In the performance ring, JDM often stresses harmony when improving the car, maintaining the original intent and spirit of the car. Regan Yu with his NSX ticks many of these same boxes, but stands out because of the overall ethos of his approach to the build. You see, Regan is a passionate enthusiast, but he also possesses a keen sense of value and an ability to recognize quality. It is a trait that serves him well in his professional life in commercial real estate, and that same trait has paid dividends in his approach to building his NSX.
Anyone who has built a project car has come to learn that the process can be somewhat organic. For JJ Chen and his project Fast Autoworks Scion FR-S, the seeds were planted in 2009 when he decided to pursue his passion for things automotive.
Those who are new to the automotive scene may think the cleanest of cars are created only by master builders and enthusiasts working in the automotive field. If you’re one of those people, then our good friend and San Francisco native, John Delaughter, will prove you wrong with his backyard-built, daily-driven 1973 Toyota Celica. John’s heart for classic Japanese domestic market (JDM) automobiles has led him to visit Japan four times, learn Japanese, and create one of the most legitimate of builds. It’s a build that doesn’t just show-off an affinity for style and speed, but a true love of the Modified Lifestyle.
The import versus domestic car argument can get quite heated. The domestic guys tend to boast about their power and quarter-mile times, while the import crowd brings up turning left—and right—and things go downhill from there, but what about a compromise? Why not combine the best of both worlds—agility from the import side with brute force from the domestic camp? That was the question Alexander Gallardo had to ask himself when he came to a crossroads with the evolution of his 2003 350Z a few years ago.
When we received an invitation to attend a private Old School meet, sponsored by SNTRL and Nostalgia Imports in Edgewater, New Jersey, we jumped at the chance. Many heavily modified imports competed for our attention, but we managed to focus on a vehicle that represents one of our future series highlighting the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) scene in America. While there was no shortage of premium imports, one classy 1983 KE70 Toyota Corolla seemed the perfect specimen.