So yes folks, even on vacation I do R33 GT-R and car related things. Case in point, last week when I vacationed in the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia, I realized it was quite close to Brisbane... and that Club R33 had several members who live in Gold Coast as well as Brisbane.
So I reached out, and then suddenly a Club R33 GT-R owners meet was on!
First however, I wasn't going to show up in some econobox. Being Australia, I figured I should rent something ADM... something not only made there, but uniquely Aussie. So I ended up getting this:
|Holden Commodore SV6! |
This is the last Commodore series to be made in Australia, from next year they are all imported!
|Dual Exhaust hints at performance|
|Healthy looking V-6 engine, rear wheel drive!|
|Unfortunately, I could not believe how cheap the interior was, for a "Premium" level car - fake and poorly done carbon fiber everywhere, pleather... and the entertainment system blanked out and then rebooted itself once...|
Anyway, on the appointed day Mark was kind enough to pick me up at the hotel I stayed at in Surfer's Paradise, to lead me to the "Hungry Jack" at "Upper Coomera" wherever that was.
|I felt like I was home all of sudden...|
|One thing I noticed... Wow the 33 sure has PRESENCE on local Aussie roads!|
|Here, Mark checks his phone to make sure we are at the right spot, given that there was a 944 in the mix |
(more on that later).
|The mutual admiration has begun...|
|And in particular, Rhys and his ex-Targa Tasmania car!|
|Ok, I hate those "replica" wheels. Cast and heavy, unsprung weight places undue stress on suspension components.|
But, I understand these are temporary which is good...
|Full welded in CAMS 6 point roll cage. Total fighter plane cockpit!|
|Ok now this is getting interesting.|
|Loved this custom catch tank! Nice detail on the vents!|
|Very clever placement of the oil cooler. Love the custom brackets!|
|And of course, the all important ClubR33 sticker. Required for all serious BCNR33 owners.|
|Mark's car. Love the number plate!|
|Interior is mostly stock, including that GINORMOUS Series 1 steering wheel.|
|Now this is cool, I loved it! Apexi N1 dual flow exhaust. Looks almost OEM from afar, but sounds amazing!|
|Glenn's car. OK, I was impressed. Super clean! |
And yes I even checked the BACKSIDE of the Enkei wheels... no brake dust!
|Love the color of the engine covers? Me too. Glenn tells me it's a Holden color, "Prussian Steel Grey"!|
And yes I noticed the wrinkle paint on the surge tank too.
|I was interested in these stickers. Apparently no longer in stock at Nissan (I checked here in Japan).|
Hopefully I can get one of the Club members to scan them and we can reproduce one day...
|Clean + Sticker = extra 100hp!|
|Tox's car. Looks ordinary from here but note, the tracker on the front grill for track days...|
|Also running those Enkeis! Except none of the OCD clean that Glenn displayed.|
|This was AMAZING. Anyone know what this is? I've seen it only in old Nissan Skyline option catalogs.|
It's the base Unit for the "Holographic Marker"
|Timm's 944 was impressive too. His brother Tom's 33 is "undergoing treatment" so they arrived in this.|
|Have to admit, very nicely done. Most of the paintwork was done when the engine was out of the car.|
|As Rhys left early, we asked Timm to take this memorial photo.|
How cool would that be? R33 FTW!