The modernist style building you see above started life in 1934, as Nissan’s first head office, in front of its original factory, in Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama. Remarkably, given the huge post war expansion of the company, it continued to serve this function until 1968, when the head office was re-located to a new, larger office block in Ginza, Tokyo. The old building remained in use as a guest hall for the Yokohama plant, which sits behind it, until 2003 when it started a new life. Having been designated as a heritage building by Yokohama city and also by the Japanese Government as an important heritage industrial site, the building has remained well preserved, complete with most of its original 1930s features, both inside and out. Perfect then, for the location of Nissan’s ode to eighty five years of first class engine design…Continue reading Engine Museum
Most Nissan and Datsun fans will be familiar with the existence of Nissans own heritage collection, housed in the old Zama factory in Kanagawa, Japan. Many of the galleries of images to be found on the Internet tend to focus a little more on classic Skyline GTRs, Fairladys and race cars, with few making note of any of the less significant models, particularly those from the 80’s and 90’s. The clips here courtesy of highmileage.org take a look at some of the design aspects of cars from that era.
I’ll admit, this is not the sort of event I usually attend, but as I was heading to Lincoln anyway I thought I’d take a look. LVVS stands for Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society, a group dedicated to the preservation of vintage vehicles, particularly old buses. Despite the weather being pretty foul, I was astounded to find the place absolutely packed with people, with hundreds more milling about outside! The LVVS museum itself was mostly full of trade stalls, with most of the exhibits outside or in use ferrying passengers around the local area. The beauty of this open day is that once you have paid you entrance fee, you can ride on any of the old buses, all day long. While this might not sound that exiting, it’s a real experience riding on some of the old buses. I only took a couple of rides, one on a Plaxton bodied, 1930 Leyland Badger and again on a 1945 Leyland Tiger. If public transport consisted of buses like this I’d be more inclined to use it! There was a decent display of old cars there too, with a few pretty unusual ones in the mix. Full photo gallery below…Continue reading LVVS Open Day