Holden TD Gemini: Holden’s small 4 cylinder car from the 1970’s. Quite a popular little car back then, but sadly there are not many left on the roads these days.
With significant numbers of Japanese cars on Australian roads and quite a few car clubs devoted to various marques of Japanese cars, it’s little wonder the concept of a Japanese car day hasn;t been done before…and now it has!… on 16 October 2011 at the Midvale Speed Dome (WA).
This was an interesting display of Japanese cars from the various Japanese car clubs around Perth including individual exhibitors cars. It was a refreshing change to see some of older classic Japanese cars on display from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s as a contrast to much of the car show scene which is dominated by the usual, American / Australian / European / UK type cars.
This was event was put together by Automotive Events Management and this novel idea was to bring all the Japanese car clubs together for one big event, a show n’ shine followed by a superkhana.
In general, this was a good show with a reasonable turn out of vehicles and spectators. Faclities such food, toilets and plenty of parking was available. However, there are a couple of points I could suggest to make this event better for next time:
Location: Midvale Speed Dome probably wasn’t the best location for the show n’ shine section of the event. It was non central, and there was a lack passing traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) so the event virtually remains hidden. Quite often many spectators are those which merely passing by and stop to look. Compare this location to car shows held at not so far away Stirling Square Guildford, where there is plenty of vehicular and pedestrian traffic passing by which can easily stop and look. In addition the irregular layout of the grounds was not the ideal for this event, with some vehicles oddly positioned.
Admission price: At $15 admission for an average sized show, this was a bit steep. This certainly doesn’t encourage people to attend next year. The All Ford Day by comparison covered the entire Bassendean Oval and was only $10 admission and many of the car shows in Perth are free for spectators.
Lack of car details: Many of the cars didn’t show any year, make & model information which often spectators like to see.
Check full album of photos: Brakehorsepower Facebook Japanese Car day Album.
Anyway, enough rant!… the pictures of the Japanese Car Day.
Honda Civic 3 door hatchback first generation
1969 Mazda 1500
Nissan Skyline GT C110
Datsun 180B SSS Coupe
A black Nissan Silvia
Nissan Silvia 200SX
Holden / Isuzu Gemini Woody. That’s real wood!
Holden / Isuzu Gemini
Subaru Impreza WRX STI
1972 Toyota Crown Hardtop MS75
Toyota Crown Wagon
Subaru 360 Maia Microcar
1971 Honda LN360 Van
1965 Honda S600 Convertible. This car features a tiny 606cc 4 cylinder engine with DOHC and 4 x CVB Kehin Carburettors developing 56BHP @ 8500rpm.It has 4 speed synchromesh transmission to a rear wheel drive. Top speed of 159kph and weighs only 720kg.
The Honda S600 engine bay.
1983 Suzuki VX Hatch. This Suzuki looked like it had just come off the show room floor.
Datsun 1200 Ute
- SilviaWA – WA Nissan Silvia Car Club
- GemsWA – WA Holden / Isuzu Gemini car club
- TECCWA – Toyota Car Club Perth
- WRX Club of WA
- Honda CRX Club WA Forums
- Dowerin Car Club
- West Coast Cruisers Car Club
- Automotive Events Management