An avid Skyline enthusiast, Jack Yi - with the help of some good friends from Skyline Syndicate - put together an event to celebrate the iconic Nissan Skyline/GT-R bloodline. Dubbed the first annual R's Day, the event combines a bit of meet and greet along with a track day on the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit. Jack's goal was somewhat tailored by events that have already taken place overseas.
"I wanted to make something that was long the lines of the famed R's Meeting in Japan at Fuji Speedway," he explains. "It's always been a dream of mine to see a gathering of Skylines at a prestigious track like Fuji, and what track could rival that in the U.S. but Laguna Seca?"
With approximately 30 Skylines taking over the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca paddock, the perfect day was underway. That is, until an uninvited guest in Mother Nature decided to make an appearance with a healthy dose of rain. A slathering of moisture on track made for a deeper challenge, especially with the blind crest of the Corkscrew, but nevertheless the event kept running and the cars still turned plenty of laps without an incident.
A little wet weather isn't going to dampen these spirits. This group makes up the inaugural R's Day event that we're hoping will continue to grow.
Aki of Garage Bomber made his way to the event with his 1,000-plus horsepower Skyline that he detuned and converted from drag to track duty in order to turn in some laps.
As if the Corkscrew weren't challenging enough, a damp surface during R's Day added a little extra "pucker" factor.
In the midst of all of the silver, white, and black Skylines in attendance, this bright green version really stood out.
Don't let the pristine condition fool you; this old-school chassis made no qualms about attacking Laguna Seca.
A scene typically reserved for overseas enthusiasts, this group of Skylines had their way with Laguna Seca during the first annual R's Day event. and they're ready for more.
Plans for next year's event are already in the works and the staff is planning for a bigger gathering in 2017.