Monday, December 5, 2016

Inside Prostock Racing

Few weeks ago I took advantage of a free Sunday to pay visit to Prostock Racing (where I bought my R34). It's been a while since I last visited and I thought it'd be a good time to check out the renewed workshop area.
Takada-san, the Manager, wasn't having a particularly busy day and took time to show me around, starting from the main garage area. I am not sure if garage is actually the right word, since the place is so big that it looks more like a hangar. It's always nice to see so many GT-Rs neatly cleaned up and tucked away; this may come as a given for a dealer, but you would be surprised by how many of them leave the cars outside. 
Main storage area
There was a great selection of BCNR33 on display, starting from the latest arrival, a rare Grey Pearl zenki - apparently very few cars were produced in this color. 
BCNR33 lineup
Only few were made in this color
Very clean car and the engine bay was completely unmolested, left in its full original glory.
Completely stock
The silver model was a fully tuned track monster pushing around 600ps; it sold out few weeks later.
This pushed some serious power
I captured this Midnight Purple one at the right time, when the light was hitting the paint from the perfect angle.
A classic
The selection of BNR32 was nothing short of incredible, with several specs on display, including a couple of ultra-rare Nismo edition (500 only ever made).
Choose your weapon
1 of 500
Vintage Nismo logo
As always, all the cars were in great condition and polished down to the smallest details.
Not a scratch
Unfortunately no BNR34 were on display. Unlike other dealers Prostock only deals with user cars traded in directly by the owners and is not in the business of flipping cars bought from auctions due to the difficulty of checking conditions. Given the rising prices Takada-san explained that it's getting harder to generate reasonable margins while maintaining a good quality service: if you are in the market for a R34 and come across a deal too good to be true, watch out!

The new engine assembly room was still under construction, undergoing the last touches before completion. This is where all the major engine work will be done moving forward.
Almost finished
Along this old Fairlady Z under cover, something else was also lurking in the far back of the storage area.
Glorious 90's
I am talking about one of the most extreme, track-focused R34 builds ever made. A V-spec II N1 was used as a base and its total cost surpassed over USD 350,000; my friend Dino published a full article here back in the days. The car has now been stripped down to its bare chassis and sold to a new owner after my visit.
A few cars were in the workshop undergoing some maintenance. This rare BNR34 V-spec in Midnight Purple II was in for an oil change along with a pair of BCNR33.
Main wrokshop area
Some serious metal here
The staff was kind enough to let me sneak around - I love seeing mechanics at work.
Heavy duty maintenance
RB26 undergoing a rebuild
Waiting to go back in
RB26 engine covers graveyard
The R34 owner has had the car for 3 years and regularly tracks it at Taukuba - well done!
Rare, but not a garage queen
I love the darker Midnight Purple II hue and how the paint flakes shine when light hits them from the right angle. This type of paint is now becoming a trend among the newest supercars and hypercars, but props to Nissan for coming out with it on a "normal", commercially available sportscar over 15 years ago!
No badges on the car
Midnight Purple II in all its glory
A few more rare bits were in the main office building.
Not a bad office view
Starting from one of the very last RB26 Fine Spec Final Edition left in the market. 
Fine Spec Edition
Serial number tag
To a selection of high-end parts on display behind a glass cover.
More parts
This BNR32 is a true museum piece with only 9,800 km on the clock. It still had the original dealer tag on the passenger window!
Despite the Nismo looks, this is actually a standard model
Pretty impressive
As I wrote in one of my last posts, I always enjoy visiting workshops and watch mechanics perfecting their craft on these older machines. Skylines are definitely aging and maintenance will be key to preserve them in the right condition; it's great to see owners having them properly serviced and refreshed at places like Prostock.
Cruising back to Tokyo
Until next time.

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