Webmining: Paul Newman Skyline on the Fort Gates Ferry in Floria

June 21, 2014 in webmining by banpei

One of my favorite tools to find new things is Google Images. I was searching for photos of a Paul Newman Skyline but bumped into a set of photos of Paul Newman with a red Nissan Skyline GT-ES Turbo at the Floria Memory site taken in May 1982 around the Fort Gates Ferry in Floria.
Paul Newman Skyline Fort Gates Ferry in Floria
This obviously triggered my curiosity and I started digging into the subject. 😉

I suspected at first this was just footage for one of the famous New-man Skyline ads from 1982, but for some reason I could not remember seeing this ferry in any of them:
Paul Newman Skyline Fort Gates Ferry in Floria
So I started to watch all the New-man Skyline ads I could find, but the ferry featured in none of them and my suspicion was grounded.

It is clear they shot a video of the Skyline crossing the St. Johns River on the ferry:
Paul Newman Skyline Fort Gates Ferry in Floria
So where is the Skyline commercial then?

Lucky enough I found a blog post at Autominded where they also found the photos half a year ago and did the remaining research for me. 🙂

Paul Newman Skyline Fort Gates Ferry in Floria
The footage was meant to feature in the Daytona International Speedway ads but was never used. There are a couple of other ads which feature the same car but they have been filmed in California and New York.

You can watch the Daytona International Speedway ads below:

And for completeness here are all Paul Newman Skyline R30 ads:

Photos: State Archives of Florida taken by Romo.