations will be able to admire, learn from, and maybe even replicate so they can comprehend this one shining moment in automotive and industrial history.
What would you store in a Global JNC Vault?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What JNC from 1984 would you buy new today?”
You answered with a vast selection of cars, from the icons to the obscure. Not surprisingly, the AE86 was a popular answer. Yuri , Angelo, Dirty_S30 all chose the venerable Hachiroku. Myron Vernis went with another can’t-go-wrong choice, the Mazda RX-7, while Lee L opted for the 300ZX in its anniversary year. On the other end of the popular-obscure spectrum was Banpei‘s pick of the Carina Surf. Other JDM favorites included Kieron‘s R30, Monte‘s CRX, and Lupus‘ Laurel. There are too many good candidates to list, but the winner was Brian Garrity for his heartwarming story about a rather mundane car, a second-gen Honda Accord.
Purely for nostalgic reasons, a 2nd-gen Accord. It was my first car in 2005 and my dad’s first new car in the mid-80s. About a decade later, he “sold” it to his brother (my godfather) less than a year before he was diagnosed with lung cancer (despite having never smoked) and passed away when I was only 9 years old.
Years later, when I started to wonder what I would drive when I earned my license, I asked my godfather what happened to my dad’s 2nd-gen. Somewhat poetically, it died and had to be taken off the road a few months after my dad lost his battle to cancer. After offering to “buy it back,” my godfather told me that if I paid for all the parts and woke up early every Saturday morning, he’d work with me to get it back on the road.
We spent years and way too much money on that thing, but I relished every second and every penny since I could never repay my godfather for all the childhood stories of my dad that he recounted as we worked.
Sadly, after surviving 7 months of adventures in high school, the Accord was involved in a hit & run, while parked, that shoved it back 5ft, ripped off half of its headlights, and a quarter-panel. It powered on for another month before succumbing to the damage.
Despite several attempts to get it running and on the road again, it couldn’t be resurrected. But rather than let my dad’s first new car and my first car go silently and unceremoniously into that good night, I gathered a few of my close friends (most of whom had shared at least one of my countless memories in the old thing) to pay our respects and let the old car give us one last gift: hours to blow off a year’s worth of stress with a sledgehammer and a few baseball bats. It was an unforgettable day to remember a car my family will never forget.
So if I was somehow able to Back to the Future to the mid-80s, I’d no doubt waste my money on that surprisingly plucky and agile 2nd-gen Accord.
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