Turning Japanese

50 Years of Japanese Motoring in Oz

By: James Cockington


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Turning Japanese: 50 Years of Japanese Motoring in OZ is a snapshot of the rich history of Japanese cars in Australia on the road as well as on the racetrack. The first Japanese cars to reach our shores in the late 1950s and early 1960s were mostly small, crude and often the object of laughter and sometimes even hostility but as the designs and reliability rapidly improved, it wasn t long before Australia was won over.

The new Japanese brands just had too much style, were too well-appointed and offered irresistible value for money and, in some cases, were just too plain cheeky to ignore. From the quaintly named Nissan Cedric of the early 1960s to todays Nissan GT-R Godzilla sportscar this is a quirky look back at our four-wheeled love affair with the Land of the Rising Sun


Explores Australias four-wheeled love affair with the Land of the Rising Sun. A quirky survey, from the early Toyopet Toyotas and the Nissan Cedric to todays Nissan GT-R Godzilla sportscar, which includes the original two-cylinder Subaru microcars, the turbo WRX performance legend to todays market-leading models. Over 300 photographs and great full colour design. Covers the first enthusiastic failed assaults on the Bathurst car race in the 1960s and Nissans total dominance of the Mountain in the early 1990s The perfect Christmas gift for the Aussie male!

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ISBN: 9781925017755

Published: Nov/15 (AU/NZ)

Format: Non Standard Paperback

Dimensions: 230 mm  x  230 mm

Extent: 224 pages

About The Author

James Cockington

James Cockington


James Cockington has been writing the weekly Collect column in the Money section for the last seven years (now called Quirky Investments), detailing the private passions of over 300 collectors. Subjects have ranged from studio pottery to yo-yos.

He has previously written for the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum, Metro and Drive sections and was editor of the TV Guide. James has a passion for books and has written several on popular culture, including History Happened Here and Banned, both published by ABC Books. He has also worked in television as a writer/researcher on various projects including the 2001 music series Long Way To The Top and Bodgie Dada (a history of Australian Jazz, 1998. He writes for magazines including Australian Muscle Car.


  • BANNED. Tales from the bizarre history of Australian obscenity. ABC Books. 2005.
  • HISTORY HAPPENED HERE. Strange but true stories from Australian Suburbia. ABC Books. 2003.
  • LONG WAY TO THE TOP. Stories of Australian Rock & Roll. ABC Books. 2001.
  • MONDO BIZARRO. Australia in the Seventies. Mandarin, 1994.
  • MONDO WEIRDO. Australia in the Sixties. Mandarin, 1992.

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