On the 17th of January, 2011.  Mr. Sakurai passed away of heart failure aged 81.  Were it not for this man, who knows what the Skyline range would have ended up as or with.  He was primarily responsible for the Skyline pre and post merger with Nissan.

桜井 眞一郎 (さくらい しんいちろう、1929年4月3日 - 2011年1月17日)

Hired by Prince Motor Company in 1951, he was part of the Skyline range and development from it’s very inception all the way through post merger to it’s more modern shapes (R30/31), post that he became head of the design and development area of Nissan, known as Autech.

Outside of his Skyline children.  Mr. Sakurai was also involved in the development of the “R” series of race cars of the 60′s and 70′s, known as the R380, R381, R382  & R383.  It was likely this involvement that set the Skyline on the path from family sedan to sports sedan with the desire to take the sedan to the race track and the later fitting of the S20 engine and huge successes of the Skyline on the track.


Have cool (car), will travel.

December 23, 2010

As this year draws to a close I realize that I haven’t actually made any plans for the new year’s break, apart from catching up with some friends in the Waikato.

So with this is mind, and also the fact that the RX-7 is deserving of some good honest summer cruising; the gods know the amount of shit I went through just to get it road legal, and it’d be a huge waste just to leave it sitting, here’s my question – what’s the haps in your neck of the woods, and is there any room for a lone wanderer like me to swing past for a visit and a yarn? Name thy poison and I’ll do my best to provide it upon arrival.

I feel a roadtrip around the North Island beckoning. Have cool, will travel!

Just my luck that petrol's now $2.14 a litre for the good stuff...

It has been an interesting week.  Recently the blue S21D-4 for sale relatively locally took a massive drop in price.  It was then bought by some decent sounding chap who lives on the other island of this tiny country.  This meant it was no longer available for me to some-how get and then decide which one of the two I wanted to complete.  That said, at least it’s going somewhere and likely getting sorted instead of sitting in an old mental asylum.

Then this morning I was browsing the ever wonderful JNC forums and stumbled upon this;

1960 Prince Skyline ALSIE-1

Yep.  New/Recent pictures of a recent purchase of one of only 600 Prince Skylines exported to the United States.  There are survivors!  So cool. (literally, look at that snow!) It really does appear to be in fairly decent condition too…


With Xmas less than a week away (and the new year following not long afterwards) I turn my attention back to this post made shortly after the turn of 2010 involving a certain silver Skyline. It was a rather whimsical entry detailing a list of things which needed to be done in order to gain “400PS+” in said vehicle, and the first steps taken down this path… of glory? destruction? Something like that.

Fast forward nearly twelve months, and the list now looks like this:

COMMITMENT, part 2. Or what actually happened in 2010.

That! was! MADNESS!

So contrary to all expectations at the time, 2010 ended up being the Year of the Banana instead.

One bitter irony: I fixed the Skyline’s alternator with parts from Japan, only to have it shit itself again in exactly the same manner as before. As a result I now plan to fit an alternator from a Subaru in protest. Screw you, Nissan.

But don’t worry, 2011 will more than likely become the Year of the Squid, if the (more…)

Retro Videos; DTM History

September 27, 2010

This video made my day.