Melrose NHPC dusted off the Simola Hillclimb winning GT-R to return to the track once more. Although this time it was as the pace car for the 7th round of the Inland Championship racing tour held at Red Star Raceway just outside Delmas. The crowds loved the sound and sight of our everyday supercar leading all the racing categories out. It seems no matter what, GT-R will always be out in front…
Melrose Nissan MY17 GTR won at the 2017 Simola Hill Climb. Winner of the class and winner of the class, King of the Hill.
Nissan SA arranged a stunning breakfast run for selected GT-R owners. We started out with a meet and greet at Melrose Nissan where no less than 30 GT-R’s gathered. From there the group travelled to the Motul Car Museum where guests were treated to arguably the most exotic, priceless and pristine private collection of cars in the country. The last stop on the run was Gas Monkey Pub and Grill in Vanderbijlpark. The themed restaurant, borrowing it’s name from the Fast and Loud TV show, spoilt our guests with great cuisine and a relaxed, social atmosphere.
Well, not really undercover, but it wasn’t quite an event for the masses either. A bunch of guys with ridiculously cool and fast cars descended on Tarlton for a sort of Test & Tune day. There was a hefty buy-in, but that got the guys a whole day on track with no queues and the chance to run personal best times, especially since the track was fully prepped as per National event specs.
I was there on commission, but snapped a bunch of pics throughout the day, because that’s what I do. Y’all have King K to thank for this sneak peak into the private event – as do I. Oh, and I decided on a different style of editing, because I can, but clean and clear edits can be had.
There were some amazing runs from some amazing cars, and sadly a few rather expensive breakages. A new fastest time for a GT-R in SA was achieved by one of the 16 or so GT-Rs there with the NXGen crew. Ben Zietsman managed a run of 8,699-seconds at at 261km/h – the run was drama-free and looked quite effortless. The Melrose Nissan Simola Hillclimb “King of the Hill” MY17 GTR showed that not only is the Knysna Hill Climb not an obstacle, but on the straight line,did a very impressive 10.40 on the day, showing that this GTR offers the Best of ALL Worlds………..
The MMI GT-R Track Support program is a service offered to our GT-R owners for them to experience the very best performance their GT-R has to offer in a safe and controlled environment, without affecting warranty conditions. Specific events are selected that we attend where drivers are allowed to push themselves and their cars to the absolute limit, in pursuit of their best lap time. Their cars are cared for before, during and after the event to ensure the best performance is extracted, the cars remain in good condition and the warranty stays in tact. During the year, we visit race circuits such as Midvaal, Zwartkops, Red Star, Phakisa and Kyalami.
This was the first Speed and Sound Motor-Ex and judging by the popularity of the event, won’t be the last! Together with tuning partners NXGen, Melrose Nissan exhibited the brand new MY17 GT-R alongside some highly tuned GT-R’s from the NXGen stable. The standard GT-R could still hold its head high in the company of South Africa’s best examples of modified and tuned performance vehicles.
Hydraulics, a high-end fashion retailer wanted to spoil their top clientele with a VIP evening at their Sandton City store. To add to the glitz and glamour of the evening, they wanted a vehicle befitting their affluent, trendy clientele. The Nissan MY17 GT-R was the perfect candidate, right at the time the MY17 model was launched. Guests remarked at the beautiful styling, expert craftsmanship and clear intention of utmost dynamic performance.