QotW: Which influential person in the JNC world, living or dead, would you like to meet?
History is full of influential men and women whose training, decisions, and determination conceived of and built the things we love today. Engineers, designers, CEOs, race car drivers, tuners, and so on. If someone had a magic machine through which we could talk to these figures, living or dead, with no language barrier, who would you like to meet? I would love to be able to chat with Ichiro Suzuki, the father of the JZA80 Supra and Lexus LS, to ask what it was like to be entrusted with building not just a car, but a brand, that would challenge the world’s best (and also, you know, what he’d think of the new Supra).
Which influential person in the JNC world would you like to meet?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your ultimate JCCS build?”
We thoroughly enjoyed all of your comments this week, and there were truly brilliant ones that we wished you would really make happen. We’d love to see F31Club founder F31Roger‘s ultimate Infiniti M30 build, for example, or Hachibrokeyou‘s Century V12-powered Z20 Soarer kaido racer. Manu almost won for his nobility in wanting to restore the Toyota 2000GT tragically crushed by a tree in 2014. However, it is returning champion Yuri who really takes the cake with his hilarious dream build:
It is the morning of JCCS. The dim red glow of the sun is just starting to peek over the horizon, haze grey gulls sail on the cool breezes over the city of Long Beach.
The calm silence is shattered by the rumble of a big diesel. Rainbow colored lights glint off the parked classics on the lawn, the ground rumbles and quakes.
Chrome, candy paint, airbrushed murals, and brightly colored lights all compete for the eye’s attention as a full Dekotora’d Hino heavy-duty flatbed rolls into the park, looking as if someone carved several square meters out of Shinjuku and dropped it directly into SoCal.
But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Riding on it like a misshapen mechanical jockey is an odd form under a tarp. The Hino rolls to a stop, its airbrakes hissing a great sigh, the Supras parked next to it looking on in envy with their puny blow-off valves.
The cover is removed from the flatbed. On it, yellow lights flashing, is a Toyota Hi-Ace Shuto Expressway recovery truck, it’s shiny yellow, white, and red paint recalling its heyday in the nineties, gingerly plucking the wrecked GTR’s, Evo’s, and Porsches of Wangan Hashiyara out of the concrete barriers of Yokohama. But that isn’t what is riding on its flatbed. Yet another tarp covers an odd form.
The second tarp is removed. Eyes dart first to an iconic logo, a geometric mother cat tenderly carrying her equally geometric kitten. They take in the sharply raked windscreen, and the teal and beige livery. A Kuroneko Yamato Toyota Lite-Ace truck stands resplendent on the back of the Hi-Ace. But this isn’t the typical box-version you see parked on every street in Tokyo. Like all the other trucks it sits on, this one is a flatbed. And it too is carrying a tiny bundle, like a mother cat carrying its kitten.
The third and final tarp is removed. Once again there are flashing lights, but these are red.
Balancing on the small flatbed of the Kuroneko Yamato Lite-Ace is a cute, tiny form, bright gold leaf details on a cherry red body. A joyful little Daihatsu HiJet Climber Firetruck sits atop the entire pile, like a puppy climbing its way to the top of its litter. Shovels, buckets, ladders, and hoses festoon the baby fire engine, making it look well prepared to fight the blaze of a tiny 3-seat Tokyo whiskey bar.
The imposing figure of the Russian nesting dolls of Toyota utility trucks cast a long shadow over the grass. Seagulls adjust their course away from the park, frightened off by the slow clapping of ones and even twos of people.
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