The best weather we had all weekend for the 24 Hours of LeMons' North Dallas Hooptie race at Eagles Canyon Raceway was a few inches of powdery snow during the practice day. Needless to say, the race didn't happen, but a few of us went out for practice laps, anyway.
The Nissan 240SX, when it was new, was faster from 0-60 than a Ferrari. Well, that's not quite true. There are two caveats, if you'll let me explain.
For decades, the import tuner scene in America was dominated by three magic letters: JDM. If you wanted a hot Japanese car, you wanted JDM parts, JDM engines, JDM style. Along the way we Americans developed our own aesthetic, and now, in a strange twist, it seems the Japanese are beginning to copy us.
I feel bad for the Nissan 240SX. I really do. I can remember when it was actually a respectable car, a fun and affordable little performance coupe for people who needed some rear-wheel-drive action in their lives. These days it seems all of them have been snatched up by idiots who think they know how to drift.
They're too much fun to hoon to death.
Meet the Drift Idiot. He bought a 240SX last month. He's never drifted before and he thinks he can become the Sultan of Slide in one session. It turns out that drifting is kinda hard.
The full video of our favorite drift crew is here. They're the Bloodmasters and they are here with axes and Nissans to tear up Englishtown, New Jersey.
What is New Hampshire for? New Hampshire is for doing dumb shit in the forest, such as burning rubber up and down your hillside driveway in a Nissan missile like pro drifter Ryan Tuerck.
Bill Stenger's turn at the Central Florida Racing Complex Mardi Drift festival this past weekend ended in a decisive, if not totally unimpressive, fashion when his Nissan S14 turned a sick rail grind along the track's outer wall.
A first-generation Nissan 240SX remain a prize for many enthusiasts who want rear-driving, small-car fun. But after one Florida owner died, his friends disposed of his 240SX in the fashion they say he would have wanted: through a crushing. UPDATED
All you need to do with this ad is wait for the protagonist's reaction to the appearance of Christie Brinkley in the passenger seat.
Mostly, Nissans haven't fared well in the 24 Hours Of LeMons, but the 240SX and 200SX have been very good- not the fastest car on the track, but one of the most reliable.
The first day of racing is done, and the mechanical carnage has been horrific; LeMons Perpetrator Nick Pon was heard to utter "Dang, looks like a Taurus grenade done went off in the SHO pits!
Car: S14 Nissan Silvia (240 SX)
Everyone's favorite Japanese hotrod, the Nissan 240sx, has served roles as diverse as budget drift machine and time attack hero. But did you think it could serve burgers as well as it can toast tire hides? All it needs is your clever caption. Hat tip to Tyler! [JPCN]
Many times the only sign that you've neglected the proper maintenance of your vehicle is something important falling off, like a wheel. Jalopnik commenter Pres started off to work one morning only to have his wheel exit stage left shortly after takeoff and quickly make friends with a nearby bush. Thankfully, the only…
Even the Japanese have camino envy. Some even want one so much they convert their old Nissans into car-trucks. This guy took an S13 180SX and made it into a "Driftomino." Sure the ride height is too low to go drive through a field, and the bed is only big enough to carry a mini scooter, but it makes up for it with…
We stumbled across these custom hand-painted Nissan valve covers by accident, but it turns out they're the artwork of Pres, a fellow Jalopnik. Even if you're not familiar with Aqua Teen Hunger Force or this guy, you can still appreciate the originality of these creations. Hmm... maybe he could do Trogdor The Burninator