Rocky Auto: A visit to the new olskool Nissan’s hub.

Published on October 28th, 2014


It is without doubt that these days, a more technologically-driven machines have surpassed the older ones in terms of practicality, performance and most important to most of us better fuel consumption.


However, the love and passion for older machines have never been stronger and it has become a movement in its own when it comes to evergreen classics.

Whilst continental classics’ following comprised of old moneys, the kyusha have a younger following hence the growth of its movement¬†is greater to say the least.


Tuners of these kyushas pioneered for the land of the rising sun itself have their own following and one of those renowned names is Rocky Auto, headed by the one and only Yoshiya Watanabe.


For those who are into kyusha/classic Japanese, Watanabe-san is worshipped as god of Kyusha.


His preferences towards the old Nissan has deemed him legendary as well as an eccentric when it comes to restoring and modification.


It was a blessing for the three of us when Miyamoto-san told us that Kobe-san had already planned to get us to Okazaki, which is about 40km from Nagoya proper to meet with Watanabe-san at his new warehouse of Rocky Auto.


Okazaki is a quiet town of which there is a lot of farming and out of the blue a big black warehouse with a number of Nissan of various makes outside its compound.


We were greeted by Watanabe-san himself who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit, one of his favourite uniform when he goes to work.


Entering the warehouse, there are hundreds of kyushas mainly the Hakosuka and the Z parked extremely close to one another due to lack of space.


Apart from this new warehouse, there are hundreds more lying around at the old warehouse and the huge grassland which stored hundreds of donor cars for his creations.


Watanabe-san is hugely known for his out-of-ordinary restoration process of which he mix and match modern touches to his creations. This time around, he tinkered with Toyota 2000GT of which one of it features a hybrid engine.


Purists might deemed Watanabe-san’s creations as an abomination but then his fresh idea kept his creations to be the talk of the restoration world to say the least.


He also have a KenMarie for rent for those who’d love to reminisce the olden days driving around Nagoya in style.


Going up to the second floor, there are quite a number of parts especially those that involves carburettors.


It was a heaven on earth for those carbie-head like me but then the lack of ka-ching kept me at bay instead of asking Watanabe-san for parts that I could use for my beloved car.


Maybe I can put aside enough cash for another trip to Rocky Auto and spend like there’s no tomorrow, fingers crossed.


If only I can get enough cash to get me one of those Hakosuka or the 690hp S30, my life would be complete. Dang!

Words: Hage’¬†
Photos: Haznajims


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