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 →

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2015 in happy new year

Happy New Year and the best wishes for 2015!
2014 was a great year and I hope 2015 will be even better!

Just to brighten up your life a bit more, here is an Initial D fireworks simulation I found a few months ago:

Don’t ask my why, but DjJavi5x thought it would be an awesome idea to combine Eurobeat, a Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, a Nissan Skyline BNR32 and fireworks. For a New Years celebration I totally agree. πŸ˜‰

Direct link to video: Initial D – Fireworks Show Simulation ι ­ζ–‡ε­—D 花火

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: ζ˜” カーをクション ζ˜­ε’Œ ζ—§θ»Š 叀き良き時代 R30 ζ—₯産 S130Z