The annual JCCS is regarded as the largest gathering of Japanese heritage enthusiasts in the country and attracts nearly 400 private heritage cars and more than 7,000 spectators to the grass at Queen Mary Park. 2016 marked the twelfth gathering of the annual Japanese Classic Car Show which some consider the best gathering of cool Japanese cars on the West Coast.
One way to gauge an event’s coming of age is corporate participation and it was no different at JCCS with support from Toyota, Mazda, Honda and Nissan brought trucks loaded with classic cars. Mazda brought a standout 767B Le Mans prototype, the precursor to the 1991 Le Mans-winning 787, they also brought along their IMSA GTU ’79 RX-7. Nissan was surrounded by a host of historical cars including a 1961 Datsun Fairlady Sport, 1969 Nissan Patrol in powder blue, and even featured the North American debut of its 2017 GT-R NISMO.
Toyota celebrated 50 years of Corollas with a first-generation tribute Corolla built for The Great Race. Honda revealed the finished restoration of the first car it ever imported to the U.S., an N600 called Serial One. The N600 was restored by specialist Tim Mings and the serial number read: N600-1000001.
While the manufacturers formed the cornerstones of the show, the real stars were the owners, with over 120 were there for the first time. In addition to an army of volunteers who help run everything, we have Terry and Koji Yamaguchi to thank for those 12 years of JCCS. All we can do now is count down the days to 2017!