Excerpts from the 2018 Nismo festival

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Lots of really special Nissans and one big mountain...

Nissan brought together a load of old and new Nissans over the weekend, celebrating everything… Nissan.

It’s the 21st annual Nismo festival, held at the rather magnificent Fuji Speedway nestled at the base of Mount Fuji. It’s quite a place, and quite a sight to behold, at least when the weather’s nice and you can see the mountain.

This year’s Nismofest saw the reveal of the new Nissan Leaf Nismo RC electric racer, as well as the company’s season five Formula E competitor. And of course, a load of old racing stuff which is just excellent to look at.

Have a flick through the gallery for some highlights.

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A racing Datsun 310. Minty fresh classic.

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Long before it became Godzilla, here’s the classic C10 Skyline.

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Super GT-spec R34 GT-R is not pleased to see you. Grrr.

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Nissan’s own Group C effort, resplendent here with a socking great V12 underneath. Shame the P35 never enjoyed a more glorious racing life.

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It’s gamer-turned-racer Jann Mardenborough!

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Any more wings on this GT-R and it’d need a pilot’s licence. Sheesh.

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Racing 370Zs in formation. As we’ve mentioned here, it sorta marks the end of an era for a particular kind of car…

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Here’s the newest Nismo Leaf RC electric racer.

(Click HERE to read more about the Nismo Leaf RC electric racer!)

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The classic R32 ‘Calsonic’ GT-R. A fan favourite. Also quite lively.

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R390 is very pleased to see you.

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There it is again, next to the R92C. Not a bad weekend drive, you’d agree.

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How many GT-Rs does it take to make your brain melt?

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Ah, a Prince R380A-I. Bet you didn’t know its aluminum body was mounted on a similar chassis to Brabham’s BT8. Or that it had a mid-mounted engine. Or that it won the 1966 Japanese GP, just before Prince Motors merged with Nissan.

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This is a cheery little Datsun.

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A Nissan Violet, here resplendent in its Safari Rally clothes; a race it won outright in 1979.

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Rally-bred Datsuns are some of the best Datsuns.

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Do not make the GT500 GT-R angry. You wouldn’t like it when it’s angry…

STORY Vijay Pattni

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