It’s not very often I get jealous, I mean I get to go to some of the coolest events the UK has to offer and have some European events pencilled in later in the year, but bank holiday Monday… the second one, was one of those days that just gave me that hint of jealousy…

“Why?” I hear you ask, well, a few weeks ago I had a message from Luke, who I’m sure you will remember as the owner of the smart Civic Coupe we featured a few months back, asking me if I fancied popping along to a meet ran by upcoming Japanese car forum; The Orient Academy. Now, usually I wouldn’t need to be asked twice, but unfortunately I had a date; elbows deep in a SR20 (which explains why you STILL haven’t seen my ‘Staff Car’ Feature!) which meant I couldnt make it.

Now, we’re not a site that just misses things, so we did the right thing and sent a more than happy Chris along to cover the action, and on his birthday too! This is where the jealousy kicked in, his texts and tweets with things like “This is Mega” and “that’ll be an NSX then” made me more and more annoyed that I wasn’t there! (I wasn’t doing it on purpose, honest… – Chris)

TOA Civic

The guys at The Orient Academy really know how to put on a top quality meet, they may be a fairly new name amongst the Jap scene, but the word is spreading, with some outstanding cars making the trip to the West Midlands, many of which wouldn’t look out of place in a magazine, US ‘blog site or Fast and Furious 6 film set.

The first thing that Chris noted was the impeccable behaviour of everyone who went, again a nod to the rules laid down by TOA but also showing that these guys were here to appreciate each other’s rides in a social context, with a vast majority of the Jap metal being able to embarrass the most expensive supercars, there is no need to prove it by destroying a set of tyres in a car park and to us, that gains more respect!

With the meet reaching in excess of 50 cars you would expect a wide variety of makes and models to be on show, with big power Nissan Skyline and 200SXs mixing it up with the 4WD rally-bred monsters that are the Mitsubishi Evo and Subaru Impreza and some pocket rocket Civics and Galanzas. Other models included the stunning Burnt Orange NSX, drift favourites; Toyota Chaser and its bigger brother; The Supra. Also thrown into the mix was a low Mazda MX5, Honda CRXs and Integras and even a trio of the strange yet cult hero; Nissan Cube!

With the power-plant of most of these motors being their main attraction, as expected we saw plenty of examples go hoodless to show off exactly what they are hiding A beautiful Supra had amazing contrasting blue touches including the cam-cover and hoses. Not to be outdone, the Honda boys also know how to present a bay, especially the popular B-Series lumps.


Wheels are always a talking point on Jap cars; the usual brands were all well represented with a whole manner of cars wearing Rota, BBS, Volk, Work and Team Dynamics. One set that definitely stood out to me when I saw the pictures has to be the full-face, polished set of SSR Mark Is which is something I would have never put on a Civic coupe – but I think look stunning!

If you’re into your Jap cars I urge you to head to and sign up to their ever growing yet already busy forums and certainly keep an eye on their developing meets, one thing is for sure; Chris can think again if he reckons he’s keeping this one to himself next time, Coop and I will make sure our diaries are clear to get to it and, by the looks of it, with the meet happening every first Monday of the month… we won’t have to wait long!

Words – Ollie // Pictures – Chris


  1. Stew says:

    Quality report and pics man, the full face rims on the Civic are SSR MK1’s 🙂

  2. ezza says:


    Big thanks for the flattering writeup and pictures, with summer on the way the meets will only get bigger and better

  3. PowellyEG says:

    Amazing, big thanks guys, Chris didn’t even know it was your Birthday fella “Happy Birthday mate”

    Ollie, cant wait to lay eyes on your SR20 build. Feel Free to keep us updated on TOA.

    For all the next Big Meet is on MONDAY 6TH JUNE @ 8PM. For more info: – TOA Meets 🙂

  4. Ned says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed our meet and thanks for the great write up. Hope to see you at the next one!