The Japan Classic Car Association (JCCA) had its New Year Meeting in Odaiba this past winter, right after the Tokyo Auto Salon. This meeting draws car owners, enthusiasts and those just reminiscing about the cars they owned in their 20s, or at least dreamed of owning. The wide variety of cars on display is unique as it is not limited just to Japanese sports cars, but includes classic Corvettes and MGs that are rare to find, even back home. The event appeals to all types of people, from owners to fans, young and old and everything else in between.
In the cool winter sun, the 2010 New Year Meeting gave the car owners an opportunity to take the dust covers off and take their cars out for a ride on a winter's day. The quality of cars on display was incredible. Classic car owners take pride in their cars and it shows. For example, the nearly perfect appearances of the Lotus Espirits on display prove this. These rear engine sports cars look and drive like they just came out of the factory. However, the vast majority of cars at the meeting were Japanese. From classic Skylines to Zs, station wagons to race-ready sports cars, there was a wide assortment of cars that almost anyone could find something that would remind them of their youth.
These collector meetups are for more than just looking at cars. It allows car owners to meet and network with each other. In many ways, these events are more for the car owners than the spectators. They share tips on where to find parts, modifications and discuss the problems their cars may have in the hopes that another person would have a solution. Such events also have collectors and vendors selling everything from decorative signs to rare and hard to find parts.
JCCA's New Year Meeting is very similar to what one would find in the USA at JCCS. Car owners, deep down, are all the same: a friendly group where like-minded people come together to talk and show off their rides to knowledgeable and impressed car aficionados. Most classic car owners tend to be older individuals, so the macho attitude that one finds in more modern car shows is a bit more low-key, but don't let that fool you, they are all still out to "wow" their friends like they did when they were 25!
For a winter's afternoon in Tokyo, the setting was perfect for the legions of classic car fans. The class of cars available spanned generations and interest levels as it encompassed everything from European imports, Japanese sports cars and American muscle cars, bringing out the legions of fans and car owners that one expects at the New Year Meeting.