WekFest San Jose – 2017

I wanted to check out Wekfest, but I had limited time. Wekfest was held at the San Jose convention center. This was my first Wekfest and I have to say I was very impressed with the crew and cars that came out. There were tons of VIP styled cars.

I almost did not go to this event because it was further away, at least $40 (entrance and parking), but I was glad I did.

One of the Japanese vendors was Mode Parfume. I’ve seen there cars at Stance Nation in Odaiba. I also seen that they were frequently coming to the US, so when I knew they were coming to San Jose, I had to meet Hirano-san.

We spoke for a good 30 minutes and he gave me the details about US cars and their Japanese counterparts. I then went to where Van Kulture was and saw my favorite Sienna, the 2nd gen! Ken was the owner and so we talked for a long time as well.

My wife was watching the kids outside of the carshow, so there was limited time. Those 2 conversations were insight and took time (which is fine by me) and so I had to snap some pictures quick. I did not get a chance to snap as many as I would like (I like to snap every car) and it was also busy, so many cars had tons of observers that were obstructing shots.

Getting in took some time, the line was super long and I came towards the end. On the other hand, we were told that earlier it was 3x longer.

 

 

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Cup/Drink Holder options

One of the main issues with many older cars was not having cup holders. I guess the mentality back then was you should not drink (anything) and drive. I am going to cover some options for cup holders in these cars. While this mainly applies to M30s, it might pertain some info for leopards as well. So let’s look at the center dash of the M30:

While this is a convertible (analog climate control) it is exactly the same layout in the coupe. Below the climate control is the cigarette lighter and small closed compartment. Below that is the first open din where the music deck (CD player/tape deck) is set. Below that, in the lower din, is an open compartment.

Behind the small compartment next to the cigarette lighter is a support that compartment. So I don’t think many people have modified that portion of the dash. The true “din” locations are where you see the radio and the open compartment. Once you take off the bezel, and 4 bolts, you can pull out the bracket that holds those pieces.

One of these spots is ideal for an OEM fold out or pull out cup holder. Most people will keep the radio in this position as well. Additionally, the lower open compartment is useless IMO. (sorry, anything I put in there ends up flying out once I start driving).

Depending on shifter, cd and/or cup holder (platform/ hang down) clearance, these 2 dins can be rearranged.

This will cover single din options.


First off, easiest option for people is to use the small compartment near the arm rest as a cup holder! It doesn’t affect the center dash components.


My old black M30 and current light blue M30, I went straight for the tried and true budget option: The Daiso Special. This is a universal option. It is a cup holder mounted on the a/c vents. Adjustable too. It is pretty stable and as I stated above, it doesn’t affect anything. There are various designs, but the simplicity and functionality of it is there.

There are also some name brands out there such as Type R or Hyper Sonic.

There are small VIP tray/cup holders out there as well that attach to AC vents.


You can also get universal glove box dependant VIP tray. I picked one up in Japan for $30. While not perfect, it has to be modified to be stable. These are great in a sense they can hold bigger diameter drinks and also have a slot for cigarettes.

Here is the particular one I bought. Again, this was a cheapo, Super Autobacs special. There are more refined, high quality trays of various designs available as well.

2 cup holders (wider diameter) with 2 rectangle slots for cigarette packs, but not enough width for today’s cell phones (which are bigger). Additionally, a 12v cigarette lighter plug in giving off Blue LED lights.

The bracket attaches to on tray and “hooks” into the glove box. It is adjustable to an extent. I adjusted it to the end, but it still has play that the bracket have space and the tray can be pulled forward. Also, there is no lower support, so anything heavy could weigh down the tray and it could be come slanted. Modifying the brackets and finding a support for the bottom could make it stable.

 

In all honesty though, it looks nice and functionally sound if stable.


Another option is the 91-94 Nissan Maxima (J30) “pocket deck”. A few months back, Mark J used a J30 Maxima cup holder/tray and installed it in his M30. Mark J provided the information, installed and tested it. Since this is a platform type, you pull out the compartment and then the cup holder itself. It was something I liked and so I picked up 2 at my local junkyard. Looking at the picture, the CD player and ash tray below are obstructed. But these are petty details compared to having a functional cup holder.

Here is the youtube video to showing it in action.

After looking at the parts number and cup holder diameters, this is the same set up as the A31 Cefiro. 


A few years back, hachiboy was doing tons of research of American parts that could fit into the 80/90’s Japanese cars. He put this in his M30.

 

This function I LOVE!!! coin tray!

 

Bottom pulls out to be drink holder.


 

 

I was planning on putting in the Maxima cupholders until I saw this:

I had to ask questions. This is Kuze-san’s Leopard. I found out it was the Nissan Stagea cup holders. It’s intriguing to me because of the angle of the cup holders coming out. So it would kind of make clearance for the shifter (as seen above). I wanted this option and waited til I was in Japan. (Satoshi had gotten me one).


Time to test them out. After installing the Stagea cup holders and stabilizing the VIP tray. I did a Starbucks run because we had some friends over.

As I said, I know the Daiso special will hold up.

Since I had a larger cup for my Green Team Frapp, it didn’t fit in the Daiso or Stagea cup holders. So the larger diameter came in handy.

I guess the trust for the Stagea cup holders has to be earned. It feels like they wouldn’t hold up, but they actually do and are stable. Even on speeding up and turns, the drinks were stable.


Additional options and ideas:

“Gloria Cedric Y31 Nissan genuine drink holder glove compartment high soccer”

 

 

A31 Cefiro – It is exactly like J30 Maxima in the states. I do like that the compartment is “deeper” and probably can hold more than the one above.

 


Another option I’ve seen is a fold up cup holder originally for the ac vents, but mounted on the side of the center console.

 

 

 


R31 SKYLINE glove box tray. This popped up on YAJ and from what I seen from Skyline and Leopard friends, they have never seen it! It is a rare piece.

 


 

These were some of the ideas of cup holders I have come across. I’m sure there are a few others and maybe even custom pieces out there. If they are submitted, I’ll update.

 

 

Credit and Thanks!

  • Mark J
  • Roger V.
  • Satoru K.
  • Satoshi N.

Visit to Bee-R May 2017

I visited Bee Racing years ago, but it was closed. So when I was going to the Nissan Heritage Museum, I figured I should stop by real quick and take pictures.

I talked with the Imai san shortly as he was busy. He said it was okay to take pictures of the cars!

It was great to see Bee Racing’s shop and battle cars!

 

 

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Y. Suenaga

Suenaga san’s leopard is famous because of the Yanky style look he has. I’ve always seen pictures of his car from other websites, but to see it in person is a spectacle.

Suenaga san is also a really cool guy. When I wanted to meet him, it almost didn’t happen. He had a busy schedule and also is a new father. When we talked, I told him I’d go to him and meet him if he was okay with it.

I never met him before, but I believe Yamashima san  (who I am good friends with) said he’d also join if I came to that area. This made it more exciting!

While there, Suenaga san gave me sooo much valuable information and leopard gifts!!! When more friends came, it was a good hang out besides it raining!

Saitama mini meeting – May 2017

After getting back from Sendai, I arrived into Tokyo station. I put luggage in a holding locker and headed out east of Tokyo, where I would spend some time traveling on bike visiting Blitz, JUN, Spoon and Type One.

I was suppose to visit other shops that were on the way to Saitama’s Kawagoe station. I set this up as a meeting place for anyone in that area that wanted to meet. Suenaga san told me he would meet me at a station just past Kawagoe.

 

I definitely wanted to me him. I also knew he was busy and he is a new father. So if he couldn’t meet, it would be understandable. He texted me saying he would like to meet. I know that Nagano was next to Saitama and was hoping that some of the guys would come out that way.

My friend Taguchi san from Van Kulture wanted to meet me and I wondered if it was okay if he came out. Suenaga san said it was okay. So that became the plan.

Since I did not go have time to go to the shops, this also changed my train route as I would go to Kawagoe station from the East after visiting those other shops. I am now coming from the South/west. I had to jump on a different line and headed for Hon Kawagoe. This was the local line and a different station than the Kawagoe station that was JR.

Of course when I asked, they gave me this small piece of paper, showing me directions with arrows. Of course it was deceptively longer than that. The piece of paper showed me exiting Hon Kawagoe and taking a right and Kawagoe station was there. Nope.. It was a few blocks, maybe even a mile before I even reached the station!

The street/walkway between the stations were lined with small shops and food spots. I stopped by a few and bought some gifts for my family.

Once I got to the station, I text Suenaga san. He came shortly and we drove to his place. He showed me his Tamariba or as I told him, man cave!

His leopard was outside and I was just in awe of it! I’ve only seen pictures, but it is so nice.

 

 

 

Soon Taguchi san texted me and said he was at the station. So we went and picked him up. I had a gift from Paul Cotaco to give Taguchi san. He hung out with us at Suenaga’s house. We were soon joined by Himura san and Yamashima san. Since I last seen Kyouhyou, he sold his M30 to a friend and got a really clean Y31 Gloria!!! Himura san had his clean bB as well.

Since Taguchi san is Van Kulture, this would make it a mini meet of different cars. Anyways, we talked about culture and differences. I explained a few things about the US and Suenaga san gave me a ton of info for the f31 and gifts!!!

 

Thank you Saitama brothers for meeting with me!

Suenaga, Himura, Yamashima and Taguchi san!

 

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Shuishi Ishii

Ishii san is a former Leopard owner and was part of Le Ciel Bleu F31 owner’s club. He heard about me through Tanaka san’s interaction with me from before (both on 10yrs ago and last year).

We recently met up when I went to Shiga to meet with Okuni san. He is a very cool guy and we talk on skype.

Visit to Spoon Sports and Type One

After biking to Blitz and JUN, I wanted to visit Spoon Sports and Type One. They were further down the street, so I biked quickly.

Once I got to Spoon, I found out it was only an office. So I was told to head to Type One because it was the showroom and shop.

Once I got there, I was greeted and given access to take pictures. As a former Honda Owner (EG, EK civic hatchbacks) Spoon is held in my high regards, so I had to visit.

 

When I was about to leave, I was given some gifts which was really cool.

 

 

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Hot Import Nights – San Jose – June 2017

It has been awhile since I been to HIN.. Maybe 10 years? I saw that Van Kulture was going to be there and I had my gifts from Taguchi San for Paul and Dell. It was super hot and the parking lot had no shade.

I entered with the Black Odyssey with Van Kulture. My family was able to get in and use Van Kulture sponsored Kids Zone. There were some snags getting them in because Gwen didn’t give us any wrist bands and the guys at the gate were being anal about it. Luckily Mike knew and gave bands for VK.

 

The gates opened at 4pm and people started to line up.

 

I started to go around and check out all the cars. Some cars had tons of people around them, so I didn’t get clean shots (sorry). I tried to photo every car.

I was surprised to see a few not so typical cars, which I absolutely love! Anyways, shout out to everyone that showed.

 

Some Zs and Subarus near the front of the gate.

 

Lined along the outside on the right were these cars. Besides the Miata and red 86, I believe the rest belongs to 510 Cruisers

 

Team Concept

 

GodSpeed

 

 

Team DRP

 

I then veered left to check out a Rotary truck and a couple of Miatas.

 

Nor Cal Z

 

Nor Cal GZ

 

Team Outcast

 

UA Squad – They came out and repped!

 

 

Wyld Kardz – absolutely a great mixture of cars that I enjoy because they are the cars of my era! Galant !!!!!

 

 

A few domestics

 

Saucyboyz

 

Animal Style!!! Had their 240s… but I was in love with the Laurel!!! I actually went back and took more pictures. I’m more of an A31 Cefiro guy, but the Laurel is still dope!

 

Lexus Elites

 

 

Some outliers before I entered the Pavilion.

 

Inside the Pavilion: There were a ton of vendors inside for shirts, stickers and parts. Models were set up to sign photos too. PixCbooth offered free pictures!!!

 

Right outside was Van Kulture and Kids Zone. I’m so in love with Siennas. I took some extra shots of Paul’s Sienna!

 

An outlier van!

 

 

 

Club SI

 

A few Subies. I loved the Forester!!

 

 

Low Life

 

 

Notorious VQ’s

 

 

Mekan1zm

 

 

Food trucks

 

 

NVUS

 

 

Havok

 

 

 

Rest of my pictures. A bunch of nice cars!

 

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10th Burning Car meeting – Iwate 2017

Kikuchi san posted information on this car meeting in Iwate, Japan. Here is the info:

本日は、岩手の八幡平市でおこなわれた「第10回焼走り旧車ミーティング」に参加させてもらってきました
いつも通り、たくさんのお友達のみなさんと交流出来て、楽しい一日でしたね
レパードも、お友達のみなさんと打ち合わせし、計6台のF31が集合しました
全て並べさせてもらい、いい感じでした♪
もう一台、離れたところにF31 XSがいたんですが‥知らない個体でオーナーさんもわからなかったなぁ‥秋田ナンバーでした
その他にもF30がなんと計3台も集まったのは驚きでしたね!
皆さん、今日はお疲れさまでした
また一緒に遊んで下さいね!

Tranlsated:

Today I was invited to participate in the “10th burning old car meeting” held in Hachimantaira City, Iwate As usual I was able to interact with lots of friends and it was a fun day Lepard also met with all of your friends and a total of six F31s gathered together I let them all line up, it was a nice feeling ♪ Another one, while F31 XS was at a distance, I did not know the owner who did not know ‥ ‥ It was Akita number Besides, it was surprising that a total of three F30s gathered! Everyone, thanks for your time today. Please play with me again!

He then gave me addition information

前期白Ultima、前期紺Ultima、後期白XS、後期黒Ultima、後期紺Ultima Tarbo×2 岩手県八幡平市 オーナーは、菊池、佐佐木、畠山、横山、本田 です!

Translated:

Early White Ultima, previous Navy Ultima, Late White XS, Late Black Ultima, Late Navy Ultima Turbo × 2 Iwate Prefecture Hachimantai Owners are Kikuchi, Sasaki, Hatakeyama, Yokoyama, Honda!

Thank you Kikuchi san!