Japanese Classic Car Show

The 14th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show made the list of The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows and this year’s event did not disappoint.

Although the show of oldie-but-goodie imports continues outgrowing locations it’s managed to stay in the city of Long Beach – not far from its previous venue.

iDriveSoCal’s Professor, Clinton Quan, made the show and delivers the full report in this iDSC Podcast.  Click play below and enjoy the pics from this year’s event.

***Transcript***

Recording date – September 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA

Spectacular September of Auto Shows!

Clinton Quan: The show has just gotten so big and there are people that come from all over the country to attend the show now.

There was this huge line that was wrapped around, along with the main drag. It was incredible, the number of people that were waiting in line just to get in.

It’s one of the very few Japanese Classic Car Shows out there.

Tom Smith: Welcome to iDriveSoCal, the podcast all about mobility, from the automotive capital of the United States, Southern California.

We’re here, the Professor, and me, Tom Smith podcasting again. Thanks for joining us and this one is about the Professor’s… Well, actually this is one of the car shows from The Professor’s Spectacular September of auto shows. Dah, dah, dah, dah!

Tom Smith: Sorry, had to be done. I might drop another one or two of those before this one’s over with.

14th Annual Long Beach Event

Tom Smith: The Japanese Car Classic…

Clinton Quan: The Japanese Classic Car Show.

Tom Smith: The Japanese Classic Car Show. Sorry, thank you for correcting me, Professor. JCCS – that’s what they call it.

Clinton Quan: Alright…

Tom Smith: Japanese Classic Car Show.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Japanese Classic Car Show, okay.

“JCCS – that’s what they call it.”

Tom Smith: The Professor hit it, and it was Long Beach.

Clinton Quan: Long Beach and this year at a brand-new venue, Marina Green Park, adjacent to Shoreline Village. This is the 14th year for the event. Previously, it was held at the Queen Mary Events park, and the show has just gotten so big.

Tom Smith: It’s not that far away right? The two locations?

Clinton Quan: It’s not that far away.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: So, it’s still kind of the same vicinity, they’re just moving a little bit.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Maybe a little bit less than a 10-minute drive, I’m sure

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, five, 10-minute drive.

Clinton Quan: But a bigger venue, and the show has just gotten so big and there are people that come from all over the country to attend the show now.

Tom Smith: Is that right?

Serious Raffles & Prizes 

Clinton Quan: Yes. In fact, I think they even do a contest where they ask registered owners who came the furthest and I think they get a… whoever came the furthest gets a special prize.

Tom Smith: Candy bar?

Clinton Quan: I don’t know. They have some cool stuff. They give away really cool stuff.

Tom Smith: Is this the one where you won the $800 rims once during the raffle?

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Interesting, while I was in the line…

Tom Smith: You won the rims?

Clinton Quan: …purchasing raffle tickets… No, they didn’t have that this year, someone actually remembered me, and he said, “Didn’t you come here several years ago, and you won the grand prize?”

Tom Smith: Are you kidding me?

“Didn’t you come here several years ago, and you won the grand prize?”

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I was shocked that he remembered me. But my fourth year in a row that I won raffle prizes.

Tom Smith: The Professor loves swag.

Clinton Quan: Yes. They give away some cool stuff, I gotta say.

Tom Smith: And to be fair, the raffle prizes are not swag, you’re actually paying for those, and it’s actually some charitable thing, right, that the money is going to, so it’s all for a good cause too. But you do get pretty excited about some of those raffles, I’ll tell you.

Clinton Quan: Well, that prize I won three years ago, that was really nice.

Tom Smith: And what did you do with those, sold them on e-Bay?

Clinton Quan: No, I got rims for my KIA Optima, but I still haven’t put them on, I’m waiting to get new tires.

Tom Smith: Okay, perfect.

Clinton Quan: So, they’re in my garage.

Japanese Classics for Aficionados 

Tom Smith: So, the Japanese Classic Car Show, I was just spinning through some of… Oh man, I did not have my afternoon coffee today. Or actually, I did have my afternoon coffee, but then I had a snack after that which I think canceled out what the coffee would have otherwise done. But the… now I lost my train of thought, where was I?

Clinton Quan: You were talking about the photos that…

Tom Smith: Right. The photos, as always we post the photos on iDriveSoCal.com.

So, check out the post, click play, listen to the podcast. Which you’re probably listening to right now, and you’re like Tom, why are you saying this? And it’s for those people who aren’t doing this right now. You can go to iDriveSoCal.com and click play and just scroll through the pictures.

There’s just a nice little viewing and listening extravaganza for the senses. That’s what we put together for iDriveSoCal. But most of the pictures are Professor’s and he’s got a good eye and takes some pictures of some cool stuff and some of those pictures you have are really, really cool.

Now it’s interesting that it’s called the Japanese Classic Car Show because there’s a couple that are old, like 70s, right? The one of them was ’71.

“1971 Nissan Skyline. Didn’t even know that they were making them back then – that is a true Japanese classic.”

Clinton Quan: The 1971 Nissan Skyline. Didn’t even know that they were making them back then but that was-

Tom Smith: That car was brought here.

Clinton Quan: Yes, that is a true Japanese classic.

Toyota 2000GT

Tom Smith: And then the red one, is it a 2000 GT?

Clinton Quan: Yes, it is a Toyota 2000 GT from the 1960’s.

Tom Smith: Gorgeous.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Gorgeous.

Clinton Quan: I would say that is my favorite true Japanese classic, and those go for about $1M now.

Tom Smith: And as you mentioned, when we were first promoting The Professor’s Spectacular September of auto shows. Dah, dah, dah, dah!   But, I didn’t realize what a gorgeous car that was when you mentioned that the first time.

“…those of us who were lucky enough to visit the Toyota Museum [in Torrance].”

Clinton Quan: Yeah. And for those of us who were lucky enough to visit the Toyota Museum, when it was still open in Torrance. They had three of those at the museum.

Tom Smith: I didn’t know they had a Toyota Museum in Torrance.

Clinton Quan: Yes, there was a Toyota Museum that’s open to the public.

Tom Smith: Dallas, Texas.

Clinton Quan: I don’t know. From what I was just told, they just closed it. So, I don’t know where the cars are being stored, I don’t know if it’s still in Torrance. Or if they’ve moved some of those vehicles to Texas or some of the vehicles, they may have sold them as well.

Tom Smith: For anybody that missed that Toyota left Torrance, for the most part. They still have a little presence here and there it’s into California, but they moved their big operations that they had in Torrance to Dallas, Texas, or Plano Texas or somewhere right around there.

Clinton Quan: I don’t remember the city, but I know it is Texas.

Japanese Classic Cars

Tom Smith: Yeah. What I was getting to, Japanese Classic Car Show, so there’s some classic, some 70s and 60s and whatever. But there’s a lot of 90’s there.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. Well, when we think of classic cars, we think of cars that are much older. But now these are actually considered classics.

Tom Smith: Actually, we are much older.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Clinton Quan: It’s hard to believe because I remember growing up in junior high and high school and these are the cars that I dreamed of owning one day.

“…these are the cars that I dreamed of owning one day.”

Tom Smith: I had an English teacher that was pretty cute, and she got herself a little Red RX-7. And I was like oh, you just got cuter.

Clinton Quan: Was it this third generation RX-7?

Tom Smith: I don’t even remember that.

Clinton Quan: From the 90’s.

Tom Smith: I’m sorry. I don’t remember. No, I was in junior high for sure so it wasn’t a 90s version, right?

Clinton Quan: Okay.

Tom Smith: RX-7 was in the 80’s right?

Clinton Quan: Yes, that would have been the second generation.

Huge Attendance & Beautiful Cars

Tom Smith: The details Professor, the details. So, the Japanese Classic Cars Show, part of The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dah, dah, dah, dah! Out there in Long Beach, new location, what would you say the attendance was?

Clinton Quan: Oh, I have no idea. I’d have to look that up but it’s a very, very, very well attended car show. I got there before it was open to the public. They let the media in at around 8:30.

Tom Smith: Yup.

Clinton Quan: And by 8:45, there was this huge line that was wrapped around, along with the main drag. It was incredible, the number of people that were waiting in line just to get in. They even made an announcement that “Get here early… If you know your friends are coming make sure they get here early.”

Tom Smith: And it’s just the 14th annual… that’s crazy.

“If you know your friends are coming make sure they get here early.”

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Okay. So, they had lots of RX-7’s, they had a Datsun in there right?

Clinton Quan: Yeah, there’s a huge Datsun present there as well. The older sports cars.

Tom Smith: The new NSX, which is gorgeous.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. The 2019 Acura NSX which I absolutely love, I think that is just fantastic.

Tom Smith: The original NSX was gorgeous too, but…

Clinton Quan: I was a huge fan or the original NSX as well, you know. And they had a couple of those on display as well.

Tom Smith: Yup, I saw those.

Clinton Quan: Two of the original NSX’s.

New Toyota Supra Sighting?

Tom Smith: The Supra any rumblings, any spy sightings, of the Toyota Supra.

Clinton Quan: Oh, you’re talking about the brand new one?

Tom Smith: Yeah, yeah. I saw the ad-

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Clinton Quan: In fact, we talked about that as well. No, unfortunately, they didn’t have a new Toyota on display. Toyota, as a manufacturer didn’t have their own exhibit space there like Honda and Mazda.

Clinton Quan: Mazda had the biggest booth and they had a great display. But it was a Toyota Dealer from Long Beach. They had the new Corolla Hatchback, but no new Supra.

Tom Smith: Interesting.

Clinton Quan: And since we’re talking about Toyota, Toyota they also has their own car show. It’s called the Toyota Fest that takes place in May at the exact same location, Mariana Green Park in Long Beach.

Tom Smith: Oh, really?

Clinton Quan: Yeah. So, if you’re into Toyota’s you should definitely check out that show.

Tom Smith: So, it sounds like the Professor is going to cover it himself, but …

Clinton Quan: Well, usually, I don’t ago to that show… I don’t… In fact, I have never been to that show because I believe it’s the same weekend as the Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance.

Tom Smith: But isn’t that part of Awesome Auto Show June?

Clinton Quan: No, that’s in May.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: The Greystone Mansion is in the first Sunday of May, but this year it went on hiatus.

Tom Smith: Okay.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Alright.

Driving Down Memory Lane

Tom Smith: So, for those of you that maybe, this is your first iDriveSoCal podcast. In the month of June, we have The Professor’s Awesome Auto Show June. Dah, dah, dah, dah! And in the month of September, we have The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dah, dah, dah, dah!

Tom Smith: And you’ll just have to listen to other podcasts to understand why I have a nervous tick every time I say either the September or June Auto Show thing. Awesome.

Tom Smith: Okay, Professor, no Supra news, Toyota wasn’t there. The Toyota 2000 GT is a gorgeous vehicle.

Clinton Quan: Oh, I love that car, yes.

Tom Smith: What else about the Japanese Classic Car Show might you drop on us?

Clinton Quan: Well, this was like going down memory lane for me seeing all the Japanese sports cars from the early 90’s. So, you have the Toyota Supra Turbo, the Mazda RX-7, the Mitsubishi 3000 GTVR4, the Nissan 300ZX, the original Acura NSX.

Clinton Quan: So, back in the day, all of the Japanese automakers, other than Subaru, had a sports car.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Clinton Quan: But now you look at the Japanese lineup, what do you have?

Tom Smith: Yeah, I know.

Clinton Quan: Well, Acura brought back the NSX, but that’s on a whole other level the NSX. That’s a competitor to the Audi R8 and the McClaren 570 and we’re still waiting for the Supra.

Clinton Quan: Nissan doesn’t have the… well, Nissan still has the Z, but-

Nissan GTR 

Tom Smith: I was gonna say the GTR, was anybody repping the GTR out there?

Clinton Quan: I don’t remember seeing a GTR there.

Tom Smith: How is that possible?

Clinton Quan: Well, it is supposed to be classic cars, but Nissan didn’t have really a booth there, so they didn’t show anything and the GTR has been out for quite some time.

Clinton Quan: I would imagine, there should be a… Hopefully, there will be a new GTR soon.

Tom Smith: Okay, but to your point, yeah, it’s a Japanese Classic Car Show “classic”, but you have the 2019 NSX there.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, but Honda had a display there, Nissan didn’t really have anything.

Clinton Quan: Alright, so Nissan was there.

Tom Smith: Okay. If I own something, I can register it myself and show it, right.

Clinton Quan: Correct.

Tom Smith: So. I’m surprised no GTR owners did such a thing.

Clinton Quan: Yeah, I don’t know, unless I missed it.

Tom Smith: I’m sure you didn’t miss it. Okay, I interrupted. What were you saying?

Clinton Quan: As we were saying, it was like going down memory lane seeing all the Japanese sports cars from the 90’s.

Tom Smith: Yeah.

Impressive Display of Japanese High-Performance

Clinton Quan: A pretty impressive display of Japanese high-performance automobiles.

Tom Smith: Alright, outstanding. We have a few more shows to hit. As part of The Professor’s Awesome… No, I’m sorry, Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dah, dah, dah, dah!

And you’ll just have to stay tuned for those by definitely check out the picks on this one. They are great. The events page and iDriveSoCal for all of the rest of the killer auto shows that are going down in September.

Tom Smith: Professor, you were going to say something?

Clinton Quan: I was just going to say it’s probably going to be the same weekend for next year too, so mark it on your calendar if you’re interested in attending the show. It’s one of the very few Japanese Classic Car Shows out there.

Tom Smith: Speaking of which, what was the furthest that you heard anybody came from to see this show?

Clinton Quan: I didn’t catch it, but I believe there are people that come from the east coast.

Tom Smith: Wow, really, for that show.

Clinton Quan: Yeah. I believe so.

Tom Smith: That’s impressive.

Clinton Quan: Yeah.

Tom Smith: Especially this time of year because the east coast is actually kind of nice this time of year.

Clinton Quan: Yes.

Tom Smith: Well, Professor, thank you as always. That was the first installment, was that the first installment?

Clinton Quan:    That’s the first installment.

Tom Smith: Of? The Professor’s Spectacular September of Auto Shows. Dah, dah, dah, dah! For iDriveSoCal I’m Tom Smith. Thank you as always for listening.

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