By OSX – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45595897
Over the past few years, the gap between things we (USA people) cannot have and could possibly get have narrowed.
Part of it due to the limitation on importing vehicles outside of the country – whether the regulation is for a vehicle that is 21 or 25 years old. Our Customs and Border Protection office of the Department of Homeland Security, allow for these vehicles to enter our country. Add on additional standards from the Environmental protection Agency and the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and your dream R34 Skyline GT-R could become more of a hassle than a reward for being unique and happy.
I will admit being fascinated by what can show up when it comes to the imagination of automobile folks. For example, my friend Richard’s 1968 Triumph 2000 estate that ran in his family for a couple of generations and a couple of countries before his importation of it into the USA this year. It is a thing of beauty that still provokes the big question: “what is it, exactly?”
It is a white wagon that now wears Minnesota Historic Vehicle license plates.
I also have friends and acquaintances that own R32 Nissan Skylines. More desirable are the GT-Rs – the moniker that brings all of the enthusiasts together. You can blame the late Paul Walker for the R32 – it is a very provocative car that is capable of great velocity and performance. The R33 would seem to be the next to permeate our shores, while the R34 still have a few years to wait until they do the same.
Between that 1968 Triumph and the Skyline GT-Rs, there is something to be said about what we – as American citizens – can see as possibilities to fulfill our dream of owning some forbidden fruit. To be able to work with Homeland Security, the EPA and the NHTSA to be the most unique and interesting person in America.
My thought? What if I was a gambler? What if I wanted something I always wanted to drive here legally…at least to legal enough standards? What will it take to work with DHS and the rest of the Federal Government to get something truly unique for the show circuit and on the road?
I have done this before as a “My favorites” post. Let me revisit it again? That way, I can truly explore what is out there to maybe – just maybe – make someone’s dream come true. Or, mine? Or…well, you get the idea…
Here I go…