The Nissan Skyline was a performance staple in its native Japan for nearly 20 years before the company finally unveiled the GT-R to the world in 2008. For most North Americans, the R35 is all they know and have never had the opportunity to experience some of the legacy models like the: R32, R33 and highly advanced R34. However, the annual Skymeet event held in Toronto each summer draws in record numbers of them from across the country.
Here in Canada, our vehicle importation laws allow any vehicle 15 years old (or older) to be easily brought in. And when late 2004 came around, the 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R was eligible and ships carrying them started flowing into western ports. As the most winning GT race car of all time, the R32 was the dream of those fascinated with its 29 consecutive race wins, spanning four straight seasons of Japan touring car series. With a 280 hp 2.6L twin turbo inline-6, all-wheel steering and intelligent all-wheel drive, the featherweight chassis was lightyears ahead of other street cars and totally dominated in race trim.
Enthusiasts also imported other Skylines including the RWD, single turbo GTS-T and the 4-door GTS-4 but often swap in the more potent RB26DETT mill to push them. More recently, the R33 GT-R has become a more common sight, with the holy grail of the lineup still being the R34 GT-R, which will be eligible for import this year in late 2014.
Skymeet 2014 brought out many Skylines from different provinces for a day of sun, food and awards.