Automotive History


Grid’em up.

Then send ‘em out… (more…)

Here’s a quick little half assed video just taken with my old SONY-H2 camera of the F5000′s doing some practice on the Friday.


I figured I’d just continue Part II on with some more photographs of the line-up of F5000 (& F1) cars that were attending;

I'm not sure Lush could be any more appropriate

The whole car


Long time coming, my apologies.  This event is easily my favourite of the year on the Teretonga calender.  It’s part of the Southern Festival of Speed, with races on Southern Circuits from Levels (Timaru), Ruapuna (Christchurch) and Teretonga (Invercargill).  I like to go to the practice days simply because you’re more likely to see the larger range of cars before the carnage happens.   Enough nonsensical gibberings, I know you guys only come here for the pictures;

“Racing Cars” Class
Occupying the Staging Grid

If my memory serves me correctly (it usually does not) the above car belongs to the father of one of the chaps on who built and owns a very choice CA18DET powered MkI Escort.  I’m sure he’ll let me know soon enough whether I’ve got that wrong.  Anyway, onwards!


The caretakers of this car politely stopped their work on it whilst I scurried about amongst them to take these and other photographs, I try to keep out of their way more than the other way around but that’s what I love about these meets vs. the standard and NZV8 fare, everyone is far and away friendlier without the masses of pretentiousness.  It’s a grand ol’ time!


Here we have a cheesy 1982 promotional video for the R30 Skyline… it’s the BEST WAY to your heart!

Features appearances by the late greats Sakurai-san and Paul Newman, plus interesting footage of the design stage, clay models, and early test vehicles. The RS sneaks in towards the end as well.

I shouldn’t need to say much more than that – just take a look for yourself.

The music track is The Best Way To Your Heart, by Maxine Dixon, which played in the background of the original R30 television ads. Given the lyrics I wonder if Nissan commissioned this song especially? And ironically enough, the majority of the “cruising around” scenes were shot in the United States – one market where the car was never sold.

with credit to the original Youtube uploader (IKnowSkyline) – check out his other awesome Skyline-related promotional and informational videos here, including another video featuring Paul Newman set to the Butch Cassidy version of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head… see what they did there?

An early PNV decal design?

YouTube – IKnowSkyline’s Channel »