Most JNCs are great for slicing a touge, darting through urban streets, and possibly even a late night dice on the expressway if you’ve got a Bubble Era turbo. But what if you just want to take a long, comfortable cruise through several American states with Bruce Springsteen wailing through the radio? It may seem like a contradiction, but remember that many JNCs were built specifically for US tastes, and there’s no shortage of chromed land yachts or honest work trucks to take you through the heartland.
What’s the most American JNC?
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “How do you live the JNC life?”
You impressed us tremendously with your answers this week, from the surprising number of you using a JNC as your daily driver to those in a perpetual state of tinkering. Yet others had collections both miniature and full-sized. This week’s winner was Matt, who’s building a kaido racer 910 and even chooses 7-Elevens when he needs to fill up:
Well… to be completely honest, I thought I was the only one and maybe I was just a little odd but nonetheless…
I’ve always had a love for Japanese culture and car culture in particular, ‘living the true JDM lifestyle’ really only started for me though when I purchased my ’85 Bluebird (Datsun 910) daily, it’s slow morph into ‘Kaido racer’ style is probably somewhat proof of this but I’ve opted not to just follow this style and do everything I can to make it 100% authentic Jdm Kaido racer, but to morph everything I love about the Japanese car scene and truly make it mine (ie; Follow the Japanese way of just putting things in it because I like those particular things – even if it’s not something you’d generally see on this style of car in JDM Land).
Apart from the car culture side of things, I seem to be frequenting more and more Asian restaurants for the likes of dumplings and rice dishes as opposed to those greasy disgusting American establishments. As well as hot pre-prepared food, dropping into any Asian grocer is becoming less of novelty and more’so a weekly habit, from which at an alarmingly rapid rate, Japanese items seem to be finding their way into my pantry and fridge, such as as Boss coffee, Pocari Sweat and Pocky Sticks as well as items to create complete Japanese style meals at home using 100% authentic ingredients.
Although I personally don’t use fuel from 7/11, dropping in there for a Krispy Kreme donut and glancing out to see my 910 parked under the orange, red, white and green glowing neon sign is like an instant transportation (in my mind) to the land of the rising sun (albeit admittedly a somewhat USDM influenced one).
My current search for a more practical daily driver – where most people here in Australia (car guys/girls included) might opt for a late model cheap to run Corolla or Holden Commodore, is leading me towards a DC2 Integra, not something rare in any sense here in Australia but the need to a Honda is probably… lets be honest, entirely a result of my need of creating an ‘at home’ sense of Japan. And of course almost every Hot Wheels, Matchbox or other car that my son (and myself) own is something that wears or is a relation of a Japanese make of car.
To end this ‘essay’, my latest little obsession is as a photographer finding images or scenes that could be straight out of Japan, where without knowing the origin of a photographed scene, you would just assume it’s from somewhere in J-land… this is actually going to become a little project of mine and I’m sure very soon some of these photographed scenes will flood my blog.
Omedetou, your comment has earned you a set of decals from the JNC Shop!