For those just tuning in
Posted on April 02 2018
Looks like the cat is finally out of the bag.
For a very long time now, we have been filming the 1st season of our new TV show on the Velocity Network. Now that filming is wrapping up and we are looking forward to airing the program, we thought we would let you know a little bit about ourselves for those catching up.
JDM Legends was born in 2008 out of the mind and efforts of Trey Cobb and Eric Bizek. After successfully establishing Cobb Tuning, Eric and Trey talked about their favorite cars to work with and drive: JDM vehicles. Eventually, they decided it would be a good idea to create a a shop that specialized in real RHD cars straight from Japan. There were already plenty of other importers, but JDM Legends was designed to be a cut above the rest as we are a rare specialty shop that also offers restoration and builds. We still work on modern JDM cars at our shop to this day, but as time went on, we began to develop a talent for bringing the older legends back to life. The knowledge and skill to take on these cars was no small feat. Over the last decade, we have cultivated our craft and become the torch bearer of these wonderful vehicles.
Today the company is owned and operated by Eric with a small team of individuals with skills that helped bring JDM Legends to where it is today. Take a look below to meet them.
Owner & Head of Shop
Favorite current car: Hakosuka Skyline
Why: Everything from the style, to the racing pedigree, to the straight six, and it even has a back seat now that I am a family man. However, if its date night, I might choose the S30Z!
Likes: Snowboarding, Mountain biking, my dog Obi
Dislikes: Rust, Deadlines, Onions
Billing & Accounting
Current favorite car: Eric's Subaru Impreza 2.5RS
Why: I love the way it sounds, and I dig that it is one of the last 2 door series in this model. The roll cage and AWD make me feel safer, especially since it can get busy. Basically, I like to drop a gear & disappear.
Likes: Naps in the sunshine, date night, Dr Pepper
Dislikes: When people whistle, haunted houses, when individuals have a lack of gratitude/appreciation
Current favorite car: Dome Zero
Why: My favorite period of time was I refer to as the "gateway to the future" which was the early to mid 70s through the 80s, where the modern car came about. The concepts were wild and the technology was fresh. The best futuristic styles in my opinion were from Bertone such as the '70 Lancia Stratos HF Zero. And here comes a small Japanese company with a rival that looked like a spacecraft. All the modern flair of the future with digital dash and all and yet a mid engined triple-carbureted Nissan L28 powered the Zero which Nissan offered with EFI at the time. So here we have a passionately designed car of the possible future, but still keeping the nostalgic roots. I want one.
Likes: Kindness, respect, common sense
Dislikes: Willful ignorance, stupidity, poor customer service
Current favorite car: Subaru XT/Alcyone
Why: As a child of the 80s, I miss how although we were quite analog in our technology, we still felt at the height of the digital age. Nothing says this more than a Subaru XT4 Turbo with a digital dash and cockpit styling.
Likes: Old school Japanese video games, cats, Sunday naps
Dislikes: Politicians, modern top 40, holes in socks
Owner of Cio's Restoring the Dream
Current favorite car: Hakosuka Skyline
Why: You know, after getting to know cars and spending so much time on them, you start to appreciate the finer details that really set the styling apart. When I work on the Hako I just fall in love with all the curves. They really have that kind of sonic line to it, I mean even the 240Z's and some of the other early Nissan's do too. It's just beautiful.
Likes: Drawing and art, teaching, collecting Hot Wheels
Dislikes: Waiting, no shows, people that are not punctual
Trey Cobb - Visionary/Co-Founder
Koji-San - JDML Team Japan