Celebrating its seventh annual event, the Japanese Classic Car Show’s eclectic collection of perfectly restored cars and crazy projects was once again held at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. Ranging from rare cars to bikes and “relics” you simply won’t find anywhere else, the event offers the largest variety of vehicles and is one of those car shows you really don’t want to miss. An early dawn rainstorm greeted the event, but by mid morning the clouds had parted to host ideal show car weather.
Among the numerous award categories (e.g. Best in Show and Farthest Driven Vehicle), JCCS added a new category called Ganso VIP. Ganso is Japanese slang for original, but not in the sense of stock. Instead, it’s the original in “original gangsta”, meaning the cars that originated VIP styling in Japan.
Walking past rows of cars dating back to the ’70s and ’80s brought back fond memories of my childhood days. Pristine Datsun 510s and 1200s, Mazda RX-2/3/4s, Toyota Carinas, and even an old Subaru 360 dating back to early 1958 offered me, as well as attendees, a valuable lesson in automotive history on how these vehicles’ evolvement impacted their modern-day counterparts. If you missed out on this show, be sure to visit www.japaneseclassiccarshow.com for the event, including additional event coverage at www.importtuner.com.