The really fun part of visiting the JCCA New Year Meeting was looking through the boxes and bins of spare parts and accessories located throughout the event. The collection and array of parts was very impressive and if you were looking for that one rare part needed to complete your project, I am sure you would find it at the New Year Meeting.
The various clubs not only sold spares and reproduction parts but vendors did a fine job of marketing as well. My head was spinning at the vast collection of model kits for sale. Japan has been the source for the best and most detailed kits for years but many of these were new to me or hard to find in the USA. The Nissan R380 kit found its way home in my luggage.
Wheels were everywhere. Watanabe’s, Tosco, HRE, and everything in between. It’s hard to top a nice set of Watanabe’s though.
The zest for life and the attention to detail are just a few of the things that I enjoy about Japan. It was fascinating to see so many people wearing outfits that represented their favorite vehicle or club. Some attendees were even in period dress.
The guys from the British car section were even spinning some “78’s” on their wind up Victrola.
Even the dogs get into the spirit with their own custom wheels.
I’ve always been a fan of the Mitsubishi Galant . This is the ’71 Colt Galant GTO MR with a 125ps 1600cc “Saturn” Twin Cam engine equipped with dual carburetors. The MR (Mitsubishi Racing) version was the top spec model and was successful in rallying
Isuzu Bellett’s are very cool and were a rallied and raced in period with success. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in the USA.
The swap meet brought out the rarest of the rare and the early Civic Mugen parts are super rare. Here we have a modified 1200cc crossflow head for the circa ’71 and ’72 Civic. The side draft carb conversion required an offset distributor and thermostat housing. There was also a very cool Mugen cam cover that was available then.
This Novamotor Lotus Cam cover is plenty rare two. Novamotor built F2 engines using various manufactures engines as a starting point. They also used the Toyota 2TG.
I spotted this Lotus formula car body work attached to the top of an Alfa Guilia Super. I spent several hours contemplating how to get this on the flight home. It’s but one example of the wide selection of items you run across at the meet.
The JCCA New Year Meeting is one of my favorite events because it covers so many aspects of retro and classic cars. Spare parts, Clubs, Euro, British and of course Japanese cars all combined into one event coupled with so many nice people result in something you don’t see anywhere else. I just wish it was held over several days instead of one.