The Purist Group are one of the threads that runs through the enthusiast community in Southern California. For all the good they get notoriety for, at its heart are just car folk looking to help make the world a little better, for everyone. They also leverage their influence to help promote the lifestyle that brought them together (obviously), organizing meets and such—like the recent gathering for the grand opening of the Car Code Auto Spa and Cafe in Walnut, Calif., a premium car care outfit. The Purist Group and Car Code Automotive Services cohosted the event, and among the cars on hand were a few Nissan racers from Honk Kong fresh off competing in Australia.
KC Motorgroup (KCMG) is a professional racing services and team management business, and one of the squads they currently campaign is tackling the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge—a collection of endurance road races spread around the world, not unlike the WEC—in Nissan R35 GT-R. Their next race is at Laguna Seca March 28th through 30th, but the team made a swing through SoCal so they could flex their machines for the crowd assembled at the Car Code meet. These Godzilla are prepped to FIA GT3 spec, meaning cars must be based on production road models in mass production and performance is regulated through Balance of Performance formulae that adjusts limits on horsepower, weight, engine management, and aerodynamics to prevent a single manufacturer from becoming dominant in the class.
The Blitz Skyline R348 was another featured car at the grand opening, an iconic whip that's been making the rounds in the past few months; for the noobs, this car went two large-plus on the German autobahn in 1999, setting a record in the process, and looks about as period correct as they come. This wouldn't be a Purist gig without a flood of exotics rolling through, but you know we were partial to the Evo, Skyline, and other J fare in the parking lot—especially that SR-swapped S14 on SSR SP1s (noice).
The event also hosted the Purist Group pet supply drive, where they were able to gather over 1,500 pounds of pet food, plus other supplies like leashes, toys, harnesses, etc. to support local animal shelters. Car Code Auto Spa sponsored several prizes that were raffled off to people who donated (like a 55-inch TV, PlayStation Classic, free car washes, and other prizes), while Car Code Café supplied food and beverage to everyone in attendance.
Congrats to Car Code Auto Spa and Cafe for taking that big step! Give 'em a follow if you can, and get into the photo gallery to see what else came through at the grand opening.