Tag: Nissan

Honda Collection Hall

 

I’ve been wanting to go to the Honda Collection Hall for years, ever since seeing photos of the Motul Civic there I knew I had to visit.

Getting to the Hall was definitely the hardest place to reach during my time in Japan, getting the Shinkansen, a 1hr 30minute bus and 25 minute taxi really wasn’t ideal (especially when the return bus stops at 3!). I would definitely recommend taking a car!

The hall is split into two sides, with one being focused on bikes and the other with road cars and race cars on the upper floors.

It’s crazy to think that all these cars had only delivery miles on them, such an incredible time capsule showcasing how Honda’s have developed and changed over the years. It’s really cool to see how styling progressed through each era, comparing a new Civic to a 3G is like night and day.

On the top floors the usual race cars had been replaced with a showcase on JTCC, showcasing not just the Honda’s but also Toyota’s and a pair of Nissan’s. Being able to study these and notice the small difference’s between each car was really cool.

All the differences in grilles/garnishes and bumper styling made the US spec Primera really different from the JDM/Uk spec one behind.

After checking through all of the race cars I visited the library on the ground floor and went through tonnes of old race photos and car brochures, I love that all this information is here for the public to explore as they choose, wish I could of taken some of the books home.

I will definitely visit the Hall again when the Motul Civic returns here, I would definitely recommend visiting (As long as you drive).

Tag: Nissan

Biko Works

 

During our day visiting a load of shops with Park, we stopped off at Biko Works. Biko Works are a dealership/garage that specialise in older Japanese cars like the Hakosuka Skyline’s and old Nissan Sunny’s.

Situated in a rural part of Chiba, the Biko garages are just tucked off of the main road, looking ever so unassuming. You would have no idea of the classic Japanese car’s these units contain.

Surprisingly the first garage contained this rather interesting Suzuki Mighty Boy, fitted with a Hakosuka style front end. The racking and the walls were also covered in remote control planes, another passion of the owner of Biko Works.

In the next two garages were a pair of mean looking Hakosuka’s. Both of these are track prepped cars that Biko Works maintains for his clients. The pair were getting ready to attend a classic racing event at Fuji the following weekend.

Tucked away in the final garage was this Mitsubishi Galant GTO, these are ludicrously rare in any country so it was amazing to see one in person.

Parked up in front of the Galant was this awesome Sunny truck sporting a classic National Audio delivery truck livery. I assume that this maybe the work truck for the shop. After having a quick peek at the garage’s we said thanks and rushed off to the next shop, fitting in everything we had planned for the day was going to be tight!