We first laid eyes on this build, a 1971 Penske-Donohue Sunoco Javelin replica, while it sat at Hanksville Hot Rods waiting for the exhaust system to be completed. When we saw it for the second time at the KBPI Rock 'n Roll Car Show at Bandimere Speedway, we knew we needed to spend some one-on-one time with her.
Welcome to our second installment of our Scene Theory series. This time we dive into what it means to be JDM in America. The acronym JDM has become more than a three letter abbreviation; it's become a lifestyle, a scene, a brand and a way of expression. On the most basic level, JDM refers to the "Japanese domestic market"⎯the heavyweight of the import scene. Honda, Subaru, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota⎯all of these manufacturers are of the JDM variety.
Bandimere Speedway kicked off its drag season with the explosive annual event, NAPA Auto Parts Night of Fire and Thunder last Saturday, May 18th. Jet Cars, Nitro Cars and Domestic Drag Racers put on a show for a good cause. And Revvolution of the Rockies was there to enjoy a little sensory overload.
Back in April, we covered the Shift-S3ctor Airstrip Attack, where we sponsored the Domestic Class Winner. When we first arrived, we noticed all the usual high-powered American suspects—Ford GTs, Camaros, Mustangs, and Corvettes—but one car in particular stood out. We were positive that the Twin Turbo Ford GT nicknamed the “Black Mamba” would be the car to beat and also the one we featured. We couldn’t have been more wrong.
Welcome to the first installment in a series of Revvolution articles where we reflect on the global nationalistic genres (or scenes) that define OUR enthusiast landscape. Domestic, Euro, and Japanese are just some of the dominant cliques that we all identify with. But here at Revvolution, beaming our signal straight from the heart of the Rockies, we present the first chapter in this series: The American Dream.