Film Event | Classic Japanese Show & Shine at Lakeside
Like any car genre, classic Japanese cars are a thriving culture and the event to see this culture really come out is the Classic Japanese Show and Shine at Lakeside Raceway. I’m a huge fan of the Japanese Classics and have been kicking myself for years for not getting out to one of these. This year I decided to drive the Corolla out there as well as shoot the entire day in film.
Many of the cars you see at this event are in such clean condition that you wouldn’t believe they come out of the garage more than once a year.
I doubt I would see such a line up of such respectfully styled 1200′s anywhere other than CJSS.
Of course there was a large amount of diversity in the cars you see at the event, much of which was coming from the people at Auszoku.
Fon Zy had brought his Ta22 up from Sydney which is just nothing short of amazing.
Just look at those spare SSR Mk1′s, I think even people in Japan would dream of owning these!
On top of the Auszoku guys there was also a large display of more modern Japanese Automotive history like the Mercury Motorsport R35. You might remember it from this years WTAC down in Sydney.
Another car you may recognise is the HKS CT230R. This car was on display down in Sydney and has been brought back up to QLD by HKS Australia. My understanding is that this car is retired but I am unsure if it is going back to Japan or staying here.
Either way, it is one impressive car and I would love to see it compete in ANYTHING over here.
Nobuteru Taniguchi has had his name on this for quite some time; I have to say I’m curious when the last time he sat in it was.
Nick was also up there on the day competing in the sprints around the circuit with his R31.
I snapped a quick shot of Nick flying past on the main straight when he was pushing for times.
I would love to get the Corolla out there, but I fear it may be too loud. For those that don’t know, particularly those outside of Australia, a lot of our race tracks are subject to noise restrictions. Lakeside in particular. So you won’t be seeing any drifting there any time.
Zak D from Streetkarnage rolled up to the track with me in his SR20det powered Volvo.
There were also some other fairly impressive cars out there on the day like this EVO 8.
As well as this Ta22 on race slicks.
I’m not usually a fan of watching drag racing but it was great to watch the large variety of cars battle it out from the old…
…Through to the new.
I spotted this Corolla parked quite far from any of the displays; from far things don’t look too out of the ordinary…
… But up close things don’t seem too right. This is a 4kc bottom end mated up to a 4age head. A… 4kge? I would love to hear this in action!
Speaking of Corollas, these two were my favorite ke70′s on the day. This red one with a black top 20v…
…As well as this 4agze baby blue ke70. This thing looked beautiful rolling around the track on its 14″ watanabe’s.
The Auszoku guys were easy to spot around the track.
Knowing most of the people here from Auszoku I can safely say we are different from most of the people that attend CJSS, but I Love that we have all joined together on one day for the love of classic Japanese cars.
The owner of Auszoku, John, organised more than 20 or so cars to come up and represent Auszoku on the day. So there was a strong presence there!
This S13 had to be one of my favorites on the day. No it’s not clean, and it’s ratty as all hell but it’s got so much charisma. That said I don’t think it could charm its way past a police officer if it got pulled up.
Pretty much how every S13 interior should look I think.
This Ford caught my eye. Hmmm… That’s no Escort motor!
Walking around the back of the track I actually stumbled upon these guys that were playing around with remote control boats.
The thing that actually caught my eye was this huge spray of water coming from the lake and I started to wonder what the hell it was!
I thought I would save best for last with this 1966 Datsun 1600. This thing was nothing short of immaculate.
For a car of this age it absolutely blew me away how clean it was.
That’s it from the 2011 CJSS. I can’t wait to attend next year’s event when my Corolla will be 1 year closer to that 30 year mark.