Aficionado; probably the most appropriate term when trying to describe Ikegaya-san. Referring to of course his passion of the DR30 and Landcruiser; two extremely different automobiles that, somehow or another, are perfectly match […]
Event: 2013 Japanese Classic Car Show
This past weekend Long Beach’s Queen Mary played host to the 9th annual Japanese Classic Car Show. A show that I particularly enjoy, as it’s roots are firmly planted in the nostalgia of the Japanese […]
Feature: JCCS Celica GT
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.
Event: 6th Annual JCCS, Long Beach V.3
Alright, I got the last set of pics ready from JCCS. This RHD Crown definitely fit the bill for bosozoku styling. If you’re into that, check out Bosozoku Style for more hot shit <—
Event: 6th Annual JCCS, Long Beach V.2
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.
Event: 6th Annual JCCS, Long Beach V.1
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!