Part 1: Learning…
Well I've decided to start my own story on buying my Hakosuka. I'll be honest I used to think I was the "go to" guy when it came to JDM goodness and all that was Skyline. I was hopelessly wrong, but it's okay I guess, we all start somewhere ops:.
When I moved to Japan in '04, at the height of all that Fast and Furious jazz and Drifting was starting to not be underground anymore, all I wanted was a late '96-'98 R33 GT-R, I knew those specific models we're on the list at NHTSA and one of the few newer Skylines that could be legally imported into the U.S. at a FEDERAL level (See page 17: http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/import/elig100111.pdf);
And so my story actually stars with this car (early pics):
The cost to import and legalize an R33 far outweighed what I was willing to spend at the time, and my car was not a BNCR33 GT-R, she was only a '97 ECR33 GTS-T and was certainly not worth the money, the majority of the cost going towards making the car OBD II compliant, was a serious setback. I gave up on my dream of bringing one back legally, and went through a few cars until that fateful day I went to the '04 Fuji Speedaway, NISMO Festival…that day my life changed.