Family Album Treasures: Ken & Mary Skyline R30

December 18, 2014 in Family Album Treasures

The Ken & Mary Skyline advertisements from the 70s made a really huge impact on the Japanese youngsters of the 70s. Both Ken and Mary became icons and so did the umbrella icon. Not surprisingly the Japanese baby-boomers love to pose in front of a Nissan Skyline C110 (kenmeri) with a red umbrella. In this case the car is slightly different: a Nissan Skyline R30!
Family Album Treasures: Ken & Mary Nissan Skyline R30
I have to be honest here: I don’t know the origin from this photo, when it was taken, no idea who is in the photo and why she decided to be there. But what is for sure is that a person called Jing found the photo and added it to his Skyline pictures album.

Found at Jing’s Skyline photos

Down on the Street: Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec BNR33

December 14, 2014 in dots, down on the street

Yesterday was a great day for spotting Nissan Skylines: during the morning I tried to find a shortcut through my home town as I was in a hurry and BAM! I spotted this white Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec BNR33!

Later that day my wife phoned me while I was driving, so I pulled over and spoke to her on the phone. Whist doing that I heard this deep growl and before I knew what was happening a dark red Nissan Skyline R32 passed me! (followed by a lowered Honda Civic EK) In both occasions I did not have the time (or means) to take a photo…

I kind of gave up on the idea of taking a photo of the R32, but today I returned to where I spotted the white BNR33 and to my relief it was still there: Read the rest of this entry →

Friday Video: Grand Theft Seibu Keisatsu

December 12, 2014 in video

The storyline of this episode of Seibu Keisatsu is simple: some bad guys stole a bunch of cars (a Nissan Fairlady Z S30 and a pigsbutt Nissan Laurel C130) and Chief Daimon and his men are chasing the truck they are loaded on.
Grand Theft Seibu Keisatsu
The Machine RS-1 (Nissan Skyline DR30) seems to have gotten an upgrade with blazingly new computers that can follow a transceiver (note the misspelling at 0:31) and lead them to the bad guys. Chief Daimon joins the chase with his Nissan Fairlady Z 200Z-T. Other notable cars are the civilian Nissan 260Z 2+2 and a Nissan Gloria 230 sedan (no hardtop) crashing with a Nissan Bluebird-U.

Of course in the end, as always, the bad guys get away before they can be caught.

You can watch the full clip below:

And I posted the big finale some time ago and you can find it here.

Direct link to video: 昔 カーアクション 昭和 旧車 古き良き時代 R30 日産 S130Z

Car feature: Nissan 2400GT HGLC10 at Garage Denissen

October 22, 2014 in car feature

About five years ago I found a Dutch Nissan 2400GT brochure for sale on our local classifieds and I posted photos and scans of this brochure on my blog. Then I got contacted by Frans-Jan Petrij about his two Nissan 2000GT and 2400GTs and I posted a few of his photos. One thing led to another and I got contacted by a Nissan dealer called Fons Denissen who told me he actually has a Nissan 2400GT HGLC10 in his showroom!
Nissan 2400GT HGLC10 at Garage Denissen
Obviously I visited the Denissen dealership in 2010 and took a lot of photos of the 2400GT that was crammed between a few modern Nissans and at the back of the dealership there was a Datsun 240Z on a pedestal. Unfortunately my digital camera was dysfunctional so most photos were scrambled and had black lines in the photos. So I made the promise to return to the dealership and I finally was able to keep my promise and visit them again.

In the four years that passed a lot had changed at their dealership. They now also represent the Kia brand, the Datsun 240Z has gone and the Nissan 2400GT took its place on the pedestal: Read the rest of this entry →

Friday Video: hilarious Nissan Skyline C110 pool dive

October 3, 2014 in video

One of the Nissan Skyline C110s in this Seibu Keisatsu car chase ends up taking a dive into a pool:
Nissan Skyline C110 pool dive
Not only the pool dive, but the whole scene is hilarious: it all starts out with a bad guy leading two black Nissan Skyline C110 police cars to their hideout, setting off the bad guys fleeing in a Nissan Patrol. This kicks off the big chase including Nissan Cedric 430s and ending the chase for the Nissan Skyline C110 above in the pool

See below for the whole scene and guess how it ends: Read the rest of this entry →