For a moment, erase all the photos of burnt houses, factories entering and the zombie apocalypse the vibe people these days associate with Detroit. Instead, imagine streets without potholes and shiny cars filling the streets at night, with guys making Woodward Avenue in search of traffic lights. That`s why I feel pretty good to say that Japanese performances in the 1990s and American muscles in the 1960s have much more in common than some might admit. Both periods are already considered golden times for their respective talents, both eras forcing engineers to make cars attractive for more than promoted power. Yes, I like the vintage American muscle of the 60s, but you know what? I would be a smiling guy who would roll my days in the classic Japanese tech of the 90s. For me, both segments are brothers of another mother. There is nothing wrong with that. It didn`t take long for the 276bhp number to become an arbitrary number. Some manufacturers didn`t even try to hide what was going on, like the Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, which provided 276 hp in Japan, but 320 hp everywhere else. The same goes for the Toyota Supra A80, although I understand that there were some differences with JDM Supras that held them to the magic number 276.
Or was it there? It is this semi-mystical aura that makes good cars legends. On the west coast, an intense anti-Japanese atmosphere developed. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt did not want to anger Japan by passing laws banning Japanese immigration to the United States, as had happened with Chinese immigration. Instead, there was an informal “gentlemen`s agreement” (1907-1908) between the United States and Japan, in which Japan ensured that there was little or no movement in the United States. The agreements were concluded by U.S. Secretary of State Elihu Root and Japanese Secretary of State Tadasu Hayashi. The agreement banned the emigration of Japanese workers to the United States and repealed the order of segregation of the San Francisco School Board in California, which had humiliated and angered the Japanese. The agreement did not apply to the territory of Hawaii, which was then treated as separate and separate from the United States.
The agreements remained in effect until 1924, when Congress banned all immigration from Japan.  Similar anti-Japanese sentiments in Canada led simultaneously to Hayashi Lemieux`s agreement, also known as the Gentlemen`s Agreement of 1908, with substantially similar clauses and effects.  In English contract law, for an agreement to be binding, legal relations must be considered; but in commercial transactions (i.e. agreements that do not exist between family members or friends), there is a legal presumption of “intent to establish legal relations”. In the 1925 case of Rose and Frank Co. v. JR Crompton – Bros Ltd., however, the House of Lords found that the phrase ” “This regulation is not … a formal or legal agreement … is only a record of the parties` intention “was sufficient to rebut this presumption.  You`ve probably heard of the famous “gentlemen`s agreement” of Japanese automakers that spanned the 1990s and a few years to the 21st century. Yes, it`s the same time that some of the most legendary Japanese performance cars of all time have emerged – all comfortably known, 276bhp in the name of engine safety courtesy of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, or JAMA for you nuts acronym.
U.S. muscle cars have experienced a similar phenomenon of industry-wide undervaluation, supposedly in order to sneak towards escalating insurance costs and certain racing rules. A gentlemen`s agreement, or gentleman`s agreement, is an informal and legally non-binding agreement between two or more parties. It is usually oral, but it can be written or simply understood as part of a tacit agreement by convention or by mutually beneficial label. The essence of a gentlemen`s agreement is that it depends on the honour of the parties for its achievement, rather than being enforceable in one way or another.