Fast-forward five months, and it’s now early February as I write (with snow outside). Every time I walk past the car in the garage, I marvel that I have it. Shoot, after 18 years I still can’t believe I even have Project Supra in there, for that matter. But the R33 Skyline GT-R, the car I thought I never could have—it’s here, and just 25 feet away from me this very moment (I’m smiling here). So here I am, living my dream – it’s finally coming into focus, 25 years after that serendipitous R&T article.
While there are plenty of people who prefer the R32 and R34, I am one of the many whom have always been partial to the R33. I just love the look. Both the front and rear simply do it for me. No, the R33 didn’t impressively win every Group A race in the JTCC series like the R32 [literally] did from 1989-1993—thus, dubbing it the name “Godzilla” in Australia. But the R33 was also pitted against much heavier hitters. In its 1995 Le Mans debut, a GT1-classed Skyline R33 GT-R LM finished 10th overall, and 5th in its class (behind the likes of four McLaren GTRs), but not before beating out the all Ferrari F40s, Supras, and 911 Turbos in its class! Now that [too] is very impressive.