The first ever Finnish Japanese Auto Extravaganza was held in August and we were lucky enough to be there with our Norwegian friends, in my C130 Laurel and newly acquired ’67 Bluebird 411. We got check out some of the most unusual old Japanese cars we had ever seen. The event was held on a campsite at Riihimaki, a little north of Helsinki and was a weekend long event. The setting was beautiful (as is usually the case in Finland!) and the camp site very modern and well equipped. This being the first event of its kind here, the turnout was fairly small, but the quality on show was high and the people very friendly. There were some vehicles in attendance which, unfortunately we never got the chance to photograph including a factory built 50 series Toyota Crown pickup, but those that we did capture are in the gallery below, and serve to show what an extraordinary variety of old Japanese machinery exists in Finland. Pick of the event for me had to be the Isuzu Bellett 1600GT coupe… what a car!..

This event is to be an annual one from now on and we expect it to go from strength to strength. Hopefully we will be able to bring you further coverage of the Finn JAE in the future!

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