Commercial time: this Prince can walk on water!

December 27, 2012 in Commerical time

Everybody knows it is impossible to walk on water unless it is frozen, but someone forgot to tell that to this Prince Skyline S50 owner:
Prince Skyline S50

In this commercial for the second generation Prince Skyline they show it has this very advanced feature: Read the rest of this entry →

Happy birthday Skyline ALSI-1!

April 16, 2012 in WTF

Today is my birthday and I was wondering what JDM car would share my birthday and started to search for it. Apparently it was quite hard to find as most release dates are only recorded on the month granularity.

So in the end I came up with the Prince Skyline ALSI-1 sharing partly my birthday:
Skyline ALSI-1
I’m not that old to be 55 yet and it may be uncertain it actually shared my birthday on the exact date, but at least if you shuffle the year of release a bit you will find my birth-year. ;)

Happy 55th birthday ALSI-1!

Video: Nissan Skyline C110 development

February 13, 2010 in video

I found an early 70s documentary about the development of the Nissan Skyline C110! It starts with the Prince R380 video I posted some time ago and continues with a C110 driving through Tokyo at 2:44:

The only touges we saw in the past were nicely paved mountain passes with screaming twin cams drifting in a downhill battle. Nice to see there were actually rough touges in the 70s!

The end of the first and second video continue on the design and testing of the C110:

The test track is, of course, the Oppama Grandrive. Funny to see they already covered the looks of the testcars/prototypes with black cloth as well back then!

The end of the second video and almost all of the third video concentrate on the Prince R380 and Skyline C10 racing history:

Some very famous races can be watched in these videos!

The end of the third video and the beginning of the fourth video show the crash testing of the C110:

The amount of vintage J-tin in that crash test wreck yard is heartbreaking! :(

I must say this is one of the nicest vintage videos I’ve seen in ages!

Video: Second Japanese Grand Prix 1964 – Fuji Speedway

October 13, 2009 in video

One of the people I’m following on Youtube, uncrowdedmonarch, posted this video of a typically 60s race at Fuji Speedway:

He thought it was from 1956, but Fuji Speedway was built in the early 60s and had its first race in 1963 so it can’t be from 1956!

The first race is Touring Class V where the Prince Skylines easily won from their competion (Hino Contessa 900, Nissan Bluebird 410) and took al first six places!

Japanese Grand Prix 1964 Prince Skyline 2000GT vs Porsche 904 GT-II
Japanese Grand Prix 1964 Prince Skyline 2000GT vs Porsche 904 GT-II

Looking at the results of the second race (skip to 4:45) this must have been the legendary second Japanese Grand Prix (held on 2nd and 3rd of May 1964) in which the new Prince Skyline S54 2000GTs lost to a single (privately entered) Porsche 904 in the GT-II class! Even though the Skylines took consecutively 2nd to 6th place blowing away the competition (MG-Bs and Isuzu Bellet) this loss was so humiliating that Dr. Sakuri of Prince Motors initiated a project to create the ultimate racecar to defeat the Porsche the next time. This grudge still lives on in the battle between Nissan and Porsche for the fastest lap times around the Nürburgring. This learned Nissan what the best place is to humiliate someone: its home turf! ;)

The project resulted in the amazing legendary Prince R380. The next time Prince and Porsche met (1966 Japanese Grand Prix) the R380 proved to be worthy to its maker: Prince defeated the Porsche 906 by taking first and second place!

Japanese grand prix 1963

May 2, 2009 in Toyota Crown

One of the people I’m subscribed to on Youtube posted old footage of the first Japanese Grand Prix in 1963 in two videos. Unfortunately he/she does not permit embedding, so I can only post links here.

The first video shows the introduction of the Grand Prix. Then it features a GT race in which a Nissan Fairlady SPL213s wins of a few other cars like Triumph TR3 and TR4, but I also spotted a Austin Healey and a Porsche. This is followed by a touring car race which is very spectacular! A lot of entertaining sideways action with old Japanese tin like the Prince Skyline ALSI-2 and Skyline S50, Toyota Crown S40s and Nissan Cedrics. In my opinion this is the most enjoyable part of the two videos!
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #1
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #1

It gets followed by the second GT race which is a bit less spectacular than the first but it still contains some really good action.

Then the introduction of the Grand Prix itself which gets started in the second video. Personally I didn’t really like the Grand Prix itself that much after seeing all that action beforehand, but I can imagine the Japanse viewers back then thought the exact opposite!

Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #2
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 video #2

You can watch the videos here:
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 part 1
Japanese Grand Prix 1963 part 2