As a fan of the legendary R32 GT-R I was absolutely stoked to be asked to be a part of the Downshift media crew at the Motive DVD GT-R Festival. It was the ultimate happy place for any GT-R fan. With a motorbike as my only mode of transport and rain on the horizon I geared up and took off through the rain. Once I got to Western Sydney International Dragway I had reached my happy place! GT-Rs as far as the eye could see (which wasn’t very far with a wet visor).
Nissans were represented from the R32 to R35 models, plus a few classics like the 2000GT Prince Skyline, Hakosuka 2000GT & Kenmeri KPC110. GT-Rs were due to come from all around Australia to join the celebration!
While track staff were prepping the quarter mile, the show and not-so-shine consisted of GT-R owners drying their cars off. Examples of all types and styles were on display: GT-R Heaven! Hats off to those putting up with the rain.
As the rain began to slow down, the hope of seeing some racing appeared in the form of a golden glow on the horizon between the clouds and Downshift Aus managed to squeeze in a live stream of the main display area!
Once it was safe, the gymkhana event saw drivers put their rides through the paces around a mapped-out short track.
Tucked away in the dry was also an impressive display of cars from various workshops and parts suppliers. How about an engine block weighing in at under 50kgs?
Once the quarter mile was ready, it was go time! The ones to watch for the day, were the Maatouks Racing R32 [ST.KNG] and CV Performance’s twin turbo R32 [RH7.GTR], both still street registered!
That being said, there was no shortage of formidable weapons taking to the track, all looking incredible while flying down the quarter mile!
With limited track time everyone gave it their all. Quarter mile times got down into the 8 second mark at over 170mph, figures I usually see from V8s and rotors. I was very impressed.
Motive DVD made a great day of the GT-R Festival. It was a great experience, I loved every second of it. The only problem now is that I really really want a GT-R!
Big shoutout to Motive DVD and Downshift Aus for inviting me to be a part of it