Monday, May 27, 2019

Fairlady Z Update & Supra Launch Event

Besides taking delivery of my GT-R, in the past couple of weeks I’ve been busy with a few trips to Prostock Racing to finalize the registration of my Fairlady Z.

Believe me, the amount of paperwork necessary to register a car and parking space in Japan is absolutely shocking. Luckily I went through this process already once, so this time I was able to dodge unnecessary hiccups. And customer cars, like this Mine’s tuned BNR34 in Midnight Purple III, helped killing time during my visits.

Summer is just around the corner and I’m excited to have both cars; hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy them before going to Europe later next month. In the meantime I decided to make a quick stop in Odaiba (a big artificial island in Tokyo Bay) to check out an event.

And the event was none other than the launch of the new Supra in Japan! Yes, I previously criticized the car for being almost identical to the BMW Z4, but I have to tip my hat off to Toyota for organizing something cool and original.

While most launches are usually very sedated and corporate-looking, Toyota decided to take a much fresher route and finally acknowledge the elephant in the room by displaying a selection of tuned cars and racers that truly contributed to make the Supra the icon it is today.

Some of these cars barely looked street legal, but it’s great to see a large manufacturer finally acknowledging aftermarket tuning. After all, who knows anybody who thinks that a stock Supra looks cool?

Some of the cars were even owned by Toyota factory racers, like Max Orido's famous “Ridox Supra”.

The A80 Supra was clearly the main star of the event, but there were also a few older models on display. 

Unlike the GT-R family tree, the difference in styling between the different generation of Supras is quite remarkable.

There were also a few historic JGTC racers; if you have played Gran Turismo at least once you are probably shedding a tear too.

Can it get any more nostalgic than this? The silhouettes, the liveries, the decals: these are the perfect GT machines in my opinion.

Lastly, I visited Omori Factory to book a maintenance check for the Z. With only 19,000km on the odometer the car has been largely unused for most of its life and will need a bit of love before it can be enjoyed with peace of mind.

Could this be the start of a cool little project? Maybe a Fairlady Z CRS? We’ll see. In the meantime I was shown one of the many boxes full of parts that came out of my GT-R. Talk about a nut and bolt restoration! 

Stay tuned for the reveal post coming on June 1st!

Until next time.

1 comment:

  1. Hello!

    When are you coming to Germany exactly?
    Would be cool to meet, if that's possible.