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The Least Desirable Skyline? — Speed Hunters
While the R32, R33, and R34 get all the Skyline glory, you're all forgetting
If you had a chance to move to Japan for a while, what car would you pick up? The choice would be quite difficult: there are so many JDM-only cars out here and a lot of them are surprisingly affordable. If you're like Rich from Garagespec, then you would probably be looking at getting yourself a nice Skyline GT-R: an iconic domestic that has pretty much reached legendary status. Rich enjoyed every moment of the GT-R experience but when he realized his time in Japan would be coming to an end, he had to make some decisions. From this year the 25-year rule will allow import of 1989 cars legally into the US. As we all know, due to some draconian regulations people have failed miserably when attempting to bring their Rs into the good old US of A, with cars not properly certified getting impounded and even crushed. Meaningless rules aside however, this will no doubt lead to quite a lot of R32s making their way over, but not Rich's car. His was a 1993 so that was just not going to cut it. Knowing that he needed to find new wheels, he quickly put the car up for sale and at the same time realised he fancied a bit of a change.
This is just cool.
As truck manufacturers in the United States began to adopt diesel engines in the early to mid-1930s, partly thanks to the popularization efforts of Clessie Cummins, so did they also begin to realize their limitations, particularly their colossal weight and their need for efficient scavenging. Proposed fixes for those issues came from all quadrants, but few of them as illustrious as one of the pioneers of the automobile, Ransom E. Olds.
A debate that's certain to become paramount in the years to come.
I have consulted lawyers. I have queried insurance agents. And I have badgered enough engineers as to get on some sort of pocket protector black list. And, while I have gleaned some understanding from the latter, the former two still leave me more than a little confused. I have read traffic law with little understanding and have had even less success at wading through the arcane mess that is automotive insurance (just try reading the fine print of your own insurance policy).