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JCCS 2023: California’s Coolest Japanese Classics


There’s one thing very cool about automotive occasions that keep true to their roots.

The Japanese Traditional Automotive Present (JCCS) received its begin in 2005, and whereas the annual gathering in Southern California has grown immensely in dimension over time, its core community-driven philosophy has remained the identical.

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An enormous a part of JCCS’s success is the individuals behind it. Founders Terry and Koji Yamaguchi solely wanted a small workforce to run the occasion in its early years, however in the present day the pair have a small military of fellow kyusha fanatics serving to plan and execute a day that draws lots of upon lots of of car functions and greater than 10,000 spectators via the gates.

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Speedhunters JCCS-150

It’s not stunning the occasion has grown into the beast it’s when you concentrate on the modifications that Japanese automotive tradition has seen during the last 20 years.

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Speedhunters JCCS-148

For a begin, the concept that a Japanese automotive may obtain critical collector standing was barely a factor in 2005, and fashions that command eye-watering asking costs in the present day had been accessible to many again then. Then there’s the truth that the fashionable automobiles the tuner era grew up round within the mid-to-late Nineteen Nineties and early ‘00s at the moment are turning into eligible for inclusion within the JCCS. And that tuner era is now middle-aged, which implies many might be trying to rekindle their love of Japanese efficiency automobiles, and maybe notice a very long time dream of possession if it wasn’t potential the primary time round. Others might be desirous to wind again the clock and do it yet again.

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Speedhunters JCCS-160

JCCS has all the time had a car age minimal of round 25 years, which means the latest automobiles that had been eligible to enter in 2005 had been these bought round 1980. So for essentially the most half, JCCS was initially all about ‘70s-era Toyota Corollas and Celicas, Nissan Z-cars and early Mazda rotaries. It’s nice to see these automobiles and others nonetheless on the core of JCCS in the present day.

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For 2023, the JCCS car minimal age cut-off was set at 1995, though some later automobiles had been eligible if their manufacturing had began on or earlier than that manufacturing yr. R33 Skylines, S14 Silvias, FD3S RX-7s and EK Civics are a few fashions that fall in that class.

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Additionally included – however just for show inside vendor and sponsor cubicles – had been just a few automotive outdoors of the eligibility standards. However who may probably complain about this pair?!

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Because the years roll on, we’re certain to see JCCS eligibility confide in extra fashions as they too attain basic standing, however I believe the nucleus of the occasion will all the time be automobiles from the three golden a long time of Japanese efficiency tuning – the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s.

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Lengthy Seashore, California is the non secular house of JCCS, and whereas the occasion has moved places up to now, for the 18th annual gathering it was again to the grass and adjoining carpark at Marina Inexperienced Park, albeit with a really foggy begin this yr.

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Speedhunters JCCS-167

Because it has been for the previous 12 years, the Japanese Traditional Motorbike Present (JCMS) for bikes produced between 1950 and 1992 had been additionally included within the festivities.

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Speedhunters JCCS-177
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As America’s first and authentic Japanese automotive present, JCCS has develop into as legendary because the tradition and the automobiles it represents, which is one thing to be celebrated. And that it’ll, this time once more subsequent yr.

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Get pleasure from this enormous gallery submit – and the additional photographs under – and keep tuned for a more in-depth have a look at 4 attention-grabbing automobiles from the day.

Brad Lord
Instagram: speedhunters_brad

Images by Darrien Craven
Instagram: _crvn_

Speedhunters JCCS-142
Speedhunters JCCS-175
Speedhunters JCCS-87
Speedhunters JCCS-90
Speedhunters JCCS-97
Speedhunters JCCS-128
Speedhunters JCCS-137
Speedhunters JCCS-163
Speedhunters JCCS-180
Speedhunters JCCS-178
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