Japanese Classic Car Show 2017 Coverage… Part 2 of 2…

Did no one think that the intro in Part 1 was completely weird? Haha. Maybe people aren’t even reading anymore, I don’t know. Either that or people are just used to me saying all kinds of weird crazy shit. If you want to read some more of my serious writing, please head over to The Epilogues. I think that is where I spend most of my time doing important writing these days. These event coverage posts are still fun too but sometimes I think people are more into the photos than the literary side of things. I might be the only one still writing these days also but I like telling stories and good stories, take time, you know?…

Anyways, today we’re going to take a look at the second half of my photos from the 2017 Japanese Classic Car Show. I finally got some good detail shots of the Mazda 767B, which was always something I wanted to do. Then we hop around the show and get a quick look at some Datsuns, a few Corollas, and some really nice Hakosuka builds. Towards the end you’ll see some photos of BosoPat’s Kenmeri, which is probably one of the best fucking things ever. Check it out, I promise you’ll enjoy it, even if you aren’t necessarily into old school Japanese classics. Does that sound redundant? Eh, whatever. Enjoy!…

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The legendary Mazda 767/767B prototype race car that competed at the 24 Hours of LeMans Race Series in the late 1980s. I believe there is another one currently in Australia for the upcoming World Time Attack Challenge event which is interesting because I’ll get to see two different 767 race cars in the same year. How awesome. This one sits at the Mazda headquarters I believe and they only bring it out occasionally….

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The interior of the 767B through the acrylic windows…

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From this angle with the door open, you can better see the onboard controls, fuse panel, MoTec digital display and SOLO lap timer. The entire dash is also made from dry carbon fiber…

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The 767B is a single-seat race vehicle so to the left of the driver is the MoTec standalone engine management system and above it is a AiM “SmartyCam” HD camera….

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The iconic CHARGE orange/green graphical livery…

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BBS E88 wheels in centerlock configuration wrapped in Avon slicks…

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Such an awesome vehicle to see in person. I feel like it is there at JCCS every year but this was one of the rare times I got to get a detailed look at it because there were Mazda employees around opening up the car for everyone. I guess this is the advantage of being at the show on-time and not an hour before it ends, haha…

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Rich from Auto Concept Elite’s widebody Datsun 240Z wearing a full Gulf-style livery sitting on aggressive Rays Nismo wheels…

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Under the hood of Rich’s Z is a RB25DET engine running a GReddy intake manifold and turbocharger from Apex Boost…

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Rear-angle of the Datsun “GT240Z” project…

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My buddy Ginash from JDM Chicago was in town to visit since his Hakosuka Skyline came out to California for display at JCCS thanks to the guys from JDM Legends…

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The Skyline had been in their possession for the last few months since Ginash finally decided to ditch the L-series engine in favor of a naturally-aspirated RB25 NEO swap….

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As you can tell, the swap isn’t quite finished yet with the plumbing still awaiting fabrication but you get a good idea of how great the bay will look with the RB in there…

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Next to Ginash’s Hako was this beautifully-done Datsun Fairlady Z with a set of rare Bride Histrix seats and Volk TE37V wheels…

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Unlike Ginash’s Skyline, this Z still retains the original carb’d L-series engine…

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Beautiful TE37 Toyota Levin draped in yellow with flares front/rear sitting on TRD Tosco wheels…

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Austin Fenn’s “866” widebody Corolla with ITB’d 4A-GE engine and Hoshino wheels…

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I totally had a brain fart and forget to get a photo of this R31 Skyline because I ran into an old friend and started chatting it up with him but here’s the spectacular engine bay of it. Love the HKS cover on the RB26-swap and the accompanying HKS bolt-on accessories…

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The interior screams 80s Nissan but the factory instrument cluster has been removed in favor of a custom gauge set-up. The factory radio is also gone in favor of another set of gauges affixed to a single-din aluminum plate…

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The seats are super cool with the old school Recaro seats running their orange gradient design. The rear seats also have matching upholstery…

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Check-out these built-in power seat controls on the Recaros…

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This custom widebody S30Z was bringing a consistent crowd throughout the day…

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Probably because of the turbocharged GM LSx engine swap with the entire turbine sitting above the hood line…

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Loved the color of this S30Z flared on RS Watanabe wheels. Under the hood is a Nissan RB25DET engine and Koyorad radiator…

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One of the newest Wild Cards members is this R30 Skyline GTS coupe on Watanabe wheels…

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White, stock-body, R32 Skyline GT-R sitting on brand new Titan7 T-R10 wheels…

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The engine bay of this Hakosuka looked exceptional with the single-turbo RB26DET swap. I love how the engine bay has been cleaned-up and all the custom fab-work that went into the cooling system…

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Patrick Soliman’s Kenmeri Skyline from Wild Cards looks absolutely amazing as always. This year he blew everyone’s minds with this set of Riverside Super River wheels…

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Love great the RB26 looks in the engine bay with the gold valve cover and Precision turbocharger. Such a clean set-up…

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A closer look at the Riverside Super Rivers with huge step-lip and gold fan-disk style face…

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AE86 Corolla coupe with JDM Levin face and Wats…

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800HP RA21 Toyota Celica liftback with a tubbed rear-end to make room for massive drag slicks…

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In the engine bay was a built 1JZ-GTE engine-swap that looks like it barely fits with the massive intake manifold. Look how the cage is built into the chassis and runs through the fire wall into the shock towers…

Well, I guess that’s it. Yet another great year for the Japanese Classic Car Show. Thanks for looking folks!…

4 thoughts

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  2. I’m still reading. I’m sometimes a judge up here in Canada, and these event coverage posts are super helpful. I learn a lot about what certain kits or wheels look like. Keep it up!

  3. I read your intros as well. Having grown up with print myself, and really despising the whole social media movement, I enjoy the context you provide, and agree with you on stories needing to be told (I LOVE The Epilogues; do keep them coming!).

    I’m on that boat of people not feeling quite right about newer cars being allowed into a classics show. One event I attend every year is the local stop of the domestic-centric Goodguys Rod & Custom Association tour. They restrict entries at ’73 or so. I know Japanese performance cars don’t have quite that strong of an early presence, but I agree that the FD and S14 really had no place here despite being honest ‘modern classics’. Once the “EG” generation Civic is let in – and it’s feeling inevitable now – it’ll become just another Japanese car show in my eyes. I don’t think JCCS should be treated like the American importation law, allowing a new model year in with every new year. The organizers should restrict it to model generations that started no later than 1989 or something like that.

  4. haha! I read every word, I just don’t usually comment.. your intro to part 1 hit a little too close to home – all the cars I really dig are the same ones I was into circa 1998. It also cut a little close since I’m a two-years-into-my-40-something-type-person, and still driving a lowered ED civic hatch 😛 keep killing it, your content is great.

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