Monday, December 3, 2018

Nismo Festival 2018

Maybe it’s because it falls just few weeks before the holiday season, or maybe there is something about those racing liveries that remind me of simpler days, when happiness was a few laps on Gran Turismo during the Christmas break, but Nismo Festival is still my favorite event of the year.

I thought long and hard about an original way to cover an event that I have featured already for two years straight, but I’ll leave that to the pros.

To me Nismo Festival is just a celebration of all the things that really got me into cars as a kid.

Those exaggerated silhouettes, those liveries that used to exist only in videogames.

The sound that these cars make is just incredible and no video will ever do it justice.

The event also embodies aspects of Japanese culture, like preserving things and looking after them. None of these cars are museum pieces, and while they surely demand respect, they all are capable of running like in the good old days.

I mean, what car maker would allow fans to ride shotgun in their third place finisher Le Mans racer?

Hard to pick a favorite, but the original Motul livery #22 car is surely one of them.

And while technology has obviously moved on, you can tell that the original JGTC spirit has been carried on and over the latest Super GT machines. I am not sure if there is a better maintained racing heritage collection in the world.

The rest of the event gives fans and owners an opportunity to source parts and gadgets that would otherwise be very hard to find.

The choice might not be as vast as R’s Meeting, but you will literally find everything, including whole cars for sale.

The offer is so vast that sometimes can even be controversial, like the privately owned Robson Leather democar showcases.

Would you swap the hand-stitched interior of one of the only 9 Silica Breath M-spec Nür in the world for carbon and alcantara? I’m not sure I would.

The Skyline/GT-R surely take the center stage of the event, but they are not the only cars. Maybe it’s because I'm getting older, but I liked this resto-modded Fairlady Z a lot.

One day I would love to own one of these, although I’m sure that the owner must have poured a serious amount of time and money to obtain such an end result.

And I’m sure that the same could be said for this crazy pair of time attack cars.

Having visited again just last weekend (and almost every weekend before for the past few months) I didn’t spend much time at the Omori Factory stand.

However, I thought I’d share a shot of the new titanium strut tower bar that I hinted about in my previous post.

Slightly lighter than the previous one and with a design that reminisces of the early 2000s model, it should go on sale soon, probably early next year. New menus for the R35 are surely in the works as well.

The other news, which most enthusiasts should be aware of by now, was the announcement of the Nismo Heritage Parts program for BCNR33 and BNR34, just one day ahead of the Festival. The lists of parts available is still limited, but expect it to expand like it did for the BNR32.

I also had the opportunity to make new friends and found a renewed respect for overseas owners, especially after hearing stories of owners on the brink of carrying whole dashboard panels on a plane in order to restore their car. 

I can only imagine the amount of time and dedication that would take to keep cars fresh and in shape, especially outside the main markets like Australia and UK. 

As always days like this go by fast: this year I (relatively) took it easy with the photos and just enjoyed the event as much as possible.

Thanks for stopping by and, if you haven’t already, I would surely recommend putting a visit to Nismo Festival on your checklist!

Until next time.


  1. This is definitely on my bucket list. 2019..maybe

  2. great coverage ! I just wanted to ask if you saw mine's have displayed their carbon mirrors in their booth or not as they mentioned it will be on their facebook page. I hope to meet you there next year !

  3. forgot to mention that I think that heritage programs a little bit scared & excited me at the same time. really looking forward to seeing some of the most wanted discontinued parts being reproduced but the fact that they may include some parts that are currently being produced with a bigger price tag puts me off a little.