2016 Japanese Car Show and debut of 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo


For anyone that that thinks an Asian Car Show would be a niche market, think again.  They even charged admission and people lined up for blocks at the Queen Mary yesterday to see it.  A crowd as diverse as all of Los Angeles was there for great cars and a trip down memory lane.  Something some would think not possible when these cars first started selling here in the 60s and 70s given the “buy ‘murican” attitude of the time.  A lot has changed and to say they are mainstream and dominant is an understatement.  Hence this show was also the Los Angeles debut for the 2017 Nissan GT-R Nismo.


The new 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO features a new front end design, hand-laid carbon fiber body components derived from motorsport and a refreshed interior with special NISMO appointments. The performance of the all-wheel-drive GT-R NISMO has also been upgraded, with revised suspension and increased chassis stiffness, while the hand-crafted twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6, which produces 600 horsepower.


1971 Datsun 510 BRE #46
Peter Brock and Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) built and raced the #46 Datsun 510 with driver John Morton. The team won the 1971 and 1972 SCCA Trans Am Under 2.5 Liter Championship, beating many established European rivals and cementing the 510 as a car to watch. This is the actual car driven by Morton to the championship, and it remains in its original racing livery.

2016 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 race car
Campaigned in the Pirelli World Challenge series and fielded by Always Evolving/AIM Autosport, the GT-R NISMO GT3 continues the GT-R on-track legend.

The team fields two vehicles, the No. 05 Nissan NISMO and No. 33 AER NOW machines. In mid-August, former Nissan GT Academy winner Bryan Heitkotter, in the No. 05 car, won back-to-back races at the Utah Motorsports Campus.

All pics by me and embiggen with a click.  More in my JCCS Flickr Album