The resurrection of old Corollas and return of a Chevrolet Astro to the United States from Japan is proof that the end of 2009 is at hand, or that the last Santa Clara gathering of this year is now in the past. The Datsun crew by way of Ratsun Forum showed up with an eclectic mix of rear-drive classics with modern horsepower underhood. The Chevrolet Astro van featured above was purchased in and imported from Japan, making it the first JDM Chevy we’ve ever seen. The single bosozoku-style exhaust is a prototype of a future victory dual outlet version. Captain’s chairs came with the van on its way back to the USA. Paul and crew of Astro van fame joined a collection of Mitsu-Chrysler Starquests, and a resurrected Corolla brought back to the road from the floor of a junkyard. Happy New Year to Anthony for rolling in from the Modesto area in the Corolla that only days before was hood up and ready to meet its end. The usual last Thursday of the month gathering of imports schedule to returns in 2010. There’s just enough time over the winter to get that 1988 Mitsubishi Van ready to show off.