On Sunday 29th May, the Toyota Automobile Museum held its 27th Classic Car Festival, the largest in its history with around 150 privately owned cars participating, 50 more than in previous years. The Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute City played host to this landmark event, with a full programme of different exhibitions and events to suit all interests. A spectacular parade of privately owned Japanese, U.S., and European classic cars was also held on public roads, all dating from 1986 or earlier.
The park’s Green Square, expanded last year, was included as a venue for events, and for the first time ever, there was an exhibition at the Classic Car Studio showcasing engine sound performance. A special exhibition also took place focusing on cars from the 1920s and 1930s, a period during which the full-fledged Japanese auto industry was born. In January, the Toyota Automobile Museum revamped its second floor permanent exhibitions to thematically reflect the special exhibition for the festival in preparation for the event itself.
Featuring five landmark cars of that age from the museum’s own collection, the exhibition showcased the likes of the Packard Twin Six (1920, United States), the Horch 853 (1937, Germany), and a replica of a Toyota Model AA (1936, Japan). The cars provided an exciting spectacle, being driven on display as well as demonstrating runs at the Classic Car Circuit.