Japanese Auto Extravaganza 1997

With the cancellation of pretty much all car shows this year thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic , I figured a good substitute would be some show photos galleries from the archives. I’ll be posting a few throughout the year, all of which are from shows I attended before Ratdat.com existed. In fact, before I was even online or had a computer!
This selection of rather small pics are from the very first Japanese Auto Extravaganza (JAE) I attended at Billing Aquadrome in Northampton in 1997. This event was to become an annual pilgrimage until it simply became too large, with floods of modern performance cars turning up each year. My rides at the time were the two shown above. My Datsun 1000 wagon and my Cedric lowrider, complete with frshly installed hydraulics. It rained almost consistently all weekend long, but it was still fun enough for us to return the following summer. I wonder how many of these cars still exist 23 years on. Amazingly, both of mine do…

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Finnish Japanese Auto Extravaganza

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!..

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Japanese Auto Extravaganza

This is our fourth trip to JAE at Billing Aquadrome. This time we made the trip our Datsun 1200 Coupe (KB110) and 160J SSS (KP710) to enjoy a fun weekend of camping with friends. As always, the show provided plenty of fine Japanese machinery and there was a really strong turn out of  Datsuns of all types… in fact the variety on the Datsun pitch really makes it stand out from the other club stands. Show highlights included the gorgeous G-nosed, flared Datsun 240Z and rare imported 130 Cedric Custom Six, complete with air conditioning!…

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