30 years of Godzilla: Time For Tea?


2019 is a fairly momentous year for Nissan; it marks both 50 years of the Zed cars, plus 50 years of Skylines, with the anniversary cars already revealed. Handily, too, this year is the big 3-0 for the R32 Skyline GT-R, the beginning of the modern GT-R story.

And what a story it's been. Supercar humbling performance on the road, legend destroying pace on the track and cult hero status the world over. Whether through film, game, print, television, YouTube or, for the fortunate few, driving, the Skyline GT-R has become an automotive legend.

So when a legend hits 30, a celebration is in order. Given the R32 actually went into production in August 1989, this won't be the last birthday tribute in 2019, either.

Given the GT-R was conceived for Group A success (16 years after there had last been a Skyline GT-R, don't forget), it seems right to begin the party with some touring car action. And where better to get footage from than Australia? In 1990, the GT-R had shown huge promise; by 1991, however, it was truly dominant, Jim Richards and Mark Skaife winning seven of nine rounds of the ATCC.

This video is Nissan Australia's highlights video from then, and highly recommended viewing. 600hp Skylines make a mockery of the established competitors, trouncing the field with new technology and appearing almost too fast for the track at certain points. Straight-sixes howl, tyres screech, flames erupt out of the side and the slow-mo is oh-so-gratuitous; if you like Skylines, you're going to love this. And if not, be warned that this is just the start...

 

P.H. O'meter

Join the PH rating wars with your marks out of 10 for the article (Your ratings will be shown in your profile if you have one!)

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
Rate this article

Comments (10) Join the discussion on the forum

  • dutchgunner81 22 May 2019

    Brilliant. A true legend.

  • lawrencec 22 May 2019

    My dream car

    I will own one one day

  • Turbobanana 22 May 2019

    Dreadful lead picture - looks like it's lost a wheel.

  • big_rob_sydney 22 May 2019

    Great memories. Love the GTR.

  • Gojira 22 May 2019

    I bet I'm the only one here who looked at the title and thought "But the original was released in 1954!" getmecoat

    Nice motor, all the same!

View all comments in the forums Make a comment