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JDM Legends Gathering

Celebrating the diminishing breed of automotives in Singapore.

Date Published: 09 Jan 2014
JDM Legends Gathering

To clarify, some might retort that the word legend has been overused and may not be applicable. The word may be reserved for the top crop of JDMs such as the Honda NSX, Toyota Supra or the Nissan Skyline GT-Rs.

JDM Legends Gathering

I beg to differ

You are looking at some of the last few models that roam the streets of the Sunny Island (Singapore), the murderous island with its laws that are unfavourable to car enthusiasts and nostalgic seekers alike (a pity due to the truly small land mass we have). I have repeated myself before and I shall not elaborate further. The culprit – the Certificate of Entitlement (COE).

With the last premium being $74,000 and $75,700 for Cat A and Cat B respectively during the last quota bidding, it takes little to realize that it just does not make any financial sense. In fact, it does not make any financial sense to purchase a car in Singapore. With a 10 year life span at any one point of time, many are left with no choice but to export or scrap their beloved at the end of the cycle.

Having studied abroad, I am more inclined to believe that there is a limit to how much I would pay for an old car, as much as I love it. My first 1996 Ford Falcon was all but A$2,000 and I sold it six months later at a loss of A$1,200 after abusing its rear wheel drive capabilities, while my Honda Integra DC2 VTi-R was pricier at an ‘astonishing’ A$5,000 and I made a profit of A$100 when I sold it off. To own one of these in Singapore now would come at a high premium (read: profits to the current owner).

Alvin and Aaron who were the organizers of this meet, are old JDM car owners themselves. Alvin is the proud owner of a Honda CRX, while Aaron is the proud owner a Toyota Altezza RS200 with both having over five years left for their COEs.

JDM Legends Gathering

JDM Legends Gathering

Despite mother nature threatening to unleash a rain cloud over the venue, cars steadily drove into the meet

JDM Legends Gathering

Perhaps as the last act of defiance, the Honda Civic EKs and EGs have shown up with a presence. While not as plentiful as a couple years ago, there are still a bunch of old Civics running the ground

JDM Legends Gathering

While it might need some TLC, this second generation Lancer EX is definitely the oldest car at the meet

JDM Legends Gathering

A pair of kouki and zenki Nissan S14 Silvias.

JDM Legends Gathering

A near stock Nissan S15 Silvia. Can you believe that it has been owned by only one person since registration? Talk about dedication!

JDM Legends Gathering

One of the last few Mazda RX-7 FC3S on our roads, also one of the cleanest

JDM Legends Gathering

This EF Civic is… yes… one of the last on our roads as well

JDM Legends Gathering

KDM (Korean Domestic Market) steals a lot with this very nicely offsetted Hyundai Getz! Choosing between the DB8 and the Getz, I would go for the Getz because it has a manual transmission!

JDM Legends GatheringWe are definitely looking forward to another JDM Legends Meet soon, and hopefully… the ever elusive Godzillas will hear about it.

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