You are probably sick of hearing about Nissan’s many anniversaries this year, but the company is celebrating one more 50-year milestone — that of the Tomei Expressway. The 215-mile highway traces Japan’s southern coast between Tokyo and Nagoya, following a trunk road dating back to feudal times. In 1969, that route opened to motor vehicles and became one of the most heavily traveled roads in Japan.
As one of the oldest highways in Japan, the Tomei contributed greatly to Japan’s motorization. In other words, it helped sell tons and tons of Nissans. As such, the company is honoring it with a nostalgic video showing Skylines, Fairlady Zs, Glorias, Bluebirds, and Sunnys hitting the open road. There’s even a few Nissan-Diesel trucks and buses thrown into the mix. Take a look above.
What the video doesn’t (can’t) mention is that certain stretches of the Tomei were favored stomping grounds of the hashiriya, or highway racers. These speed battles often used Nissan’s top performance cars as weapons of choice. That’s why it’s even more fitting than the video can show that the 50th anniversaries of the Tomei, Fairlady Z, and GT-R are all celebrated by Nissan.