Posted on: 07.31.16 | by: Lauder
Godzilla – Japanese Greatness
It’s been a while since I’ve woken up for an early morning shoot. It sucks to be up at the crack of dawn; being that I’m not at all a morning person, but it’s the best time to shoot and it was worth it. I’m not going to lie, I’ve been slacking but I hope this post makes up for it…
Anyway, I was out with my lady on Saturday morning to drop her Camaro off for some routine maintenance. As we drove around (in my evo) I spotted this beautiful blue R32 on the road. I waved at the guy to show some appreciation and as luck would have it he ended up turning around and driving down the same road as me. I decided to flag him down, as I had coincidentally been looking for a potential car to shoot this past weekend. It was pretty early in the morning and there wasn’t much traffic, so like an idiot/creep I stopped at a green light and waited for him to catch up and asked if we could chat. Luckily he was cool about it and we drove down the street to where we could park and have a quick chat.
Raymond Nader is the proud owner of this beautiful 1990 R32 Nissan Skyline GTR. We exchanged compliments of our cars; much like women compliment each other on clothing, I asked if he would be up for bringing the car out for a shoot. He agreed, so we exchanged information and went about our day.
We met up the next morning to shoot and hopefully learn more about this gem. Raymond bought this car from a seller in Long Beach who imports vehicles from Japan and he’s owned the car for about a month now. I asked about current modifications to the vehicle; because although he hasn’t had the car for long it doesn’t take car enthusiasts very long to begin tinkering or perhaps a previous owner may have done a thing or two as these cars are very often modified. As it turns out, the vehicle is more or less stock according to Raymond. Considering this is a 25+ year-old car, it is in excellent shape. With just over 40k miles on the odometer, this car was a great find!
Now, many Japanese car enthusiasts know that these GTR’s are kind of a big deal because of the amazing engineering behind them and their potential, but they’re especially a big deal here in the States because the legendary models of the 90’s (R32, R33, R34) haven’t been legal up until recently when the R32 turned 25. Some people have found ways to import these cars in the past, but it’s a very costly procedure that most average joes like myself can’t afford. There are others who have tried to sneak them in via loopholes or through other means and have ultimately paid a high price by having their vehicles taken away and crushed. So… yeah, it’s a big deal to see one of the first of (hopefully) many Skylines on the streets.
I first took notice of GTR’s (and Evos) while playing Gran Turismo back on PS1. It was a recurring theme for all other car-racing games to follow. The GTR always got my attention, but it wasn’t until many years later that I started to learn more about these cars and the reason for their popularity.
I’m not a technical guru when it comes to cars, and I want to make that very clear because I wouldn’t dare try to sit here and pretend I can give some insight into what makes a car great. With that being said, the reason I personally love these cars is because of their potential. These cars are known for doing things well beyond what’s expected from a car in this price range. Now, this doesn’t just apply to GTR’s, but to many of the JDM legends, i.e. Silvias, Supras, Evos, etc… At a fraction of the cost, these cars could be bought and modified to keep up with some of the greatest exotic cars in the world.
I have great appreciation for beautiful exotic cars, I really do. They are masterfully crafted by amazingly talented people. But I have an enormous poor man complex (if that’s even a thing) mostly because… well… I’m a poor man and somewhat of a realist (or a downer if you will haha) and I can’t aspire to own a Ferrari, or a Lamborghini. It really feels like something far beyond my reach. It’s a club I’ll never be a part of, and even if I could be I probably wouldn’t fit in. For all I know, I may never own the GTR I dream of. Their value is only going to skyrocket from the high demand, but I can at least feel like it’s attainable. That sense of possibility gives me hope. And that is where my love for these cars comes from.
But enough of my rambling… I asked Raymond about his plans for the car and without giving too much away, I’ll just say he has some real nice performance upgrades planned and I’m very excited to see where he’ll go with this build.
Anyway, thank you guys for reading.
Until next time,
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