Here we go, straight back into coverage of this year’s JPS. The number of cars displayed indoors was less than that of 2021’s event, giving people more space to manoeuvre and – most importantly – giving photographers like me some breathing room to shoot.
Fewer cars definitely didn’t result in lesser quality, as the standard was still pretty high, as well as unfamiliar sights such as these NSXs I’d not seen at last year’s event.
An unassuming NSX Type S in signature Imola Orange had its engine cover open for all to see its Magnuson TVS blower plonked on top of the C32B V6.
I think the fella in the racesuit owned this Senna-themed NSX.
Clearly a big fan of the Brazilian legend. I wonder if Senna actually signed that centre console.
I try my best to internalize my excitement whenever I come across a Sileighty, but this time I got that excited that I forgot to capture the front to prove its got a SIlvia front clip. Oh well, you can make it out in this photo.
A more convincing angle to show that pop-up headlights are no more on this particular S13. Tidy set of silver Super Advan Racing SA3R in 17″ complete with centre caps to hide whatever PCD the hub bolts are.
Interior of the S13 fastback has been kept fairly simple, with the only changes being the seatbelts, ancillary gauges, shift knob, and steering wheel, along with a slew of decals on the dash.
I wonder how many of Kid’s Heart genuine 400-off Sileightys remain.
What looks to be a 326Power rear spoiler above kouki round tailights and a pair of blastpipes exiting through rear bumper notch.
An EG Civic that was sat in the back hall caught my eye.
Black and bronze is a classic combo, but then to add what appeared to be a carbon-kevlar bonnet made the whole thing better.
CE28N 8-spoke with a strong tyre sizing match up so well.
The owner must have gone at the front bumper with a holesaw, perhaps to introduce air into the bay or at a cooler of some sort, or maybe just cos it looks cool.
With current GBP/JPY exchange rates, it’d be handy to have some yen stashed away.
My brother Mana, and cousin Dips, taking a good look at the FD featured in Part 1.
Best of Show Winner went to this Datsun Sunny Truck, which had been fully restored by the looks of it and dropped on a set of wide, low-offset RS Watanabe wheels.
With it being a car-based truck, the interior resembled a typical 1980’s automobile, very basic and compact.
Autometer Sport-Comp 10,000rpm tacho with programmable shift light sits proudly in the centre console.
Interesting way to decorate the hardtop of an MX-5. Mana tells me a net curtain is pinned down and sprayed over in the same way as a stencil is used to achieve this
Doesn’t look bad at all, kinda reminds me of the art of grinder tattooing.
This car is no pansy when it comes to moving though, having being kitted with a
turbocharger to supply boost to the BP-ZE.
Another prize-winning car was this LS400 for its interior…
…VIP-party in the back…
…strictly Yakuza business up-front.
The owner went to town and back on the interior props.
Can never go wrong with a big ol’ B-Wave spoiler on a two-tone RPS13.
Make more sense if it was an illustration of an S13 instead of an FC on the floormats of the 180SX, but the nostalgic effect hits the same.
A familiar S2000 from when we hit up Mimms @ Three Sisters Circuit this year.
Daihatsu Copen barely filling up half of a parking space.
Side-exit exhaust looked abit odd. Could it be a sleeper with a massive turbo-swap, maybe?
Itasha-style done well on this CL1 Accord Euro-R.
Colour-coordinated down to the wheels and all!
As we were outside for some fresh air, we walked back around to the main carpark where Mana’s car was. I spotted this 280ZX and couldn’t not get a few snaps.
Compared to the S30 Fairlady Z, the design of its successor wasn’t as admirable as the original Z, but it does have that retro-cool/quirky styling from the 70s/early-80s.
Interior was so clean for its age.
Back inside, I made sure to hit the shutter a few times on this mean-looking Lancer Evolution IV.
With a bit of fettlin’, I’m certain this chassis could be exactly that.
The CN9A doesn’t get all that much love seen as though the CP9A outshone the car on the rallystage, but this particular generation has does have potential that ought to be fulfilled.
Evo XIII wheels to keep everything in the LanEvo family.
Last but not least for this part of the JPS 2022 series is this duo of R34 Skyline GT-Rs on bronze RAYS TE37.
Proper Midnight Purple II/III sprayed onto the camcover of the Bayside Blue car’s Tomei GENESIS RB26DETT.
Tomei’s adjustable cam gear for the exhaust side peeking out the pulley cover.
Borg Warner pushing out what I can only assume as supercar-embarrassing power numbers.
K&N breather filter attached to a nicely fabricated catch can.
The other one in straight white had been modified in a similar manner, attention being funnelled [as well as money, like, a lot] into honing the Nissan’s powertrain abilities.
It must be millimetres of difference, but it’s enough for me to acknowledge the better wheel fitment and ride height on this 34.
9-second car no doubt.
This GT-R also gives away clues about the level of tuning present within the heart of the beast.
Only the best parts will suffice.
Now the reg plate makes sense.
On the end of that 90-degree elbow pipe made of CFRP, is HKS’ Super Power Flow air filter (of course).
Mixed signals here; 2.6L or 2.8L, what is it?!
Toggle switches mounted onto the centre console: blue pill = car goes fast but you’re still in the Matrix; red pill = you hold on for dear life and wish you were back in the Matrix.
A “bit” might be an understatement, as I’ve got a shed load of photos reserved for the third and final part to this blog.
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