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For Immediate Release - June 3, 2014

9th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show
Date: Sep.27th, Saturday 2014
Time:9 to 3pm
Event Address: Queen Mary (Harry Bridges Memorial Park)
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802


When the Yamaguchis (Koji and Terry) sailed across the Pacific Ocean in the late 1990s, they immediately knew that they wanted to see the Japanese kyu-sha movement flourish across the United States. Armed with Koji's RA21 Celica and Terry's 240Z, rudimentary dial-up internet access to guide them, and an undeniable enthusiasm and drive to secure their vision, the young couple went on a journey of discovery. Clubs and shows greeted them warmly: TORC, Group Z, ZCCIV, and the SoCal RX7 Club all embraced their enthusiasm. They visited car shows and swap meets, searching to flush out like-minded enthusiasts who embraced old-school Japanese cars. They even made friends at Southern California's numerous junk yards among those who pick the bones of the dead so that their own machines might live. The Yamaguchis' instincts were proved correct: there was a hunger for a larger kyu-sha movement in the USA. Friends, colleagues, and other like-minded individuals convinced them that the time was right for a kyu-sha movement in America.

The goal was seemingly simple: to give all old-school Japanese cars the
kind of admiration and respect that America's own muscle cars have, and to express the love for their cars that countless previous generations had done before them. Where better to crystallize that movement than in Southern California, the American home of most of the Japanese-car companies for decades and long considered the avatar for American automotive taste and style? Uniting all of the far-flung car clubs under a single banner for a yearly meeting was a master stroke: with their combined strength, kyu-sha could show the breadth and depth of its presence in the hobby to America.
There was
a question, initially, whether Japanese cars could ever be considered classics. Oh, Datsun Z cars, Toyota 2000GTs, Mazda Cosmos and the like would surely be considered ... but what about more workaday cars, like Datsun 510, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Mazda RX3? Would they be considered special enough? Could their owners stop driving them long enough to show them off? The answer, it turns out, was yes: enough people remembered the reliability, style and charm of Japanese family cars that they were embraced with as much fervor as the specialty and sports models were. Today, such cars are the backbone of our event.

But this wasn't always a given, and some work needed to be done. Connecting members of all of these
far-flung Japanese-car clubs saw the birth of the Japanese Classic Car Show (JCCS) in 2005. There was no on-line registration: invitations were mailed out that first year. Initially it was a small circle of participants, but as its reach grew, so did the number of people who attended and participated. (The kyu-sha passion was always there: one Honda owner was so elated with the idea of JCCS that he returned his registration with a drawing of his Honda Z600 in the style of our first poster, complete with Hanafuda card!) Each year, the number of cars increased. Each year, the number of attendees coming through the gate to see the cars increased. Each year, the quality of the cars on display has also increased. And each year, more and more people are able to relive memories of their own cars and make new ones at the same time; our fans are vocal, telling everyone about us, and we are forever grateful for this. One factor causes the others to grow. The circle of kyu-sha fans is ever-expanding. Today, car owners and visitors travel great distances to see what is the oldest and largest kyu-sha only car show in America. JCCS has been at the forefront old the old-school Japanese-car movement here in America, but in truth enthusiasm for Japanese cars has always been here: JCCS simply collects cars and clubs and members and puts them on display for what is a great, growing and ever-more-appreciative audience. Stock, restored, modified, original, no matter. JCCS' diversity is its strength.

The year 2014 sees JCCS' successful
10th anniversary. A decade ago, the idea of a classic Japanese car seemed (to many) an absurd notion--and the idea of an entire show dedicated to the notion struck many as foolhardy. Today, this is no longer the case: Japanese cars are now rightly regarded as classics in their own right. Please join the Yamaguchi family and JCCS as we celebrate ten years of JCCS on September 27, 2014, at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Letfs make this the biggest JCCS yet!

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"Kyu-sha shu-kai" stands for Classic Car Meeeting
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