When photographer-at-large, Chad Burdette, packed his bags and headed to Thailand for an extended stay, he expected a number of automotive experiences. Well aware of the booming performance movement that has long flourished within the island's maritime confines, he came prepared to capture some of the country's best builds. An avid track enthusiast, he's not the type to hang out at a parking lot meet for hours - at least not in the U.S.
That all changed one fateful Saturday evening when he caught wind of a Skyline meet happening just an hour from his condo, in Bangkok. Burdette adds, "I was a couple of hours late for the meet because I didn't know it was happening ... until it happened! But I'm so glad I went."
The event, hosted by the Skyline Club of Thailand and sponsored by Otto Shop, takes place a few times each year and is typically held at different locations. This time around it landed in Miami Bayside, an outdoor marketplace that includes street food and clothing vendors, rides, live music, and more. That's all great and probably a tourist's best-case scenario, but Burdette wasn't there to sample the city's vendor offerings; he was there for that parking lot full of iconic Nissans.
Not wasting any time, Burdette's camera was unsheathed and he started snapping pictures of everything he could prior to the massive, though not totally unexpected (due to the region), downpour that occurred and put a stop to his night. He adds, "For the first time in my life I was so excited to be at a parking lot meet. This is what dreams are made of!"
Can't really go wrong with a deep blue R32 on classic bronze TE37s.
The exterior of this C10 chassis, built by Otto Shop, is mint, but it's what's on the inside that really grabbed Chad's attention. Long gone is the original 2.0L, replaced by this naturally aspirated RB-swap that looks right at home in the bay.
If the slicks and Lexan windows didn't clue you in, then the menacing turbo bulging out of the hood might lead you to believe this particular Skyline is all business.
In pristine condition, this Nismo 400R special edition R33 sits on its original 18-inch LM-GT1s.
Volk's TE37 wheel is a popular choice amongst Thailand's tuners. This white R34's gunmetal fronts hide an AP Racing brake setup.
When you're not trying to fly under the radar, and instead you're just trying to fly!