BNR34GTR V-Spec II Nur – R-Tune – Originality Restored….

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  • frankd
    Participant

    Having come from the classic car-side of the car world – I wanted something more modern that I could just jump in; start first time; go and make some noise through the tunnels, country lanes and sleepy Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex towns and villages on a Sunday morning; leave it in the garage for a few days/weeks on-end; jump in it again and go blatting again when the weather and time of day was right for me. A hard-top with some heating, rigidity, handling and comfortable seats seemed like heaven.

    A drive with a friend in an R34GTR in 2001 down the old A3 had always stuck in my memory banks – a 700bhp monster; 5-point harnesses and me, strapped-in, eyes glued to the G-meter and the inside lane traffic, bends and curves arriving and disappearing at warp-speed.

    So……. the search was on for the rocking horse poo of BNR34GTR’s – a Nismo Z-tune.

    NO CHANCE: all clearly sitting in private collections. No auction traffic. No publicity. No serial numbers. No registration numbers. Just the odd photograph and thread buried-away 20 pages down on a Google search.

    As you well know – the next level down in the hierarchy is an R-Tune.

    I joined the GTROC; registered on the ‘black’ site and also registered on the ‘blue’ site and became a passive, predatory member for a few months. Buried deep-down in these Forums are a few informative threads – but little of any substance.

    No Z-Tunes; no R-Tunes and no S-Tunes on the market anywhere on the planet.

    A few V-Spec II Nur and a few M-Spec II Nur – but they all seemed to be for sale from, let’s say, dealers that you guys just don’t recommend.

    I found JPS’s thread ‘Shrek a R34 V Spec II NUR R Tune’ on the blue forum. He had begun this thread on the 24<sup>th</sup> of June 2015 – and this proved to be both an inspiration and aspiration.

    After massive hours of homework with a laptop glued to my lap every night for months between September and December 2015 – the nostrils were honed, alert and hungry…..

    At the end of September I was about to give up on the whole Z-Tune/R-Tune/S-Tune search when the only R-Tune visible on the WWW (apart from the one JPS had just secured) for at least 6 years….. and in the UK………had just been sold on eBay :-

    Based in High Wycombe – this was the eBay ad :-

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NISSAN-SKYLINE-R34-GTR-V-SPEC-2-NUR-NISMO-OMORI-R1-R-TUNE-ULTRA-RARE-CAR-/231660560429?nma=true&si=Cr3kOd2qiecoepa52Bf2k7e6sTI%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

    Time to do a bit more homework………

    10 months, 2 weeks ago
  • frankd
    Participant
    #145379

    August and September 2015 – lots and lots of homework later…….I had managed to dig-up these clips and articles on the internet :-

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FijWvBRC7-c

    http://www.gtrlife.com/forums/topic/127793-r34-gtr-v-spec-2-nur-r1-nismo-r-tune/

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x30z3ti_r34-gtr-v-spec-2-nur-r1-omori-factory-build_auto

    They were definitely all of the same car……

    The owner was finally tracked-down on a Saturday morning in October 2015. We spoke; we got on well; we spoke some more and we arrived at a mutually agreed price – but there was a catch !

    I had just finished the build of a Porsche 550 Spyder – which was a tribute to the 1955 Paris Motor Show car; this was on commission sale in a prestigious local garage and I kind of knew that it wouldn’t take long to sell. 

    The owner of the R-Tune was willing to wait for me and in no desperate hurry to sell the R-Tune – but wanted it to go to a decent home – clearly thinking that I fitted the bill.

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    Jump forward to February 2016. 

    The deal was done on the 26th of Februrary and I was now the proud owner of a BNR34GTR V-Spec II Nur Nismo R-Tune.

    Lots of cleaning, lots of polishing, one new number plate, some proper Nismo floor mats and Nismo carbon pillar garnishes later :-

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    10 months, 2 weeks ago
  • Jack Roberts
    Participant
    #145384

    I look forward to seeing it again Frank

    As I may have mentioned to you at the Ace, I knew the previous good owner and have seen the car at quite a few meets over the past few years.

    Any post Goodwood update?

    10 months, 1 week ago
  • frankd
    Participant
    #145394

    Time for some socialising; getting out-and-about; meeting people and, I’ve got to say, lots of new friends too.

    I found out who the owners of the other 4 UK-based R-Tunes are and 3 of us decided to meet-up at the GTROC Ace Cafe Meeting – May 2016. Myself (white car), ‘bhp’ (grey car), ‘JPS’ (Shrek) :-

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    We jointly decided to book a professional photographer – Waqas Munawar – for the afternoon.

    He needed us in an underground car park in Hatfield for approximately 5 hours to do the shoot – so off we headed….

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    He took some amazing photographs of the three cars together :-

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    10 months, 1 week ago
  • frankd
    Participant
    #145401

    Some personal favourites of mine :-

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    10 months, 1 week ago
  • frankd
    Participant
    #145411

    JULY 2016…..

    Now this all looks like cherry pie and sweetness and, indeed, a little slice of heaven – but, as we all know, there are also realities to GTR ownership.

    A car like this has to be kept at the top of it’s game and in as original a condition as possible. No messing.

    So………..

    I had this little list I kept on my iPhone of ‘R-Tune to-do’s’ – and the corresponding list over to the right of the page titled £££ – as we all do.

    However – in addition – my new-found GTR friends and I have been brutal with each other’s cars and their originality. We have piled the pressure on each other and developed a new word for the Oxford English Dictionary – ‘JISMO’ – a word that should explain itself !

    My JISMO’s were :-

    1. Trust TI exhaust system
    2. Oversized injectors
    3. HKS/Kansai Strut Tower Bar
    4. SARD Fuel Pressure Regulator
    5. A Xmas tree set of dials mounted to the dashboard (HKS Boost Controller and HKS A/F Knock Amp)
    6. Fcon Pro piggy-backed onto the Nismo R1 ECU

    But hey-ho……it’s July, there’s sunshine, miles to eat, more Summer car shows and more socialising to do…….

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    10 months, 1 week ago
  • Kriss Merchant
    Administrator
    #145426

    Subscribed!

    Seen the car at the GTROC London Meets – obviously – as well as a couple of other shows too. Beautiful, beautiful car!

    Or as a saying from a film goes, ‘Unicorn’.

    Look forward to seeing you both in 2017 as well as your further changes!

    GTROC NATIONAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
    GTROC SOCIAL MEDIA

    WWW.ARKHAMRACING.CO.UK

    #DRIVETRIBE - FOREVER 23

    10 months, 1 week ago
  • davewilkins
    Administrator
    #145427

    What a great post Frank. Lovely to get such detail on the reasons for your purchase and the results. That photo shoot is something else.

    Awesome!

    Dave

    10 months, 1 week ago
  • Kriss Merchant
    Administrator
    #145429

    Forgot to mention as well that thanks to Frank & others it was the first time ever outside of Japan that three R1’s were photographed together at the GTROC London Meet!

    Then the photo shoot took place as well with Mr Keating.

    Top work.

    GTROC NATIONAL EVENTS COORDINATOR
    GTROC SOCIAL MEDIA

    WWW.ARKHAMRACING.CO.UK

    #DRIVETRIBE - FOREVER 23

    10 months, 1 week ago
    • Jack Roberts
      Participant
      #145430

      This is an impressive project Frank – a credit to you.

      10 months, 1 week ago
  • Jack Roberts
    Participant
    #146818

    Frank, just wishing to catch up.

    Are you coming to the Ace and/or Silverstone with the 34?

    6 months, 2 weeks ago

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