Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple
Daydreaming

What do you dream about? I can imagine in most cases, for the die-hard enthusiasts out there, it may be anything from finally acquiring that rare, ever-so-sought-after chassis you’ve been endlessly scouring the internet and saving for, to actually finishing that project car that’s been sunbathing in your driveway for months. In other cases – less fueled by octane – your dreams might be as simple, yet relevant, as graduating college, starting your own company, or even finally getting that ‘breakthrough’ in whatever career you may be pursuing. Realistically, I think my imagination could run on for days as to the possibilities of what our dreams consist of, but to cut to the chase, for me – as an automotive photographer – when I’m not unconsciously zoning out and fantasizing about ripping through East Atlanta’s Zone 6 in an El Camino the color of mayonnaise, I’m dreaming about the perfect shoot – where everything falls into place.

So what did I do on my recent Speedhunting trip up the Northeastern coast? I tried to make my dreams a reality. I scheduled not one, but three GT-Rs in what I feel to be one of the greatest, most chaotic and unpredictable locations in the world – downtown New York City.

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In the spirit of, ‘honesty is the best policy’ I’d like to happily inform you that in the days leading up to this trip, I really had no idea what my angle for this story was. I knew I had three GT-Rs and the opportunity shoot in the magnificent Big Apple, but what was the connection? They all had a story of making their way stateside, of course. And they were all owned by a group of friends, who not only spend their weekends together wrenching and modding these foreign beasts, but who roll out together as a a force to be reckoned with. But was that enough?

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So during my 15-hour cruise up to New York from Atlanta, it finally hit me – there was nothing about this shoot that connected. The dots just weren’t there. I had no reason for orchestrating a shoot of this nature, and I had no reason for inconveniencing these owners with the dreadful task of running their beloved Skylines through the battlefield of potholes and grid-lock traffic that is New York City, aside from the fact that I simply just wanted to.

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And boom, there it was. The deeper I dug, the more I realised that the reasoning behind all of this was due to my subconscious itching for the opportunity of what has been a complete fantasy since I started shooting. Once I declared it out loud, it really became one of those, ‘Nuff said’ situations. Three GT-Rs in downtown NYC. What glory.

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To backtrack a little, growing up and just stepping foot into the automotive scene, I’ll always remember how an authentic Godzilla was such a rare sighting. And as an uneducated youngin’, there were few things that would make my heart skip a beat while out on the road: a Lamborghini (of any sorts), a first generation, battle-ready Hummer (not the soccer mom ones you see today) and a Nissan Skyline GT-R. And I know it’s not just me, as still to this day, at least one random bystander completely unaffiliated with the automotive world will still suffer from a broken neck when one of these monstrous machines rips on by. It’s what these icons of the Japanese performance car world do.

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On the immediate end of the spectrum, you have NYC – known as one of the world’s greatest, most populated melting pots of a city. On the American side of things, it’s really where everything happens – where young actors and artists risk it all, flee from their homes and leave everything they have ever known to move to the congested wonderland simply to take a shot at stardom.

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Though I skipped the New York City experience and chose Los Angeles for a period of time post-graduation, NYC has always had a certain impact on me – especially as a photographer. And every time I visit I’m floored by how alive the city is, by how perfect the light is no matter what time of day, and by how each block unfolds an entirely new, diverse location within itself.

Opportunity Knocks
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The reality of the issue is that no matter how sentimental this post is to me, and no matter how much effort I put in to consciously expressing and justifying my reasoning behind this shoot, some of you will never read this. You’ll just quickly skim through the images, giving the ones that truly pop out to you an extra nano-second of your time, and maybe even a ‘share’ if I’m lucky. And that’s perfectly okay, as truly, that’s all I really want you to do.

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Because without even reading a single word of this post, I feel strongly enough that the essence of capturing three GT-Rs in such a clustered wonderland of a location is enough to make one’s jaw drop. Maybe it’s due to that fact that realistically, many of you will never have the opportunity to witness a cruise of this nature entirely in the flesh. This, my friends, is why I am writing this piece.

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I’m going to stray from the technical aspects of these builds and focus on the photographic side of things. Like how each car reacts to their environment in its own unique way. For starters, the translucent, limited edition Midnight Purple II on this R34. In reality, this color was a nightmare to photograph considering I went about the shoot in an uncontrolled, handheld sort of way. Yet the more I worked with it, the more it worked with me. At certain moments, the sun would glare down and reveal its most hidden tones…

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And in others it would absolutely pop – showing nothing but the true shine of a plum soaked in a bucket of gloss. I can imagine if one were to shoot this in a light painting sort of fashion that’s exactly what it would express throughout.

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On the other hand, you have the Lamborghini Orange Pearl Mica of this R33, which pretty much looks perfect just about wherever it’s placed. It’s really one of those colors that just works – whether it be in harsh midday light, or hiding down a Brooklyn corridor.

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And lastly, there’s the White Pearl V-spec R34, which if you have ever had a hand in shooting cars, you’ll know that as long as you’re keeping an eye on your highlights, white will always pretty much come out perfect.

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Aside from the given color pallets, shooting in New York City is a complete satisfaction in its own. It is here where the city truly comes to life as a photography location. In general, I find that it’s rare to find a spot where the environment will completely work with you – whether it’s throwing a curve ball or blowing it on providing the decisive moment. But NYC is an entirely different story.

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For starters, you have your pedestrians, who will automatically interact with your subject without direction – especially when that subject is a Nissan with the steering wheel on the wrong side. From biking commuters to strolling tourists, I can’t even begin to count the number of smartphones that were whipped from pockets in an effort to snap photos that they could later show their friends what they saw in the city that day.

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Additionally, you have the architecture of the city, which just about 99 per cent of the time will provide a perfect shooting situation. To further elaborate, if for some reason you’re downtown trying to shoot at 2:00pm and the light is completely blown and harsh (which it will be), just stroll over to the next block where there will most likely be a skyscraper providing a thorough amount of shade and interesting shadow lines to play with. Still not enough shade? Simply find cover under one of the many overpasses where you’ll be greeted with the softest of light possible. Not to mention the gorgeous rays seeping through the exterior.

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It truly is magical. Throughout the many years I’ve been shooting, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced an environment with such luscious available light. Whether it’s reflecting off a glistening building, or creeping through the vanishing point, the opportunities are literally endless here.

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Yet, with every positive there’s always a negative in sight. There’s a reason every car junkie with a DSLR isn’t shooting in downtown NYC, and that’s because it’s not easy. As I mentioned earlier, the roads are filled with potholes like that of a land mine. And though the luscious surroundings generally tend to work in your favor, there are certainly instances where they don’t – like when the congestion and parking is so bad that it’s impossible to keep all three of your subjects within reach.

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Or even down to the details, like that fact that the outer lanes of the roads are so skewed on every street that just about every one of your images is going to have some serious subject-to-background alignment issues. Though I suppose that’s what makes it all so special. It’s a challenge, and to walk away with even one decent image is time well spent.

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If you’ve actually read any of this, you’re probably wondering where the colour grading is from. Well, this was a ‘dream shoot’, right? Precisely. And with dreams comes the freedom for me as an artist to fully express myself, to experiment and to play. So that’s exactly what I did. I chaotically chased three cars around the city in effort to capture the environment, the sights and the sounds which I feel would open the doors for an experimental color pallet. The consistency is the inconsistency. Make no mistake, these images weren’t unknowingly molested, they were carefully adjusted to a style I am currently pursuing.

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I think it’s all too often that we as photographic artists go about conducting our shoots in a manner that is ‘acceptable’. That is, sticking to our shot lists and specific criteria, soaking in the thoughts of naysayers and fearing the outcomes of risk taking. But where’s the joy in that? Where is the separation? If you have a vision, if you have a goal and you want to make a statement, go out and do something about it.

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So yes, I shot two R34s and an R33 in downtown New York, without a proper plan, without any lighting, assistants or grip – and I did so without using much else but a used $150 Canon 35mm f/1.8 lens and a barely breathing Mark II. And it was an absolute blast. Can you blame me? With all said and done, Id like to challenge you to go out and shoot solely for the love, for the experimentation and for the sake of doing something different. Go out and shoot on the street – throw yourself into the mix, spray and pray. I think you’ll be surprised at what comes back on that little glowing LCD screen.

Matthew Jones
Instagram: matthewjonesphoto

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1

It would have been cool to hear a bit about the guys that own these cars and their dreams about the scene, rather than just about cameras, lighting and self-indulging fantasies.

2

3rd chapter 8th pic is just... don't know, I'd consider it true art, automotive photography at its best, I love the way how you include the environment.

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From Australia so please forgive arrogance, I thought that 33's and 34's where not yet available to the American public as they are not yet 25 years or older? These seem to have some type of Law enforcement license plates on them. What's the go there, do these guys not have to abide by the same laws as everyone else or are there loop holes? (For example in Australia we have a "Personal Import" which can be any type of car as long as it was owned by the owner overseas for X amount of time).
Curious!
Nice shots!

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BigJim2031 There were a few legit cars imported and sold years ago before the whole thing fell apart in the Us. Really long story. These may be some of those cars, may be gray market. -shrug-  Only way to know for sure was if he had a picture of all the proper NHTSA paperwork. lol. Tons of people think they have legit cars because they managed to get them registered in their state one way or the other, but that won't stop the DOT from seizing and crushing if that importation paperwork is missing and they find out about it.

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Austin Datsun McEwan

Its not exactly legal to have r33 or r34 unless you use them for display only.. Which these are clearly not.. Its basically illegal for these cars to be on the street in america

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YES! Loved the article. Having lived in Manhattan I really appreciate the beauty and ferocious nature of the photos. Kudos to having the patience and audacity to get them.

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fantastic man, loved the city vibe, editing & obviously the GTR threesome

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Fantastic story with some beautiful photography to boot. That picture of the white R34 at the cross walk is now m desktop. Thanks!

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God, I love that Midnight Purple R34 with those 37SL, simply gorgeous

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Really love this post Mat. It's often when you go in without a plan or expectations and not so much photogear you perform 'better' and more comfortable. I believe this article and photos are the result of that. Well done, really miss these kind of articles on SH to be honest!

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Though sometimes i do indeed just scroll through the pictures. I actually read your article and I LOVED it! No bullshit, no intricate story, just pure passion for what you do. This combined with these awesome(!) pictures, makes this one of the best posts i've read in a while! Great job!

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Benjamin Meyer

"I had no reason for inconveniencing these owners with the dreadful task of running their beloved Skylines through the battlefield of potholes and grid-lock traffic that is New York City, aside from the fact that I simply just wanted to." - Most of the time that's all you need brother. 
You had me at 3 Skylines but to shoot in NYC, you're a bold cat. That photo of the kids on the bikes with the R34 (3rd Chapter, 8th photo I believe) that belongs hanging in a gallery somewhere. The composition, the fact your eye is lead directly too the car like you're on a bike with those kids chasing after that dope ride you saw just to keep it's wonderful visage in view while you were on the way to the comic book shop/basketball courts when you were a kid.  
Matt I came into work this morning and this just made my day already.  Really top notch man.  I wish I could see every single shot you took. 
Now you just need to do a shoot with the 4 generations of M3's pre-eletronic steering and you'll be my hero.

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I loved this. More from you please. Writing and pictures both are exquisite!

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Great!From the title to the end.

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Great post!  Absolutely amazing shots through out the entire article and was quite a great read also.

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Halal guys!!

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This is what Speedhunters is all about to me.  I love the variety of stories posted here, and simply gathering three glorious cars for a shoot in NYC is more than enough for me to be happy.  Sometimes you have to stretch your photographic legs without any real underlying story, just to grow as a photographer.  And in the end you really did walk away with some epic photos.

A few weeks back I set up a shoot with a friend, and part of it was doing rolling shots with my camera strapped on a tripod to my passenger seat with a remote trigger.  I had a few people afterwards complain I could have called them to drive while I shot the photos, but it was more about proving to myself that I could do it this way.  It was probably my best shoot of the year.

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majik16106 BigJim2031 I was going to ask this as well. Here in Florida there are quite a few imports that have not met the 25 year mark. I believe there is some kind of loophole exploited here in order to have them registered. I believe somewhere on the DOT or NHTSA says that R33's are actually legal somehow. 
But I personally believe once they're registered in the state thats all that matters. 
I wanted to try something like this too.

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That was moving. Thank you so much for going to the lengths to capture everything and share it with us.

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KevinSzymanski

BigJim2031 Motorex was able to bring in a few cars legally before they got shut down due to other illegal activities.  Not sure if these are Motorex cars or not, but if they are Motorex cars they are fully legal because they were brought up to crash and emissions standards by Motorex.  However my guess is that these are not.

There was only a small handful of cars legally imported.  Other companies tried bringing them in as a kit car by selling a rolling chassis, but that was also quickly shut down.

Lately our government has been spending entirely way to much money and time on seizing illegally imported vehicles instead of giving us the option to do it legally.

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There is more to the story than that. Towards the end, Motorex failed to actually complete compliance modifications on most of the cars. Additionally, they were only licensed to import the R33, but were passing off R32s and R34s as R33s. Also, the illegal stuff like you mentioned.

They managed to sour the government on the Skyline.

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CharlesChris15

lmfao the one paragraph i happened to read was the one about how people will just skim through the pictures XD

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Cool stuff

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Isn't importing Skylines to the US illegal? Would be very interesting to hear the stories..
Oh and :

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Ha Ha Matt! I read the article and only skimmed the photos until I was done reading THEN went back and looked through the photos more carefully. TAKE THAT! Loved the article and it's refreshing to see that you aren't just "shooting between the lines" doing what is expected and are taking some risks in trying something different. I love that purple R34 and the fact that you were able to bring out so many different colors in that paint is astounding!

I took note of the color grading and I personally like it. No it's not "consistent" from shot to shot in the whole collection but I think you focused more on what looked best for each individual shot and I commend you for posting them all with their "individuality" intact. Thanks for an awesome post!

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BMueller The struggle is real. I had to delete all my desktop icons as they were getting in the way of my pretty photos...

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JoeWhaler
Thats why I have two monitors, so at least one is free of icons and the task bar :D

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Gianluca FairladyZ

Thank you so much for these nice pictures! I'll never stop wanting that car, now and forever! Thx Speedhunters

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Great article! Spray and pray used to be my photography philosophy too, and while it certainly gives you a certain freedom and thrill of finding something in the random chaos, I have since changed my approach to photography. Reading some of Larry Chen's recent articles on film has inspired me to shoot digital as if I were shooting film (manual mode, but using the LCD live view as a handicap to rely on). Now I try to take a more measured approach these days, to really take my time and compose and slow things down. I find myself wanting to really immerse myself in the environment and the subject whether it's a car, a person, or a landscape before taking the shot.

Having said that, the great shots you've got without a "plan" speaks to the character of the city and the 3 awesome subjects you got to work with. Sometimes in such chaotic moments, things can fall together to form a great picture but it takes a great eye to know when to capture that! Makes me want to explore DTLA and find whatever spots I can park my car, get out, and see what angles the city has given me to work with.

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gliebau Kindly disagree. Given the "legend" status of the 3 cars on these shores, it kind of adds more intrigue and mystery not knowing anything about the owners. Also, the owners may not actually want to disclose too much information about their cars for the same reason (!). Just knowing that they're three friends that work on these cars together and cruise together is enough background story as I need frankly. 

This story is about daydreaming turning into reality, so knowing less about the owners gives you more freedom to imagine you in their shoes. That's how I see it anyway

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Great work. I love the setting, but I enjoyed the cars and the shots even more.

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Speedhunters_Bryn

Kick ass Matt, KICKASS.

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Chris Nuggets gliebau You're welcome to kindly disagree... But I personally don't come to Speedhunters expecting a majority of the text of an article to be dedicated to discussions about NYC, photography and daydreaming. This story is absolutely about those things, as you "see it," but that's exactly why I think it's silly.

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inSANE

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I have been visiting SH since its inception. I even remember Carl Jarrett's RX7 FC Project car. Through these years, I have come across only 4 SH photographers with a highly developed artistic sense unmatched by the rest. Lihnbergh, Klingelhoefer, Chen and now Jones. Please be cautious. You have raised the benchmark high and consistence is key. Keep it buddy and bring us the Merc from SOWO asap.

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***consistency

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One of the best articles on SH, period! The shots you've selected and processing bring it all together, thanks for bringing a great but different piece!

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Great Article! GTR 4 Life!

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gliebau Chris Nuggets Well like all blogs, not every story will be of interest to you. There's plenty of other articles that might be more interesting like the Pikes Peak coverage or something. I personally like the variety and appreciate it for what it is

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Chapter 1. 3rd picture and Chapter 2. 6th picture, pretty darn impressive, especially the latter.

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One of my favourite posts so far. I love these inner city photos. I recently did a similar shoot in Kuala Lumpur.
http://matcanyon.blogspot.com/2014/07/corners-of-concrete-breaking-necks-in.html

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I just noticed you are no longer part of the SH team. First Lihnbergh, then Klingelhoefer (there no such thing as a contributor), Paddy and now Jones. Extremely disappointed!!! Someone in the management is by definition a poor decision maker. Good luck in your new ventures, buddy.

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Chris Nuggets gliebau Certainly, and the point of the comments section is to be able to voice opinions about various aspects of each article. I happen to find this one's written content lame and off track with automotive journalism, and am perfectly fine voicing that opinion. Good day!

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@TROLLS ROYCE Funny, that wasn't supposed to happen till August 1st :) Im gone, but won't be far! Thanks for enjoying my stuff buddy!

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@Beany preciate' it man!

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shiftyXTI my pleasure, buddy!

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Speedhunters_Bryn ;)

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edit time, I read what I wrote lol. *My favorite shot is....*

49

it looks more like a midnight purple III. it's too purple to be MP II from looking at the pictures.

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@zz majik16106 BigJim2031 You can "personally believe once they are registered in state thats all that matters" all you want too. But that isn't true. There are a ton of examples of GTR owners having their cars taken and crushed despite being plated and registered in the state they live. They absolutely exploit a federal importation law and like most things.. the DOT and NHTSA federal laws trump local traffic and state DOT registration stations. Having a plate and a registration, and insurance absolutely does not make the cars legal. It does not protect you from seizure. The feds find out, the car gets crushed, and you are entitled to nothing. Nobody is going to pay you for it. Nobody to sue. You just lose. 

Do people risk it all the time? sure. Do they get away with it? Sure. It is worth noting though, that the longer the community in the US protects, defends and helps hide these people, the longer they help the gray market imports.. the longer and harder it is to get clearance. There are people in the DOT/NHTSA right now, fighting to just make the GTR illegal all together. Despite the 25 year rule. They REALLY don't want to deal with all the 90s turbo cars becoming legal. It aint over. 

As for the R33.. its a very special case. Short version. Originally Motorex contracted JK technologies on the east coast to do the legalizing. They did the initial work on the R33, which was the first car motorex made legal. After the motorex debacle Jk technologies convinced the NHTSA they had done legit work and had their RI status kept. So now they are the only legal importers of the car. Of course, an 80k legalization package is silly so they priced themselves out of having a ton of customers. Is what it is.

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Really enjoyed this! Very refreshing take on how to shoot in the city.

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Bravo this is Art. Wonderful Shoot!

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What a swan song Matt. You'll be missed. Like Lindbergh and John Brooks and Sean K. SH keeps the bar very very high for photography and writing, but I feel they keep losing the best, again and again. I hope it just means you all left for a BETTER joint!

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https://m.facebook.com/smokinimagesphotos/photos/pb.271118106251317.-2207520000.1405750968./866136510082804/?type=1&source=42
I sprinted down times square to grab a couple of shots. Iconic car in such an iconic place and so unexpected

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I do find it quite silly such a law exists. Correct me once again if I am wrong but isn't it legal to import a model that is already sold legally in the states?

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D1RGE EXE Did I miss something? read the whole article, missed where he said he was leaving SH...

57

These photos were amazing. I kinda like that it wasn't about gigantic power numbers and ultra rare rims and some exhaust manifold that is supposed to mean something to me because it was made by so and so. These are just beautiful pictures of some of the greatest cars in the last 30 years.

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"Because without even reading a single word of this post, I feel strongly enough that the essence of capturing three GT-Rs in such a clustered wonderland of a location is enough to make one’s jaw drop" such a frank and damn nice article!

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If I’m not mistake, the white 34 w/red roll bar was purchase here in Tokyo (Yokota Air Base) by an NCO prior to him PCSing back CONUS. The vehicle was later seen on McChord Air Base in Tacoma Washington. In the last 15 years, I’ve witnessed a few vehicles shipped CONUS on Uncle Sam’s dime that I thought weren’t eligible. There is always a workaround, always a waiver.

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wtf is up with these filters?

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Dude you are one hell of an addition to speedhunters! Keep up the good work !

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KevinSzymanski its a shame that they are worried about something as trivial as gtr's. i could name countless other things that would help s**** america become a better place. that being said i am considering an r32....

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Best article on Speedhunters this year. By far.

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I think I've seen that white 34 here in California at a car meet at a Krispy Kreme donuts.... regardless amazing article

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gatoonik read the article.

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I really enjoy the photography here.  Great work, it really captured my attention.

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I think you are confusing the term "downtown" with "Manhattan."  They are not the same thing.

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MattyJones Saw Sean at the 'Ring taking photos for SH and know Sean K (Klingelhoerfer) is active with SH - Lots of folks come and go and while it doesn't seem that you were with SH long, I am sure you will be on to your next gig at some point.  Good luck.

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I thought the Skylines were illegal to import to the US or am I wrong?

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MANNN ! this an Epic post !

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JamesEvins happy i could do so, bud!

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ramibakir i believe the r32 is already legal due to it meeting the law on 25-year old car limit, though i too would like to know how they managed to get the 33 and 34s on NYC roads.  matt?

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nugundam93 ramibakir I am assuming they were all imported during the days when Motorex was around and imported it. Back in the early 2000's Motorex imported many R33's and R34's, but they only crash tested the R33. The company went away quickly because of multiple reasons and rumors. If you go online you can find the guidelines to make a R33 96-98 us legal. Trust me I have been looking for years on how to do this and still want to do it to this day.

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@zz majik16106 BigJim2031 
"But I personally believe once they're registered in the state thats all that matters."
Unfortunately, its not. All cars are not federally compliant until they are 25 years old. Having state compliance (including registration) won't keep the feds from wasting money going after these cars since they surely don't have anything better to do. 

The sadness aside of our archaic importation laws, very nice article. I enjoyed that the article was solely about how its like to shoot in NY. No car spec info which was perfect. 

Thanks for sharing!

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@zz It's not. That is the reason you can't import a Euro-spec version of the same model if its sole here. It's all pretty complicated, but if you go by the 25 year rule, you are fine to import into any state except California which none of these cars will pass emissions regulations.

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neffgordon KevinSzymanski  I feel you there man, they would rather spend more money trying to stop these cars getting in when they should be focusing on all the taxpayer money we are spending on all these illegals in this country. The real problem is the government is a crooked as a mob and someone with money is paying them to get after these cars. I've really been thinking about bringing an R32 from Canada. Its a lot cheaper than bringing it on a boat over from Japan

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Sublime in every respect! The art, the methodology, the literary expression, the cars, the location! Truly one of Speedhunters best, period! It leaves me with the joy and awe that seeing 3 Godzillas vs.NY!

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Lovely cars but GTR on TE37's = M3 on BBS. Need more effort.

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I thought Canon only made a 35mm F2?

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Is there anyway we could get a larger version of the picture #4 (preferably in 2880×1800 for the retina screen)? I would love to have a high resolution for my laptop! Great pictures and story, definitely my favorite post this year!

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Project 350ZTT neffgordon KevinSzymanski Its easier and cheaper, but it'll be a lot harder to find a stock example that you can make your empty canvas.

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NYC is one of my dream place to shoot cars. I totally agree with the photographer, that place is a haven for photography, walk a few blocks, and you'll get that perfect lighting and scene.

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I'm really itching to insert an uncle r32 to those cruising crew. Better if it got the Calsonic Blue hue. Coz my dream is to see with my own eyes all the GTRs in one place...

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gliebau Chris Nuggets Very passionate is this one! Thanks for contributing ^_^

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MattyJones Matthew, I saw this posted over a week ago now and knew I needed to take some real time to sit down and read through it all. I even needed to do a little personal growing up before doing so, and so along with my fresh cooked brunch, I sat to take it all in (read every single word) and I am floored! 

I've known you long enough to see your talent grow tremendously in the past few years, and although I found out about you working with SH long before IATSH updates, I always knew you coming here was not only well deserved, but short lived. It has been an honor to have worked by your side and I am forever thankful for the inspiration you have provided me in my personal and professional life. 

Never forget that even when weeks have gone by, you have immortalized this experience by publishing it here. Even if other photographers and cell phone artists hung out their posh NYC Balconies, they know deep down inside that you orchestrating that dream enabled them to even witness such amazement. Know inside that If it weren't for you, I might not have ever submitted my car to the recent IATSH theme. It is highly likely that Management still has a clue! 

Truly Humbling sir!

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I was really looking forward to this, Matthew, and man it did not disappoint. Best of luck with your future ventures, I'm sure great things are coming your way.

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LyndenPrior Feel free to email me, matt@matthewjonesphoto.com

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KamilOsman Now that would be amazing!

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@Ed Glorious, isn't it? I just wish I had more time. The chaos is fun, but a controlled environment would truly be magical

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Perri Minot MattyJones Made my day, Perri. Thanks homie.

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PaddyMcGrath lol, I've been waiting on a comment from you, sir. Started to think I totally let you down! haha. Stoked to see you enjoyed it!

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MattyJones PaddyMcGrath Like someone else below said, it's one of those posts that I wanted to wait for the right time to sit down and read it properly. Kudos to you!

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Marcus Vinicius

Sir, this post ''simply'' captures all the the emotion and love from those cars and mix with the insensibility of NYC in a BRILLIANT way !!
Those photos are extremely outstanding, congratulations.
I've been keeping an eye out for your posts, and this one just took me to one conclusion: you are one of the best photojournalists in the World, keep doing this killer posts.

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Chapter 1, photo 1.
Chapter 2, photo 6.
Chapter 3, photo 3.

These 3 photos are my absolute favorites from this entire post. Also, was anyone hearing Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" in their head while reading this? I know I was.

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Speedhunting? I think so.

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@Fartonyourlip TE37s should've been BNR34 factory wheels...and they were, in a 5-spoke variation called the GT-LM4, on the Z-Tune model.

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smokinimages Good shot.

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thanks for the encouragement

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thanks for the encouragement

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Are those motorex cars? They're beautiful but as much as I hate to say it those are federally illegal in the US at this moment since they're less than 25 years old. They look like they have New Jersey plates. :/

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