2016 Japanese Classic Car Show
Japanese vehicles are still a rare sight at “classic” car shows, even in Southern California. As more mature into classic status, however, their historic role in America’s car culture becomes increasingly relevant. If there is one point the annual Japanese Classic Car Show makes perfectly clear, it is that there already is considerable nostalgia for these vehicles. The show is also an opportunity to see Japanese mainland models which, pardon the pun, are totally foreign to me.
On September 24, 2016, the 12th annual JCCS was held in Long Beach, California alongside the historic Queen Mary. The weather could not have been any nicer for exploring a shoreline assortment of more than 300 vehicles.
As an added surprise, I learned that four of Japan’s major manufacturers (Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mazda) had staked out areas to show off some of their wares, new and old. There was plenty of ground to cover.
The show was huge and right up until closing I was finding new areas. So, my coverage of the event is far from comprehensive. When going through the pictures it pained me to see cars in the background that I missed in person. Also, these are some of the earliest shots with a new camera while venturing out of the automated settings, so there are some inconsistencies in color and exposure. I’m learning.
The manufacturers had some modern models on display which, combined with all the vendors, gave a sense of increasing commercialism but for the most part displays looked appropriately scaled so as not to draw away from the show’s “classic” mission. The good part is that I got to see some new releases up close. So, we’ll start there.
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