Classic Japan 2018 takes over Melbourne

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Chrome-bumper classics, 80s icons and 90s heroes from the east invade Melbourne

A highlight of the annual calendar is Classic Japan in Melbourne, organised by the Toyota Car Club of Australia.

Taking place each year around mid-December, it brings an eclectic mix of cars that fall under the expansive spectrum of Japanese motoring.

A rolling 25-year rule of entry means that each year, a new flock of cars are eligible to be displayed, ensuring an incredibly diverse mix of vehicles every time.

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Held since 2011, until this year at Como Park in South Yarra; 2018 saw the annual event move to Birrarung Marr just outside the Melbourne CBD. The new location launched the already-outstanding event into whole new dimension.

Over 500 cars lined the inner-city banks of the Yarra River; from the earliest chrome-bumpers to 90s modern classics, both big and small, if it was Japanese and had four-wheels – it was probably there!

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The event has turned into "one of the largest gatherings of nostalgic j-tin in the southern hemisphere", putting Japanese design and innovation on display.

Entry is free to spectators and open to the public, entrants paid a nominal fee of $15 – to cover the costs of running with all profits going towards the Lost Dogs Home. There were a bevy of food trucks to keep you fed, as well as various trade stands and vendors.

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If you missed out this year, check out the extensive gallery above!

We can't wait for the next one, hopefully we see you there!

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