Yeah, it just seems to make sense from both a forum and community point of view. To elaborate on what SL said above, when a forum is small it doesn't make sense to split up the conversations as you end up with all these little topics with about three posts in as only determined members get to see them all.
But one thing with the Japanese scene is that most people have found their own little corner (probably not intentionally, just due to the split up nature of the scene as it is). But now we've got together on a forum of our own and we can see that we're all doing roughly the same thing, so it's an attempt to get people talking.
Interesting one - this was deliberately avoided! Unlike most "old car" places, we don't have an official age cut-off.
The reason for this is that it excludes cars which otherwise very valid, cars which are in production for many years, cars which are versions of an older car, interesting obscurities, etc. So "old" is used instead, leaving it open to interpretation.
I'd count any car that makes me stop and look twice in the street, to be honest. Like yesterday when I noticed an D-reg Civic, and it suddenly occurred to me that I hadn't sen one on the road for literally years. 10 years or so ago, I'd have laughed hysterically at the thought of someone posting pics of one on a website for appreciation, but they've nearly all gone now. K10 Micras are well on their way to similar status, just as an example.
But then I'd also want to see really unusual or rare stuff that isn't so old, like the 10-year old Soarer coupe that I saw at work a couple of months back (it had gone by the time I rushed back outside with my phone!!) True, you don't see bad-ass Supras with flip paint jobs and carbon bonnets on the road very often, but then that stuff's always plastered over mags & TV etc. and that's the difference.
I think the majority of people with any kind of passion for J-tin will "get" the limits easily enough!
I reckon we'll be OK, but you're right to comment on it - it's something that has been discussed well before we even set up the website. Whilst I don't have anything against moderns (my fleet includes two late '90s turbocharged Daihatsus), there are places out there to cater for them already. We have our little niche here!
Our rough conclusion was that we don't expect to attract people who are only interested in modern cars. If the name didn't put them off, a load of topics about Nissan Prairies and Datsun Stanzas probably would.
Like I say though, we'll keep an eye on the situation and see how it goes.
We wanted to strike a balance between new people coming into the scene and people who've had cars like this for years, maybe even when new. We don't want to put anyone off who's got Grandad's old 626 for sale, for example, and we always want to be sure we're looking at the non-sporting variants as well as the Celicas, RX's etc whereas most clubs/forums end up solely dealing with those.
Edit: Case in point will be that I'm just about to start a thread about my Camry estate
i also really like the setup of this forum, and am glad you don't disclude us septic tanks i too agree that splitting up the marques does more harm than good that's how things have been for decades now, and although it's an outmoded practice, it remains the status quo japanesenostalgiccar forum has split up the marques at the request of its users in fact, some users are already complaining, after receiving their first issue of the jnc magazine, that not enough text/pictures/attention was given to their particular make/model jnc now wants to reach a larger audience, and i think they have quite a task, as many enthusiasts have tunnel vision when it comes to appreciating other marques/models i have many friends/acquaintances who are old japanese car enthusiasts, but i can count on one hand the guys who are interested in cars outside their particular make/model however, one thing jnc has apparently succeeded in (besides proffering an incredible magazine) is reaching an international audience which is quite a feat, considering how suspicious and mistrustful people seem to be, despite the global economy, internet, etc.
Cheers! I have a real thing against the tunnel vision you describe, as it seems to be a big part of the car scene as a whole and it just leads to a load of needless rivalry. Most car forums will be packed full of threads about how some rival car-maker/model/scene is rubbish, glad we don't get that over here. Considering how open everything is, it's impressively self-policed too, a credit to the forum members.
Seems like our one main board is doing us well, I don't think splitting into marques will ever be the way for us as you'd never get that interesting variety. At the time of typing, the variety is astounding - Subaru Leone nestled next to Mitsubishi Galant GTO, a thread all about South Korean cars, diecast cars, photos of real cars (spotted) and the obligatory eBay watch! Nice.
I think this can´t be prevented, because after some time, a lot of members of one forum know each other from meets, so they have their own chokes and so on. I am a member of an austrian subaru club, there are only 30 people allowed and I am one of them. After I met the other 29, the forum got funnier, the feeling just changes when you know the other members in personal. I made a few friends too, so this isn´t only a bad thing.
But as I am from Austria, I share the same hopes with Burabuda, because it´s quite difficult to get to know all of you... ;D ;D ;D
I'm sure we'll be fine! A lot of us already know each other from meets (or other forums) and we don't seem to have any problems. The OJC scene seems a lot more friendly than some others, which is nice.
The OJC forum will always welcome new members, both UK and international. There's no advantage in us shutting ourselves out from new members as there's so much stuff out there we just don't know about. I find the international scenes very interesting myself, nice to see what is going on elsewhere. I didn't know until recently that there was such a big scene in the Philippines or that so much old Japanese stuff was still in daily use over in Pakistan.
The way I see it, there's so much stuff out there that there'll always be something interesting to share. Whether it's a new project, some photos from a meet or research about a car we all don't know much about, we should have enough stuff to discuss for a long time yet.
As long as we all get along and keep sharing interesting things, we should be alright!