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For Immediate Release
June 16, 2007
Hawaiian Gardens, California
Japanese Classic Car Show Association
Event Address: Queen Mary Events Park, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, California

The JCCS (Japanese Classic Car Show) America's first and original large scale Japanese show, celebrating the emergence of old-school Japanese cars, has had great success changing car fansf point-of-view about Japanese cars. In just three years, the idea of Japanese cars being considered gclassich has made its way into Americafs collective automotive psyche. More and more drivers remember the old days and have fond memories of older Japanese cars, whether they owned and drove them, or friends did. Perhaps you will also recall your own happy memories among the over 300 pre-1985 Japanese cars expected at the event, held October 6 at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach. All marques, including (but not limited to) Toyota, Nissan/Datsun, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Honda, Isuzu, Daihatsu, Hino, and Prince are invited to participate.

In a way, this celebration of Japanese cars is also a love letter to America. This year, 2007, marks fifty years of Japanese cars on the roads of America. Those early models looked to American cars for style. Later, the great Japanese cars and car companies found prosperity on the shores of America; those that did not succeed were lessons to the engineers, who learned and adapted and built cars that were suitable for American tastes.

Also, JCCS has always offered a mix of factory-original and modern modified, the US-market and the Japan-home-market, and the famous and the infamous - truly something for everyone. Hot rodding may have started in America, but the idea was so basic and brilliant that it wasnft long before other cars, and other countries, got in on hopping up their street cars. The freedom to be able to do with your car what you like - drive it or preserve it, modify it or keep it stock is a very American trait. So, without these American vehicles as influence, the Japanese automobile as we know it today may not exist.


When Japan-built cars first sold in large numbers in the early 1970s, you knew it wouldnft be long before customizers applied their talents and car clubs were formed. In the decade that spanned the late e70s to late 80fs, people of all nationalities (though particularly Nisei and Sansei, second- and third-generation Japanese Americans) flocked to the growing Japanese car scene. America's own fast-growing Filipino community, in particular, clutched Japan-made cars to their collective breast and did much to popularize Japanese cars.There were pockets of activity nationwide, though as with so many automotive trends, the early Japan-car trend was most prevalent in Los Angeles. There were many active Japanese car clubs. Summer Carnivals in Little Tokyo would always see gatherings of friends and would inevitably introduce some interesting new machinery. A gas station in Gardena, or a fast food restaurant parking lot in Long Beach would magically transform into a hot spot for the little Japanese cars to be shown off, their owners alternately beaming with pride and wowfed at othersf efforts.

These cars were not just transportation, they were symbols of both national pride and an expression of the hard-won freedoms that are allowed and encouraged here in America. The tighter cockpits allowed a hint of how things were done in a country that youfd never visited, but with which you were inexorably linked. Street racing was an integral part of the scene in those days as well; more than a few drivers of American iron were surprised when these small, light four-cylinders took them to school between stoplights on the streets of Los Angeles!

But whatever the situation, even if the cars were not the focal point of the gathering, they were always a part of what was happening, integral in the memories of the celebrations and the dramas of years past, as individuals and families reach for the greater promise of life, success and prosperity in America. Always, these faithful machines are recalled fondly, treated as a member of the family, even loved. The JCCS Association is pleased to present the 3rd Annual JCCS for you to feel and see these loved ones with big dreams, presented with the hope that these dreams will live until they are realized.

Please join us amid the sparkling greens and ocean views on October 6, as we present the 3rd annual JCCS. The spectators gate will be open from 9am to 3 pm. Admission is just $5, with kids under 12 free. Parking is $3 to $10. Take your family to the beautiful Queen Mary, Long Beach; the location, looking out over bay, is among the most scenic in Long Beach. Pack a picnic lunch or feed your family from our on-site vendor. But whatever you do, be there!

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