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Nissan Jam 2017

I wasn’t quite expecting to hit Nissan Jam this year because of a packed schedule during the weekend, but I had to check it out. Plus it was “sort of” on the way home from service.

Nissan Jam, similar to TORC has sections dedicated to its own model. The event was located in La Palma Park, very close to the old Wheel Warehouse. 2017 marked the 5th year for Nissan Jam, from Hako’s to Juke, the event had a Datsun and Nissan for everyone. Come cruise with us as we stroll through the event.

Words and Photos: Denny H.

SEMA 2016 Recap

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sema-2016-6064If you are an automotive enthusiast, then you know the mecca of car events, SEMA. We’ve covered it through the years and since the recession, it has gotten bigger and bigger every year. This year SEMA celebrates it’s 50th year and without a doubt, it’s also a reunion of current and past partners. It’s a week where you can gorge on 50 dollar buffet dinners and not feel too guilty because you’re walking an average of 10 miles a day. With over 3000 vehicles, it’s easy to miss a good amount. therefore. you walk though the halls and snap whatever catches your attention.

For example, the field-savaged, body-dropped, rotary-powered, 510 built by Twisted Images, sitting low on AirLift suspension and classic BBS wheels.sema-2016-6236

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Thanh’s Scion FR-S built by Auto Tuned in Monrovia, and styled by Fatlace with a Ilene million-piece kit. Twiggy’s FR-S sits on AIrLIft Performance Suspension on custom Rotiform WGR wheels and powered by Sprinted Supercharger.sema-2016-6118

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AirLift Performance had an ultra-wide RWB Porsche with Rotiform wheels and an 80’s classic BMW E30 on Rotiform Wheels. OMG!sema-2016-6153

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Mikey made waves in Toyo Tires booth with his 997 fitted with a Old&New kit from Japan. A kit which resembles the 930 slantnose Porsches of the 70’s and 80’s. It’s a Porsche that I always admired, especially in the Targa form. Ah, 911 Targa Slantnose, YUM!sema-2016-6197

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Ace Wheels / AMF Forged teamed up with Kuhl Racing and stopped anyone in their tracks. The hand-carved GTR and STi, were just amazing!sema-2016-6190

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The Tjin Edition Explorer made its debut in Falken Tire’s booth as you enter the North Hall and Gold Parking lot. It sports a matching Honda Quad.sema-2016-6063

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Fortune’s Cinemamotive Focus front and center in Ford’s booth.sema-2016-6098

WD-40 Camaro, designed by Neil Tjin of Tjin Edition at PowerNation TV for SEMA Cares. The 1967 Camaro will be auctioned off at Barrett Jackson in Scottsdale and the proceeds will go to Childhelp, a non-profit organization aiding victims of child abuse.sema-2016-6219

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From a technology stand-point. I couldn’t get my eye’s off AccuAir’s ENDO Series of modular air tanks. Seriously, an air suspension game changer, again!sema-2016-6137

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Dump Trucks, Yea! Can go wrong with slammed x boost!sema-2016-6082

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Thanks for checking out the feed, now unto the rest of the gallery! Have a great day! -Denny @dayuumden

The Legends, JDM Legends – Shop Visit

With the popularity of Japanese classics on the rise, the prices of the Hakosuka’s, Kenmeri’s, and the Fairlady Z have increased – dramatically. Not forgotten are the Celica’s, Corolla’s, or the Crown’s and the rotary classics of the RX’s, which brings us to a visit to JDM Legends. One of the few shops that specializes in restoring, modifying and importing Japanese classics.

JDM Legends is tucked away in the outskirts of Salt Lake City, 15 minutes south, on a long stretch of road.

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Inside the humble 2000’ish square foot automotive man cave are neatly placed, dream cars. A Subie STi, a Nissan Hakosuka GT-R, Ultra-rare 1970 432 Datsun Fairlady Z, Nissan Hakosuka GT-R Sedan, Nissan Hakosuka shell, and an early 70’s Toyota Celica with a Beams engine are placed side-by-side waiting to be transformed or restored. A prized 67.5 Datsun Roadster 2000 also marked its territory, center stage.JDM_LEGENDS-9212

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On JDM Legend’s photo wall, sits a very mint Mazda Cosmo and Nissan Silvia (CSP311), the precursor to the infamous S chassis.JDM_LEGENDS-9231

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On the flip side, a pair of 2-post lifts accompany 2 classics, a Hakosuka GT-X and the Fairlady Z. Molested, massaged, and restored to the customer’s liking.JDM_LEGENDS-9130

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The Fairlady is a complete ground up build. Every single nut and bolt was removed, re-plated, and installed. Every trim and sheet metal was repaired, prepared, and finished. There is not one piece that has not been touched. Custom suspension, upgraded brakes, and new RS rollers on sticky R888’s.JDM_LEGENDS-9133

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The Hakosuka GT, imported, corrected, and restored is being prepped for delivery to So Cal.JDM_LEGENDS-9189

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Eric Bizek, is the humble owner of JDM Legends. He is one of the few that performs the art of restoration. It’s even more rare that they are of Japanese Classics. Eric and team often travel to Japan in search of more treasures and shows off some of his talents at the famous JCCS in Long Beach, California. We had the opportunity to see the completed Z last summer, but even more appreciative to see it in the phases of restoration.

To show appreciation of our visit, Eric and team, put together a last minute meet for us. There lies ultra-rare and clean old school rides. I never imaged that the Utah Japanese Classic scene was on point, until that day.JDM_LEGENDS-9352

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We love JDM Legend’s parts hauler, a Datsun 620!JDM_LEGENDS-9358

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Visit… Www.jdmlegends.com, Instagram: @jdm_legends

SEMA Show 2015: Scottie’s Pick

Silhouette of a Sunny, Soul of a Hakosuka 

History. Pride. Preservation and Vintage Motorsports are 3 things that make up a company called Chasing J’s.

Owned and operated by Dominic Le, Chasing J’s is a company specializing in restomods and classics. SEMA 2015, provided me with a prime example of how Dominic’s passion for Vintage Motorsports evolved over his company and himself. He created something very special that caught my eye at SEMA. Enjoy!

  • Owner: Dominic Le
  • Truck: 1974 Datsun Sunny UTE

Dominic has me drooling all over his ‘Hakotora’

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The soul of the car comes here beneath the hood…a built S14 SR20det shown teasing everyone who wants to take a sneak…

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Riveted flares compliment the wrapped in Toyo R888, 15×9 and 15×10 Volk TE37V’s…Ohh…did I mention its on AIR? Thanks to Airlift Air Suspension made it possible for this Hakotora rest perfectly on the carpet…simply amazing…

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One of my favorite parts of the car is in the back, a carbon fiber bed liner that was trimmed to fit perfectly to compliment simplicity with its brushed aluminum trimming…

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Clearly you can tell that 09 Racing did a fantastic job with this front end Hakosuka (C10 Skyline)…you can’t even tell its a Sunny!

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If you ever get the chance to see this vehicle in person with your very eyes, you will see the real craftsmanship that went into this build. The amount of detail is stunning. I am absolutely in love with this…Awesome job guys!

This concludes my pick for this year SEMA 2015! Hope you enjoyed the ride…because I did!

Till next time…Peace!

-Scottie

Instagram: dayuumscottie

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SEMA Show 2015: Denny’s Picks

SEMA, a visual orgasm for auto enthusiasts, a designer’s showcase, a builder’s dream, a company’s showroom, and one of Las Vegas’s largest convention.

4000 plus cars and hundreds of vendors fill almost every square inch of the convention halls and surrounding parking lots. It’s difficult to see all the action during the four day event, but it didn’t keep the Crew from picking out a few fresh rides that caught our attention. I love import cars, but I am also very much in love with older domestic muscle. The craftsmanship invested into cars 40 to 50 years old or older, have a huge place in my heart.

As I cruise miles of the show floor, I set out to find some of my favorite builder’s work, such as the Ringbrothers. Their attention to details always has me in Awww. This 1965 Mustang Fastback shows off Ringbrothers production pieces which are available for purchase. The details into this Mustang are worth taking a closer look at.SEMA 2015-9605

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Another awesome ride is Andy Williamson’s 56 Chevrolet Bel Air. To the naked eye, it has a patina exterior, Vortech Supercharged LS3 engine, sharp engine bay, and sick interior. What can not be seen, can be touched. Grazing your fingers over the finish, one will notice that it’s been completely coated with matte clear, preserving its age in all its glory. Even large rust divots were cleared to a smooth touch. A lot of time was invested into the body work, despite the visual appearance. SEMA 2015-9575

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Skipping to an American Hot Rod is the M&M Special, a 1927 Ford Roadster. A gleaming 276, tan leather, and chrome adds an elegant touch to a well executed Ford.SEMA 2015-9567

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Datsun have been on my mind ever since I purchased a 1970 Datsun 521 pickup earlier this year. Since then, I’ve set my eyes on a 240Z and a Roadster, a 67 to be exact. Very similar to this one in Garrett Turbo’s booth. This lightweight ’67 has a built SR20VE motor which is turbocharged!SEMA 2015-9655

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If you love engines, then you’ll love this black Datsun 240Z sporting the ultra rare TC24B1 with 50mm Solex carbs. This set up puts out 376HP and 281 ft. lbs. of torque on California 91 octane, dyno’ed by our friends at Z Car Garage in San Jose.SEMA 2015-9643

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My brothers at Tjin Edition displayed a few builds this year, six to be exact. They are Fortune’s Ford Fiesta, Gene’s Explorer. Neil’s Honda HR-V, Hyundai Genesis, Ford Edge, and Ford F150 built for Universal Technical Institute.SEMA 2015-9554

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Vortech Superchargers had this beautiful 55 Chevy 150.SEMA 2015-9561

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Our friends at Driving Line had an impressive set up, with Robert Chew’s revamped Rocket Bunny NSX, now with a white coat and TEs. The much anticipated debut of Sung Kang’s Rocket Bunny 240Z also made an appearance.SEMA 2015-9536

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And of course the RWB’s. Vincent from iForged displayed an arsenal of them.SEMA 2015-9530

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Those round out my favorites of SEMA 2015. You’ll hear more from Jayson, Scottie, and Jae for the infamous, Ladies of SEMA!

Japanese Classic Car Show 2014

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!

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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.

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This Japanese Muscle Mitsubishi Colt GTO GS-R was definitely a show stopper, eye catcher, dream machine.

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Paul Matsushima’s blue 1972 Celica Coupe took best the award for “Best Celica 2014”

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Speaking of 70’s Celica’s this particular one caught my eye sitting on 14″ SSR Star Sharks.

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MX32 Cressida with tons of custom detail from the metal side markers to the rare Epsilon mesh.

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At the Japanese Nostalgic Car Booth (JNC) Hot Wheels designer Jun Imai’s Datsun 260Z showing off his bosozoku themed S30. Awesome car!

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Brian Omatsu’s 1974 Datsun 620. Completely stock using original spec parts to complete his build.

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Jaw dropping 1967 Datsun Fairlady Roadster.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The soul of the Kenmeri is the RB26DETT that’s under the hood.

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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.

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All the way from Honda’s Collection Hall in Japan. This first generation Honda Prelude speaks for itself…

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A rare look under the hood of the Toyota 800…thanks to our friend Moto Miwa.

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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.

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(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!

-Scottie

Instagram: dayuumscottie

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Japanese Classic Car Show | Konnichiwa.

Youkoso irasshai mashita. (Welcome.) Ogenki desuka? (How are you?) Saikin dou desuka? (What’s new?) Japanese Classic Car Show is new! Whether you’re a young’n, like me, or an oldie, like…uhm…yea, the translation of classic cars will never be lost. There is a timeless excellence and respect for Japanese automotive heritage that is on display every year at JCCS in Long Beach, going on 9 years strong now. Check out all the good stuff from this year.

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First thing I do before I cover an even is do some test shots, especially on an outdoor show I get a feel for the lighting, play with my f/stops, shutter speed, all that jazz. Most of my early shots don’t make the cut, but I felt this 1st Gen, right hand drive RX-7  import from Japan deserved to a small place in my write up.

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Really into these SSR’s by the way. On a side note, it was very displeasing seeing a well built classic, get ready to shoot it and then upon closer inspection…replicas. What a waste, moving along…

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Now a car you can truly appreciate and build right, sure the more modern R32 Skyline was right next to it, but my eye was already captivated by this Hakosuka. The first GTR line that was produced for the Skyline model line, this car holds a special place in many classic car enthusiasts’ hearts.

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Not far from it was its “brother” a Kenmeri famously owned by Fatlace’s Felix Marcelino. This one is sported the new F/ZERO1 wheels designed by Fatlace and produced by AME Wheels. They did a real good job on these; it pays homage to the vintage lifestyle yet has modern designs that keep it up to the ever evolving tuner lifestyle.

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The restoration on this Fairlady 1600 looks as if it just rolled off a Datsun lot. The 14” wheels, the “Datsun” lettering on the hood, the color…everything just screams classic.

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Including the vintage junk in the trunk!

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The old school A60 Celica is far from popular, but Jesse Ortiz has really made a name for himself and his car for this out of the ordinary build. I say out of the ordinary because most people don’t go through the distance to restore this model Celica, let alone tune it into an absolute showstopper. It’s amazing to learn that he practically saved this car from being sent to the junkyard and spent most of the rebuilding process in his dad’s backyard. (His dad is a fellow Scion Evolution member too by the way, with a rockin’ Scion tC as well!)

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And just to show you all he means business, he did a 1JZ-GTE swap with a single turbo, which pushes about 300whp! This “bandit” isn’t shy to give you a real chase you’d never expect

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Continuing on with some seksi Toyotas in the first section of the show, we find one of our favorite Toyota Corollas, Patrick Ng’s Levin 1600, which we featured here on DaYUUM! during last year’s SEMA. Patrick has won multiple awards with this car, including 1st Place Best of JCCS last year. One reason is because he always brings something new, keeping an old car fresh isn’t easy, but he pulls it off each and every time.

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This year Patrick went with new carbon fiber body mods all around, but something tells me he’s already got new plans to change it up again real soon.

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Moving from the pavement to the grass, it was like entering a whole other classic car show. The first thing I noticed sitting by the Yokohama booth was Jun Imai’s Fairlady Z. For those who don’t know, Jun is a famous designer for Hot Wheels (I can think of at least one fellow DaYUUM! contributor who would love this.)

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In contrast to the Datsun Fairlady 1600 roadster I touched on earlier, this Fairlady Z is one of the ultimate #MaximumAttack vehicles around. From the fender flares to the meaty Advan tires, this is one aggressive beast.

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The timeless look accompanied with its simple mechanics and easily interchangeable parts has made the Datsun 510 one of the most popular cars amongst collectors and restorers. This one is perfectly clean inside and out, and the bright red, white, and blue NISMO colorway really make it sound out.

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Speaking of clean paintjobs, Hawaii native Kirk Hubbard’s TA22 Celica was a big standout of the show. When you look for a classic to be done right, you can look no further than Kirk’s, aloha!

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The red GT stripe just pops along the side along with the classic wheels colored to match it.

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Partly hiding in the shade we found our favorite little guy, Neil De La Cruz from Team Klassified and his pride and joy “Milo”. Neil put in a lot of last minute work to get it ready of JCCS, including going to bed at 2AM and then driving down to Long Beach by 6AM! At least all that hard work paid off as he won Best Toyota “Old School” 3rd Place.

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Better take a good look at this immaculate engine bay now; Neil has big plans, including some major engine and suspension mods. By next year you might not recognize it anymore.

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It’s a shame that this car was hiding behind the big Toyota rig when you first overlook the area. Or was this gangster “Yakooza” purposely hanging out in secrecy? I’d rather not type the wrong thing and have my fingers chopped off, so let’s just get to the pictures and admire this super clean, super low, gangsta’ Toyota Crown.

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Little eco-friendly cars might be the trend now, but it isn’t anything new. Back when Honda first broke into the US market, they brought the mini car style from Japan but with just enough power to keep up on US highways. And hence this little guy was born, the Honda N600.

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While the one above was in pristine condition, these are a few other mini Hondas that have been restored.

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There’s always got to be that one car; that weird, quirky car that just makes its way to appeal to you for some unknown reason. It doesn’t have to have the biggest engine, the nicest paint job, or the prettiest wheels; it just has to have that look that will make you smile and laugh. And so I introduce you to a Daihatsu Hijet!

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While this cleanly restored kei car (small Japanese vehicle) exterior pops, the interior has a more laid-back, easy-going feel. Maybe it was the Hawaiian theme that pulled me in…this really makes me miss Hawaii even more now…#DaYUUM808

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Well that’s that, another show in the books and the year is winding down. As some of these classics go back into hiding until the next show season, especially with next year being JCCS’ 10th year, it’s getting that time for us to just unwind and relax. Oh but not until our “Mash Up Three” later this month of course! As always there will be cars, food, girls, prizes, and this time a Halloween costume contest. Be sure not to miss out on it!

Arigatou!
-Justin (@JustDaYUUM)

Historic Japanese Classic Car Gathering

Some may call it “NorCal”, some will call it “The Bay Area”. I’ll just refer it as “Northern Cali”. Historic Japanese Classic Car Gathering “Shokuji J-Tin” (HJCC) was held on April 20, 2012 at San Leandro, California. For those unfamiliar with HJCC,  their goal is to gather old school Japanese car enthusiasts from the area into one central location for people like you and me to enjoy

Jayson (DaYUUMJayce) and I flew to San Francisco Airport (SFO) early Saturday morning, to meet up with our good friend Patrick. As many of you may (or may not know) we featured Patrick’s Corolla back in November as one of our top car choice at SEMA 2012 due to its elegance and quality under the Enkei booth.

We started our morning “in awe” just admiring Patrick’s work of art as it came out of hiding.

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We finally hit the road with the Corolla hitched behind us.  We cruised along San Mateo Bridge while people slowed down and stared… not because of Patrick’s Filipino driving skills nor was it because of our stunning good looks but to admire the appeal of the Corolla SR-5.  For a minute or so, we felt like celebrities of the highway.

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As we near the event, we started to see more and more Japanese classics.  The excitement and anticipation grew as we got closer to the  the event which had a great setting next to the waters of San Francisco Bay.

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At the event there was an abundance of old school Toyota’s, Datsun’s and Mazda’s, it was truly  amazing to admire these cars which are 40+ years old.  To be honest, I didn’t know there were so many of these Japanese classics around the bay area.

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This venue was like a miniature version of Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) down in Long Beach, California. The parking lot was right next to the water and had a gorgeous view of the Bay, perfect for taking pictures.

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We also had the opportunity to have small Q and A with one of the event coordinators, James,  of Historic Japanese Car Gathering. Though it was brief , it went a little bit like this…

DaYUUM: What does Shokuji J-Tin mean? And what is the theme behind this event?

James: Well the theme behind this event was to gather cars and food. “Shokuji” in Japanese means meal and  “J-Tin” is what people called classic Japanese cars.

DaYUUM: How did it all start?

James: These events started about 5 yrs ago, I owned a classic car but at the time there was really no seen for it where I could just go out and meet fellow car owners and just hang out. There were probably few events out there but none that really brought all of the car brands together. Usually the Toyota owners stuck with the Toyota owners and the Datsun owners stuck with the Datsun owners. I owned a Honda an there was no crowd for me and I like all classic Japanese cars. So for some reason I decided to just hold an event. “cause if u want something you gotta just do it lol” Then later along the road I meet my partner Ivan and asked me if I wanted to do this stuff at a larger scale and told him sure. The first thing we did was gave our selves a name and its been a hit ever since lol

DaYUUM: So James, when did the first gatherings start?

James: My partner Ivan and I have started doing these events as a team about a year ago.

DaYUUM: Does your show mimic other gatherings in Japan?

James: I think the event is unique in its own way but has the same camaraderie as the events in Japan. I would actually be really honored if it where to be compared to any events in Japan. Lol

DaYUUM: Why did you choose San Leandro as your location?

James: Well the reason why we chose this location is because it was right off the water and we knew that it would give it a nice background for the photographers.

DaYUUM: Do you see a large support of old Japanese classics in NorCal or is it still bigger down in SoCal?

James: I think that there is a big following of classic Japanese car enthusiast in NorCal and the following is growing cause there is more exposure. SoCal scene is a bit bigger because I think there is more exposure down there for instance JCCS plays a big role in that.

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Being that this is my first time attending this event, this experience was not to forget. We spent the majority of the time floating from car to car fascinated on how some builds were.  Every build took time, patience and passion.  Just as you enjoy being around your car, you will always find a way to get inspired and looking DaYUUM Fresh!

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Finally, as we round up our coverage of HJCC, we just wanted to give a special shout-out again to Patrick Ng, Ed “Boogie” Dizon, Ricky Silverio, James Vorasane, Ben Hsu, and the crew at Japanese Nostalgic Car as well as Historic Japanese Car Gathering for their hospitality. Till the next meet!

-Scottie

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