Sydney Dragway hosted this weekend’s 2017 GTR Festival for a gathering of all things Nissan. A bloodline of Japanese automotive history, few need any introduction to the GTR badge. A hero car for myself in the 1990’s, I couldn’t wait to make my way out to the event, (kid in tow!) to see some of the impeccable examples of these rocket ships!
Whilst the impending weather did not look promising, it didn’t stop the fans turning out in scores with their prized possessions. R32’s, R33’s, R34’s and a number of the modern day R35’s adorned the marshalling areas, as well as a select group of classics, C10’s and C110’s. In excess of 200 cars made the journey from all around Australia to be at the event. In addition to having their vehicles on show, many took the opportunity to partake in the motorkhana (autocross) events, as well as browsing through a number of specialist performance and trader exhibitors on hand to share their knowledge, products and services that assist so many GTR owners helping to maintain a strong and healthy culture for the badge here down-under.
Weather delayed the start to the afternoon’s drag racing events, however the majority braved the elements and waited the weather out to finally see the racing begin. After a series of ultra-competitive heat races, the street GT-R record was broken by JUNII – resetting the ET and MPH record and taking home $1,000 cash as the quicker car at the event and a bonus $1,000 for the record.
All-in-all the 2017 event, organised and overseen by the great people at Motive DVD was a huge success and we cant wait to see what the 2018 event brings!