Time For Tea? The Skyline is born


Nissan's track-based grudge match with Porsche has involved Skylines and GT-Rs of various types over the years. But this neat little video from Nissan telling the story of the first on-track encounter back in 1964 at Suzuka is a fascinating history lesson in where it all began.

Nissan's unlikely Porsche challenger is back
Nissan's unlikely Porsche challenger is back
Namely with a seemingly mis-matched battle between the very first Skyline - based on the three-box Prince saloon - and the sleek and beautiful 904 Carrera GTS. Seeing the two on the same track seems bizarre enough, that the Skyline GT was able to get anywhere near the Porsche the more so.

The full story is in the video so brew up, grab the seasonal accompaniment of your choosing and enjoy.

 

 

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  • Richair 14 Dec 2012

    PZR said:
    There’s a coda to this story…

    Sokichi Shikiba – entrant and driver of the Porsche 904 GTS, and owner of the ‘Racing Mate’ auto accessories / race equipment brand – was a long-time protege of Toyota, and has intimated that Toyota ‘encouraged’ him to buy and enter the Porsche in the race in question simply to spoil the Skyline’s show.

    Toyota themselves had no answer for the Skyline on the track at the time, so pushed Shikiba san to get hold of the Porsche at short notice. In fact, they may indeed have actually *paid* all the costs incurred…..

    Shikiba had a mishap in practice the day before the race, and damaged the front end of the Porsche. Apparently the car was still slightly deranged come the race, hampering Shikiba’s pace and allowing the Skylines – which should not really have been anywhere near it on the Suzuka circuit – to chase and harry it like a pack of dogs chasing a lame fox.

    So, what was supposed to have been a humiliating rout was turned into a great PR opportunity, with the Skylines seen as the moral victors and the Porsche looking slower than it should have. Not only that, but that Porsche inspired the Prince engineers at Murayama – headed by Dr Shinichiro Sakurai – to redouble their racing efforts, which resulted in the Porsche-beating R380-series sports racers and eventually the Nissan Skyline GT-R.

    Sometimes the race is not always to the swift…
    What a great story! Really enjoyed the vid and whilst I knew the Skyline has a lot of heritage, I've never seen any footage like this thumbup

  • PZR 14 Dec 2012

    By the way, despite what the commentary on the video says, the blue no.39 car in Nissan’s collection is actually a replica / re-creation of the original race car. It was built some years ago to fill a gap in their collection, and the latest rebuild was more of a refresh than anything more extensive.

  • PZR 14 Dec 2012

    There’s a coda to this story…

    Sokichi Shikiba – entrant and driver of the Porsche 904 GTS, and owner of the ‘Racing Mate’ auto accessories / race equipment brand – was a long-time protege of Toyota, and has intimated that Toyota ‘encouraged’ him to buy and enter the Porsche in the race in question simply to spoil the Skyline’s show.

    Toyota themselves had no answer for the Skyline on the track at the time, so pushed Shikiba san to get hold of the Porsche at short notice. In fact, they may indeed have actually *paid* all the costs incurred…..

    Shikiba had a mishap in practice the day before the race, and damaged the front end of the Porsche. Apparently the car was still slightly deranged come the race, hampering Shikiba’s pace and allowing the Skylines – which should not really have been anywhere near it on the Suzuka circuit – to chase and harry it like a pack of dogs chasing a lame fox.

    So, what was supposed to have been a humiliating rout was turned into a great PR opportunity, with the Skylines seen as the moral victors and the Porsche looking slower than it should have. Not only that, but that Porsche inspired the Prince engineers at Murayama – headed by Dr Shinichiro Sakurai – to redouble their racing efforts, which resulted in the Porsche-beating R380-series sports racers and eventually the Nissan Skyline GT-R.

    Sometimes the race is not always to the swift…

  • HeMightBeBanned 14 Dec 2012

    In amongst all the gushing praise, can I just say that I think the old ones look really really horrible?

  • dinkel 13 Dec 2012

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAXGuD_f3Kw

    Best sounding straight 6 under 3 litre . . . hands down.

    Beng! what a exhaustnote. Serious Hakosuka Skyline GTR cars fetch ridiculous money these days:

    http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2011/01/27/the-kpg...

    NSFW . . .

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