I’m very happy that my first foray back into the show circuit with my new stereo/trunk setup snagged my Z a first place trophy! Despite torrential rains all day it was a good show, and it turns out watching drift events in the rain is quieter, less smoky and kind of nice. Also, there was a beer garden.
I’m ready to launch my new gallery format and the British Auto Show in London last month seemed like great content, as it’s my most international and exclusive photo shoot yet. Let me know what you think of the new gallery, and hopefully I’ll get everything else migrated into it soon as it looks nicer, and allows me to post photos more quickly. I’m all about efficiency!
The auto show in London was incredible, full of brands we never see in the states like Peugeot, Renault, Citroen, Vauxhall and Alfa Romeo, as well as micro brands like Tesla, Mastretta, Morgan, Lightning and NICE. Aston Martin had some beautiful cars on display, Alfa’s booth was saturated with thumpy Italian club beats and leggy Italian models, Citroen’s gleaming white booth featured an upscale lounge atmosphere with a full bar, Honda and Mazda hung cars from the ceiling and Vauxhall’s Insignia rode high-banked curves along the outer perimeter walls. I hit up the Top Gear booth for some awesome swag and a souvenir for Clint, and climbed all over the Nissan GTR, staying so long I got the booth hostess’s phone number. 😉 I had a great – but exhausting – time trying to see all the exhibitors’ wares and didn’t have time to partake in any of the outdoor “experiences” but I saw enough to convince me I’d like to be back next year.
Spy shots of Nissan‘s upcoming GTR hit the internet today, flying through the tubes from the Nürburgring straight to you. The 450 HP 3.8L TwinTurbo (specs are merely a rumor at this point) All-Wheel-Drive coupe that every Nissan enthusiast is jonesing for is getting closer and closer to its 2008 release date, and if they’re already testing it at the world’s most renowned track that means the handling and performance are coming along nicely.
Winding Road has the details, but the pictures are what you really want:
Maybe if i’m really, really good in 2007, Santa will bring me one for Christmas?
A very exciting/encouraging announcement today:
I’m super jacked about this decision, as i think a supercar like the Skyline GTR belongs under the performance brand (Nissan) as well as the brand that embodies the history and soul of the company (Nissan), rather than a luxury brand created purely to appease shallow american consumers (Infiniti). It’s going to be an amazing car, and if i was filthy rich i’d totally preorder one. The Z could use a sassy younger sister… 🙂