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What Is Love?

What Is Love?

When it comes to cars, if you ask me, I think love would be coming back to the same thing every time you buy. Like in the picture, you owned a 300ZX, so when the time came you bought a 370Z. And to those who love the car they own, buying the newest version of it is not even a question. Love in an automotive sense almost becomes perpetual. You love what you have, so you go get an newer one just like it! I think that it is like that for many people. Do you remember the first drive you ever took in the car you love? That sensation, the feeling of “this is the one I want” it’s really unlike anything else. I felt that way the first time I dove my Fairlady. One thing is for sure, when you find that feeling, you don’t ever want to let it go. I say trust your feelings. You know it when it’s real. Tell me your story? what was the first drive like in your Nissan? Does thinking about it make you want another one? What stopped you from getting another one? or did you get one? I want to hear your story. Even if it’s not in a Nissan.

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Lets Talk Wagons

Lets Talk Wagons

So for a moment lets say that you have a larger family, maybe even a dog, but you don’t want and enormous van or SUV. What do you buy? Well more than likely you would look for a wagon. One that will accommodate all your needs fit your family and your pet. Where do you go to look for that wagon? Better yet, Who offers wagons? Ford, Subaru, Mazda, Toyota, Cadillac, Mitsubishi, Volvo, BMW, and even Mercedes. Now that’s a huge section of the auto industry making and selling wagons in the US. But what wagon does Nissan offer? Think about it….. NONE. They offer ZERO wagons to the American consumers. What makes it better still is that they make wagons!! The two wagons pictured above are the Nissan Wingroad, and the Nissan Stagea, two completely viable, sellable, well made wagons that could cover Nissans HUGE production gap of wagons in the US. So then Why on earth do they choose year after year to not offer these wagons here? Anyone know and care to chime in? because I can not figure it out. Personally I’d like to pick the brain of the men that decided that bringing the Wingroad and Stagea was a bad idea, and call them all idiots. Nissan is missing out on a HUGE section of the American market. It’s really a damn shame, and honestly that is just the tip of the iceberg of cars that they don’t sell to the US. I could understand it more if they had no wagons and didn’t see it cost effective to design and develop new ones, but they already have these wagons….in production!!! The Stagea has been in production since 1996 and the Wingroad has been in production since 1982!!! What on earth are they thinking?! They have been building competitively made wagons for 31 years!!! I personally have been coveting the Stagea since it was first produced, and if I have to wait until one is 25 years old before I can import it then so be it, I WILL have one. But I think that Nissan Is really just turning their backs on a huge portion of the public that are looking for Nissans quality to fill the gap! These wagons would likely sell very well here, and I think the least Nissan could do is try. JUST TRY!! See what happens. I think they would be surprised by the warm response cars like the Stagea and Wingroad would receive. I would just pray that they don’t change the name badges on the boat ride over to something ridiculous that the think will “sell better” that’s my two cents on Nissans wagons. What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear them!! lets discuss wagons!!!

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The Turbo Arms Race

The Turbo Arms Race

The 90s really were the glory days of the Turbocharger. EVERYTHING came with a turbocharger bolted to it, Well anything worth owning really! Everyone was gunning for the number one slot. But time and time again I saw no clearer victor than Nissan. Toyota Stormed the gates with the Mark IV Supra a full 4 years after Nissan released the Z32 300ZX. And Mitsubishi was struggling to keep up with the overly heavy 3000GT VR-4. The only real close contender at the time was Mazda, but the Twin Turbo FDs unique engine platform scared away those who weren’t already enthusiasts or already understood the rotary engine. But not only did Nissan lead the pack with the Z, overseas they were harboring the monster known as the Skyline. A car that generation after generation left the competition at the gates licking their wounds. Even further still, they released a slightly watered down version of their bestselling Silvia to us known as the 240SX, and It was no slouch either! So where other companies were coming to the table with their one good offering. Nissan rolled in and put three incredibly powerful contenders on the table. And every time I turned around they were coming out with new special versions and various trim levels that took owning a Nissan to a whole new level. Any time I would look at another brand, Nissan would roll out with something new that took my breath away. It always seemed like they were trying to beat out the competition in power and speed at every turn. And it wasn’t just the Z and The Skyline either! They had all sorts of fantastic machines in the 90s that just put them light years ahead of everyone else. The Cefiro, The Cedric, the Stagea, the Bluebird, the Silvia/240SX. To me, when you look at it from that perspective, they were bolting turbos to everything and getting speed and power out of everything, while the others were still making average cars. If you ask me, the other brands never really had a prayer. and even after the roaring 90s had passed, when the other brands retired their giants, Nissan refused to stop. And to this day they still make some of the real true Automotive greats. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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The Turbo Era

The Turbo Era

As a kid growing up in the 90s I got to see the glory days of the Japanese sports car. All the greats like the Supra, The 3000gt, The RX-7, and Of Course The Z. I used to see them New on the streets with temporary tags, while I was standing on the sidewalk wishing I was old enough to own one. I can still see it when I close my eyes, riding in the back of my parents car as we drove past a local Nissan dealer. We would pass the dealership and I would look out the window and see the 300ZXs gleaming in the front row, just waiting for someone to take them home. I remember lying in bed at night just wishing I could have one, wishing my dad would go buy one and put it away for me until I was old enough to drive. That part was the real pipe dream of a young kid though! I remember the first time I ever saw a Twin Turbo Z in action, I was coming back from my grandfathers house. We were in his Grey Mercury Sable Wagon, it was an ’89. and we were stopped at a traffic light near the Nissan dealer I know this because I was ready at the window to look as we would pass. As we were waiting at the light a Red Twin Turbo Z pulled along side us Wearing a dealer plate, sticker still in the window. The man driving it was obviously on a test drive with the salesman. I remember it now and I could almost see it in slow motion. The light turned green and the back tires started to turn The rear end dropped down lower and the car pulled away, leaving a small trail of tire smoke. My grandfather was less than impressed by this reckless driving, but that memory has stayed with me all my life. I longed for the day when I too would be able to drive my own Twin Turbo Z. That Shining gleaming beauty, that paramount of Japanese power. Maybe that is why out of all the cars I’ve owned in my life, my Z is the one I vowed to keep. I will carry that memory with me all my life. But every time I drive my Z, I feel that memory, and I’m always smiling. That boyhood dream of driving and owning my own Twin Turbo Z came true. It may not seem like a great victory, but sometimes its the small victories that mean the most. If that boy watching that Z drive away and a fury of turbo spool and tire smoke knew what would be waiting for him years from then, I think he would smile too.

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A Love Affair That Will Never End

A Love Affair That Will Never End

I hope to be able to share a wonderful, exciting, inspiring story with you every day, however today I feel that maybe I should post two stories or thoughts with you. I hope this will give some body to my blog here and hopefully bring you all in to read more as well as share more. So in this post, I will ask you to share with me one thing: To you, What is Passion? To me passion is what drives us. Passion is that thing we believe in and hope for beyond all reason. It drives us to create masterpieces, Love others with all of our being, Chase our dreams without a second thought. Nissan for me has been that passion. Sadly I don’t know that my words will ever reach them, but I’ll be damned if that keeps me from writing them. I can’t wait to share my passion with you! But first, please share some of your passion with me and we can share more along the way. If you are here, perhaps you too have a deep love for Nissan and their heritage. Tell me what it is that you love most!! I’ll even say please!

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A Moon Lit Memory

A Moon Lit Memory

What is the first memory you can recall? Is it something from your childhood? maybe a special memory of you parents? or that family vacation where dad spilled his dinner into his lap? Our memories let us take a brief look into our past and remind us where we have been. Fond memories at that, can give us joy as we recall those past events that helped to define our life. Some of us will cherish memories of a certain place, or object that meant a great deal to us at the time. Many of my memories fall on the cars that I have owned in my life. I have had many cars in my lifetime, 38 at this point to be exact. All of which I have owned in the brief span of my driving years, which at this point total 14 years, but I remember each one of them vividly. I wish I could have kept every single one of them, but I am not a man of great means and big warehouses are a bit out of my price range. I have owned cars from almost every great Japanese brand, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Subaru, and Nissan. What I will say is that my purest passion from the time I first knew of the world of cars, has been Nissan. And that treasured brand is the reason why I have started writing here for the world to read. I will share my stories and escapades with you so that you may get a glimpse into the heart and mind of a car fanatic and brand loyalist. I am, however, going to ask things of you as well. what I will ask is for you to share you experiences with me along the way so that we may share the journey and the memories of the life of a car lover. So tell me your story too, what’s your first car memory?