For over a decade, Nostalgic Hero Magazine has used their influence and incredibly loyal fanbase to pack a portion of the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center for Nostalgic 2Days—a must-see event for any old-school and restomod aficionado. Much like the print magazine itself, the event caters to vehicles born in the 1950s through the'90s, and year after year never disappoints with debut builds, restorations and plenty of surprises.
The two-day event includes a huge variety of display vehicles and vendor booths offering new and used items, and Nostalgic 2Days also includes an auction, judged car show, and perhaps most interesting, a massive swap meet. What better way to track down those all but non-existent OEM and aftermarket goods of yesteryear than by hunting them down in person among fellow enthusiasts? The kicker is, unlike buying used parts online, you get a chance to see and hold the item/s to make sure the purchase is worth the money.
Though not as large-scale as an event like Mooneyes, Nostalgic 2Days is by far the biggest classic car-focused event in Japan and is highly anticipated by both fans and vendors alike. And while mega-events like Tokyo Auto Salon often have a number of old-school builds on display, many of which are incredibly well done, this gathering is literally built upon just those types of vehicles, which in recent years have seen a monumental increase in interest among the meticulous restoration and restomod crowds.
You know Top Secret and Smoky Nagata for building some of the most badass Supras and Skylines on the planet, but you probably don't recall them working on old-school chassis like this Skyline C210.
Originally purchased from Star Road last year, the original engine was of course pushed aside and replaced with a built RB30 block, then topped with an RB26 head complete with ITBs. Add in the custom headers and a tune and through an R32 GTS-T trans the little 5th gen. now makes around 280 naturally-aspirated horses.
Dropping newer engines into older cars is something we've all become accustomed to. Modernizing a build, making it more reliable or just hunting for more power are all factors that a swap can be attributed to. In this case, Yajima-Car goes against the grain with an L28-powered S14.
The RB swap or SR native powerplant were both ignored in favor of Nissan's single overhead cam workhorse from decades ago. Complete with Mikuni carbs, the step back in time sits inside of a reworked engine bay that includes tubbed wheel wells.
Put this Corolla in any region on the globe and it's going to draw a crowd. The razor-straight body's been smothered in bright red paint and is hunched over custom Porsche center-lock BBS wheels.
This S13 grabbed our attention and we weren't all that familiar with the name Tsumori Engineering, but if you like thought-out attention to detail, then give their page a follow at @tsumori_eng on Instagram.
Beyond the pie-cuts and well-organized bay, note the hardlines that trace perfectly along the piping, right past the GReddy turbo and to the wastegate.
There's certainly something to be said for keeping an original set of body lines intact and getting the panels as straight as possible, slathered in fresh paint. Take this FairladyZ as a stunning example, its body reconditioned and perfected with slight hints of modernizing via blacked out pieces that are typically shining in chrome.
Without a hood to block your view, you're able to take in the hours of hard work that undoubtedly transformed this classic into a showpiece. Any unnecessary bits have been removed and housed within a smoothed and painted bay sits an L-series proudly sporting a full set of Mikuni carbs, polished to perfection, and matched to the modern aluminum cooling set up—all of which is offset by a bright red valvecover. We're not sure it gets any better.