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12th Annual Nismo Festival - Nismo Fest

Fuji Speedway | Japan

Paul Castillo
Apr 1, 2009

The 12th Annual Nismo Festival was by far one of the biggest and most attended events in Japan, aside from the Tokyo Auto Salon. But what made this event such a momentous spectacle was the weather-no rain, no snow, no blistering cold winds. There were exceptional views of Mount Fuji from various angles all day long. We even managed to beat the crowds into the pits before they filled up and became overcrowded with the thousands of spectators trying to catch a glimpse of all the race cars, both current and nostalgic. Also, watching the crews perform last-minute tuning for the weather conditions and hearing the drivers' feedback are always something to get your mojo juices flowing.

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On hand, there were plenty of vendors selling both new and used parts for anything Nissan related, and we spotted several lucky fans who happened to be fortunate enough to buy a used JDM JGTC forged magnesium wheel or two, which were selling for about one Benjamin-or in Japan, a Fukuzawa-each. There were many other race parts for sale such as fenders, hoods and even Bride seats, just like a typical swap meet.

Although this may be entertaining to most, the real action was when the cars took to the circuit. The March Cup is always a treat to watch, but seeing the GT cars is a whole different ball game. Being at one end of the main 1.6km straight and watching these machines come at you at wide-open throttle before the first turn is something that is indescribable; you just have to see it in person to actually grasp the sheer velocity. One rumor that had been circulating throughout the day was that Nissan was going to bring out the new GT-R Spec V and showcase the new 370Z, but unfortunately it was a bad hoax, perhaps a plot to keep everyone on edge? Nevertheless, there were plenty of cars, parts and attractions to keep all the Nissan gearheads entertained all day. Nissan's Nismo Festival is one of those events that if you have a chance to attend in your lifetime you really should.

By Paul Castillo
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