Family Album Treasures: Calsonic Skyline R34 toddler car

May 7, 2015 in Family Album Treasures

This is by far the best plastic toddler car I have seen so far, the blue Calsonic Skyline R34:
Calsonic Skyline R34
I wish I could have given one of these Calsonic Skyline R34s to my son instead of that horrid Smoby toddler car he got from one of my aunts. What is cooler than having your son imitate the Japanese Grand Touring Championship (JGTC) in your living room? By far one of the greatest treasures to keep in your family album!

This photo was shot by the guy who runs the Restive Horse blog on Minkara and this a gift for his son’s first birthday. You can really see he receives the R34 with great pleasure!

Found at Restive Horse
(BTW: anyone familiar what an Honolulu BBQ is?)

Games: Over Drivin’ Nissan GT-R review

February 12, 2015 in games

Last week I featured the footage of the Over Drivin’ Nissan Skyline memorial game and I promised to do a follow up on the Over Drivin’ Nissan GT-R.
Over Drivin' Nissan GT-R
After rediscovering the Skyline memorial I started to search for in game videos and I stumbled upon BrutallyHonestGamer’s review of the Sega Saturn Over Drivin’ Nissan GT-R game. I must say I share his view on the game for a great degree. That is up till the point when he makes this remark on the Nissan Skyline GT-R PGC10: This rustbucket here… I mean… I guess they had to put something in there, but really did Nissan had anything better to put in a game? It looks like a Buick!

The car list of this game is as following:

  • Nissan Skyline PGC10
  • Nissan Skyline KPGC110
  • Nissan Fairlady 240ZG
  • Nissan 180SX Type X
  • Nissan Silvia K’s S14a
  • Nissan Fairlady Z32 (300ZX)
  • Nissan Skyline BNR32
  • Nissan Skyline BNR33

You can watch the remark in the video below at 3 minutes and 17 seconds: Read the rest of this entry →

Friday Video: cartoonish Nissan Laurel C130 chase

February 6, 2015 in video

When I watched this Seibu Keisatsu video by AE86Lan I thought I was watching a Tom and Jerry cartoon instead of a Nissan Datsun Truck chasing a Nissan Laurel C130 sedan. Chief Daimon’s men borrow a Nissan Datsun Truck (aka the Datsun 720 crew cab) over a couple of hills into the docks:
Friday Video: Cartoonish Nissan Laurel C130 car chase
Especially the cartoonish chase between the stacks of pallets is hilarious! You know the sort of chase: going in on side and getting out from the other. It’s something like that!

Watch the video below for the big finale involving a Nissan Skyline KGC110: Read the rest of this entry →

Games: Over Drivin’ Nissan Skyline Memorial

February 5, 2015 in games

Back in the 80s I played was a game called Test Drive that allowed you to drive a Ferrari Testarossa, Lamborghini Countach, Lotus Esprit, Porsche 911 and the Chevrolet Corvette C4 (the order is my pick order from 1987). Shortly afterwards it was was succeeded by Test Drive 2 which only had the Ferrari F40, Lamborghini Diablo and the Porsche 959 and Test Drive 3 followed quickly. Then it became silent for a while as the company who created Test Drive created a fantastic game called Stunts. The only game to be considered a successor in the years after was The Need For Speed by Electronic Arts. It basically had the same feeling as Test Drive 1 including the police persuits and Test Drive 2 and featured again a set of “affordable cars” including the Toyota Supra JZA80, the Acura/Honda NSX and the Mazda RX-7 FD.
Over Drivin' Nissan Skyline Memorial
This game got really high scores from the magazines and became an instant bestseller and successors were made in big quantities. The NFS series also sold in Japan as the Over Drivin’ series. Of course the game quickly adapted to the Japanese taste and in 1996 the Over Drivin’ Nissan GT-R was released which included Nissan-only cars (more on this one in a later post). This series also included a special edition called Over Drivin’ Skyline Memorial which basically is the same as the original The Need For Speed game but this time it contained the full Nissan Skyline range up till 1997:

  • Nissan Skyline GT S50-B
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R PGC10
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R KPGC110
  • Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-EX KHGC211
  • Nissan Skyline RS Turbo C KDR30
  • Nissan Skyline GTS-X HR31
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R BNR32
  • Nissan R390

I remember playing this game a lot around 2001 or 2002 on my emulator (I did not own a NTSC capable Playstation) and had great fun with it!

The nice thing is that earlier this week IKnowSkyline posted all the video footage of all Skylines in the game in one single video: Read the rest of this entry →

WTF: Exhaust pipe routed through Calsonic Nissan Skyline R31

January 11, 2015 in WTF

Being one of the early bloggers about kaido racers (aka bosozoku style) I don’t get a high brow often, but this JTTC Calsonic Nissan Skyline R31 race car replica in the shape of a kaido racer really gave me a WTF:
WTF Exhaust through NIssan Skyline R31
This video features a couple of Showa cars that are either kept (in mint) bone stock or modified to a great extend, including this Nissan Skyline R31 GTS-R. Now the interesting part is why the owner chose to hacksaw a big hole in the floorpan where the passenger seat used to be and routed the exhaust to the side of the car (through the sill) and not chose to do it directly through the sill from the . Or even welded something around the exhaust pipes to keep the noise levels a bit down. On the other hand, this makes the modification more obvious for the eye…

Apart from this Skyline there are the following cars: Toyota Celica GT-R AA63 (unmodified), Dual-Factory green Toyota Publica Starlet KP40, Body-Make Nissan Bluebird 810 coupe kaido racer, kyusha kai pigsbutt Nissan Laurel C130 on Hayashi Sakura rims, kyusha kai Nissan Skyline GT C110 on Racing Hart rims, Toyota Crown MS80 kaido racer, orange Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC10 and a white G-Nose Nissan Fairlady 240Z S30.

You can watch the whole video below: Read the rest of this entry →