Japanese Classic Car Show 2014 Coverage…Part 1…

The Japanese Classic Car Show is an event that is always high on my list of shows to attend. It doesn’t change that much from year to year but when it comes to classic cars, there doesn’t really need to be change. Honestly, about 75% of the cars that you encounter at the show are the same as in year’s past, they’re just arranged differently. If you’re looking for all new cars every year, you’re going to the wrong event because it just doesn’t make sense to have all new classic Japanese vehicle builds at an event that promotes timelessness. JCCS is just more of an event where you get to enjoy these cars because they only come out maybe once or twice a year. The owners get to get together and catch-up with one another and the younger enthusiasts who are coming up in the community get to appreciate the older generation. Sure a bulk of the cars are the same annually but the small percentage of new cars always tend to be pretty spectacular. Then those cars make a return and then they get accepted into this unspoken fraternity and become a part of the mix every year. I love going to JCCS. I sometimes miss one or two of them because of schedule conflicts but when I can go, I definitely make the effort. Honestly, the show is so popular that parking makes you NOT want to go but that is just how Long Beach is. If you’re lucky enough to find parking or you go early enough before the crowd rolls in, you’re in for a treat. JCCS is just that good. As a Japanese car culture fanatic, this show is tailor made for people like me. I get excited when I see one or two classics at a regular car show, imagine just being immersed in a sea of them…

If you saw my coverage of the West Coast Collective event, you already know how much I had to go through to get down to Long Beach for JCCS. I missed out last year but I never try to miss it two years consecutively. It is just one of those events that not many people talk about, but practically everyone goes to. It’s weird like that. Maybe it’s because it is an event for older folks so they aren’t as keen as the younger guys who are all about social media and internet talk. If you don’t go, then everyone will tell you about how great it is after and you feel like the only guy in the room who didn’t go. Those who live in Socal will understand what I’m talking about. It’s just one of those unspoken things. Maybe people don’t really talk about it because it is such a pain to find parking and they’d rather not have anymore people there, haha, who knows….

I got down to Long Beach around 12:30 PM. I was stoked because I didn’t expect to get down to Long Beach that early and would have more than enough time to walk the show. My excitement quickly turned to frustration when I had to park in a completely different part of Long Beach because the lot was filled. After parking, I found myself waiting at the bus stop for over an hour before the free Shuttle service could get me down to the venue. 12:30 quickly became 1:30 and the show ended at 3 PM. There was still a little bit of time but believe me when I tell you, I was shitty about it, especially since some friends of mine had gotten there a little after me and found parking at the venue. In any case, I was finally inside and able to get my photos. I had a little fun with the edits so don’t be alarmed if things look a little different from the norm. I tried to give it a “vintage” look that probably failed but whatever, the shots came out cool. Hope you guys enjoy it. If not, feel free to complain, haha… Thanks for looking regardless….

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I’m not gonna lie, it still feels very weird to see the EF Civic chassis at a Japanese Classic Car Show event. I mean, when you think of Japanese classics, you think of old Zs and Skylines, not a Civic from the early 90s. I guess to open up the show to a more diverse crowd, they started qualifying the EF as a classic. There’s nothing wrong with that and I think it is a good idea, but still, they seem out of place. Within the Honda community, the EF is revered but I’m not sure the rest of the classic car community is sold on the idea that this is a true classic. The EF hatchback you see above on old SSR Takechi Project Spinner Fins is a classic look but is it a true univerally-accepted Japanese classic? Ehhh, maybe it’s a little too soon. Let’s wait another ten years and then we can really talk….

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EF9 Civic SiR on a immaculate set of SSR EX-C Mesh wheels….

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The front lot by the ticket stands were filled with EF Hondas. It was cool to see how many more there were and how they were right up front. Since they are one of the “newer platforms” at JCCS, they would normally be placed towards the back of the show like last year. The above EF is sitting on incredibly rare Manaray Turbina S wheels….

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EE Civic Wagon on Volk Racing E.M.U Fins….

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Carlos Galindo’s JDM EF9 Civic SiR on SSR Challenge Racing Defi wheels….

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Under the hood is a nice tidy bay with a B16A3 motor and some FEEL’S Twin Cam goodies….

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FB RX-7 looking great on BBS wheels. Under the hood is a 13B Rotary swap….

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This 1st gen. RX-7 was on similar BBS mesh but had aero upgrades and fender flares front and back. Under the hood is a 13B swap as well but this had a Comp Turbo upgrade and custom V-mounted intercooler….

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A beauty of a red Hakosuka Skyline flared on RS Watanbe wheels….

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John Ross’ SR20DET-swapped Datsun 510 Wagon is undoubtedly one of the better classic Datsun builds out west. Love the execution of the bay….

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AE86 Corolla coupefrom Sideways Performance….

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Datsun 610 Wagon on SSR MKII wheels…

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Datsun 610 Saloon looking timeless slammed on SSR Longchamp XR4 wheels….

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Datsun 1300 pick-up truck on Hayashi Racing mesh wheels with a SR20DET engine swap….

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I really liked how this Toyota Hilux looked with its aged patina look….

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Classic white/black two-tone AE86 Corolla Trueno on Work Equip 03…

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One of my favorite Japanese classics that people rarely get to see here in the states are the 70s Mitsubishi Colt Galants. I really liked the styling of it and how good it looks with the added fender flares…

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Traditional Works-style S30Z with full livery and all on Work Meister CR-01 wheels…

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The group of cars that made this year’s JCCS show worth every penny were the guys from Wild Cards. These guys came out in full force with a group of Skylines that stopped everyone in their tracks….

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Red Hakosuka GT coupe on RS Watanabe wheels…

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Can’t say I’ve ever seen a yellow Hakosuka GT-R in person before. This one looked pretty amazing with flares and Watanabes mounted to beefy Falken Azenis rubber…

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The one debuting build that was probably the best car of the entire event for me personally was Pat Soliman’s custom Kenmeri Skyline GT coupe. The car was just recently completed and everyone had their collective jaws-dropped when they saw this Skyline repainted in this rich candy red tone with the huge flares and custom re-barreled/refinished SSR Techno Phantoms….

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Pat’s Kenmeri proudly reppin’ Wild Cards….

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A couple more of the Boso-themed Skyline, includeing a look under the hood of the RB26DET swap. The motor looks right at home in there, almost as if it came that way from the factory…

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Techno Phantoms have to be one of the greatest wheels ever created….

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White Hakosuka Skyline coupe that has been out and about this year, on display at various events typically with the Autofashion crew…

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This KPGC10 Skyline wore a livery reminiscent of the classic PMC-S Hakosuka race cars….

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Flared Kenmeri Skyline looking exactly as it would back in its early years with original motor and all….

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Bo Wong’s incredible AE86 Corolla. This build really needs no introduction in 2014 and is often the “Best of Show” award winner at every show it attends….

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Ryan Basseri’s E-AT Civic displayed prominently at the center stage of the Japanese Classic Car Show. Not much has changed lately with his Civic since he’s been so busy but it really doesn’t need to….

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This Datsun 510 on SSR Professor SP3 wheels featured a Mazda three-rotor 20B swap with a huge Turbonetics turbo….

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HKS GT turbocharged KP61 Starlet with a 4A-GE swap and SSR MKII wheels…

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Todd Kaneko’s SR20DET 510 coupe has long been regarded as one of the best custom Datsun builds of all-time and it was also prominently displayed center stage at the JCCS event. He also has a 240Z that is equally as impressive and both were featured in Turbo magazine together back in 2002. Yes, 2002. Other than the SR-swap, this build has stood this way for over a decade!!…..

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Kaneko’s Chevlon Racing wheels that have been on his 510 longer than many of you have been into cars, haha….

That’s all for now. More cool stuff to come in Part 2! Thanks for stopping by!!….

The West Coast Collective: One 2014 Coverage….

Last Saturday was a pretty hectic day… I had long planned to attend the first ever “West Coast Collective” car show organized by my friends Rodrez and Ryan Hoegner, but earlier on in the week, I discovered that the Japanese Classic Car Show fell on the same day. For those who have been living under that proverbial rock, Rodrez and Ryan are also the same guys that created the famed Eibach Honda Meet. They decided to venture out and try to expand their horizons by throwing an event which welcomes all makes, thus creating “The West Coast Collective”. I wanted to show my support and make it out to lend a helping hand, but a part of me really wanted to check out the Japanese Classic Car Show. It seems like I always miss out on that event and I thoroughly enjoy that show because I am a huge Japanese car culture guy. I try to go every year but I always somehow manage to miss it. I think I went the year before but couldn’t attend last year because I had a prior engagement. The show doesn’t change very much from year to year, but it also features a ton of cars that only come out once a year for the JCCS event specifically. The rest of the year, these Japanese classics are just tucked away in garages and never see any sunlight. If there is one chance to see some of these classics, I wanted to take advantage of it…

I appreciate what Ryan and Rodrez do to help me out with whatever I need so I figured I could attempt to kill two birds with one stone by trying to attend BOTH events. On paper, it didn’t sound like it would work since they both occur during the same hours of the day but I somehow managed to pull it off. I would just go to Corona, CA for the West Coast show early in the morning to help them set-up, then I could hang out for a bit before heading down to Long Beach for JCCS. Traffic and California didn’t exactly make things easy for me but it wasn’t detrimental to my plan. The night before, I decided to make things even more difficult for myself by going fishing late at night with some of the homies. I’m always down to sacrifice some sleep to spend quality time with my friends but having to wake up after only an hour and a half of sleep really wore me out by the end of the afternoon. I remember coming back to the shop after a late lunch with some friends and I managed the nap for over four hours! There went the rest of my night. I then spent the entire Sunday doing pretty much nothing but laying on the couch and watching football…

Below are some photos from The West Coast Collective event. I apologize for the lack of photos but I didn’t spend that much time there shooting. Whatever time I had I spend catching-up with people. I was also there pretty early so most of the cars hadn’t even arrived yet since they were still setting up. All in all, I was there for maybe about 3 1/2 hours. I hopped in the car and then sat in traffic for about an hour before getting down to Long Beach. JCCS was so busy that there wasn’t even any parking but I’ll tell you more about it when I get to the Japanese Classic Car Show coverage. Today, take a gander at some quick shots from the first ever West Coast Collective event held at the Eibach Springs facility….

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JHPUSA had a booth on display at The West Coast Collective: One and brought out this incredibly clean FD2 CTR-converted Civic Si. It featured a custom roll bar, Recaro sets, a set of Volk Racing CE28 wheels, AP Racing brakes…

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DPK Jared’s Mugen SS AP2 S2000 on bronze Mugen MF10 wheels. He has a Mugen SS rear bumper that should be here real soon…

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Jay’s highly-detailed Scion FR-S with Tamon Design aero and brand new Advan Racing RGIII wheels…

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Can’t forget the Project Mu brakes behind the black Advan wheels….

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Luis Jaimes spent the day over in Corona while his brother’s CR-X was on display at the 2014 Japanese Classic Car Show. Here’s a rare shot of the car with its hood on…

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Brian Duong’s Varis widebody Mitsubishi Evo X on Volk Racing TE37RT wheels….

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Young Tea’s brand new Scion FR-S Release Series 1.0 on bronze Volk ZE40s. The RS 1.0 comes factory with this TRD aero kit and a bunch of other TRD accessories. It also comes exclusively in this “”Yuzu Yellow” color….

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Tony Jackson’s BMW E46 M3 track toy that is also on Volk Racing’s new ZE40 wheel…

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Ryan Hoegner’s K-swapped Acura Integra Type R that will be on display at my Year.SIX event coming up in about a month….

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Jonathan Wong brought out his timeless EF hatchback with JDM EF9 front end and SSR EX-C Fins…

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Subaru Forester parked in front of the Autofashion USA booth on aggressive MTechnica wheels….

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Anthony Corona’s bright red custom widebody Y34 M on Rotiform wheels….

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SquadOne’s always incredible Lexus LS430 with one-off custom aero

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Ojay’s Previa has been out and about everywhere this year….

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This Subaru Forester STI looked great slammed on CCW LM5T wheels….

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Sang Pham’s J’s Racing GT widebody AP2 S2000…

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Under the hood is a turbocharged F22C motor that’s been neatly tucked away…

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Powerhouse Amuse S2000 on red Volk Racing CE28Ns….

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Rocket Bunny Ver. 1 Scion FR-S on polished, step-lipped Work VS-KF….

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One of the better Honda builds in Socal this year is Jeremy Allgier’s BB4 Honda Prelude. Really like the engine bay and how the exterior comes together with the BBS LM wheels, Aero Magic front lip, and Azect eyeline pieces….

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Boosted AP2 S2000 on what turned out to be CCW D11L replica wheels and faux Bride seats….

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AP1 with rear flares and Black Edition TE37SL…

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EF Civic hatchback on Work Ewing Mesh….

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Raul from Checkerd Sports decided to bring out his custom tube car project for display. This thing is far from finished but so far, it looks pretty great….

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The entire frame was custom built by fabricator Ansel White from scratch. Covered up by the front of the frame is a Rywire tucked radiator that has yet to be plumbed. Check out all the custom fab work for the suspension and even the headlight mounting plates….

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Mounted in the rear is a Honda K20 engine using custom mounting brackets and Hasport engine mounts… If you want to see more of the build, CLICK HERE….

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Full Spoon Sports S2000 catalog build on display…

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It’s been a while since we last saw Alex Colon’s Civic. I think it was last seen at the 2014 Eibach Honda Meet. Not much has changed since then but unless you saw it at Eibach, you probably didn’t notice that he added NBC Racing front fenders and a J’s Racing front lip….

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Brian Hua’s K-swapped DB8 Integra track car with JDM ITR front end, Mugen front bumper, and custom front splitter. Also notice the J’s Racing front fenders and Voltex rear wing…

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Before I left, I stopped by to chat with Loi Hua from Loi-Spec Garage for a bit and he tells me that he recently hit his personal best at Button Willow running a 2:00 lap time. Looks like things have gone well for him after ditching his ITR motor for a K20 and he is looking to get faster by next year. At The West Coast Collective, he put his First Molding front lip back on and showed off his brand new 15×8 Volk Racing TE37s….

I left soon after to make the drive down to Long Beach for the annual Japanese Classic Car Show. Wish I could have stuck around because it looked like everyone was having a blast but duty calls and I didn’t want to miss JCCS again. Thanks for looking and stayed tuned for coverage of that coming real soon!!…