EVENT: All Japan Day Sydney 2011

After much discussion and deliberation following the first All Japan Day which was postponed due to inclement weather conditions, the inaugural All Japan Day Sydney was held on November 13 at Silverwater Park in Silverwater. Long after Adelaide held their first All Japan Day in 2008, it was Sydney’s turn to have a laid back car meet dedicated to unique and classic Japanese cars that didn’t involve the superficiality of other, more mainstream car shows. There were no bikini contests, no loud music, no trophies and no advertising – only the cars and their owners. The idea was to create an atmosphere where owners and enthusiasts could freely talk about their cars or their involvement in the automotive industry and there was a wide variety of show-goers ranging from the younger enthusiasts to the older, wiser folk who still own their first car from 30 or 40 years ago.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
The cars in attendance ranged from mild street and daily drivers…

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
…to fully kitted Bosozoku style show-stoppers including Fonzy’s TA22 Celica complete with 6-foot Boso pipes!

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
More Bosozoku love with this Toyota Corona Mk2.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
An immaculate Datsun 120Y fitted fresh with SSR Mk3’s.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
Joe, who competed down at Honda Nationals at Wakefield Park earlier in the year arrived at All Japan Day with his track-prepared DC2 as well as showing his support for Cars For Hope with a nice sticker on the rear quarter window.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
This clean-looking 180SX looked like it had come straight from a street drift meet.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
Skylines were also very well represented at the show. Hmmm a stock R32 GT-R that appears to have rolled right out of the factory floor, or a moderately modified R34 GT-R V-Spec 2 Nür (1 of only 750 in the world!)?

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
But arguably the car of the show was Babaloiuie’s true JDM KPGC10 Hakosuka Skyline. There are apparently only 8 of these in Australia!

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
The sound of the triple-carbs as it left the show cannot be explained in words. And he wasn’t even pushing it. Defintely classic Japanese beauty at it’s best.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
A nicely kitted and dropped Corolla – clearly showing that simplicity is often a recipe for success.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
From classic Nissans to classic Toyotas, here’s a mint condition S800, one car that I thought I would only see in Gran Turismo let alone in Sydney!

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
Kei cars came in form from across Sydney, including this Suzuki Cappuccino that represented the more diminutively-sized cars. LOL is definitely one way to put it, but what these cars lack in size they definitely make up in character and fun-factor!

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
There were also many rotaries at the show such as this bone-stock Mazda RX-3 that are often found hammering down the drag strip.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
There was a whole row of them!

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
It’s so great to see and meet people who are so involved in the scene and enjoying their cars.

All Japan Day Sydney 2011
Hopefully next year will see an even greater number of entrants and more spectacular Japanese cars!

Author: Matthew Pham

Matthew is the Company Secretary at Cars For Hope, taking care of things behind the scenes as well as writing, editing or photographing much of what appears on the website. He's an aspiring Mechanical Engineer, and is an avid photographer, cyclist and motorsports-watcher in his spare time. Check out Matthew's thoughts and adventures on his website.

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