Tatsumi Times Aug 2020

Seeing as I frequent Tatsumi PA, I thought I’d make this a ongoing feature of this blog. So here is a mid-year compilation of various turnouts at our favourite impromptu cars and coffee location in Tokyo. Here at Grand Touring of course the name of the game is Skylines and GTRs. However we love all…

What do the F40 and the BCNR33 have in common?

These two cars are born under very different ethea. Not to mention they served different purposes. Among these differences lies one detail they have in common… A rear wing logo on one side. This detail was shared by both cars. Perhaps the designer/s of the BCNR33 used the F40 as inspiration? Most of us were…

Mid-2020 tidbits

As the work from home (WFH) situation extends past the mid point of the year. Not to mention the cancellation of R’s Meeting and Nismo Festival 2020 has left a bit of void mid-year. I’ve spent this time beginning the slow refreshing of a few parts after doing the timing belt and water pump. A…

Another special Nismo item

Compared to the R32 and R34. The rear wing of the R33 is much more integral to the overall design of the car. Evident in both the road and race cars. Something over the last year or two which I started to see. I noticed that as the wing of a 33 is such an…

A small refresh

It has been approximately 2 years since I installed the Nismo underfloor bracing on my car and it was beginning to show. Particularly on the rear braces which are in the direct firing line of stones kicked up by the front tyres. Especially with the sticky race-tyre like compound of the RE71Rs. It was time…

Timing belt time?

During shaken I always do a full fluids change everytime. This time it came to mind that I was not 100% sure when my engine’s timing belt. So better to be safe than sorry I thought so right after I got my car back a few weeks later I booked in my car again at…

Some more 400R inspiration

As you all know rigidity has been a ongoing pursuit of mine, from the boot (trunk) brace, underfloor Nismo bracing, window sealant, BNR34 rear strut plates and the BNR34 front strut tower brace to replace the stock BCNR33 one. One (perhaps) final rigidity piece which I had been itching to try was a the Nismo…

Back on the road

Both the R33 and yours truly ventured out last week for some much needed breath of fresh air after spending over a month cooped up at home. My car had been away for the once every 2 years shaken (MOT) inspection plus for a few touches. So on the night I went ot pick her…

One month into quarantine..

I hope you all are safe and well during these initial months into this global COVID19 pandemic. We can’t drive around, socialise as much as we used to. Something that we are maybe now just becoming acclimatised to. I myself actually just before the lockdown sprained my left ankle and have been off that foot…

Tid bits for the lockdown

With many regions under lockdown around the world and with many companies in Japan now working from home coupled with a sudden off season snowstorm here in Japan today I thought I’d make a random post of some off shoots from the last few months. These last few months were rather chill with just casual…

An introduction to touring

For some reason I have yet to have gone on many GTs since I got my car. There was one long trip up to Gunma/Saitama which I made with 3 friends (all in my car) back in 2015 I think it was.. Where the main goal was go see Sakura with a detour to Mt….

Zeroes to Skylines, a link to the past

I thought it might be interesting to break from regular content to discuss an interesting connection to Nissan and the Skyline. One of my majors in university was modern East Asian history, coupled with me being quite the WW2 nerd it didn’t take long for me to stumble upon the distant relatives to the powerplants…