Yeah, I Saw One

2009 Nissan GT-R

I started a job recently in North Scottsdale. Yeah, its that Scottsdale, and its the rich area. It is in the air park where the elite, invitation only car club is housed. The one where you pay an arm and a leg to be able to rent crazy sports cars. It is about three miles away from where Barrett Jackson is held.

Pretty much every day is an adventure in amazing cars, and this is just when I drive down the road. The first day I worked was the week of the Superbowl and everyone was out. I saw a Bentley Continental GTC, Lamborghini Murcielago, Ferrari F430 Spyder, Audi R8, Porsche GT3 RS, and others. This was day one. Yesterday I almost got in an accident as I was driving next to and, in effect, looking at at Maserati Quattroporte. The point is that I get to see a lot of cool cars driving down the road, but today surprised me.

I was reading about the first Nissan GT-R being imported from Japan into the US, and the article was going on about being the first to own one and so on. Well that may be the case, but guess what. I saw one in Scottsdale today. It was red. It was DEFINITELY a GT-R. An R35. Unmistakable.

It was a quick look, but as I saw it and wondered, “What is that?!?” I turned my head for a brief instant while it passed by and there they were. The tell-tale round tail lights, and the rear end that always reminds me a bit of an Altima. It was for certain a GT-R.

Here is the deal. There are a few of these around town as the Nissan proving grounds are about a half-hour away (when there is no traffic) and my guess is that they are driving around some of them before they hit the road here in the US. Pretty simple, but a pretty car all the same.

This is a video that was taken of two GT-Rs in Mesa or Tempe (Southeasterly of Phoenix) by a friend of mine Brian Shaler. The quality isn’t great as it was taken by his cell phone, but apparently there are quite a few of these driving around.


#1 Chuck Reynolds on 03.02.08 at 8:59 pm

I’ve seen a silver one on four different occasions now all by my house in the old foothills (48th and Elliot). Such a sexy car – I’d love to drive one.
Honestly I’ve only seen this guy at night though, tonight driving south on 48th. Suuuuch a nice car! We need more videos! :)

#2 Eric Doolan on 04.09.08 at 10:13 am

I can’t believe you guys saw one of these. Ever since I played the first Gran Turismo I’ve been in love with the skyline. I also live in the valley I’ll keep my eyes peeled.
Check out the Aston Martin Vantage V12 I got to drive a while back.

First car I’ve paddle shifted with.

Dig the site.

#3 Austin on 04.12.08 at 9:55 pm

Eric, Thats way freaking cool. Where did you get the opportunity to drive the Aston?

#4 Eric Doolan on 04.17.08 at 2:42 pm

My Father-in-law belongs to the Van Horssen Group in Scottsdale. It’s basically Netflix for car lovers. but It cost something totally stupid to join (like 10Gs). Then you still have to pay a rental fee. I keep begging him to get a Lamborghini. I’m not a big fan of them but I have to know why these guys buy those ugly things instead of so many other cooler cars. They have a bunch of nasty rides in that hanger in the Scottsdale air park.

#5 Austin on 04.19.08 at 8:05 pm

I think I heard about that club on 5th Gear, or else it was a similar one. I am thinking it is the same one. I used to drive by there during lunch when I was working in the Airpark. That was the only cool thing about working in Scottsdale was the crazy cars that people take as daily drivers.

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