I will attempt to tackle the Nostalgic 2 Days in the sort of manner one would at the show itself. If you were there you would head towards the cars that stand out the most and circle them, getting a closer look at their details. The first car that stopped me in my tracks was the 09 Racing Hakotora, the B110 truck that has been given…
…an “Hakosuka” front end. In Japanese “hako” means box and “suka” is short for Skyline and combined they form the term commonly used to describe the C10 generation of the Nissan Skyline.
This little Sunny “GB-R” was first unveiled last month at the Tokyo Auto Salon but with a crowd always around it I never really had a chance to get a good look. Aside from the front conversion there are lots of other Skyline details like the black fender flares and the wing mounted mirrors. Those are actually dry carbon items made by 09 Racing, a nice little detail, but one that would set you back $1,300!
The Datsun sport seats and Momo steering wheel might be the first things you will notice when looking at the interior, but it’s actually the KPGC10 dashboard conversion that impresses the most.
The rear has been kept pretty simple, but I liked the Aerocatch latches on the gate.
This R30 Skyline from KRZ Performance was looking great, combining its great classic eighties lines…
…with a very modern day show-oriented stance.
It was running 17-inch BBS-look Stance rims with gold centers…
…and sitting on air suspension in order to achieve that slammed look.
I never actually realized what a massive coupe the R30 was before I took a few minutes to walk around this one!
You would assume not many other shops out there would attempt another Hakotora; well you would be wrong. Biko Works from Chiba, who specialize in reselling all sorts of Japanese vintage cars…
…came up with this little creation based on a Suzuki Mighty Boy kei pick-up. All the details are there…
…the unmistakable quad-headlights, chrome grille surround, bucktooth lip spoiler…
…overfenders and of course little mini Watanabes.
Check out the rear end! Which one would you choose? The Kei-hakotora or the Sunny-hakotora?
But enough with lookalikes, now its time to take a look at the real thing. With so many authentic 2000GT-Rs on show at the Nostalgic 2 Days you are almost spoilt for choice, but this particular example from RS Start really stood out.
I can see the Work Meister CR01s the car was fitted with as becoming quite the popular wheel choice because simply put, they suit the Hakosuka incredibly well. Oh and look, no black fender flares; very refreshing.
Carbon parts on a classic like the KPGC10 are an either you love it or hate it affair, but the hood and side mirrors (same 09 Racing items as used on the Sunny Hakotora) really complimented the exterior rather well.
No L-series under the hood, this is the real thing and like every legit KPGC10 there is a stunning S20 taking care of performance…and high-rpm screaming duties!
It’s become very hard to come up with a unique Hakosuka these days, but RS Start have done a great job with a few well selected additions.
It’s on to another classic Nissan now, but more luxury oriented, the 330 Cedric.
This big sedan was the car to have in the mid to late seventies, if travelling in comfort was your thing.
This brown 2800 example was on display at the Profit booth…
…part of their big line up of “for sale” inventory. This car might be too clean and well kept but while checking it out I couldn’t help think of how nice it would look if dropped on a set of nice rims.
I’ve got another spotlight-o-rama post from the show coming up next, but first up I thought I’d treat you to a little engine porn. We all like looking at nice engines now don’t we…
-Dino Dalle Carbonare
"...I couldn’t help think of how nice it would look if dropped on a set of nice rims."
Or left the way it is. There's nothing quite like a big bruiser pulling out.
You covered my 2 favourite cars of the show, and funnily enough, both utes and both with the GTR-esque fronts......the Sunny and the Might Boy, I was in love with both. It's great to have actually attended a show like this, although smaller than I thought, it was still great!
I'm glad I went the Saturday afternoon(which wasn't planned) rather than the Sunday morning. The view of the line up from my hotel window looked as if some department store was having a 99% off everything sale, it was huge and would have taken hours to get in, I probably wouldn't have bothered lining up!!!!
that retro car kings program came to mind while reading this! so many different styles and all of them are awesome!
Any chance we can get a better desktop of the Sunny GB-R? That's the same shot as last time we saw it doesn't really do the car any justice at all.
The Hakosuka is pretty much my favorite car right now. I was drooling all over my keyboard while reading this post. Dino, will you add a desktop of the S20? pleeeease? :)
These were some awesome pics as usual Dino. Side Note: MY SPEEDHUNTERS BOOK ARRIVED TODAY!!1!!!!! So cool.
speedhunters_dino I love it. You guys did a great job, and I'm quite lucky to have ordered the very last one in stock. It would have been a sad day in Pat's life if I came on that day any later.
FYI "This R31 Skyline from KRZ Performance was looking great, combining its great classic eighties lines…" Is not an R31, it is a DR30
I bet that brown Cedric would look great in a period "dorama", like a detective show. Just get Hiroshi Abe to grow some sideburns...