The Prince and Skyline Museum – Part III: Genesis

As this is the Skyline Museum every model is represented. Beginning with the first generation of Skyline. Released to the public in April 1957 and developed by Ryoichi Nakagawa of the dissolved Nakajima Aircraft Company, father of the Zero Fighter’s engine. The first Prince Skyline, ALS/BLS series. They have a very special and rarest of…

The Prince and Skyline Museum – Part I: An Introduction

The other month Ale and I had the same idea to head up to Nagano to visit the Prince & Skyline Museum. In 1996 in the very location (〒394-0055 Nagano, Okaya, Uchiyama, 字内山4769−14) at Yamabiko Park the annual Vintage Car Meeting. Skyline owners requested that this would be perfect place for Japan’s first automotive museum…

My Z story

As by now it is well known the reveal of the Z Proto concept has be met with much elation by all. Well overdue for a visit I headed over to the Nissan Pavilion 2 weekends ago. An event area currently just a block South of Nissan’s Global Headquarters. Speaking of which before heading over…

Swedish gold

My previous reason for opting for HKS Hypermax series coilovers was value for money plus the high spring rates afforded by the SP model (12kg front, 10kg rear). HKS’s backyard is Hakone Turnpike and Fuji Speedway with the SP model being further tuned for track work. However with future plans to take the car on…

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…