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Throwback Thursday - Japanese Classic Car Show 2008

Honda begin to infiltrate the pre-1985 meet

Matt Rodriguez
Aug 7, 2014

The annual Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) started off at the events park next to the retired Queen Mary ocean liner in Long Beach, Calif., and currently returns there each October. But in 2008, organizers moved the old-school meet to nearby Irvine in the OC, where for a couple years the event was held at the now closed Wild Rivers Water Park.

Honda section Photo 2/33   |   Honda Section

Having grown larger year by year, JCCS planners have somehow managed to make the show better each time, regardless of location. And while the early days featured a field of cars that were predominately of the Toyota and Nissan/Datsun variety, as the years have passed and "newer," pre-1985 cars have been allowed entry, the diversity of attendees has expanded.

CRX carbon hood Photo 6/33   |   CRX Carbon Hood

There were always a handful of Honda in attendance at each JCCS event, but those numbers began to increase in the late 2000s, and in 2013 American Honda sponsored the event for the first time and set up a large booth that included display cars from their museum.

Mugen wing Photo 10/33   |   Mugen Wing

At this particular event back in 2008, there weren't nearly as many Honda as there are now, but there were the usual suspects with CVCC, CRX and first generation Integra, as well as a few uncommon cars like the Straman convertible CRX. Additionally, Scott King and his immaculate S600 coupe and convertible made it out to this event and blew people's minds his incredible restorations.

1965 Honda S600 Roadster & Coupe - HT Mag History

S600 coupe profile Photo 14/33   |   S600 Coupe Profile

If you've never attended a JCCS, it's definitely worth the trip. An afternoon walking through the park and parking lot packed with incredibly well built imports from the 1960s, '70s and '80s - no longer in the suburbs and now right on the waterfront - is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon.

Old school honda badge Photo 27/33   |   Old School Honda Badge
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