Not unlike So Cal's hectic show, meet, and track schedule that typically spans the better part of the calendar year after year, Thailand's capital, Bangkok, also slots in more than a few car-related activities. And just like the U.S., there are very loyal, vehicle-specific clubs that span the entire South Asian region and often organize get-togethers to gather like-minded enthusiasts for an afternoon of socializing. For example, the Skyline Club of Thailand, who late last year called upon its members to make their way to Siam District in the heart of Bangkok.
An excuse to dust off the ol' RB26 is more than enough to get locals and not-so-locals excited for a little road time. Unfortunately, exactly like So Cal, traffic can often be a nightmare in Thailand's most populous city. The meet was set to take place at Bangkok's Hard Rock Caf situated in the Financial District, surrounded by massive malls, a long list of restaurants, and luxurious 5-star hotels which meant even more visitors. Well loathed by many for its 3- to 4-hour traffic stints, the bumper-to-bumper headache caused some to give up hope of ever making the event at all, instead opting to turn around and hope for the next one.
Those who did fight their way through the sea of slow-moving cars were treated to about 50 members who brought out a list of builds that span from the early Hakosuka era all the way up to the R35—a model that U.S. internet sleuths vehemently deny any direct correlation with the Skyline bloodline, though most others around the world have no problem connecting the two.
In a city that has earned a reputation for wild, unorthodox engine swaps and one-off aero kits, at the Skyline Club gathering you'll find a far more traditional approach. Sure, a few widebody versions are thrown into the mix, but for the most part the modifications are in line with what you've come to expect from dedicated Skyline owners/builders.
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While we're not on board with the rear wheel fitment, this '70s-era Skyline carries a classic Watanabe wheel and color-matched fender flare combo that bulks up the boxy bodylines.
Under the hood of the C10 sits a naturally aspirated, open ITB-equipped RB-swap. It's the type of change that a purist might scoff at but an undeniably massive leap forward in both reliability and all out performance.
If the guts of this RB26 are indeed a product of Omori Factory, as the riveted badge on the front cover suggests, then there's quite a few dollars pumping through this powerplant.
Supalerk Boonchusong is a local and you might recall his 1,000hp-plus R30 Skyline from a feature we did on his sedan back in 2018.
R32, R33, or R34? Whatever you choose, you really can't lose based on a massive aftermarket support system and proven formulas that can equate to incredible power production if the knowledge, parts sourcing, and bank account permit.
Some ditch the RB26's dual turbo setup and opt for a large single, like this HKS T51R ball bearing demon.
Others elect to keep the dual snails under hood and upgrade accordingly.
Simple and clean R32 GT-R perched in front of a row of trendy stores that attract locals and tourists visiting Bangkok which in turn generates dollars for the region, while also causing a healthy dose of gridlock. Huge Endless rotors and matching calipers peek from behind classic bronze LMGT4 wheels.
You got a closer look at Heng Thammarat's Top Secret-equipped R35 last year with his feature. Before you shake your head at just how hard the high-dollar, 1,600hp heart, and insanely pricey aero would hit your bank account, keep in mind that there's a massive tax applied to Japanese vehicles like these in Thailand, so your starting point for a 2019 GT-R, for example, would be around $400,000.