Have you ever been to a Cars and Coffee? Or any meet of that type? I have and while it always starts with a novel idea, it can suck when you meet a douchebag that just wants to flex on (or runover if Mustang) a crowd of strangers. But sometimes, there are those who go to events such as these for pure passion. Believe it or not, these are the majority of people who attend. Those enthusiasts can appreciate cars of any year, make or model. Car culture is without borders, but it is often to Japan that many of us look to for the origins of our interest in automobiles. While there has been a recent boom for anything 90’s, let us not forget the previous generations of JDM.
After talking to Shun, it seems this is exactly what some early morning meetups in Japan are all about. Is that really a surprise? We met Shun years ago when he came to check out the car scene in NYC and we just kept in touch. He showed us photos of the vintage car meetings and we felt compelled to share it with you all. Shun owns a bike shop called Boozeridez, located in Tokyo but he started his interest with machines years ago like most of us, being addicted to all things automotive. If you happen to be in Tokyo, be sure to stop by!
While there are some “dream cars” that people tend to be fans of, the AE86 or Hakosuka for example, there is one car that could very likely be the epitome of the nostalgic Japanese sports car. That is the Toyota 2000GT. One of the original icons of Japanese automotive engineering.
Tough act to follow right? You’d be surprised. This meet did not disappoint when it came to vintage car life. There a few non-Japanese cars present as well. We’ll let Shun’s photography do the talking. If you’re a fan of vintage car culture, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy!
Must there always be an Otaku…?
I thought it was fitting to end this post with the generation that would eventually follow. The forefathers have built an incredible foundation of car culture for us all. Let’s make sure we do the same for the generation that comes after our time. Seems like we’re already well on our way in doing so, even if we don’t realize it.
Cars are great.
Thank you Shun, boozeridez) for this special feature.