Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) is a special day when we look back at the cars that started the whole shebang. There are tons of car shows throughout the year for all of the new and current imports, but JCCS is a show strictly for older Japanese imports. JCCS is unlike any other car show, here you wont see fancy stereo systems, neon flashing lights and candy flake paint to impress the crowd. Spectators who attend look for originality and rarity of each build. JCCS has grown a lot in the past decade from Irvine’s famous Hidden Valley Park to the prominent lawns of Queen Mary in Long Beach where it was currently held on September 27th. For those who live in the Los Angeles area, know the iconic Queen Mary well enough to recognize that it serves as an awesome backdrop for taking pictures especially cars. Here are the cars that caught my eye! Enjoy!
Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) revealed its 1971 240Z Tribute Car. This car was purchased by BRE back in April 2013 from its original owner un-restored. This complete restoration took little over a year to complete from being media blasted to fresh white paint. The engine was rebuilt, blue printed and warmed over with .030 overbore which added more compression and power. The stock brakes were upgraded to discs and the original brake lines were replaced with stainless steel. The exterior was fit with BRE’s original front “Spook” air dam, rear spoiler and wrapped in Le Mans racing wheels.
Paul Matsushima’s blue 1972 Celica Coupe took best the award for “Best Celica 2014”
Speaking of 70’s Celica’s this particular one caught my eye sitting on 14″ SSR Star Sharks.
MX32 Cressida with tons of custom detail from the metal side markers to the rare Epsilon mesh.
At the Japanese Nostalgic Car Booth (JNC) Hot Wheels designer Jun Imai’s Datsun 260Z showing off his bosozoku themed S30. Awesome car!
Brian Omatsu’s 1974 Datsun 620. Completely stock using original spec parts to complete his build.
Jaw dropping 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster.
Owner Gram Beall’s 1969 Subaru Truck 360. This micro van is equipped with a nimble 2 stroke 25 hp 356cc engine and gets approximately 66.3 mpg.
Kelvin and brother Jeffrey brought out their Datsun’s. Kelvin owns S30 and Jeffrey owns the 510. Both were featured on Japanese Nostalgic Car Magazine several years ago.
Toyota brought out its 750hp FJ45 that was built back in 2006 for the SEMA show and now currently lives at the Toyota Automotive Museum.
…1972 Nissan Skyline…
Nonetheless, my hat’s off to the Kenmeri…The Japanese styling is on point, with the Works Style wide body to the 12″ wide Hayashi Techno Phantoms.
The soul of the Kenmeri is the RB26DETT that’s under the hood.
This 510 BRE themed number 46 replicated the Datsun 510 Trans Am. This is one car you will not forget…the iconic red, white and blue colors reminds some of the 70’s winning SCCA’s Trans Am Championship.
All the way from Honda’s Collection Hall in Japan. This first generation Honda Prelude speaks for itself…
…Dainichi Toyota Sports 800…
A rare look under the hood of the Toyota 800…thanks to our friend Moto Miwa.
JCCS is not all about cars. Vintage Japanese motorcycles also play a major role here at JCCS. Small but mighty this 1988 Honda Ape had just enough modern touches to make this bike stand out from the rest. LED turn signals, Brembo front and rear brake setup.
(Left to Right) All owned by Michael Hogan, Aquarius Blue 1971 Honda SL70-K0, Red 1964 Honda CT200 (Trail 90) and Sapphire Blue 1970 Honda CT70-K0 “Mini Trail 70”.
This concludes my day in Long Beach at JCCS 2014. Huge thanks to Terry and Koji Yamaguchi for their decade of support to the classic car community. Can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store for us!
Till next time…Peace!