FASHIONABLY LATE: JCCA New Year Meeting 2010

February 1, 2010 10:57 pm Published by

Once again, just like last year (part one here and part two here), I turned up right at the end of the day when everyone was leaving.

I suppose you want an excuse? Well, I had a very big Friday night which led into a very big Saturday night which finally ended at a club at 6:00AM on the Sunday morning of the show. The club is actually only about fifteen minutes by train from the Odaiba parking lot, but I didn’t have my equipment on me, and I also really needed some sleep and a change of clothes. If it’s any consolation, I had a great time, thanks.

Enjoy the pics I did actually take.


I think I have a bit of a thing for Yonmeris, but when done up properly, I think that Japans look a bit meaner. There’ something about the Kenmeri headlights and taillights that just look more iconic though. Oh well, they’re all cool, let’s leave it at that?

Nose down, arse up. It has been wired into our brains since caveman times to fear that pose.

Wow, there was once a time when it was quite uncool to own a car like this back in Australia.

See the plate? The region kanji say it’s from Hachioji, a city near Tokyo where a lot of really tough cars come from. I’d imagine this guy has had this plate for a long time, as it would be almost impossible to get these days.

The engine was a L28 with a carbon-fibre cam cover.

A friend of mine had a Corolla like this back when we were eighteen. It was automatic, and he had to get a run-up to make it up a steep hill near his house if there were more than two people in the car.

Not the cleanest Zed at the show, but it looked great in red with a G-nose. One of the nice things about taking photos in Japan is that people generally tend to get out of your way when you’re doing it. Less than three seconds before I took this pic, there were five people standing in the way.

Homysuka van? What’s that you say? You want more pics of that Sunny GX in the background?


OK then!

Not much wrong with this.

Alright, quick wheel nerd test. What are these? If you said two-piece Techno Phantoms (highlight to reveal)  you’d be right!

The best part about getting there late was that all the cars were being warmed up, ready to drive home. That meant that occasionally, you’d hear someone give it a bit of throttle to show off.

It does remind you why emissions equipment and catalytic converters became mandatory though. A few seconds after standing here, and my eyes were watering and my throat was stinging.

Look at that though. Nice.

There are some more pics coming about a rather weird car that was at the show. Come back tomorrow for those!

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  • Richard H says:

    Wow, these are beautiful. Unfortunately, none of these cars are usually seen here in central Europe 🙁

  • Kolbotn says:

    Now you’re just plain Mean Alexi, i miss my B110 even more!

  • Ah huh…. Yes the 240K… YUK what a loser you WOULD HAVE BEEN to have one of those!

    My old Datto 1600 had some good parts from one though.

    My friend tuned his RX5… WTF! Converted a Mazda 121 1800 to run a chunky bridge port 13b.
    It was terrible boat like car that used sooo much gas but

    We’d laugh at idle. the thing would rock like a drag car.

    Wish i had it now though… haha. get some watanabe’s and cheap over fenders on it.

    Strange how times change..

  • GenJi says:

    .. same word, Richard H.

  • climberjoel says:

    great photos! thanks

  • Slappy says:

    How much would it cost me to go from Maryland to one of those shows in Japan for a day then back home? I must attend one of those shows before i kick the bucket.

  • Gruppe!! says:

    Are they Techno spirits?
    Also, is it just me or does that last picture show a C10 with that rare OS Giken twin cam head????

  • Gruppe!! says:

    Nevermind, I should really read more….

  • Adam from Sweden =D says:


    Great site!

    Although, would it be possible to host the high-res pics? 1920*1080 px? 🙂

    I’d love to use them as wallpaper! 🙂


  • banpei says:

    Haha! Reminds me I wanted to buy a 240K a five or six years back… Was about the uncoolest car you could imagine. How things can change within such a short period! 😉
    What about the zokushas? Did you catch them or were they gone already?

  • Focus91 says:

    Hey Alexi,

    I would love to see a wallpaper of those Techno Phantoms or the first sunny shot, damned, short chassis, deep dish, wide ass…. I’m in love =\

  • Isidro says:

    great set of pictures
    made my day!

    I see what you mean about Japans.

  • kyteler says:

    Awesome photos man. Loved the post. Also, I doubt it would have been very common for you to see that manner of GL in Australia though. It’s an 1800GL, so it’s short wheel base. Which basically means it has a short nose on it and a 4cylinder under the bonnet. If memory serves that particular one is a pre-facelift G18 powered example. Well looked after car too. You didn’t happen to get the spec of the wheels on the Yonmeri did you? Interesting to note that they’ve modified it to fit the Kenmeri tail-light panel & lamps which if rumours are to be believed, don’t directly bolt in.

  • Killua says:

    Beautiful pictures, and cars of course! Makes me wish even more I lived in Japan.

    “One of the nice things about taking photos in Japan is that people generally tend to get out of your way when you’re doing it. Less than three seconds before I took this pic, there were five people standing in the way.”

    That sounds great… another reason to love Japan, people are very polite.

    What happens if you have a small, basic camera?

  • Tim says:

    oh my god that sunny is sex on wheels…makes me want some old school metal even more.

  • Tim says:

    Vote 1 for wallpaper of image three…!!! please!

  • jay says:

    “Wow, there was once a time when it was quite uncool to own a car like this back in Australia…”

    I hear you on that call… I remember when the Gemi (Izusu) Coupes were the 4 to have. Other cars of similar style and vintage were often overlooked. The things I’d do to have that blue one in my drive..damn 🙂

  • lachlanrb20s13 says:

    some really stunning photos of really sexy cars, cheers man.

  • 7shades says:

    That wasn’t just ANY automatic your mate’s KE10 had…. That was a TOYOGLIDE 😛

    2 speed…

    Turtle > RABBIT

  • Nick says:

    holy fucking shit ball at crossflow OS giken head in the last pic :/

  • BlueSlug says:

    i failed the wheel nerd test 🙁 my guess was SSR Starshark, which is close but clearly incorrect

  • Pall Willeaux says:

    So… is the L-series DOHC OS Giken head really not that special anymore or am I the only one that had to be revived after noticing it in the bay of that hakosuka?

  • Levon says:

    Oh yes please. wallpaper the red datsun and the van above! 😀

  • Gumball says:

    I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a two piece techno phantom…

  • Sandokan says:

    Just a little technical Q. Are those HDR pics?

  • Noodles says:

    “Wow, there was once a time when it was quite uncool to own a car like this back in Australia.”

    it still is. that thing is hideous.

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  • q says:

    The real question is… who manufactured Technophantoms?

  • Femmo says: