All British Day, All American Day, All French Day… it seems each major car manufacturing nation has its own day, where respective enthusiasts gather to celebrate their favorite cars that somehow share similar traits based purely on their place of manufacture.
But All Japan Day is a little bit different. Whereas most All <insert country> Day’s seem to be run by traditional clubs and have a heavy influence of restored and stock standard cars, All Japan Day is populated by a much younger crowd who like to modify their cars. Whether its drift, grip, race, rally, street, show or drag, pretty much every car at All Japan Day was modified in some way. This sheer variety alone makes for a fascinating show, and I think the photo above highlights what I mean. There’s a Toyota Sprinter built for hills use in the foreground, a drift hack S13 in the middle, and the limited run, three-quarter-million-dollar V10 Lexus LF-A supercar in the background.
This RX8 stopped me in my tracks, and it took a little while to figure out that it’s almost standard. That little Tein sticker on the guard gives the game away, and it appears that this subtle yet stunning look has been achieved by simply lowering the car a little closer to the ground, and possibly adding some skirts and a lip.
The humble Nissan Micra has never looked so good! It’s amazing what a simple drop over a set of Enkei RPF-01’s and a Bride drivers seat will do. What an awesome little commuter, I wonder if it’s packing anything special under the bonnet?
Speaking of rotor’s, Busby had his RX7 gravel car on display and it attracted a lot of interest throughout the day. I’ve had a ride in this car, and it’s a seriously nice bit of gear.
It wasn’t the only gravel car on display either – Josh Doyle had the Synergy Rallysport Evo 7 out. And with its small gravel wheels and jacked up ride height it looked so different to the rest of the slammed rides surrounding it. Excellent.
This owner of this 240Z chose a really unique style for the car which really made it stand out, not an easy thing to do at All Japan Day. I really like how the vintage race and rally influences have been mixed with a stance style that is nothing short of thoroughly modern. Whether you like it or not, it’s when people pursue bold projects and mix completely individual influences and styles into a single outcome that really cool stuff happens. Be it music, art or cars, this is where ground is usually broken.
One of the more interesting cars was also one of the most ‘normal’ looking. This is a 1998 Mazda 800SP, and is the first of just 30 cars modified by Mazda Motorsport, the same crazy cats who pioneered the turbocharging of the MX5 and built several Bathurst 12 Hour winning RX7’s in the early 90’s. And yep, those oh-so-90’s Antera wheels came right from the factory!
“The Miller-cycle engine is unique in that it closes its intake valves much later than in a conventional Otto cycle engine – the inlet valves are kept open for the first 20 percent of the compression stroke. This approach reduces pumping losses when the mixture is being squeezed during the compression stroke. The supercharger is essential in this engine configuration because, without it, the mixture could reverse-flow back out of the inlet valves. The Miller-cycle engine employs one of the most efficient positive displacement superchargers on Earth – a Lysholm screw-type blower, which pumps in up to 14 psi of boost via twin-air-to-air intercoolers”. (autospeed.com.au)
This is how Jap should be done. This rising sun was painted under the bonnet of a super clean Toyota Chaser which looked smooth and classy from the outside, yet paid homage to its drift roots in a subtle place. Nice.
I really dug the retro-inspired gauge modifications on this NA MX5. It almost looks like something you’d find on a vintage Alfa Romeo Spider. Very cool and well chosen.
The attention to detail at All Japan Day is pretty cool. All of the car info sheets look like Japanese auction forms, fitting given most of the cars there are all grey imports and were bought at auction.
Tuning the Honda Zoomer/Ruckus scooter is becoming hugely popular in JDM circles, and there were five of them on display at All Japan Day. Some were rocking a distinctly American vibe like the orange one down the end with its Illest sticker…
This sticker raises a good point, however the irony of it being stuck to a pocket bike wasn’t lost on me. It seems the owner might have disregarded currency in favor of females, hence the pocket bike.
Our time at All Japan Day was a short one owing to the oppressive heat which radiated back off the grass with extra added humidity for increased under-shirt moisture. It was downright uncomfortable, and we soon retreated to the Pier for a soothing ale. At least we tried.
Skip to 1:30 to hear the spine tingling sound the LFA makes. Thanks to the owner for actually giving it a little welly out the gate – he made the day of about 300 people. It’s a decidedly un-Japenese noise, a sound that almost out-Ferrari’s Ferrari.
Despite the heatwave All Japan Day was a great day out, and it’s a testament to the popularity of these cars that the show was so busy on such an uncomfortable day. With such variety on show the popularity is no surprise, and I highly recommend All Japan Day to anyone, even those who might usually attend the more traditional All <insert country> Day shows.