JDM Car Show at the Cherry Blossom Festival

Japantown, San Francisco

April 18, 2004


Created: 4/18/2004
Last updated: 4/18/2004

Glenn, Jason,  and I were invited to display our cars at a JDM (Japan Domestic Market Car Show). Susanna also hung out with us as well as Robbie, Otto, and Julian. This was meant to showcase American market cars that were modified to look like their Japanese home market cars.  Glenn brought his Nissan Silvia S-13, Jay brought his JDM Honda CRX,  and I brought my 1995 Twin Turbo Z of course. We got there at 7:30 AM and then the show lasted from 11 AM to 5 PM. What sucks about the event was the weather. The weather service mentioned that it would be partly cloudy with sun. It did not mention that it would be partly rainy.  It drizzled for most of the show.

    Some pictures of Glenn's Silvia in my mirrors on the drive up from San Jose.

    Both of our cars under the EZ-Up Canopies. You can tell where our priorities were because during the rain, the canopies covered our cars while we were drenched in our chairs.

My car being displayed under the canopy.

    To carry the JDM theme even further, I created this license plate that mimics the way Nissan's Fairlady Z was photographed in shows, car magazines, and brochures.

    Playing with reflections off of my hood.

    My Z won best JDM Nissan Z. =)

    Glenn's beautiful Nissan Silvia conversion. It doesn't get any better than this.

    Glenn's Silvia won best JDM Nissan Silvia.

    Joe C's drift TT.

    Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-t.

    Datsun Roadster.

    Nissan 350Z.

    Jay's JDM VTEC powered CRX.

Tony's awesome Datsun 510 that won best Classic car. His paint is absolutely flawless.

    Supercharged Honda S2000.

    Another Honda S2000.

    Lexus GS 400 (aka Toyota Aristo) with hydraulics.

    Nice Toyota MR2 Turbo.

    Lexus SC 400 or Soarer as known in Japan.

    Nissan 240SX S-14.

    Fast and Furious like Toyota Supra Twin Turbo.

    Big modified hooded Toyota Supra Twin Turbo.

    Nice red Toyota Supra Twin Turbo.

    White Toyota Supra Twin Turbo.

    Gutted and lightened Mitsubishi Lancer EVO. This thing has been lightened to pull awesome times at the track.

    A couple of Subaru WRXs.

    Awesome 1990 RX-7 Turbo II.

Some Acura Integras and RSXs.

    JDM Honda CRXs.

    Some Honda Civics.

    Spoon Sports JDM right hand drive Honda Integra.

    Spoon Sports Honda S2000.


Here is my social commentary for the day:  It was a very nice day in Japantown aside from the rain. It was nice to see all of the beautiful machines and some not so beautiful ones. There were tons of food to buy to eat and lots of cool booths to check out. Good music can be heard from the KBLX stage but I have one personal gripe. The SF Police department and California Highway Patrol were out in full force. One uniformed CHP officer walked around and took down VINs and license plates of cars that might not be legally modified. He went up to Glenn's car and wrote down his VIN. He walked back to his UNMARKED CHP car and after checking something came back and took down Glenn's name and license plate number. Apparently he walked through the show and took down a lot of VINs and plates. What the hell? To add insult to injury, there was an undercover CHP that we found out about. Here is a conversation that this officer had with one of our friends:

CHP- So, do you have a downpipe on this Supra?

Friend- No, I don't want to mess with or deal with emissions.

CHP- I see. I heard that with these Supras, they make a lot more power if you remove the cats (catalytic converters). Do you still have cats on your car?

Friend- Yes I do. I don't want to mess with smogging the car or dealing with fines and tickets.

CHP-Oh, that's cool.

That's when the CHP walks away and we find out later that he was an undercover. It is getting ridiculous now how law enforcement goes into the trenches to try to harass and cite cars. Don't they have bigger fish to fry?  Sheesh. If you have anything you want to add to this commentary, email me and I'll post it. Email it to speedyzx@pacbell.net


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