Every year there are only a handful of events that we look forward to. Hands down one of our all-time favorites has to be the Japanese Classic Car Show also known as JCCS. This year was particularly special as it marked its 10th anniversary and returned to the Queen Mary park in Long Beach, California. The moment you park your car and walk through the gates, you'll know it's not your average Southern California car show. Be prepared to watch the actual process of a man falling in love. You have to give props to these enthusiasts. They not only have to modify their cars, they have to restore them as well. It wasn't easy, as these guys brought their A games. Misty-eyed and infatuated Mike Sabounchi, Sam Du, and I came up with our five favorite cars at JCCS.
SR20-Powered Nissan Skyline There aren't many Hakosukas with a teal paintjob. Under the hood you won't find an L20, S20, or even an RB26, either, but rather a cleanly swapped SR20 motor. Rad!
Patrick Soliman's '73 Nissan Skyline "Works" flares, SSR Techno Phantom wheels, and a 552hp RB26DETT under the hood. Patrick's Skyline stopped us in our tracks; we just had to feature it on the next page!
John Huckins' '72 Datsun 510 Wagon While purists may hate to see an engine swap into a classic 510 wagon, some people just need the technological advancement and power of the good ol' SR20DET. John's is built to 300 hp and features an ultra-clean bay.
'70 Mitsubishi Colt There are more cars to JCCS than just rad Toyotas and gnarly Nissans. Mitsubishi also had an awesome Japanese muscle car called the Colt, and we spotted this fine specimen in excellent condition.
Matt Kochaon's '85 Mazda RX-7 It's not every day we see a first-generation RX-7, especially in this awesome condition. Matt's has been modified head to toe and sits on BBS RS.