Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Until Next Time - またね!

I know it may come as a surprise, but after 6 years the time has come for bnr34gt-r.com to publish its final post.


I started this blog as a way to make sense of the hundreds of photos on my phone and document my journey as a GT-R owner. Never in my mind I would have ever thought that hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world would bother to stop by and read it, but to my surprise it actually happened. What started as a car blog eventually turned into a bit of a life diary; the epilogue of the story of a 80’s kid with a passion for Gran Turismo who, in an incredible turn of events, ended up living in Japan the rest of his life. Writing it has been fun, challenging and at times even therapeutic. 

So why stopping now? Truth is that I’ve been thinking about it for a few months and eventually came to the conclusion that, after over half a decade, it’s time to embark on new endeavors. Blogging is potentially an endless commitment and there is nothing more I would hate than seeing this site receive sporadic, half-hearted updates just to slowly fall into decay.

A hobby has true purpose when it transcends the hobby itself. Thanks to this platform I have met people and made new friends that I’m regularly in touch with - that’s more than I could ever ask for. A big “thank you” goes to all of you who have stopped by to read or leave a comment. If this blog was informative, entertaining or has inspired you in the slightest to pursue your passions, then I have achieved my goal.

Is this decision final? Likely yes, and I do apologize in advance to the regular readers. But never say never, if things will ever change I’ll make sure you’ll know.

So what’s next? While no new posts will be published, feel free to reach out with a comment here or a message on the Facebook page. I am always open to chat or help a fellow GT-R enthusiast, but please just note that I do not sell cars, parts or work as a liaison with Nismo, Omori Factory or other dealers. 

Thank you again for stopping along the journey, it’s been a honor.

Until next time...

Ale

13 comments:

  1. I personally only found this website a couple of weeks ago and funnily enough just finished reading through it all from 2016 till now today, only to refresh the page and see this post.
    Thank you for the good read, wish you the best!

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    1. Hi JB,

      Thanks for stopping by - wow, talk about timing uh? I am always surprised to hear about new people finding the blog and reading through it.

      It wasn’t an easy decision, but 6 years is quite a bit of time to pour into something and I just felt it was time.

      All the best to you as well!

      Ale

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  2. hello Ale I discovered your blog the year I live in Algeria, Africa
    just like you I am a fan of the R34 and my dream and to see one day one in front of me
    it was a pleasure to read all the articles that your post
    sorry for my bad English

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    1. Wow, a reader from Algeria, who would have thought!
      Thanks for the kind message, I’m glad you enjoyed the content.

      Wish you all the best and hope you can visit Japan and see your favorite car on the future!

      Ale

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  3. Thank you Ale for your wonderful content over the years! All the best.

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    1. Thank you for the super kind message and nice words. Honestly I don’t think I belong in the same sentence as Daft Punk...that’s a bit too much haha : )

      Yes, the blog will still be live, so please feel free to visit.

      Good luck to you as well!

      Ale

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  4. Take care mate. Truly enjoy reading and looking at your pictures. Good luck to your future endeavors.

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  5. How about a Z33 nismo CRS?

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  6. Hi there, like others have stated, I only recently came across your blog but have read a good amount. Sucks about the timing, but I totally understand your reasoning. What a hell of a car and journey. You ARE keeping the car, yes?

    I could only dream to have Omori work on my 34 GT-R, but maybe since I have to wait five years to bring it to the US, I can save in the meantime for Omori someday. Who knows, I dreamed about R34s since the GT days in the 90s, and now I'm an owner, so maybe Omori isn't a stretch, ha!

    My question to you is...for someone who's interested in the CRS, would it be possible for me to pick and choose items off the CRS menu to have done to my car or do I have to fully commit to the CRS program to even get access to it?

    Cheers!

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    1. I'm planning to come to Japan to see my car for the first time and do fun stuff once the borders open, so hopefully I'll see you and your car at a meet someday!

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    2. Hi,

      Thank you for stopping by and for the nice message.
      Congratulations on acquiring your own GT-R, that’s definitely the most important milestone and I hope you’ll enjoy it.
      Regarding your question about the CRS: yes, you can choose individual parts (brakes, engine, aero, etc) as they fit your vision and budget. Good luck!

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