JDM. A very evocative sounding thing, meaningless to some. I don’t want to bore you with the history of The Japanese Domestic Market. But, What is it?
It is this brotherhood. A community where people with Japanese cars mostly from the 90s and early 2000s come together and have fun. Why Japanese cars? Well, bang for your buck is what the term is. The JDM culture is so easy to get into, and all you need is a cool Japanese car, your sheer passion for cars, and respect for one another. Don’t ever pretend like you have the best wheels in town. That is not what it’s about. It’s about sharing your deep love for the cars.
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The Cars that come to these meets are usually from Nissan, Toyota, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Lexus, and Honda.
The JDM club is packed full of enthusiastic petrolheads, who love their cars way too much. The Car culture has never united and obsessed over anything this much. The JDM club is a very welcoming one in various parts of the world. I know a few people, who just take their Nissan GTRs, Lexus or a Toyota 86 and have a wonderful time every now and then.
This is so damn cool, isn’t it? That is what the car culture is all about,. Sharing. Drooling after one another’s beautiful, flawless machines. It is not about top speed or the million dollar Ferraris. No! It is about getting that modest car and doing your thing on it. Your own bespoke, personal touch.
Lots of JDM cars are self-modded. The owners are huge fanboys of getting their own custom touches to what they do. I quite like that. It may as well be the least snobbish club of them all. Look and Learn Ferrari!
I would also say that the Fast and Furious franchise did its part to celebrate this amazing car culture we have. They did manage to bring a wider and more exciting audience into this wonderful society reeking of passion and madness.