Today, October 9, is Truck Day in Japan. Like many such days, the occasion is a pun on the word toraku, which means “truck” in Japanese. The syllables to and raku are alternate pronunciations of 10 and 9, respectively. While the holiday was started by the Japan Trucking Association, established in 1954 to promote the interests of cargo haulers, it’s not a stretch to include pickups, kei trucks, vans, and other workhorses from Japan’s long history of trucks.
What’s your favorite Japanese truck?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “Do you give your cars names and, if so, what are they?“.
There were way too many car names to list them all here, but we did have our favorites. Some names were a twist on the car’s actual name, like Micky, Banzai‘s 1975 Chevy LUV Mikado, or Max, Land Ark‘s J30 Maxima. Other names came from the car’s personality, like Green Monster, Lakdasa‘s hillclimb Suzuki, or Jiggy, Ian G.‘s autocrosser MR2.
Some of our favorites included Red Two, Randy Hone‘s Toyota MR2, and we can’t think of a car more fitting for a Star Wars call sign. Luigi, Socarboy‘s Suzuki SX4, gave us a good chuckle, as the car is really a rebadged Fiat. We’re not sure if that was a reference to Mario’s bro, but the winner this week was Paul Markie and his extensive list of video game character-inspired car names:
Yes, I name my cars. I adopted a tradition of naming them after female video game characters probably sometime in the late 1990’s. Here’s the list from most recent to distant past:
1976 Datsun 280Z: Samus Aran, from Metroid, since she is 110 red and a true classic.
2018 Subaru WRX: Aloy, from Horizon Zero Dawn. A very tech laden car.
2015 Subaru Forester: Sheeva, from Mortal Kombat
2013 Ford Focus Titanium: Sonya, from MK
2009 Nissan 370Z: Sindel, from MK
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon: Millena, from MK
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX sedan: Kitana, from MK, she was World Rally Blue.
1992 Subaru Legacy: Jade, from MK, she was green, so this name fit, and was the start of the video game naming tradition.
1987 Ford Thunderbird: the Thunderturd, aka BWDPODS (Big White Dehydrated Piece of Dog S***). Hands down the worst car I ever owned. One friend called it the Millennium Falcon, but calling it that would be an insult to Star Wars.
1986 Toyota Camry: Old Faithful, due to the fact the exhaust would fail every 30k miles
1976 Monte Carlo: The Beast. Named by a former hs girlfriend and it stuck. Pretty big and imposing as well, so I guess the name fit.
1983 Datsun/Nissan 810 Maxima: Identity Crisis. She couldn’t decide whether to be a luxury sedan, 4 door sports car with the heart of the Z, and even the factory had a hard time picking one name.
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