GT-R Indulgence: R’s Meeting 2018
Heaven With A Capital R

Welcome to heaven. Well, heaven if you’re into anything and everything GT-R related. And even if you aren’t, I’m sure you’re not going to complain about a whole lot of JDM goodness.

As summer slowly comes to an end, the local event calendar is starting to full up fast, so you can expect to see a whole lot more stories from Japan as the end of the year approaches. To start it all off is one of our favorite gatherings: R’s Meeting.


Organized by the folks at GT-R Magazine, this is the biggest event of its kind in the world. Seeing so many GT-Rs of all generations and states of tune at Fuji Speedway on Sunday was yet again totally overwhelming.


R’s Meeting is ground zero for the GT-R enthusiast, RB and VR tuning, and of course style. This is where new products and new cars get shown and announced, and where people come to seek inspiration. There’s a lot to digest, but for your benefit I’ll be bringing you some pretty comprehensive coverage of the event, starting off with this initial gallery to set the scene.


Even if this is a very small scene in the grand scheme of things, with a lot of the same cars, tuners and parts manufacturers participating, there’s enough variation to keep the crowds coming back to R’s Meeting year after year. Then again, you’d be silly to expect crazy new cars and massive differences in parts; everyone knows the GT-R world improves and evolves little by little, and that’s the beauty of it. You can notice it, follow the technical solutions as they happen, and maybe try them out yourself if you like what you see.


As always, Nissan brought some official support to the event by showcasing pretty much the entire Nismo line-up, as well as a few new and old race cars. Here’s the N1 Motul-Nismo GT-R of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda from 2017.


The first surprise of the day was seeing an Infiniti Q60S – what we could call the Skyline Coupe if Nissan offered the car in its home market. This is the hottest version of the sleek coupe, and it’s powered by a 400hp 3.0L twin-turbo V6. It was obviously brought in as a parallel import, and was for a moment parked up next to Rocky Auto’s PCG10; talk about a great ‘now and then’ representation of the lineage.


On arrival at the upper paddock area where the event is based, I first took a walk past every parked car and display to get a sense of what was hot this year.

Of course, I couldn’t pass up grabbing a few shots of the HKS GT-R 1000 time attack machine. The car is looking pretty fresh with a set of Yokohama GTs painted in a limited edition color that will only be sold through Yokohama Wheel’s US distributor. There was another car with the same wheels, let’s see if you can spot it further down…


One of my upcoming spotlights from this event will be on a rather eye-catching R34 built by one of my all-time favorite shops: Garage Saurus. These guys were masters at building 8-second drag GT-Rs back in the ’90s, and after going quiet for while they seem to be back doing what they love best – catering to demanding customers that put power above everything else.

Early in the morning, GT-R Magazine photographers were out on track snapping away at an organized parade lap of cars. There must have been at least 100 GT-Rs on the Fuji circuit at one point.

The Best Is Never Far

One must-do activity at R’s Meeting is drooling over the Nismo complete cars. The cost of these things is borderline silly, but one can’t help but dream of carbon fiber bodywork and a meticulously rebuilt and stiffened chassis.

Not much has changed on this R34 Clubman Race Spec car since we featured it four years ago, except for one thing I’ll share with you in the next post. Let’s just say that it’s an option that costs more than a very good condition BNR32…


If you really wanted to see true Nismo epicness, you had to move across the paddock to Global Auto where they had the same Z-tune from last year on display, plus a 400R. Does it get any better than this?


Along with these two gems, Global Auto also had a huge line-up of complete cars for sale, including this BNR34 running an RB268 with a BorgWarner single turbo setup. This complete car thing is really picking up in Japan; there’s a lot of sense in buying a car that’s been freshened up and tuned, and ready to deliver a ton of fun straight out of the dealership.


In my next story from this event I’ll concentrate on all the new products and trends I came across; you can think of it as an update post for those of us who share the same passion for RB26 and GT-R tuning in general. I’ll also take a look at the OS Giken sequential transmission that was on display behind their R32 demo car.


It’s never too early to start kids off on the right path.


I shot spotlights on quite a few cars, so you can expect to see a little more detail on some of the standouts.


I tried to figure out what could possibly be going on here but I gave up. I’d assume multiple live streaming to various platforms? Whatever it was, that’s a next-level setup.


During the day I got chatting to the guys at Liberty Walk, and they told me that they’d recently sold their 300th Version 1 wide-body kit for the R35 GT-R. They currently have two other versions on offer, hence their three demo cars. It’s quite mind-blowing how popular this kind of approach is becoming in the R35 world.


The wider the better it seems, except my spotlight from their display area wasn’t a GT-R curiously enough.


Best color for the R32? Definitely a rare one at least, and a rather well-matched hue against matte gunmetal Enkei RS05RRs.


The Phoenix’s Power area was all about big power cars; each of the five R35 at their booth had at least 1000hp. Nuts.


An 86 at a GT-R event? Well, with a VR38 shoehorned under the hood we can safely say that Do-Luck’s D1 ZN6 qualifies.


I spotted a bit of Speedhunters love on the car’s taillights, too.


Kansai Service had a real nice 2017 model R35, and the wheels will look familiar if you’ve been through the entire post.


OZ Racing has been taking bigger and bigger steps to become more relevant in the competitive and very fashion and reputation-based Japanese wheel market. They’re killing it with some of their designs, like this forged and polished fitment for the R35.


Mine’s, Pit Road M and Endless-R were all out at Fuji Speedway to show off their cars and of course parts.

The True Hunt

As ever, it’s the private car side of R’s Meeting that probably gives us the most picturesque views of this event.


Many owners wait all day to have their car shot by GT-R Magazine photographers for a place in the ‘Owner’s Book’ that will be released along with the next issue of the bi-monthly magazine.


Here’s one such owner with his entourage, setting up for a memorable snap.


The row after row of cars give guys like me the chance to go crazy with perspective shots, not to mention an opportunity to hunt out unique mods that people have done to their Rs.


I think I’ll probably put together one whole post just on this and the car parts I went to check out.


That’s where you see the really interesting stuff, like an R34 on Super Advan SA3R three-spokes. Yay or nay?


You see what I mean? This is one event, that just like the Nismo Festival can never get old. Either that or I love GT-Rs just little too much. If the latter is the case then I apologize, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to flood the site with GT-R content for the rest of the week.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino



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Thanks Dino for the awesome coverage! I hope you got the Canadian car that attended - from instagram it looks like it was at garagesaurus?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

R32 or R34?


It's a Bayside Blue R34! Instagram of the owner is @cw_unit


R34, I think he still had BC plates on it.


It’s the blue R34 at garage saurus booth!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

ah didn't look at it from the back, plate must have been there


Did I just saw a R32 with clear carbon fiber bodywork? That one looks really SICK.
(Requesting for a full feature, please!) I'm sure there's more interesting examples out there...
Thank you Dino for sharing such a great event coverage!


Second this! Feature that car please!


That's Garage Active's R32.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Feature coming :)


Dino, thanks for wonderful article!

When will you tell us about this new ultra-expensive Nismo goodie?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Next post dropping today ;)


Awesome!! I need a car feature on the carbon fiber bodywork R32, and an update on Top Secret's Long Nose GTR (Post it on Sept 15th). As always great photography Dino!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Don't think they've done much with that orange car


I'm not a stalker

Dino Dalle Carbonare

LOL where was that


While I was looking for smoking area behind the stores. I was also looking out for you to say hi :)


More more more!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

OK OK ;)


Indeed an awsome post & as always amazing photography, coming back to that R34 on Super Advan SA3R three-spokes - for me a definate nay, reminds me of the HKS Genki S15


I've never liked the style but it totally takes me back to teenage car magazines.


Talking about teenage, Initial D can't be wrong wheels-wise

Dino Dalle Carbonare

So different. Maybe too different


Next guys trip! Que no?!?


Been waiting on this, excited to see the rest


-heavy breathing-
Can’t wait for the rest of the coverage and some in depth look at some new parts!
Good stuff Dino! Hope the gtr is coming along as well.

Dino Dalle Carbonare

It's coming along yes...slowly does it


Awesome article Dino!!!

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Thanks Charles


The R33 seems to come a bit short on this event. Is it because of the unloved brother thing?

Dino Dalle Carbonare

Not really, majority aren't 33s that's all. You'll see more on the car part post for sure :)


I'm going to say its a major yes on the 3 spokes. Always loved them and always will. Very retro and from the glory days. Keep your Rotiforms and modern "scene" wheels. Ill take some Super Advan 3 spokes any day!


Great cars, great photos, great article. Just a minor correction though: the Advan wheels on the blue R34 are not SA3Rs. They are the less common, but better looking (in my opinion) RA3-DTs. Probably my favourite large diameter tri-spoke design.


more of this please.....