Ahh… traditional automobile occasions. They’re the place to see a number of the cleanest, most pristine motors within the land, and be each blown away and barely aggravated whereas doing so.
Each of these issues occurred concurrently on the Pacifico Yokohama exhibition centre final weekend. Nostalgic 2days 2023 was the event.
You see, as anybody who is aware of me will attest, I like an excellent moan. And there’s no higher place to get me began than at a traditional automobile present. Or any automobile present for that matter.
Earlier than I carry the temper down although, let’s discuss the good things, as a result of there was a lot of it on the 2023 version of this annual occasion hosted by Nostalgic Hero journal.
Nostalgic 2days is the occasion to attend if you wish to see the cream of Japanese traditional vehicles. And never simply sports activities classics, however kei vehicles and household sedans too.
These are vehicles which can be completely preserved or restored and introduced in mint situation. It’s the polar reverse of Tokyo Auto Salon, confirmed by the swarm of middle-aged males snapping away right here at an Isuzu Piazza. At TAS, the vehicles comes second to the promo fashions for a lot of.
In addition to completed present vehicles, Nostalgic 2days is a good place to see vehicles that are half method by means of a restoration. It offers you a glimpse of simply how a lot work goes into getting ready these time machines.
One other factor I liked about Nostalgic 2days was the used components stalls. It jogged my memory of looking by means of automobile boot gross sales within the UK, one thing I might like to see extra of in Japan.
There have been additionally loads of meals vans available with a bit consuming and relaxation space nestled amongst the show vehicles. It was all very good, however I couldn’t assist factor it will be nicer to be out within the open, whatever the slight spring chill within the air. That’s was simply one in every of my gripes. So now that I’ve began, let me get on with my moan…
It’s all nicely and good having the ability to see these gorgeous outdated vehicles up shut, however being jostled by hundreds of different lovers whereas making an attempt to soak within the nostalgia utterly spoils the environment for me. To not point out, it makes photographing at occasions like this a bit difficult.
The issue with Nostalgic 2days – one thing echoed by Dino, who’s a veteran of this occasion, is that the vehicles are too tightly packed collectively and there are too many individuals. Principally that’s simply Japan basically, however I feel it’s additionally true of many occasions the world over.
The opposite downside, and one thing which Jun-san from Hardcore Tokyo agreed with whereas we chatted subsequent to an unique kaido racer, is that, for probably the most half, these vehicles will all the time stay as they’re. We had each seen nearly all of the vehicles on present earlier than, and even the brand new builds had been mainly all the identical because the others. Take Star Highway for example. Their vehicles are wonderful, however they gained’t ever evolve. They may all the time be superbly introduced kyusha, identical to the following superbly introduced kyusha.
There are exceptions, after all. Daddy Motor Works and Banzai Racing Gear (B.R.E) are two corporations pushing the boundaries of what a kyusha may be. The latter being a four-rotor-powered Hakosuka, which I’ll be that includes this 12 months, and the previous having a number of the craziest kyusha builds ever.
I can’t actually complain although, as a result of if we wish to see loopy kyusha, then there are after all occasions like TAS and SEMA. The Las Vegas present appears to be a bit extra spacious and higher laid out for having fun with the vehicles too.
It’s an annoying little paradox actually, to be in love with the vehicles however detest the place wherein to see them. I can’t be the one one, so I’m to understand how you guys and women cope with huge crowds in small locations.
To complete on a excessive, you possibly can see extra of the vehicles from Nostalgic 2days 2023 within the bonus gallery beneath, and in a walk-around video I shot that you may check out here.