The R34 GTR, up until the R35’s release, was Nissan’s true performance flag ship car. A car that, to this day, fetches prices ranging up to a staggering $150,000 on the second hand market.
Japan, and the rest of the world, just couldn’t get enough of this Skyline. Hundreds of them have been heavily modified with some pushing in excess of 1,000hp at the wheels. In the years following the final run of GTRs, in 2001 Nissan’s tuning arm, Nismo, even purchased quality second hand examples and rebuilt them into the now infamous Z-Tune GTR … with over 400kw from the factory.
In celebration, Skyline Australia recently arranged a R34 cruise to Mount Wilson west of Sydney. This picturesque location at the top of Bells Line of Road presented a typical Japanese autumn photo-op for close to 100 Skylines that turned up. The view of an endless line of stove-top tail lights was truly as site to behold as the procession led its way up the mountain.
A show and shine, Japanese sword skill demonstration, and traditional Kimono wearing grid-girls were all part of the day. However it was the sound of all those straight six engines that truly stole the show.
From a Mines GTR replica to well sorted original R32 GTRs the event was one of the largest ever gatherings of Skylines in Australia and a real tribute to the passion of the Australian Skyline owners community.
Happy anniversary and long live the mighty GTR.