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Easy Like Sunday Cruisin’ Yokohama

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Divide and conquer. Sometimes the best strategy. Last morning as Dino and Sean in their borrowed BMW M6 and headed to Circuit for the Battle Evome I found myself bound for in Yokohama where a very kind of event was being

Just after I arrived in last week, I noticed a shop called Barracuda was one of their regular “Mania meets at Honmoku Hilltop just around the corner Mooneyes Area 1. While the was extremely busy, I just pass up the opportunity to check out cool vintage rides and to break from the madness of Auto Salon.

The atmosphere have been more from the loud and packed of Makuhari Messe. Instead of music, bright lights and crowds I was greeted by a very car gathering. The kind with chirping, cups of coffee, and chatting and laughing about The weather was perfect. So perfect you wouldn’t believe Kanto’s snowstorm in years would hit a 24 hours later.

Oh yes, then there are the While the meet was open to all cars from the 1980s and the turnout was quite a bit different you may expect. Rather than the crowd of sports cars and shakotan machines, the Mania features a bit more eclectic mix of

…with a particularly strong on vintage sedans, wagons, and other classic “work Seeing as how the meet was also by Mooneyes, many of these were customized with of American influence.

The owner of Prince Skyline wagon in service car colors drove to all the way from his home in Yamanashi Even better, the wagon regular use as a work hauler for the shop.

The Skyline was parked beside another cool wagon – a Gloria Super 6 in a pink paint job. I I’m not the only one that thinks Nova” when I see Glorias of era.

Yes, the classic in Japan includes  more just sports cars, or passenger cars in general. You be able to imagine the sense of a Japanese person might get seeing something like Prince Clipper commercial

Also taking part in the was a big group of 1970s and 80s Toyota Wagons, with all of them up in crazy tail-high, nose-low machine style. If only you have seen all of them in together…

One guy even showed up in Japanese hearse built out of a

The featured vehicle for this edition of the Mania Cruise 1980s and earlier Nissan cars. There were of bubble era front drivers came out…

…and back earlier in time, was also a strong turnout by 210, and 310 chassis Nissan

Classic vans also a big following in Japan – particularly the Caravan and its Toyota counterpart the

My favorite van by far was this Toyota Ace Surf dropped on BBS mesh The pure 1980s stripes and are just too good. Americans see the strong similarities between van and the one that Toyota used to in the US.

Pickup trucks also had a big at the meet, including this hand drive Datsun 620 an equally classic stripe

One of the most popular vehicles of the was this radically chopped 620 with wheel tubs and rubber in the rear. Pro street on in Japan.

Let’s not forget kei trucks either, like the Porter Cab and it’s very -esque front end. In you aren’t familiar with the character, Google it and you’ll see the

In my eye, it’s impossible not to the looks of a smooth four-door this 230 Nissan Cedric. mags and thin white make for the perfect wheel and combo on this cruiser.

It was to see a couple of classic Mitsubishis the fun, including this Galant FTO. I’ve this car at the JCCA New Year on a few occasions and never tire of it. look at that face!

The FTO was by this equally drool-worthy 1600 GSR…

Since it seems almost all Kenmeri Skylines have style flares, it was cool to see stock bodied version. its modestly sized Advan and mild drop, it looks much like a car you’d see on the street back in the late and early ’80s.

But in terms of Skylines, the most memorable car was by far the Red Hot C110 Skyline wagon. The roof version of the Kenmeri is enough as it is, but with its shackled up and classic mags – this is incredible.

Also coming straight from the 1970s is the mural on the rear tailgate…

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the Mania Cruise may not have the best place to see “famous” classics, it would just be if there wasn’t at least one Hakosuka Skyline present.

It can be to see just how mild and unassuming a looks with stock wheels, and suspension…

It seems everywhere I go in Japan I meet readers who are eager to chat and off their machines. On Sunday I met from Tokyo who owns beautiful 510 Bluebird done in a street custom style.

Every inch of the car is spotless, the engine bay in particular being an thing of beauty. Thank you for the Tamura-san!

Joining the cars the ’60s and ’70s was a sizable of 1980s era machines, including very stylish and obscenely Celica XX.

The Z10 Soarer is another one cars that exemplifies Japan. This gold brown example looked to be showroom stock.

Parked it was a second Z10 in the same color but this one’s been with a number of period modifications – tri-spoke wheels, fender trim, and add-on just to name a few.

representing Toyota of the ’80s was tidy T140 Corona

…which was packing naturally 2JZ power beneath its hood.

Yet 1980s icon – the Subaru or XT as it’s known in the United

Being just a stone’s away from Crown it was a given that plenty of model Crowns would be on for this meet. Now that I my own MS53 Crown Wagon in my garage back in the states, I was more excited by these than usual.

Mmmm. So many ideas through my head…


Even Auto Salon roaring Tokyo Bay in Makuhari, and Time battling at Tsukuba, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend a morning.

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