Remembering Japanese cars from the past

JAF2011: Finally some celluloid photos!

It has taken about a month for me to finally post up some of the celluloid photographs I took with my Zenit-E and a “new” Industar 61 lens at the Japans Autosport Festival 2011 at Zandvoort. As we Dutch say: “It takes a while but then you have something!” but that probably hits like a plier to a pig! :P

First reason it took so long was that the pictures got lost between the processing company and the photostore. Second reason was that I was too lazy to scan them. Third reason was that I was too lazy to upload them. So here they finally are!

I’ll start with my Carina parked next to this Datsun 240Z:
Datsun S30 240Z @ JAF2011
Datsun S30 240Z @ JAF2011

I made the decision that the Carina would be a better off parked next to a classic 70s JDM sportscar than one of those “modern” cars in the background. ;)

When chatting with the owner of the Corolla AE86 with 3S-GE swap this yellow 240Z stopped by. The owner turned out to be an AE86 owner as well. What is the chance that I parked my Carina next to his 240Z? One out of 10000?

Next up is this first generation green Mazda 626 hardtop coupe:
Mazda 616 coupe @ JAF2011
Mazda 616 coupe @ JAF2011

When I was waiting for someone in my Carina near the exit the owner (plus three his friends cramped) into this coupe made a small detour to yell at me that I had a cool car. :D
Gave them a big thumbs up and yelled back the same!

BTW: There are only 3 of these 626 coupes known to exist in the Netherlands. By chance I also met the owner of another one

Then I spotted one of the most extraordinary AE86s in the Netherlands:
Corolla AE86 with BEAMS 3S-GE @ JAF2011
Corolla AE86 with BEAMS 3S-GE @ JAF2011

A Toyota Corolla AE86 with a 3S-GE BEAMS blacktop swap (SE86) with a W58 and a Carina SA60 bellhousing.
I met the owner a few times before (I bought the Celica Supra rims from him three years ago) and had a long chat about this swap. Amazing it actually fits!

Tight fitted BEAMS 3S-GE @ JAF2011
Tight fitted BEAMS 3S-GE @ JAF2011

As you can see the BEAMS is a very tight fit. One of the support beams of the hood had to be cut out and a few things had to be moved in order to make it fit.

Corolla AE86 on Work Meisters @ JAF2011
Corolla AE86 on Work Meisters @ JAF2011

The Work Meister rims were bought from The Doctor who previously had them under his JDM Toyota Chaser GX71. Some people like them and some people don’t. Personally I think they are an excellent fit!

Then I also spotted this bosozoku styled Suzuki Alto SS40:
Bosozoku style Suzuki Alto SS40 @ JAF2011
Bosozoku style Suzuki Alto SS40 @ JAF2011

I did spot it at the Japan Classic Sunday 2010. Since then a few modifications have been done.

In case you are wondering: the writing on the hood says “STUK” which is Dutch for “broken”
Bosozoku style Suzuki Alto SS40 @ JAF2011
Bosozoku style Suzuki Alto SS40 @ JAF2011

So apparently it broke down during the trip to Zandvoort and was towed to its place.

That’s it for the first part. More pictures will be posted in the next coverage!


  1. Guido

    Ha Leuk!
    Die 626 is van een vriend van mij. Heb je de foto toevallig in een groter formaat? Mooie foto namelijk! Ik zat er ook in bij jaf! Leuk om te zien dat er toch nog een paar oldtimers tussenstonden! :-D

    Groetjes Guido

    • banpei

      Geen probleem. Stuur maar even een maitje via het contact formulier en dan stuur ik je de grotere versie per mail op. :)
      Ik kan ook per post het orgineel opsturen mocht je die ook willen.

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