Welcome to JCM-Jap cars Manchester
A fantastic car group on facebook dedicated to jap cars, full of great cars and people
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Well, it all started in September 2019. I have had a fascination with Japanese cars since forever, since the times of NFS Underground if not even longer. And in July 2019 I bought my Gen7 Celica a.k.a. Ghost (partially influenced by NFS Underground 2 and partially because I’m not very rich so can’t afford me an R34) and started looking at some car groups/clubs/meets.
Quite soon I realised that there are plenty of clubs and groups but they all do the same thing – they turn up to meets and show off the cars. Now, I love car meets as much as the next guy but I also love going for long drives. I really enjoy the road. In Latvia (which is where I am from) we do road quests and treasure hunts where we meet up, get given a map and a list of tasks and then whoever gets to the finish line first basically wins.
I had been searching for a group that would do quests here in the UK and in Manchester in particular but had no luck so I decided to make my own and that is how JCM – JapCars Manchester was born!
The first mini-meet was held in October 2019 and had a turnout of 6 people and 5 cars hahaha, however, it was quite fruitful as I met Andy Neal, founder of Rogue Static, Brian Hodson-Walker, the founder of Celica Club (the international one) and Wayne Howarth who I consider a co-founder of JapCars Manchester and any decisions in regards to what happens with JCM are done together with him. Andy and Brian were great when it came to advice on how to make sure the group goes in the direction that we want and have helped out with the beginnings of the group.
The group itself is based around both going to meets together, sorting our own meets when we gather enough interest and going on quests/treasure hunts when the weather allows it. The first big one was supposed to be on 23rd of May and go from Manchester to Whitby and back, however, that will probably need to be postponed due to Covid-19 situation.
We are at the moment about 120 strong and growing slowly but surely. We’ve decided not to spam other groups with advertising our group but rather approach people at car meets that we think would have fun with us and invite them personally. It gives that personal touch to it and the result of it is that the group is very reactive! If something is asked or posted then people actually respond and talk and have a laugh and that is what matters to us. We’re trying to build a Japanese car enthusiast group that is actually active. Of course, there are some people that just find us by doing a search on Facebook and that's great too as we normally end up pulling people into our banter and they soon feel at home in our group.
In the end I would like to say that you don’t have to OWN a Japanese car to be in our group. You just have to have the love and the passion for them. We’re a nice bunch, come and say hi!
We are now part of the United Car Groups a community of car groups who have come together through Stance Auto Magazine to help make the car community a better place for the whole community, Organising more Events, Shows, and Competitions, across the whole community.
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