Tokyo, Japan, April 20, 2018―The Toyota Automobile Museum will hold its 29th Classic Car Festival, a local event aimed at promoting car culture, on Sunday, May 27 at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park in Nagakute City, Aichi Prefecture. In addition to a diverse selection of exhibitions and other events for visitors to enjoy, a parade of privately owned Japanese, American, and European classic cars dating from 1988 or earlier will be held on public roads in the vicinity.
Led by the Mirai, the world's first mass produced fuel cell sedan, the parade will pass through Nagakute City and feature approximately 150 privately owned vehicles driven in chronological order.
A special exhibition will also be held, entitled "World's First Cars!" Seven of the world's first cars will be on display, all of which are considered pioneering models with significant influence on subsequent cars, including the world's first gasoline-powered vehicle; the Cadillac Model Thirty, the first vehicle to be equipped with a self-starter as standard; and the "Volvo PV544," the first car to feature the three-point seat belt, the patent for which was subsequently released and made available for free. These cars will be driven on the Classic Car Circuit. The Volvo PV544 and Audi Quattro will be exhibited and driven outside the museum for the first time at this year's event.
Naoaki Nunogaki, director of the Toyota Automobile Museum, commented, "This year marks the 29th edition of the Classic Car Festival, and its continued success is due to the understanding and cooperation of people from across Japan. In Japanese, we often use the word 'aisha' (beloved car) when talking about our vehicles. It is often said that the automotive industry is entering a transformational period. However, no matter how the mobility society of the future takes shape, we want people to see, talk about, and enjoy the 'aisha' of various owners, as well as famous vehicles from around the world. In this way, we hope to foster people's passion for cars so they will continue to be industrial products that are loved."
Overview of the Toyota Automobile Museum Classic Car Festival
|Date||May 27, 2018|
|Time||8:30-16:00 (rain or shine)|
|Main Location||Aichi Expo Memorial Park (Moricoro Park), Nagakute City|
|Exhibits||Approximately 150 privately owned classic cars and 10 cars from the Toyota Automobile Museum Collection|
|Admission||Free of charge|
Details (see appendix for more information)
- Greeting and remarks given by the host at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park North Parking Area
- Approximately 150 privately owned participating cars will be driven in chronological order
- Cars arrive at destination
- Exhibitions, driving demonstrations, commemorative photos, and test rides
|11:50-14:30||Classic Car Circuit (CCC)||Classic cars driven around the venue (from 11:50 and 13:40)|
|11:35-13:10||Classic Car Studio (CCS)||Live coverage of events from the venue (from 11:35)
A guided tour with the museum director (from 12:40)
|9:30-16:00||Commemorative photos||Opportunity to have photos taken with vehicles|
|12:30-, 13:30-, 14:30-
(30 minutes per ride)
|Test rides||Please refer to the program for more details.|
- Other events
- Traffic safety zone
Events held for parents and children to foster a fun environment for learning about traffic safety
- Market zone (Two locations: the Great Green Square and Mikazuki Rest Area)
Featuring food trucks and stalls set up by Nagakute City restaurants
- Relief fund donation corner for the Great East Japan Earthquake and 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes
Toyota will be selling commemorative pins and memo pads, with proceeds donated to communities affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes via the Japan Red Cross Society.
- Linimo Spring Greenery Walking Tour (Start time: 9:30-11:30, ends by 14:30)
Participants will travel from the Linimo Hanamizuki Dori Station to the Aichi Expo Memorial Park. The first 2,000 people to collect all checkpoint stamps will receive a commemorative pin.
- Museum shop
Items for sale include miniature cars and the popular Toyota Automobile Museum Curry.
- The first 500 people who produce the pamphlet distributed at the event along with the museum admission ticket (actual day only) at the Museum reception counter in the main building will receive a gift.
- Events are subject to change depending on weather conditions and other circumstances.
Getting to the Venue
In order to relieve congestion around the venue, special promotions will be offered to users of the Linimo train line, while round-trip shuttle buses will also be made available free of charge.
- Advantage of using the Linimo train line
- Linimo passengers who show proof of boarding documents at either the information kiosk at Aichi Expo Memorial Park Oshibafu Hiroba or the reception counter in the Main Building of the Toyota Automobile Museum will receive a free day pass to the Toyota Automobile Museum. Proof of boarding documents are distributed inside the Linimo Aichi Expo Memorial Park Station ticket gate between 8:30 and 15:00.
- Free shuttle buses will be traveling between three bus stops within Nagakute City every 15 minutes between 8:30 and 16:30.
Bus stopsAichi Expo Memorial Park Station, Toyota Automobile Museum, and Nagakute Onsen Gozarasse
Park-and-ride is available for those who are driving to the event. A temporary parking lot (free; accommodates 400 cars) will be provided on the south side of the Toyota Automobile Museum. Switching to the Linimo line at Geidai-Dori Station allows the passenger to arrive at the Aichi Expo Memorial Park Station in 4 minutes.
Sponsors, Co-sponsors, etc.
- Aichi Prefecture, Nagakute City, Aichi Prefectural Board of Education, Nagakute City Board of Education, Aichi Urban Development Association, Nagakute Kankou Suishin Kaigi
- Aichi Rapid Transit Co., Ltd., Nagakute Onsen Gozarasse Co., Ltd. / Agurin Mura
- Toyota City Cultural Promotion Foundation, Toyota City Junior Marching Band, Nagakute Society of Commerce and Industry, Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd.
- To learn more about the Toyota Automobile Museum, please visit
|Classic Car Parade
(approximately 150 pre-1988, privately owned cars from Japan, the U.S., and Europe)
The parade route is approximately 14 km in length within Nagakute City and will be led by a Toyota Mirai.
Aichi Expo Memorial Park (Morikoro Park)
|Vehicle Exhibition||9:30-16:00||Exhibition featuring privately owned vehicles from the parade alongside vehicles from the Toyota Automobile Museum|
|Classic Car Circuit (CCC)||1) 11:50-12:40
|Cars housed at the Toyota Automobile Museum (see below) and privately owned cars will be driven inside the venue. Cars housed at the museum will run during both 1) and 2). Privately owned cars will be divided into four groups by theme, with a total of about 20 cars running between both sessions.|
|Classic Car Studio (CCS)||1) 11:35-11:45
|1) Live coverage of events inside the venue.
2) The museum director will host a guided tour.
|Commemorative ride photos||Willys Jeep
|9:30-16:00||The Willys Jeep, a 4-wheel-drive vehicle for military reconnaissance and command communications, went into production at Ford and Willys in 1941, just before Japan entered WWII. The vehicle on display is one of a large number of Jeeps brought into Japan by the Allied forces that occupied the country after the war ended.|
|This beauty sports large tailfins that extend horizontally, and the rear style is reminiscent of cat's eyes. Combining a sense of luxury with a reasonable price, the Chevrolet Impala was widely cherished.|
On display at MegaWeb
|The Honda S800 was the first passenger car produced by Honda. The S800 sported a 500 cc engine, but the S series was subsequently expanded to include cars with 600 cc and 800 cc engines. Both the 600 cc and 800 cc models were equipped with high-performance DOHC engines, which resembled precision machines.|
|Test rides||Rolls-Royce Corniche III
|Corniche is the name of a coastal road in southern France. Drawing on the name of this coastal road, the vehicle was the highest class of private car, created with resort vacations in mind. The same model was used in the royal parade following the wedding of the Crown Prince of Japan in 1993.|
|These vehicles are widely used as a bus by the general public in the Philippines. Many are converted jeeps disposed of by the U.S. Army, and are built using a wide array of used parts. Jeepneys are also notable for their colorful, attention-grabbing styling and ornamentation.|
|LTI TX1 (London taxi)*
|Introduced in 1997, this is the successor to the familiar Austin FX used as a London taxi for almost 40 years since 1958. It continues the tradition of the London taxi, which is able to fit through narrow spots, and also features a turning radius of 3.8 meters.|
|Benz Patent-Motorwagen [Replica]
|This was a three-wheeler built by Karl Benz in 1886. It is regarded as the world's first usable gasoline-powered automobile. It featured a horizontal single cylinder, 1,000 cc engine, and was capable of running at a speed of 15 km/h.|
|Cadillac Model Thirty
|The Cadillac Model Thirty was the first mass-produced car to be equipped with a self-starter as standard. This freed drivers from the risky and onerous task of starting the engine by hand. The Cadillac also came equipped with electric headlights―another distinctive feature of this model―as standard.|
|Cord Front Drive Model 812
|The Cord Front Drive Model was the creation of Errett Lobban Cord, a young entrepreneur who believed that "unique vehicles will sell." The car was characterized by its front-wheel-drive, the world's first retractable headlights, and a vacuum shift gearbox.|
|Unveiled in 1958, the Volvo PV544 was a development of the post-war PV444 small passenger car. It was the first mass-produced vehicle in the world to be equipped as standard with a three-point seat belt. Volvo released the patent for the three-point seat belt, enabling automobile manufacturers around the globe to use it in their vehicles.|
|Ford Mustang Convertible
On display at MegaWeb
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|The Audi Quattro featured a full-time four-wheel-drive system to take advantage of its high-performance engine, and heralded a new style of high-performance road cars. The Audi Quattro is the pioneer of the full-time four-wheel-drive system, which has subsequently been adopted by automobile manufacturers around the world.|
|The Toyota Mirai is the world's first mass-produced sedan-type fuel cell vehicle. It runs on electricity generated via a chemical reaction between oxygen in the air and hydrogen. It was released to market in 2014 as a next-generation vehicle with excellent environmental performance owing to zero CO2 emissions and its fun to drive aspect.|
*Vehicles marked by an asterisk are being exhibited at CCF for the first time.
- In the event of poor weather conditions, some vehicles may not be displayed.