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Finally, I have a car of my own again - almost a full year since my Honda Civic was written off in a serious car crash.

I have been looking around for a new car the past few weeks and have been quite undecided. I have been looking at the Toyota MR2, Toyota Celica GT4, Subaru Impreza and possibly en early Evo.

Having done the normally aspirated Honda I wanted to give turbo a try. I also want to stay with Japanese manufacturers. I looked at a few others, but nothing appealed to me.

I've saved up quite a bit of money (lying around in plaster, not doing anything means I didn't spend much) and I was looking to buy cash. One Saturday afternoon my brother in law came round and offered to take me round to a local performance car centre (Performance Direct) to look at a 1999 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. I also took a bit of interest in the RX8. Very nice interior. Unfortunately they would not let me take either car for a test drive as they were about to close, so we left.

My brother in law suggested that I drive his Skyline GTR back home. A little nervous I accepted his offer and drove back home the (very) long way. Going from a Honda Civic to a Ford Ka to a Nissan Skyline GTR. WOW! It certainly made an impression on me. After a few days thought and a few phone calls I decided to buy it from him as he was having difficulty with the running costs at the time.

My Nissan Skyline R33 GTR

My Nissan Skyline R33 GTR

So now I am the proud owner of a 1995 Nissan Skyline R33 GTR in silver.

She has a 2.6 litre strait 6 engine with twin turbochargers, four wheel drive, four wheel steering, air con, climate control and electric everything gadgets inside. She develops around 300 horsepower at all four wheels which is about average for an essentially standard car. She needs a few little things doing - new tyres, suspension has worn and the timing belt needs to be changed. I will be booking into Skyline specialists Abbey Motorsport for a full service and check over in the next few weeks.

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