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JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

15 years of celebrating the classics culminates in the biggest turnout yet

Rodrez
Sep 30, 2019
Photographers: Luke Munnell, Sam Du

A few days after the 15th annual Japanese Classic Car Show and we're still sorting through the photos, talking about some of our favorites and reminiscing about just how good the selection of cars was this year. Always a great gathering, 2019's turnout seemed to bring about a new generation of enthusiasts both on the car owner side and the spectator side.

JCCS 2019 toyota corolla Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

The one thing that almost overshadowed the cars themselves was the line to get in. Long known for being an easy pass into the main event, this year's show had a lengthy line that spilled along the length of Shoreline Drive. Some thought it might be an issue of staffing or security checks, but the reality is, after tallying up the attendance numbers, JCCS organizers tell us there were over 10,000 visitors for the 15th annual event! Huge numbers for an event that's stood the test of time and seems to have found its groove, bringing in more curious onlookers than ever.

JCCS 2019 chris ortez mkiv supra Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

In part I of our coverage we brought you some of the Nissan and Datsun highlights—both of which occupied a huge portion of this year's show. This time around it's a bit more all-inclusive, with the likes of Mazda, Toyota, Honda, and others:

JCCS 2019 mazda rx3 01 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

The 2-rotor engine that accompanied some of Mazda's RX-3 models during in its heyday was both potent and groundbreaking, especially when you consider NSU of Germany lost themselves financially in trying to coerce a Wankel powerplant into a production vehicle, and in France, Citroen faced heavy setbacks trying to do the same thing. Mazda, however, took the long road, and in the end set themselves apart from everyone else with iconic Wankel power.

JCCS 2019 3 rotor wankel Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Of course, there's always room for a "little more," like this RX-3 that's been fitted with a 3-rotor setup and thoroughly reworked inside and out.

JCCS 2019 fc3 rx7 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 turbo rotary Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

There were more rotary examples to be found throughout the Mazda section of the show, including this FC chassis with a Borg Warner snail tucked away neatly.

JCCS 2019 velocity stacks Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 mazda booth Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Mazda itself was well represented at JCCS's 15th anniversary...

JCCS 2019 mazda 767b Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

From street/weekend cars with rotary hearts and garage tuning, to legendary motorsport icons

JCCS 2019 mitsubishi 3000gt Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 mitsubishi 3000gt engine Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Chances are you haven't stumbled upon a 3000GT in quite some time, and its even less likely it was tastefully modified. What was once carrying a sticker price far above the heads of most enthusiasts during its era, is now experiencing a slight upswing as the number of modified versions has slowly increased in recent years at various events we've visited.

JCCS 2019 1982 toyota starlet Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 toyota 4ag Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Fun-filled, RWD coupes and hatchbacks were the norm for automakers in the '80s, long before economy-focused FWD versions became the norm. Toyota's Starlet is a favorite among nostalgic drag racers, and to this day carries a loyal fanbase. This version, an '82 model, sports a 40mm Solex/Mikuni carburetor setup with a slick intake sandwiched between the shock tower on one side and an Electromotive Ignition System mounted on the other.

JCCS 2019 widebody toyota starlet 01 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 widebody toyota starlet 02 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

This example carries a similar bulked up exterior but smothered in a deep purple hue that, as you pass by, seemed to get a bit deeper when hit by direct sunlight.

JCCS 2019 toyota 2000gt Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

For our money, some of the sexiest lines to ever sit upon 4 wheels

JCCS 2019 ra29 celica gt Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 beams engine Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Pristine paint laid across this RA29 Celica GT sitting on Hayashi Racing wheels with Wilwood calipers peeking through. Under the hood, boosted BEAMS power rounds out one very, very nice build.

JCCS 2019 mugen honda crx Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Years ago, the number of Honda entries at JCCS were very low. A handful of CVCC and early generation Accords would take up a small area at one end of the show. In recent years, the Honda/Acura presence has grown both in the registered cars on display and Honda's involvement, with a large-scale booth each year that always has a few of their museum gems on display. This time-capsule, Mugen-clad first-gen. CRX is a good example.

JCCS 2019 honda cvcc Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 kseries swapped cvcc civic Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

This early model Civic sits on Mugen MR5 wheels and features some mild body work to eliminate some unwanted reflectors while the blacked-out grill and bumpers give it a meaner look. Under the hood, about four decades separate the K-series powerplant from the chassis it sits in.

JCCS 2019 superstreet window banner Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 superstreet em1 coupe Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 wings west civic Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Though I cringe when I see it, the old Super Street Civic EM1 marks a significant win for the Super Street brand. It was a project that went head-to-head with three other magazines in a competition to see who could build the best show and track version of Honda's B16-powered Si with a $10,000 budget. Obviously, 20 years ago looked quite a bit different in terms of styling than it does now. The coupe now resides in American Honda's private collection.

JCCS 2019 honda n600 engine Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

When Tim "Merciless" Mings handles your classic Honda restoration, like this '70 CVCC, this is what you're in for.

JCCS 2019 nissan ser Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 nissan sr20ve ser Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Though Part 1 of our coverage focused on Nissan/Datsun, we had to include a few more in this story that were parked on the other end of the show, like this '91 SE-R, which actually competed in our FF Battle Street Class race event a few months ago. Armed with an SR20VE, Juan Ramirez has owned this car for many years, recently put it back into action and it's by far one of the cleanest we've ever seen. The fact that it can hold its own on a road course and shine like this at a car show, makes it even better.

JCCS 2019 primadonna z32 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

There were only two of these Primadonna Z32s produced back in 2005 and this was the first—it remains in pristine condition.

JCCS 2019 gloria gl Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 gloria gl engine Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Seldom seen, even at a gathering like JCCS, this Gloria GL sedan is in remarkable condition. The Gloria was offered with a 4-cylinder, a diesel or a straight-6—this Gl powered by the latter.

JCCS 2019 nissan figaro 01 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 nissan figaro 02 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2

Though it looks like something born in the '60s, the Nissan Figaro was actually produced in 1991. Its retro design language was influenced by non-automotive industries, like fashion and the booming personal electronics movement.

JCCS 2019 greddy fc rx7 Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
JCCS 2019 greddy civic Photo 113/113   |   JCCS 2019 Pt. 2
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