Here is some great coverage of the Bauhaus Brew Labs + Japanese Nostalgic Car Classic Import Car Night back in October from Flecs. Bauhaus let the local Japanese Nostalgic Car Community club host an event for all classic import cars in the Twin Cities for the first time in 2017, looking at the turn out you wouldn't believe that this was hosted on a Thursday Night.
2017 was an amazing year for the Minnesota car community. MNCEC grew a ton but, more importantly, our community as a whole grew even more. If you want evidence look no further than the record attendance that Ka Teng was able to drum up for Sport Compact Day at Rockfalls, it's in Wisconsin but it's also the closest 1/4 mile strip to the Twin Cities. Anyway, I wanted to take the time to sit back and look at some of the highlights of the year with everyone.
This name at first glance probably means nothing to you, and that is okay, most people aren't well versed in the names and titles of executives in the automotive world. If you have ever liked any Mazda product made in the 20th century, this man was likely responsible in some way for it's development. Kenichi Yamamoto would go down in the annuals of Japanese car culture with Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda, and Yuiichi Katayama, the father of the Z-car and American Nissan. Kenichi Yamamoto was the man behind the Mazda rotary engine.
So I have heard grumblings that people want more American cars and have also heard that people want more imports that aren't Japanese talked about here on The Blog. So I have done both and in doing so I have also found the most obscure car in Minnesota to write about. If you've ever wondered if there was ever a Canadian sports car, the answer is yes and this is it. The oh-so-canadian named SV-1 or Safety Vehicle One, famous for being the safest sports car of the 1970s. So what the hell is the Bricklin SV-1 and why should you care? What's the deal with the Bricklin SV-1, eh?
The midship rear wheel drive (MR) layout consistently produces some of the best cars ever produced. With few exceptions these cars concentrate on a single characteristic and manufacturers pour their collective engineering talents into these cars. These cars are the result of the proverb "don't half ass two things, whole ass one thing." It's neigh impossible to make an mid-engine car not cool. Here is a list of the Top 5 MR cars ever.
What was your dream car when you were a teenager? What did you aspire to own? For a lot of us from America, we think of the golden age of gearheads in America and the muscle cars, but that phenomena is very much so a product of the American car market. Now lets toss a wrench into this equation, what if you grew up behind the iron curtain? In the Soviet Union there was a completely different crop of cars, it was literally a different world and that legacy stands in Eastern Europe today.