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When our good friends at Japanese Nostalgic Car invited crankandpiston along to the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) in California this year, there was no way I was going to miss this opportunity. Fearing a managerial faux pas, I resorted to rendering my C&P colleagues unconscious using the tried and tested Vulcan nerve grip, grabbed the ticket and boarded Emirates flight EK 215 for pleasantly sunny California.

Held at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, the big boat certainly made for a stunning backdrop, but old Japanese jalopies take precedence over nautical nonsense every time for me. Plus, even a blind man on a galloping horse riding backwards can see that the Queen Mary is more RMS than JDM. Yes, a landlubber I be, and there was way too much old school Japanese cool to waste time pondering over maritime aesthetics. Still, a nice location for a car show all the same.

Being a veteran of Dubai summers meant I was suitably hardened to this unseasonably hot September day, and thus able to run around like a loon while other pictographers wilted and ran for cover. Hopefully that means your crankandpiston coverage will be the best on the interwebs, but I concede that this may be a delusion brought on by unshakable jet lag.

It seems appropriate that we should begin our coverage with typically West Coast themed cars. The ‘Californian look‘ is normally associated with air-cooled Volkswagens but seems to have crossed over quite happily to the Japanese classic car scene. This Datsun 510 would be a prime candidate for a complete restoration in my eyes but is the end goal for many a Californian.

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James Davison started life at crankandpiston with a toy camera, and accidentally discovered he could take epic photographs. Fuelled by caffeine and nicotine and an artistic background, as well as a love of old Japanese cars, he became a regular member of the team in late 2012.

James Davison

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