Japanese Classic Car Show Returns to Long Beach

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Japanese Classic Car Show Returns to Long Beach

The threat of rain in Long Beach, Calif. on Saturday, September 10, 2022, lingered on for hours as I checked my iPhone every 15 minutes. I acquired a two-wheel electric scooter many years ago to zip around car shows and quarter-mile drag strips to save wasted time and my legs. The scooter is not supposed to get wet, so I was hesitant to venture across the huge parking lot to the over 300 cars shown at the lovely Marina Green Park’s verdant lawn over looking the Long Beach harbor. The Shoreline Drive Park is a great choice for the “Kyusha” (vintage Japanese car) to be displayed, with various yacht harbor sights as the backdrop including the Aquarium of the Pacific, and near the front straight where the famous Long Beach Grand Prix takes place.

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Even though the weather was overcast, I did not want to miss the show, so I hopped on my trusty scooter and shot across the quarter-mile parking lot to the entrance to pick up my media credentials. I thought, two years ago the show was held in the shadow of the Queen Mary ocean liner in Harry Bridges Memorial Park, and last year in the parking lot of the Anaheim Angels Stadium. I was glad to be back in attractive Long Beach on the rolling greens of Marina Green Park.

The field was massive, with you favorite Japanese cars from the 1950s through 1995 including Datsun 510s, Nissan Zs, Acura NSXs, Toyota Tercels and Celicas, Mitsubishis, Mazdas and many superb motorcycles. This admired endeavor that Terry and Koji Yamaguchi originally assembled in 2005, with hundreds of volunteers, is now in its 17th year and remains America’s first and best all-Japanese classic car show in the country.



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