It is special to have organizations such as Prime and Tough Club represent our tuning styles and philosophies in the East Coast. When we speak about Japanese car culture and paying homage to roots, you can’t have a conversation without these two organizations in New York City. The level of attention to detail on street cars is something I haven’t personally experienced in a meet here in New York City. I have only read and seen this level of caliber builds of cars in shows or in race events through print or film.
What first started last year, the event according to Tough Club is “a nod to Nissan’s Racing heritage and also a wordplay of the make itself as the number “2” in Japanese is pronounced “ni” and the number 3 is pronounced “san” “, hence the celebration taking place on August 23rd. Fans all showed up to celebrate the perfect balance of function and form coming cohesively together. I do not think this is something that is easy to achieve. It takes a lot of time, patience and research to execute this balance of race and street.
Throughout the event, I could not believe what I was witnessing and experiencing in our city with fellow New Yorkers. It was surreal. That afternoon in a disclosed location, all you can hear and see is rumbling right hand drive imported Japanese cars pull up with coveted rare parts. JDM aficionados will be able to identify seeing them in the pages of Japanese car magazines such as Hyper Rev, Option 2, Drift Tengoku or in Best Motoring or Hot Version videos.
I want to give a special thanks to Prime and Tough Club for the invite and hosting this event. Tough Club’s 180sx had a vinyl sticker in the driver side rear taillight that I believe is the mantra of all the enthusiast that attended, which is “style is forever.” As New Yorker and automotive enthusiast, it gives me great satisfaction to see that you don’t need to travel to Tokyo or California to get a glimpse of proper Japanese builds when it’s in our own backyard with our flavor and interpretation.