The popularity of South Australia’s annual All Japan Day (AJD) has led to a new event structure for 2019 and beyond.
Since its foundation in 2008, the AJD has been held at Wigley Reserve in Glenelg, attracting Japanese cars - of all eras - from throughout South Australia and even interstate.
In recent years, the growth of the AJD has seen the Wigley Reserve venue filled to capacity – more than 500 cars – so event organisers have trialled new initiatives to preserve the purity of the original show and ensure Japanese car owners have somewhere to display their vehicles and enthusiasts somewhere to view them.
Earlier this year, organisers announced that the AJD will be split into two separate events. The ‘traditional’ AJD will remain at Glenelg and hold its February timeslot, but is now open to later-model Japanese vehicles only – 1990 and newer.
To cater to classic Japanese car and motorcycle owners, a new event will make its debut this year – All Japan Day Classic – at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood.
Scheduled for 24 November, 2019, the All Japan Day Classic welcomes classic (1989 and OLDER) Japanese-made cars, motorcycles, 4x4s and light commercials, with the expansive grounds of the National Motor Museum ensuring abundant room for entries.
So, whether your tastes swing towards classic Toyotas, Datsun/Nissan Z cars and Bluebirds, pre-89 Mazda rotaries, early Subarus or rare Daihatsus and Isuzus, you’re sure to find something interesting on show. In past years, the AJD has turned up some true rarities and Japanese exotica, as well as classic Jap bikes (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, etc.), so expect these at the All Japan Day Classic, too.
Trade stalls, food and drinks and kids’ activities will be on site, with competitions and giveaways planned, too.
Entries for the 24 November All Japan Day Classic were due to open in early October, so check the event website or facebook page for display car entry fees and all Ts & Cs, as well as the latest event updates. Public entry will be free, but entry to the National Motor Museum will attract the usual charges.