The Mahoney-Tong Car Blog

Shokuji J-Tin Presented by Historic J-  4/20/13 Pt. 6

I’m telling you I’ve been behind on the photo uploads. This JDM show put on by Historic J was the first car event that really made me appreciate the Japanese Nostalgic Car scene of NorCal. I’m glad to have been there, and thanks also to the San Leandro Marina.

(This last part is more about my personal experience at Shokuji J-Tin like having met Mary, checking out some old favorites, and also having my own 240z in the show.)

- Jon Tong

Shokuji J-Tin Presented by Historic J-  4/20/13 Pt. 5

I’m telling you I’ve been behind on the photo uploads. This JDM show put on by Historic J was the first car event that really made me appreciate the Japanese Nostalgic Car scene of NorCal. I’m glad to have been there, and thanks also to the San Leandro Marina.

- Jon Tong

Home-Built Corolla Monster

Some tend to believe that weekend mechanics can’t do as good of a job as a professional shop. First of all, that’s a misconception and often times wrong. Second, sometimes we just plainly don’t want to. This video isn’t too diss any shops. It’s just to respect a home-built, “no style”, Corolla.

- Jon Tong

BlueStar from Rat Bugz

Some people love to talk about the “value” that their cars are worth. Me, not so much. I daily drive a series one 240z and have modified a lot including cutting the fenders, so it’s definitely not stock and definitely not a garage queen.

The VWs are a curious case of “classic car” yet not as collectible. You really need something old like a split or oval window to grant your Beetle that rarity of ancientness. Then there are people who say 67 is the last “classic” Beetle because of its excessive chrome and non-IRS. So what?

Does a 67 really beat a 68 in terms of driving excellence? What If I prefer more rear visibility and a more responsive rear end? What if I like a rock solid 1600cc dual port engine over a 1300cc single port? Does it really make that much of a difference?

I don’t have the answers, and I’m not trying to say I do. I think all Beetles are cool in their own way or can at least be made cool. Here’s a quaint 65 that’s a little roughed up but with a massaged flat four. A little lowering front and back, and that’s all you really need to cruise the rat cooled way.

- Jon Tong

Shokuji J-Tin Presented by Historic J-  4/20/13 Pt. 4

I’m telling you I’ve been behind on the photo uploads. This JDM show put on by Historic J was the first car event that really made me appreciate the Japanese Nostalgic Car scene of NorCal. I’m glad to have been there, and thanks also to the San Leandro Marina.

- Jon Tong

EV Supercar… and Retro?

I like how American designers always go back to their old designs. Do you hear that, Japan? Sometimes it’s nice to do retro styling. Sometimes it’s just what hits the heart and can introduce new technology at the same time.

The Shelby Daytona was always a rare beast, and even its replicas don’t sum up to too many. This company wasn’t afraid to take a beloved design and introduce it as a rethought EV supercar. Say What?

Yeah, it looks bitchin’, and is electric! A 100 mile range ain’t too shabby either. Let’s talk about thought provoking.

- Jon Tong

Shokuji J-Tin Presented by Historic J-  4/20/13 Pt. 3

I’m telling you I’ve been behind on the photo uploads. This JDM show put on by Historic J was the first car event that really made me appreciate the Japanese Nostalgic Car scene of NorCal. I’m glad to have been there, and thanks also to the San Leandro Marina.

- Jon Tong

Caterham’s Big Brother

This is basically a modern reinterpretation of the Lotus 7 which English auto enthusiasts might be pretty sick of. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it… er… actually modify the hell outta that platform. This is the Donkervoort D8 GTO.

- Jon Tong

Shokuji J-Tin Presented by Historic J-  4/20/13 Pt. 2

I’m telling you I’ve been behind on the photo uploads. This JDM show put on by Historic J was the first car event that really made me appreciate the Japanese Nostalgic Car scene of NorCal. I’m glad to have been there, and thanks also to the San Leandro Marina.

- Jon Tong

Mini of the People?

Top Gear U.K. had a special recently with James May choosing the People’s Cars of the automotive industry and chose a Rolls Royce for Britain instead of the Mini. To be fair, he did briefly allude to the Mini, but I think he’s right. It was iconic, but it wasn’t the car of the people.

I love these little cars, but you have to laugh when the owner says it’s reliable and only left him stranded a couple times a year. Oh British engineering, love it or hate it!

- Jon Tong