The Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) is nothing short of amazing. Showcasing some of the cleanest pre-1985 (with a few exceptions) imports in the world, both stock and modified, the event has become a staple for import lovers both young and old. Until now, the show's taken place at the famous Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, California, but was relocated this year to Irvine's Hidden Valley Park. The result was more space, more vendors and, of course, more breathtaking restorations. Well known for displaying some of the sickest old-school Toyotas and Nissans in the country, JCCS also caters to a group of pristine Hondas. Restored Civics, Accords, first-gen CRXs, and even a few first-gen Integras make their way to the event each year. While some are faithfully dedicated strictly to OEM equipment, others prefer a slight aftermarket touch.
Standouts this year included a couple of old-school Integra chassis sporting B-series power, once again proving that combining the old with the new isn't always a bad idea. Another head-turner at the event was Sandy Edelstein's dynamic duo consisting of a Honda S600 convertible and RHD coupe. Drawing a crowd throughout the day, fans of both cars felt these classics looked better than the day they rolled off the assembly line.
If either of those didn't do it for you, the CVCCs, first-gen Straman-equipped convertible CRX, or S2000-powered Celicas surely would have. Yeah, it's not a Honda, but you can't deny the fact that an F20C-powered old-school Celica is pretty damn cool. The swap is increasing in popularity and for good reason; the high-revving F20C fits nicely in the Celica's bay and offers a massive bump in power compared to the stock unit. Oh, and that Straman CRX. If you aren't familiar with this rare convertible version of the first-gen CRX, don't feel bad. There were only about 300 ever built. It's things like these that make JCCS special. it brings out the best of the stuff you just don't see everyday, but wish you could.