Alright, so let’s spark up part 2 of our Japanese Car Classic Show coverage! I want to kick start this post with an alternative drive. From the beginning, we’ve mostly focused on car features alone, however our company fuels inspiration from all makes, models, and machines. At JCCS, there was a neat little exhibition featuring motorbikes and cafe racers. As unfamiliar as I was to the scene, I could only comment on how aesthetically pleasing these bikes were. I wasn’t too familiar with the motors, but the way these bikes were pieced together is heartfelt motivation. It’s inspiring to see how motor makers can pack so much power in a bike with little or no space. That to me is very impressive.
I spotted this very unique motor bike. It was a tiny piece of machinery styled with details. From afar it looked like one of those miniatures or collectible toys. I’m pretty sure anyone could pick it up and hack it across the street…though I’m not condoning that type of behavior at car shows. lol. Regardless, I still thought it was a neat little project. You could definitely see the man hours, blood, sweat, and a splash of tears decorated all over this motor bike.
I know this is JCCS, but some of the motor kids wanted to play…even the rich kids, like this exclusive Lexus LF-A. And, as most of you know, we’re all about exclusive collectibles and anything that shouts “rare breed.” So this LF-A was spotted, no clue which company brought it out, but it was a pleasure seeing one. The last time I saw an LF-A in person was last year, but unfortunately I didn’t get a clean shot.
So this next car has a pretty cool story to it. From the average eye, it looks just like any ordinary Honda CR-X, however this car is all original. I met up with the owner Chris as he told me about how he has owned this car for the last 20 years. Can you believe that!? For a car that’s all original, exterior, interior, motor and paint, it’s quite a beauty. Checking out Chris’s car I wondered to myself, 20 years down the road, will my S14 look that clean? I doubt it.
While we were checking out the far end of the show, I noticed the announcer issuing out awards for the longest drive. Since JCCS is such a mega event, cars from across the States come to visit. Washington was in full force and they even brought some of the coolest classics.
I noticed a lot of the Washington cars were tagged by Garage Autohero, which I came across while editing BThai’s post. From my research it’s ran by Ray Stonehocker who also brought out the company showcase, a Datsun 510, shown in detail in our previous post. To me this car is mad clean. Yea, yea, most of you’re saying, rust? You kidding me Mike, rust? What part of “clean” does “rust” relate to? I dunno, I guess it’s just bad ass seeing a car that has fresh fitment with rust details.
Aside from Garage Autohero’s 510, there were a crew of Toyota Crown’s nearby. Most of them had Washington plates which was a surefire signal of clean pressed cars. I’m a big fan of the Washington scene as I’ve noted to BThai through our conversations. Even if the closest to Washington I’ve ever been to the Evergreen state was through chatting BThai, I feel like I know the scene over there well. You guys and gals know how to keep the scene fresh.
Going to JCCS one would expect the loads of Datsuns rolling in, but we mustn’t forget about the old school Celicas. In terms of body styling, I’m a huge fan of this chassis. Being so used to seeing Datsuns, the change of scenery with the Toyota Celica is quite refreshing.
After compiling a good 400 shots, some or many duplicates, I had my feel for the day. Around noon, we left for the parking lot where we spotted even more fresh cars. It’s really cool to see daily drivers enjoying their own show outside of JCCS.
We managed to spot a small Supra crew which had a super clean MKIV Supra with fresh fitment and a clean suit. Also, sitting proper next to the MKIV was an old school Supra done right. There aren’t many MKIII that draw my attention, however this is an exception. The car drew on a nice theme starting off at the wheels and for its year, the exterior was flawless.
So that wraps up our coverage for JCCS 2011. We’re extremely satisfied with the outcome and we can’t wait for next year’s event! Maybe, if I can pull some strings here and there, we’ll be out there next year at JCCS with an actual booth! I know many people have been asking me when we’ll ever set shop at any event. Mates, we’re definitely working on it and you have my word. Count on FL for fresh delivery always.