Guest Blog: Colin Masterson>> Golden Gardens Pnw Nissan Meet

Up in the American Pacific Northwest, the clouds are plentiful and the rain seemingly unending. Warm sunny days are in short supply but that does not stop many of us from gathering. Once a year a meet is held that is well known to all those in the import scene: Golden Gardens. Put on by at Golden Gardens Park in Seattle. It is a great place to meet and see what the Northwest has to offer.

The tradition has been going strong before I joined the Nissan scene six years ago. Not only has it continued year after year with a strong following, but those in attendance have grown immensely with each passing year. When I first went in 2005, those in attendance amounted in numbers that filled up a little more than one of the four parking lots and only Nissans showed. However, in the past couple of years, the meet has exploded to include Imports, Domestics, and European rides while growing in number and taking up all four parking lots. The emphasis is still evident as the vast majority of cars in attendance are still Nissans – specifically those of the Silvia, Z, and Skyline lineage.

As one of the premier car meets in the region, Golden Gardens attracts people from all over. It is not uncommon to find cars and their respective owners driving hours and leaving their residence in the early hours of the morning. To date, individuals have come from all over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and British Columbia, Canada. If there is one meet that is a must see in the Nissan world for the Pacific Northwest, it is Golden Gardens.

Although stock, the NISMO 370Z is an amazingly well designed car with such quiet aggressiveness.

A pristine turbo Z31. It was nice to see so many Z31's in attendance this year.

A Pulsar GTi-R. Not much seemed to be on par with such a car, which would explain as to why there was so much interest in it.

A clean and simple S13 with a Silvia headlight conversion and bright green rims that caught many eyes.

The RB26DETT powered S12 of Modified Magazine's February issue.

A clean and smooth sounding RB20DET powered S14. Its blue had incredible depth.

An R33 from B.C. joined the ranks of the other Skylines in attendance – DR30, R31, R32, and R35.

A rare site indeed – an FJ-turbo powered DR30.

An S14 that make no compromises nor asks for any quarter.

A Datsun 510 in traditional racing livery.

There were many chassis from other companies in attendance representing just about every company from Japan. Among them were a few AE86s, one of which caught the eye of many for its exceptional hood.

And yes, walking the entire length of the Golden Gardens Park to view all the cars grew tiresome after several passes. Some thought ahead and brought out their other obsessions.

A big thanks has to go out to Gaelen and his team from NWN. They have done an awesome job every year in being able to organize this. Recognition is in order in order for all volunteers who assist NWN. As each year passes, the venue attracts more attention and requires more help.

This year two companies pitched in and helped out: NOS Energy Drink and came out to support by giving out free stuff and pitching in extras for the raffle.

-Colin Masterson

Photos by Shawn McManus

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S12 + RB26 ... I could not even begin to imagine the fight for traction


Pretty sure that's a regular 370Z, not a NISMO.


The hood on the 86 is by Origin body kits.Its called the great wave off kanagawa.created after the masterpiece.


That red Skyline is actually the earlier DR30 model. Our company sent it over to the USA about a year or so ago.

R31's will be legal soon and they are much nicer being fitted with the RB20DET motor. Rear tail a bit more streamline unlike the boxy R30's were.

Thanks for sharing.


sexy 370. drop it though, even better.


Beautiful shots of great cars. Nice post.


rofl @ second to last pic of a clean 86 rocking the mishimoto sticker, man get that crap out of your car! Those cores are JUNK.


That's a DR30 RS-C... not an R31


Looks liek a great meet, coming from Nor Cal and loving Seattle, I may need to head up and have a look for next year, Man that last Photo makes me want a Ruckus so damn bad!


lol so much wrong information in there, particulary with the rs turbo "R31" . . .


that s12 rb26 sounds crazy.

also thats a fj powered dr30 not a r31.


Monkey: It's definitely not a regular 370Z, at least bodywise:


The Hokusai 'Great Wave' graphics on that AE86 bonnet look amazing!


@Monkey: Wrong. Base Z34's have a different bumper, you know... The one with those little fang looking things...

Good coverage! Nice to see some meaty tires on that Sil80 with the green FN's...


Colin, your S12 is the sex! i LOVE it!!


Thanks for the coverage guys!


@ monkey.. Do you not see the nismo logo on the rims? Wow never thought stock z34's came with a lip


Wow finally some Z31 love! That Nismo 370z is sweet as well


RB33? surely it didnt have a 3.3litre Rb in it.

So im assuming you meant BRN33.

This years GG was seriously lacking. Last years was much better as far as quality car's turning out.


Sorry about the labeling of the DR30 as a R31. That was my mistake as I mistyped it and did not catch it. My apologies.


Very cool event!! I guarantee that this event will be on my calendar in the future. I checked out NWN's site and it seems that the show may be in jeopardy due to uncalled-for actions by others and their cars. Is this really true? Anybody?


That RB33DETTTGTR skyline is boss, man. And that R31? Hella rad. I also liked the Sylveeya and the Nizmoe 317,.


Any chance of a few more photos of the P510 (3rd photo down)? looks awesome with the rusted look.


Good to see some DR30 love! just makes me sad mine is just sitting in the garage doing nothing


That S12 is popular over the net. Much better than my CA20 engined one.


That ratty 510 is sexy as!