Monday, January 8, 2018

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy new year everybody! Holidays are great, but things do really slow down way too much for my tastes, so it’s good to be back in the swing of things. Personally, I spent the past week enjoying Tokyo, making resolutions for 2018 and taking photos. Car spotting is really becoming a little hobby - there is something exciting about attempting to capture a good shot of vehicles passing by, like this super clean V-spec.

Should I invest in a proper camera? I know Dino would probably shake his head in disgust reading this, but I was so surprised by the quality of the photos taken with the new iPhone that I’m not sure I can justify upgrading. Plus, I don’t think I would want to carry a camera with me at all times. Anyways, Tokyo in winter is quite enjoyable: not too cold and the bay offers some great scenery thanks to the clear skies.

So, back to new year resolutions, the first one is to definitely drive more. Yes, cars are meant to be driven, but I am just not comfortable using the GT-R as a daily. Nonetheless, I am ashamed to admit that my car has barely covered 480kms in the past 18 months: I’m clearly not practicing what I preach. I really do need a second car.

There are reasons behind this, which bring me to resolution #2: start working on my car. Over the past 2 years I spent a significant amount of time sourcing a lot of parts, including last-in-stock ones, thanks to the support of the Nismo guys. I’m running out of storage and actually have left a few of the bigger boxes at Nismo. I should have more clarity on this in the next 3 months, but the goal is really to kick things off within this year. It will be quite special, so please stay tuned!

On a more personal note, a lot has happened in the past 6 months and the most important resolution of this year will be to enjoy life more. Those of you who regularly read this blog will know that I recently celebrated my 10th year of living in Japan, which has been absolutely fantastic, but not always glitter. Moving to Tokyo for a couple of years (especially nowadays, in 2018) it’s relatively easy, but establishing yourself here long term with no plans of going back it’s a different beast altogether; I feel it’s time to take a little break and indulge more in my passions. Life is short - as they say - so will definitely try to tick as many boxes off my checklist in 2018!

Until next time.


  1. I really thought that you'll keep it pure stock, and now I'm very excited to see your parts inventory lol as well as the work progress. I also when I got my car I stayed researching and stocking parts for 2 years and changed plans "many times" before I started all the work. although I love everything I've done to my bnr34 and satisfied that I put so much effort in the best parts manufacturers I could afford (ohlins, nismo, ARC, advan, etc..) but still I sometimes miss the oem stock look. keep posting !

    1. I’ve owned my car for two years now and, while it’s a lot of fun even in its stock form, I think it’s time to start working on building something that really brings out the essence of the BNR34. Please stay tuned and, yes, should I post a list of my parts stock?

  2. I would love to see the step by step work progress, keep revealing the parts one by one along with the progress :) good luck with the build bro