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Having attended the annual Japanese Classic Car Show for over a decade, I have been privileged to watch it grow during that time. The quality of the vehicles has improved, the number of cars on display has probably quadrupled and, fortunately, the event has welcomed builders and spectators from younger generations.

This is an important factor, given that if interest from younger audiences wanes, the future of JCCS would be very limited. As the automotive industry accelerates its transition to electrification, these pre-1995 vehicles and the spirit surrounding this event have become far more critical to the enthusiast community.

That said, one of the most interesting developments at the JCCS over the past decade has been the influx of participating Hondas. Years ago, Honda displays consisted entirely of 1970s and early 80s Civics and early Accord models, along with a few S roadsters and motorcycles. Eventually, a small number of Accords and Integras from the late 80s began to appear. Some of this low turnout was due to the event deadlines, which changed over the years, while others simply shied away due to the nature of JCCS. The event was truly for Datsuns, Toyotas and other classic vehicles that had long held iconic status. The popular and contemporary trend of modifying Honda models did not seem to have the same aura. Today, all that has changed.

Things started to pick up steam for the Honda front as Honda itself sponsored the event and pulled out some gems from their coveted museum, and Father Time added a few years to popular models like the Civics of fourth and fifth generation, second and third generation Integras, and more. Made eligible to participate, interest from Honda enthusiasts around the show grew, and with all of the 90s in the import world at its height, the last few years have seen a major influx of Honda activity. and audience interest.

At the 17th annual JCCS, the Honda section was again set up at the furthest end of the park and was mostly populated with Civic and Integra screens, although there were NSX, Prelude, Legend and others. As the crowds made their way through the layout of the show, the Honda-specific sector buzzed.

David Hernandez made the trip to Long Beach from Arizona with his 4WS Prelude Si. Changing wheels often, on this occasion he rode Regamaster Evo wheels. His story is one we hope to see more of, as he owns several modified Hondas and his affinity for the brand is a direct result of his father, who has owned and built Hondas for decades.

We gave you a closer look at Marco Cruz’s RHD 1990 NSX just a few months ago. For this event, he replaced his bronze TE37s with NSX-spec Mugen M7s and the car remains in pristine condition.

This legendary legend has been seen around SoCal at different events and is incredibly well done. I’m not sure there’s a better color for Acura’s 90s sedan.

“AGP DB2” is the Honda nerds talk for the second-generation Integra’s top-of-the-line GS-R trim level in its model-specific Aztec Green Pearl. It was the first to offer a DOHC VTEC engine to US buyers beyond the much more expensive NSX. This one is built and boosted to over 600 horsepower.

Not the same color but established in the early 90s when teal colors became all the rage for automakers, this Tahitian Green Pearl ED Civic Chassis sports a JDM front conversion that splits from the US version with a larger center grille , elongated and curved lower turn signals and a hood with a center section bulging outwards rather than inwards. Incredibly clean, this street-style sedan is the exact look so many were looking for in the late 1990s, and even more so today.

On the other hand, this CRX, in the same tone, has also been treated with a JDM front clip but features race-ready aerodynamic changes, including a lowered front air dam with splitter, side skirt extensions and a pronounced rear spoiler. Take a look inside and the roll bar and harness racing seat add to the track-worthy layout.

GReddy Performance Parts President Kenji Sumino released his spotless and correct first-generation CRX with a DOHC ZC swap with tuned Kyusha House carburetors. Rumor has it on the street that Kenji bought a second-generation Integra that will no doubt get a complete makeover.

Fifty years of the Honda Civic begins here with this model featuring Compound Vortex Controlled Combustion (CVCC) – Honda’s lean burn concept has become a reality.

You probably won’t see one of these scooters around town, but at JCCS there were a few converted first-gen CRXs up top. It’s rare and not for everyone, and maybe that’s what makes it so cool to see in person.

In a field of mostly hatchback screens, this fifth-generation Civic coupe stood out. It’s based on the Volk TE16s, the precursor to the hugely popular TE37s, and is driven by a B-series VTEC power plant.


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