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Five things I learned at the Japanese Classic Car Show


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Classic car at 11th annual JCCS | Nicole James Photos

This was my first time among those attending the Japanese Classic Car Show that takes place each year in Long Beach, California. Like all first things, no matter how many people you ask or how much research you do, you are never quite prepared or know what to expect for your first time at a show. Here are five things I learned:

Bring Sunscreen

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Spectators hiding from the sun

Being born and raised in Arizona, I feel like it’s a no brainer to put on sun screen every time you walk outside, and yet I thought being in California I would be immune to the UV rays. I was wrong. And so where a lot of others who also looked like lobsters by the time the show came to a close.




Comfortable clothes are a necessity

Dark colors and a fish hat

I definitely agree that the idea of a Japanese classic car show set next to the water and by the Queen Mary is bad ass, but let’s keep a few things in mind:

It takes place in September, but it’s still warm outside. Maybe walking around in all black isn’t the best option.

Your Panda costume is really cool, but you look a little warm in it.

I get it, the Japanese are trendy, and stylish, but I can assure you, the high heels can stay at home while you navigate over sunburnt grass and uneven surfaces.

Bring water or snacks

The show had only one food vendor. It was barbeque, the prices were kind of high, and that 16 ounces of water goes down quickly.

The Queen Mary has a functioning horn

And here I thought the Queen Mary was for decoration. I can’t tell you how many times I nearly hit the deck when the horn sounded. Be prepared.

Brush up on Japanese cars and culture

This is definitely something I wish I would have done more of and here is why: I think when you know the significance of something you appreciate it more.

No matter how knowledgeable you think you are, you still have room to learn more.

I found myself appreciating a vehicle, not knowing exactly what it was or the significance behind it, only to post a photo of it on Instagram and have dozens of people freak out about it. It was then, after people expressed why it was significant, that I understand how fortunate I was to be around the vehicle.



Nicole James
Nicole Jameshttp://nicoleellanjames.com/
Nicole James has been involved in the automotive world her entire life. Her dream car is a 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe. She currently drives a 2005 Mustang affectionately known as Marilyn and uses the car to participate in track events, car shows, and explore the world around her. Nicole joined the ClassicCars.com Content and Marketing team in 2014. Nicole is an automotive journalist and the creator of Pretty Driven - an online source for car culture and news for millennials, as well as a contributor for ClassicCars.com. Follow Nicole on Instagram and Facebook - @Nicoleeellan

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