2016 kicked off the first annual R's Day gathering, a track event catering to the iconic Nissan Skyline and the more modern R35 GT-R chassis. The event's organizer, Jack Yi, wanted to set the scene for something he'd admired taking place in Japan for years, which included a large group of Skyline owners getting together to share their passion for all things "R." That first event, as well as the following year's track day, both took place at Laguna Seca. For 2018, however, a new venue was chosen, and the group was headed to SoCal.
This year's R's Day took place in the city of Fontana at the Auto Club Speedway. Along with the track sessions that were certainly the main attraction, a host of Skylines filled the show and vendor area that included brands like Falken Tire, Mackin Industries, and Evasive Motorsports.
You'd be hard-pressed to find an import automotive enthusiast that doesn't have a love affair with Nissan's longtime flagship, and at R's Day seeing a number of them in action is that much sweeter.
On hand at this year's celebration were mildly modified versions of both traditional and new-school GT-Rs that might see weekend track days from time to time, and they were both joined by a handful of serious track metal, built specifically for competition. Add to that a car show that contained early model Skylines that included the heralded Hakosuka, R31, 32, 33, and 34, all the way up to the current Nismo edition R35.
The first two R's Day track events took place at Laguna Seca but for the third gathering, the multi-generational GT-R group attacked the tarmac at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway.
If old-school is more your style, then this beautiful red Hakosuka and grey Kenmeri might fit the bill.
Positioned next to the Mackin Industries booth was this Maziora R34 on Rays' TE37s. You could find the rest of the current Rays lineup on display at their booth along with wheel accessories, apparel and more.
You can find widened R35s at every car show in town but you don't see too many of them on track, like this red version.
This R32 certainly had the meats. Wrapped around classic Racing Hart CP-035 were Mickey Thompson ET Streets.
The sedan family wasn't left out and this white four-door was a shining example of just how good Skylines can look with an extra set of doors.
Representing Sonkei Blue, Rick Ishitani's '71 Skyline rarely misses an event. If you ever have a chance to see it up close, spend a few minutes looking over the spotless L20 stacked with a trio of Mikuni carbs—you won't be disappointed.
A definite looker from the outside, but it was the trunk install that brought us back in for a second, and third look. Incredibly well organized and maintenance-friendly, this R34 sat next to the Bluemoon Performance booth.
For info on upcoming events, rsdayusa.com