2015 Nissan Nismo Festival: Innovation That Excites

2015 Nissan Nismo Festival: Innovation That Excites

DAMN!! That was expensive!! For some reason, when I planned on heading to Fuji Speedway for NISMO Festival, I completely forgot to check how much they were charging at the gate. So you could imagine how surprised I was when they told me the cost for myself, two other people and parking was almost 10,000円 (About 82 USD). This also doesn’t include the ludicrously expensive tolls that you must pay to get to Fuji Speedway. Welp, I guess that’s why they say “You have to pay to play”.
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This trip was a little different than my usual trips to a car event or car meet. Recently, a lot of people have been reaching out to us and asking us to help them find some type of car related event in Japan: car meets, car shows, underground events, grassroots drifting meets, etc. As a part of our service we provide here at Tokyo Tuner, if you are a fan of the site and reach out to us, we will at the very least point you in the right direction. However, this time, when Anthony reached out to us about NISMO festival, it only made since to give him a ride :)
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Once inside the magical gates of Fuji Speedway, the woes of paying that expensive entrance fee quickly dissipated when a horde of Hakosukas drove by us. It was bound to be a good day.
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As the title suggests, this event was sponsored by Nissan and they pulled out all the stops on this one. The event gathers fans of Nissan from all over Japan, hell, even the World, to get an up close and personal look with all of their legendary cars. From their recent line up, to Nissan’s nostalgic race cars, were all present.
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The paddock area at Fuji Speedway was full of aftermarket vendors showing off their products and demo cars. This is where we began our Nismo Festival journey.
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With the R35 being in production for quite sometime now, a lot of the aftermarket vendors have switched to the R35 platform for showcasing their products.
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One of my favorite R35’s that I saw had to be Top Secrets. Bits and pieces of the exterior has been replaced with carbon fiber parts and left unpainted.
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It gives it an interesting appeal which lets people know that this was not an attempt to be pretty but to be all about performance.
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Mines also brought out their version of the R35. I love how the carbon fiber also acts as accent and kind of creates that ‘Panda’ paint scheme.
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Now, just because the R35 is the newest platform for tuners to play with, doesn’t mean that the older GT-R and other models have been forgotten about. Oh, the opposite could be said.
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R31 House is a shop that specializes in.. well, I think you can guess by the name.
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I simply love how they can breath new life into this Skyline. Classic body lines with a modern flare will always be a win in my book. What do you think?
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I saw this R30 a few months back at Tokyo Auto Salon and seeing it again outdoors was great! Would love to have one of these in my garage collection. One day…
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Fast forward a few decades and we are now looking at the new Skyline. Honestly, I’m not sure why they decided to badge this under Infiniti and sell it at Nissan dealerships but I’m sure they have it all figured out back at HQ.
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Blitz got their hands on one and good god, that front end. I’ve always loved the front end on these things and when you add the Blitz aero kit to it, it looks so menacing. I love it!
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Bils Panasport brought their C110 Skyline (better known as Kenmeri) to the event.
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I’m not sure which one I like more: Kenmeris or Hakosukas. I mean, they are both amazing cars but if you had to pick ONLY one, which would you pick?
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I think I prefer the body styling of the Hakosukas to the Kenmeris.
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Even the sedan version of the Hakosuka is simply stunning. OK, yes this one isn’t exactly stock but still. I’ll take one.
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One of the unique things about Nismo Fest is the ability to find great deals on parts and second hand products. These brand new Bride seats were marked down significantly and always had a decent crowded around them. By the end of the event, only a few seats remained.
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One section looked like a yard sell of second hand Skyline aftermarket parts. Parts ranging from carbon fiber side mirrors all the way to a seat (not a typo) could be bought here.
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Need adjustable coil overs? We got you.
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Need wheels and tire setup? We got you. I think not even a minute after I took this picture, someone had bought them.
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If you don’t own a car and can’t take advantage of these great deals, you still can find vendors selling some pretty interesting things. A little expensive yes I know but still, all these toy cars sung out to my inner child.
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Want to build your very own Liberty Walk Hakosuka? NOW you can!!! Yeah, I know it’s only a scale model but you have to start from somewhere right?
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Roaming around the parking lots, your bound to find some very cool and fascinating cars such as the S30 with the bolt on carbon fiber overfenders.
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Mount Fuji finally came out of hiding and made for an excellent backdrop. Man, I wish I could have taken full advantage of this.
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I think if I was to modify an R34 GTR right now, It would look something like this one.
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I instantly fell in love with it and was really hoping I could meet the owner and try and schedule a full shoot but that never happened. Maybe next time.
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This being Japan, it’s pretty common to see random things happening or unexpected things to occur. Bumping into this Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV at a Nissan event was no exception to this rule.
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NISMO fest was the LAST place I’d ever expect to find this stunning machine but man am I glad I did.
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The Diablo SV was my childhood hero car and seeing the modernized version of it up close was just the icing to the cake of a great day.
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And then, the announcements rang out that the Heritage race cars were about to take the track.
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These were the cars that put Nissan on the map in terms of Motorsports and left a lasting impression on future design and modification of Nissan’s cars. Sunny 1200 Coupe GX-5
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Sunny ‘Excellent’ Coupes
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Hakosukas all took to race track at Fuji Speedway.
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As they raced around the track, they filled the air with a beautiful noise that can really only be found in cars of this time era. Simply sublime
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Just because they are heritage race cars doesn’t mean they aren’t push to their outermost limits. If you needed proof of this, here you go.
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After watching the classic race cars tear around Fuji Speedway, I was able to head up to where some incredibly rare monsters were hiding. Well, they weren’t really hiding but it took me a while to find them.
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Omori factory is known for taking the R32 and this R34 and creating their version of Z-tuned monsters. This BNR34 they called the Clubman Race Spec
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I honestly don’t know what to say about this monster. Omori factory basically took parts from the Z-tuned edition, re engineered the car and created this.
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Dry Carbon fiber parts are everywhere on this car. I mean really. Everywhere where you look, parts have been replaced with dry carbon fiber which has been carefully crafted to have that OEM fitment. We would need a whole separate feature to do this car justice.
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As daylight started to fade and the temperature started to drop dramatically, we knew it was about that time to head back home before traffic picked up. Unfortunately, everyone had that same thought process and the line leaving Fuji Speedway was enormous.
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But if I was to do everything all over again, I would do it in a heart beat. It was great to be able to see Nissan’s timeline of cars that made them famous and what gave them their slogan now: Innovation that excites.
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Yes, now and days, Nissan seems to have fallen off the wagon and tends to produce cars that pander to the general market of people that have the main focus of getting from point A to point B. However, to enthusiasts, there is still hope for Nissan. Only time will tell but I’m eager to see what the future holds.

About Celestine Photography

Traveling automotive photographer that is currently living in Shinjuku, Japan (新宿、日本). I some times go by the name Rurounin Photographer where 'Rurouni' comes from the fact that I tend to be a wonder and never know where I'll end up, but that's the adventure in it.

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