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For Immediate Release - June 7, 2012

8th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show
Date: Sep.15th, Saturday 2012
Time:9 to 3pm
Event Address: Queen Mary Events Park (Harry Bridges Memorial Park)
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Friends,

The 8th Annual Japanese Classic Car Show will be held 9am-3pm on Saturday, September 15, 2012, along side the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.

To the Japanese Classic Car fan, the number 8 is a significant one. In Japan, there is a proverb: "Stumble and fall seven times, and stand up eight times." It testifies to strength and determination. So it was with Japanese cars in the USA in their infancy: it took a decade or more for the idea to catch on. The hard work of winning hearts and minds in the 1970s was over, and by the time the '80s rolled around, the Japanese car had matured and adapted to American driving conditions; this is when Japanese cars became a part of our countryfs automotive landscape. And of course, the number 8, when tilted on its side, is the symbol for "infinity"--the realm of limitless possibilities. This describes the Japanese car in America in the 1980s: unlimited potential.

Toyota launched the Celica, and later the Supra, in the '70s,ccqcq but it was the twin-cam model that was so successful. Datsun's Z models never sold better than when they changed to the ZX designation. Honda's ever-evolving Civic spawned the sporting CRX model, and the Accord was on its way to becoming America's best-selling car. Subaru's Leone line saw the introduction of turbocharged all-wheel-drive models to the lineup, fifteen years before the WRX touched American shores. Storied Japanese marques like Isuzu and Mitsubishi established their own sales channels in the USA. The prejudice was gone by the 1980s: Japanese cars were readilyaccepted on American roads, and both enthusiasts and the general car buyer alike clasped them to their collective breast. Many were even built in USA, providing jobs for millions of Americans: Accords in Ohio, Legacys in Indiana, Corollas in California, Datsun pickups in Tennessee. Millions remember, love, and have strong memories of these vehicles. Whether it was the fanciest Cressida, the least-expensive Sentra, the sportiest Starion, or the slowest Diesel-powered I-Mark, they were loved by someone.

But, you will say, cars from the '80s are too new to be considered classics! Not so: the Antique Automobile Club of America recognizes any car 25 years and older as classic, which means that as the 2013 models launch at the time of our event, cars from the 1988 model year (and before) are recognized as Classics. Many of these, even today, drive our local roads; their owners drive classics every day without realizing it! Many owners still have a hard time calling their machines Classic; perhaps neo-classic would be a better term? We want to welcome all owners, drivers and fans of '80s Japanese cars to the event this year.

Last year, we debuted a motorcycle class at JCCS. Motorcycles are a completely different culture than cars--but bike culture runs just as deeply as car culture. Also, they share other similarities: while displaying a simple, honest beauty in original form, builders modify and dramatically change their rides. The appearance of vintage Japanese motorcycles was a dramatic addition to the show; their wide acceptance with our friends, fans and audience has ensured that we bring them back foranother year.

We thank everyone, whether you're a newcomer or a JCCS fan for the last eight years, and we look forward to seeing you at the show!!


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