If you're an enthusiast on the east coast and get word that a gathering like that of Tough Club x Prime NYC's Nissan Night is on the calendar, regardless of how many miles away it is, there's a good chance you're going to make it. For years, long before the mysterious virus that's inadvertently stopped the world for much of 2020, car fiends in the East made it abundantly clear that they're down to make a trek through different counties, cities and in some cases, multiple state lines to take part in any sort of car-related gatherings.
Back on August 23rd, Tough-Club partnered with Prime NYC to host their Sophomore event. Nissan Night is a meet dedicated to celebrating Nissans, though a few off-brand vehicles are welcome as well. That date wasn't chosen on a whim - it's got some meaning behind it and carries a bit of wordplay on the make itself—the number 2 in Japanese, pronounced "ni," and the number 3, pronounced "san." Do the math and there you have it, a day hand-picked for Nissan fans to get together.
The venue for the meet was Skillman Ave strip in Long Island City, a hard-working industrial section of Queens, New York, right by a busy railroad junction that goes quiet after workers clock out for the day. On the other side of the railroad, you'll notice lofty luxury apartment buildings lining the streets.
As expected, especially in light of the lack of events due to the world's current state, response was immense—hundreds of Nissans quickly overflowed the strip as enthusiasts from as far away as Connecticut, Boston, Philly and even Rhode Island drove all way to the city to join in on the fun. And you know that if there's that many visitors in town and everyone hyped on the event, then a night cruise through Times Square in the heart of NYC is mandatory.
When's the last time you stumbled upon a Skyline sedan parked next to a pair of R32s coupes? It's probably been a while, if ever. The event brought out its fair share of Nissan's original flagship that's starting to increase in numbers as access becomes easier to those in the market.
A little of the older school along with some of the golden era. This S30 looks right at home alongside its younger cousin S13.
Sure, it was a Nissan event but that doesn't mean the group wasn't open to a handful of other makes and models, including this widened AE86.
and this clean E36 M3, among others.
Back to the Nissan camp, this R30 turned plenty of heads with its iconic two-tone treatment and requisite body labels.
There were in fact bystanders out and about in Times Square, though they were but a fraction of the usual crowds that you'd find on a typical August night. But these aren't typical times. Regardless, the Nissan Night event brought out an impressive number of cars and they certainly came dressed to impress, like this gunmetal S15 on matching TE37s.
We've really only seen a few Pulsar GTiR stateside though we wish we ran into them more often. Nissan's little SR20DET-powered, AWD dynamo was one of those quirky homologation products that granted entry into WRC competition for the automaker and gave the enthusiast circle a seriously badass hatchback.