Saturday, July 7, 2018

Project CRS Part 6 - The Last Ride

And finally the day came: after years of tinkering, planning and researching, few weeks ago I drove my BNR34 over to Omori Factory and handed over the keys. 

To say I am excited would be an understatement; over the past few months I waited in anticipation of the moment. And I also took advantage of the first summer days to take the car out for a couple of final drives around Tokyo. Ah, so much drama...

But seriously: driving around this city in a R34 Skyline GT-R is as close as it gets to any 80’s kid PlayStation-infused dream.

And so I woke up nice and early on a Saturday and headed to Tatsumi Parking for a morning coffee.

That’s when I thought it would be cool to get an up and close shot of the Sparkling Silver paint: in a few months there will be one less model in this particular shade on the streets.

A smooth trip towards Daikokucho and its massively intricate expressway junction.

And finally the familiar sign; I have been here so many times that I wonder if the guys would rent me a room.

Once inside I was greeted by Morita-san, one of the chassis mechanics who, over the years, has earned the title of “BCNR33 Meister” due to his leading role in both the full ground up restoration of the 400R and the BCN33 Grand Touring demo car project. He ran a preliminary inspection of the body, looking for damages, scratches and dents, which will be later cross-referenced by the bodyshop.

This felt liberating: the car is in great shape, but obviously collected a couple of dings and a bit of stone chipping over its 16 years of life - invisible in photos, but they are there. If you have OCD, you know what I’m talking about. He then proceeded to apply the Omori Factory covers on the license plates, which is when I ticked another little childhood dream box off my check list.

And another sentimental moment when I realized that this would be the last time I would ever see my car in its original stock form. 

A quick look around the workshop helped stopping the sobbing and weeping fairly fast: now I finally have the chance to build my own car according to my own specifications, instead of driving what somebody else ordered at a Nissan showroom in 2002.

Some of the specs have already been decided, while others will be added and fine tuned as the works progress.

Although I will further update the car in the future with two more steps, I almost feel like I want this process to last as long as possible. There is so much to choose from and it’s honestly as exciting as driving the car itself. 

Now that I’m officially without the GT-R I must admit that the need of a second car is stronger than ever. The Grand Touring BCNR33 demo car was as tempting as ever!

And this is it, but I had to turn around for one final look. 

Looking forward to documenting and sharing all the process step by step!

Until next time.

6 comments:

  1. I'm sure that was an emotional day.

    When do you get the car back?
    Will it be months or even years?

    And also do you get to keep the Omori number plate covers?

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    1. Thank you for the message!

      It will surely take a few months. I hope to have it back before the end of the year, but, as always, these type of projects tend to take longer than expected.

      I am enjoying the process, so I am not too worried about waiting.

      Not sure about the plates...maybe?! ; )

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  2. Definitely coming back more frequently to your blog for updates. Can't wait for the color announcement!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and glad you are enjoying the content! Please stay tuned for future updates.

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  3. Is the R34 your only car? If so, are you going to get a daily driver now that the R34 is in the workshop? Would be nice to read about a new blog series of your second car hunt!

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    1. Yes, the R34 is my only car at the moment. I have been itching for a second car for quite some time now...hopefully it will happen soon!

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