Being the big nostalgic Japanese car fan that I am, the Nostalgic 2 Days show has always been on my radar. So when I found out that my friends from New Zealand were going to be in Japan during the dates that this year’s show would be taking place, I knew I wouldn’t regret booking airfares and making the journey over from Hong Kong for the weekend. To be fair, the majority of our short trip was to be spent shopping, eating and drinking (which I had zero complaints about!) but my plan was to squeeze in a couple of hours at the event on Sunday morning.
My good friend Mr Yufune also pulled through and helped us get early media access so I could get some better photos without having to wade through hordes of people, (which proved to be extremely useful as it was so crowded within minutes of the doors opening at 10.30am!)
Now in its 9th year, Nostalgic 2 Days is easily one of the top classic car events in Japan, and it even takes place in a super easy-to-reach location, at the Pacifico events centre in central Yokohama. If you’re a workshop or tuning brand that restores or modifies special vintage Japanese cars – or if you’re lucky enough to own one of them – this is the place you want to show off what you’ve got. Many of the exhibitors come from all over Japan, like Osaka-based Nissan specialists Tea Valley.
I’ve seen so many GT-R badges on old Nissan Skylines in Japan that I’ve developed a bit of a habit of just assuming they’re not genuine KPGC10s (because they never are), but here at Nostalgic 2 Days you’ll find the real deal – and lots of it.
I lost count of how many times I peeked inside an engine bay only to do a double-take as my brain processed that there was an actual S20 engine in there!
Hakosuka specialists Victory 50 had a mind-boggling selection of vintage Nissans on display, including multiple genuine GT-Rs. I’ve always wanted to see their cars on track – that’s right, they race regularly at Tsukuba and Fuji! – but just getting a close-up look at them was just as exciting.
At every old Japanese car event I go to there are always so many Hakosukas, even to the point that they’re almost the most popular cars there. Someone who didn’t have much car knowledge would be forgiven for thinking they’re so common!
This example from Saitama-based Hakosuka & Fairlady Z specialists RS Start was a real show stopper thanks to its crazy custom gold Work Meister CR01s.
Look at that camber! When I asked what offset they were and received the reply ‘nana jyu kyu’, I thought I’d misheard at first. -79!? Holy crap! Perhaps I’m a bit biased as I have CR01s on my S30Z, but I just fell so in love with these wheels on this car. The gold and the silver is so ridiculous, but the fact that the rest of the car is so clean and simple makes it work somehow. Here’s a random fact: when I originally was trying to figure out what size in these wheels to order, I actually copied the exact specs on the sign displayed in front of RS Start’s orange Fairlady Z when it was on show at this same event many years ago!
Under the hood was the usual L-series on triple carbs, but I thought the cadmium-plated parts and camo-painted cam cover were cool touches.
There were some cool Skylines in small scale too. I wasn’t sure if these were RC models or not, but they had the whole model range covered from the C10 up to the R35.
Another stand was sporting a similar display of cars, but in normal size! The R34 GT-R looked a bit out of place – it’s obviously not vintage, but then I guess it’s not exactly new either. At first I assumed this was a rare Nismo Z-tune model, but then I noticed that it doesn’t have the signature vented vendors or usual silver paint job. Perhaps just a tribute?
The majority of machinery on display was from the ’70s, but there were some cool ’80s cars too including plenty of R30 and R31s.
This GTS-R looked as if it had never left the factory! Is that perhaps the cleanest looking engine bay you’ve ever seen or what?
The Nostalgic 2 Days is just as much of an engine show as it is a car show. Unlike a lot of Japanese builds where the engine bay is often left completely untouched, these cars were just as pretty, if not more beautiful on the inside as the outside. Look at those babies gleaming!
There were also many motors on stands being displayed, like this S20 restored by Mizukami Auto – another shop out of Saitama. Seriously drool-worthy stuff!
I liked the blue theme carried out on this particular L-series motor.
There was plenty of tuning wizardry from OS Giken there too, in the form of their legendary TC24-B1 twin-cam head conversion. As few as 11 of the original ‘B1’ heads were produced in the late ’70s, until around seven odd years back when OS Giken announced they’d be reproducing a new updated ‘B1Z’ version. I’ve never been fortunate enough to hear one of these engines singing in person, but they’re without a doubt considered to be the ultimate L-series!
The question is, would you rather have this or an S20 in your Skyline or Fairlady Z? (One of each would be the dream, right?)
Putting brand new wheels on old-ish cars is a tricky business, but these Work Meister M1Rs are a perfect fit for the late ’80s Z1 300ZX.
Personally I’m a bigger fan of vintage wheels, like the SSR Longchamp XR-4s on this 610 Bluebird-U SSS.
Nissans made up the majority of the cars there, but there were also plenty of rare gems from other automakers…
There were a number of special cars in a separate roped-off area at the front of the hall, including what appeared to be legendary driver Yoshimi Katayama’s Mazda Savanna RX-3! To be honest, I’m unsure if it was the real thing or an immaculately restored homage. But to be fair, it was on the Katayama Racing stand and was surrounded by old racing photos and footage!
Compared to outdoor shows and meets like the Blume no Oka meet or the Cannonball Festival, Nostalgic 2 Days had more of a formal vibe – although of course indoor car shows always do – but the advantage of coming to something like this is getting to see some really special cars that wouldn’t usually be dragged along to car meets. For example, an ultra rare and ridiculously expensive Toyota 2000GT! Like, no big deal or anything.
Or one of the two convertible 2000GT models made especially for the James Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’ which was filmed in Japan in the 1960s!
I was also surprised to see these two Isuzu models on display. How cool is this Isuzu Bellet GT-R! Less than 1,500 of these R models were manufactured back in the late ’60s.
I’ll admit that I definitely had to ask what this car was. Turns out it’s an Isuzu 117 coupe.
This cute Honda T360 kei truck left an impression on me too. I didn’t realise that the T360 was actually Honda’s first production car! Another example in the same colour can be found on display in the Honda Collection Hall.
As well as cars, there was a huge area of the show dedicated to both OEM and aftermarket parts and other cool memorabilia.
I only had a brief look before we had to leave (nooooo!) but it was probably for the best, as I really had no extra money to spend. I may have had my eye on these Datsun overalls though! Speaking of Datsun, I’ll be putting up a seperate blog post taking a closer look at some of the Fairlady Zs and Kenmeris too – there were just so many!
The Nostalgic 2 Days wasn’t a massive event, especially compared to the likes of Tokyo Auto Salon, but the quality of the cars was excellent. It’s here that you’ll find a small yet extremely passionate group of select enthusiasts who not only know their shit, but have invested their money and their lives into the preservation of these classic vehicles, so that future generations can continue to enjoy and appreciate them.
My Nostalgic 2 Days (or more like Nostalgic 2 hours!) experience was short yet sweet, but it definitely won’t be my last. If you’re planning a trip to Japan during February I would definitely recommend checking it out!
Original post from February 25, 2017 by Taryn Croucher