There aren't a lot of things that can get us out of bed early in the morning, especially on a weekend. Coitus and the smell of bacon are a few, but there's nothing like a proper car show, such as the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, Calif., to get our spirits up. You can almost use the parking lot as a indicator of how good the show is going to be; if Datsuns, AE86s, Hakosukas, and vintage Hondas are all you need to get you going, JCCS is the place to be.
JCCS started like most shows do, as a car meet, and has evolved into the largest show dedicated to vintage Japanese cars and the culture that comes with them. It's not every car show you get OEMs like Honda, Nissan, Mazda, and Toyota to all play nice in the same sandbox.
As far as exhibits, Honda displayed a very special N600 that happened to be the first Honda ever imported to the US, and Nissan brought its 1997 Nissan R390 GT1 racecar that participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1997 and 1998. Nissan even made two road versions of the R390 priced at a million dollars each.
Whether it's fully restored or improved by retrofitting modern parts, Japanese classic cars haven't stopped gaining in popularity every year. Rewind 10 years back and it's safe to say classic Japanese cars hadn't yet reached mainstream. Today, however, a show like JCCS can easily get a queue at the door that rivals the line for Wekfest. Now if we could only afford a Hakosuka ...