EVENT: SHANNONS SKYLINE NATIONALS

– Words: Adam Bruce. Photos: MJ Digital.

We are Skyline addicts here at T-LD. Die-hard supporters of the GT-R, Japan’s most famous marque. Every year a host of other Godzilla-loving Aussies get together for the Skyline Nationals. This year it took place in Goulburn, a couple of hours south of Sydney. We weren’t keen to miss out on the action, so we took ourselves down there and snapped away at the amazing machines that turned up; Skylines and otherwise.

Wakefield Park Raceway was the destination for the Shannons Insurance Skyline Nationals.  Nissan has a rich history in Australian motorsport and a host of ex-racers came out to represent the brand’s racing heritage.

This Gibson Racing built R32 GTR  pumps out well over 400kw at the wheels. It’s great to see cars of such historic value still venturing out onto the track for a run.

This Group A DR30 Skyline is yet another car built by Gibson Motorsport, it raced throughout the 1980s with great success.

The Nissan Bluebird above was built for Group C racing by Nissan Australia, the car packs a punch and was holding its own on the track.

An array of ex-racers participated in the day. Its rare to have such a diverse mix of these cars at one place and time.

How can you not love E30 M3s? This John Player Special BMW is no exception. Formerly piloted by Jim Richards in its day the car is no slouch.

The symphony bellowing from the exhaust at wide open throttle had our hairs standing on end!

The R32 GT-R did so well on Australian tracks that it left the rest of the competitors badly embarrassed. In fact it did so well that it was effectively outlawed from future championships.

Nissan Gazelles are an often neglected platform, but they have a strong racing history as well.

The one above, in Peter Jackson livery, had an FJ20 under the hood just like it should.

This custom made, equal-length exhaust manifold looks like the product of much testing on the track.

The Winfield Racing R32 GTR and JPS E30 M3 sit in pit lane after returning from a session. They drew a crowd while both drivers pulled up chairs in the shade and discussed their session.

A well presented Datsun 240z  dropped in and elegantly made its way out onto the track.

A set of gold Work Equip 03s are the wheel of choice. Classic wheel for a classic car.

An unmistakable R35 VR38DETT with a few healthy upgrades.

What a lineup. We’d gladly take the keys to any of these.

Of all the classic race liveries out there, the black and gold JPS look has to be in our top five.

Believe us when we tell you that you can never get bored of hearing this thing blast past with its side exit exhaust.

These race cars were built to an exceptional standard and pushed the envelope at the time as far as new technology was concerned.

The fuel setups in both GTRs were out of this world, truly works of art especially when you consider the age of the cars.

Two decades on and we’re sure that all the secrets inside this RB26DETT have not been discovered.

Overall the day provided great viewing in a relaxed, friendly environment. There are few events where you can get up close and personal to some of the heavyweight ex-racers of Australia’s past.

Whether you love the history of Skylines in motorsport or you live for Midnight Purple GT-R street cars, the Skyline Nationals are worth a look when it rolls into your part of Australia.

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6 Comments

  1. Some very nice photos there, would be even better with photos of stock examples of each of the race cars as comparisons

  2. Was a great weekend out, cannot wait till 2014 for the next one.

    it was awesome to have the lowdown out for some of the festivities.

    hope to see you guys in 2014

  3. Thanks for having us Adrian, it was a great event. We’re keen to be there again in 2014. Keep us posted.

  4. Thanks for posting, Adrian! Will give this a share on Facebook, hopefully we can make it out this year.

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