Before I set sails across the Pacific, I thought I’d revisit a car from JCCS. This 2-door, hardtop Celica GT coupe stole the show for me at JCCS. This model of Celica was first made in the 1970’s and heavily influenced by the late 60’s, early 70’s Ford Mustang. A cheaper alternative to Toyota’s sports car, the 2000GT, the Celica became massively popular. This particular one was in great condition.
Thought I’d break up some coverage of JCCS with a little look at the Fly Rat used car & part shop in Machida, Tokyo. This is literally right next door to the Up Garage in Machida, so it was a no-brainer to go check it out. Fly Rat is part of the やまや山口株式会社, or the Yamayayamaguchi Group in Japan. The parent company of both Fly Rat, and Jon Flat; both used and new car dealerships and parts dealers. This location had a few cool looking rides, especially this pristine R32 rocking over-fenders on both the front and rear.
On to round 2 of the JCCS coverage. Like I mentioned in the previous post, engine swaps are all to common at this show; and this coupe is no exception. This is Steve’s car. Steve drove 2,000 miles from Alberta, Canada to show at Long Beach. This is the way I like to see cars; put to use! As if that wasn’t special enough, Steve had something out of the ordinary at the disposal of his right foot. How does 260 ft/lb.’s of torque sound? Yup, a 4.0 liter, V8 taken from a LS400 sits in place of the stock engine. I got to talk to Steve for a little bit, and to my surprise, he said that the first generation UZ engine fit rather easily in the bay.
The warm sun, the cool ocean breeze blowing through the trees; Downtown Long Beach makes the perfect venue for just about any get together – and the 6th annual holding of the Japanese Classic Car Show is no exception. Without a doubt JCCS is the show to go to to see the best in classic Japanese cars. Datsuns, Toyotas, and Mazdas from the 70’s and 80’s are littered throughout the grounds and parking lot. Some are daily driven, and some have been restored to show quality; there is definitely something for everyone. Take this Corolla for example; old school parts, executed with modern drift styling. It took me about 2 hours to walk through the show, and I tried to get a little of everything. Some photos will have a more retro look (i.e. warm temperatures, desaturated); I did this as a throw back to the era of the cars. Hope you enjoy!
. This pristine R34 is always parked out front of a Junior High School in the quiet neighborhood of かつらだい (Katsuradai); where my friend’s in-laws live. I’m guessing the owner is a teacher, or administrator […]
We were walking around some prefecture near Roppongi Hills in Tokyo one afternoon while my friends wife was getting her haircut. While crossing a pedestrian bridge I spotted these kids J-walking across this huge street. I thought it was pretty cool because you could see Mori Tower perfectly in the background, so I snapped a few pics. Later on I saw this Evo in the shot! I didn’t even notice it at first…
I’ll start off the continued coverage of Nisei with a shot of this minty fresh BB4. As usual, the bay of this car was immaculate. Mike shows his dislike for knock off parts with a bit of promo cards, and stickers scattered throughout the bay. Click the break for continued coverage.
As you can imagine, summer days in Los Angeles can get pretty hot; and the day of the 10th annual Nisei week car show was no exception. I have to say I was pretty surprised when I heard the announcement that this show would make it to it’s 10th year. In 2009 it had been slated off due to real estate issues, and development was supposed to start on the old parking lot the show takes place on. However, the car gods once again blessed us with one more year of show stopping, automotive eye candy.
I stumbled upon this lonely Skyline during a walk one morning. The hotel we had been staying out was very close to Sakuragicho Station, which is in the みなとみらい21 (Minato Mirai) area; a large urban development by the water. This place is famous for many things, including Japan’s former largest building the Landmark Tower. This morning we were walking along the Red Brick Warehouse and saw this guy sitting all by itself in a parking lot.
If you’re a Japanese car enthusiast, there is one thing you know you’ve always dreamed of doing once in Japan; and that is to visit as many tuner shops and stores as possible. I’m no different. I’ve wanted to visit an Up Garage for some time now, and a few months ago I finally got my chance. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an affliction towards used parts. Maybe it’s the history that comes along with them; or maybe it’s because I’m fiscally responsible (read: cheap). There’s no better place to go bargain hunting for JDM car part goodness than at an Up Garage.
On our way to Hard-Off, a used goods store, I spotted this guy coming out of the parking lot. This is a Nismo edition Nissan Stagea; or as it’s know, the Skyline Wagon. It rocks a RB engine and came in 2wd or 4wd variants. I’m not 100%, but I think this is a series 2. The owner seemed to keep it real clean, just look at those wheels!