There are plenty of things that get better with time. Like pizza the morning after instead of fresh out of the oven. A bottle of fine wine, or your favorite pair of jeans. And of course, cars. I don't know about you, but I love vintage Japanese cars and the nostalgia you feel by being near them, so much so that I drove up to Norcal from L.A. just to check out the Shokuji J-Tin car show, a celebration of Japanese cars of yesteryear.
I have to give props to the owners of the vintage Japanese iron I saw at Shokuji J-Tin. Many of the cars, though not all, were in pristine condition, but all of them were worth checking out. What really got me excited though were the builds that took advantage of newer technology by throwing an SR20 or an LS1 engine into the mix. What you get with that combination my friends is the best of both worlds, old-school body styling with the new-school kick like that Datsun 240Z built by Gordon MacSwain in the Project 370Z video we recently featured.
Many people said I was crazy driving all the way up to San Leandro, California, by myself just to see some cars. But it's what I love and will continue to love. So what I'm really trying to say is yes cars are like pizzas, they only get better with time. Below are a few of my top picks from the Shokuji J-Tin. I hope you enjoy the photos of these amazing cars as much as I did seeing them in the sheetmetal.