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#1 GSX-R35

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 03:04 PM

Last year I posted about the next addition to my little family of GT-Rs but unfortunately I had to wait until this year before she was legal to import to the US.

 

https://www.gtrlife....-family-coming/

 

I was hoping the process would be taken care of earlier but it took a while to get NHTSA approval - apparently quite a few R34 owners were waiting for February 2020 like I was. 

 

But I'm happy to report that last week I finally received the approval letter from DOT allowing me to bring in my Midnight Purple 2 R34 to the US of A!

 

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And here she is in all her glory - well, most of her glory since the front lip wasn't installed at the time I took the photo lol.

 

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Unfortunately now the border with Canada is closed to non-essential travel so my original plan to go and pick her up myself is now toast. The way things are going it looks like I'll have to hire a commercial car transport company and customs broker to get the car over or it'll be stuck in Canuckistan indefinitely. Hopefully that all goes well but for now I just wanted to share this great news with everybody - it's at least great news for me in the middle of all the depressing stuff happening lately :)

 

I'll be posting progress updates here and go into more detail on my blog once things are in motion: http://www.23gt.net/

 

Stay safe and healthy everybody!


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 03:55 PM

Congrats!!!  Hopefully you can get your car before stay home order is lifted.  There is very little traffic out there and going for a drive has been fantastic.

 

The customs broker I used 5 years ago charged me $350 flat rate for all the paper work and bond release plus arranging a commercial transport, which at the time was $600 from Florida to Texas on an open trailer.  All I did was paying them the $950 and a few days later my car arrived at my door, about as easy and seamless as it could be.  Feel free to try them if you have not arranged your own.



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Posted 21 April 2020 - 04:06 PM

looks sweet!! and a great color!!


And 5 years down the road when you trade it in for $30k nobody is going to give a F*** that you licked it clean. Keep it up!



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Posted 21 April 2020 - 04:44 PM

Sweet! Congrats

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 05:31 PM

Awesome!
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Posted 21 April 2020 - 06:13 PM

Beautiful.. congrats

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 06:17 PM

Yes, awesome :D



#8 GSX-R35

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Posted 21 April 2020 - 09:06 PM

Congrats!!!  Hopefully you can get your car before stay home order is lifted.  There is very little traffic out there and going for a drive has been fantastic.

 

The customs broker I used 5 years ago charged me $350 flat rate for all the paper work and bond release plus arranging a commercial transport, which at the time was $600 from Florida to Texas on an open trailer.  All I did was paying them the $950 and a few days later my car arrived at my door, about as easy and seamless as it could be.  Feel free to try them if you have not arranged your own.

 

Thanks! I'm hoping I get her soon too but the stay at home order hasn't really been a huge deal in my neck of the woods - yes, the traffic is less but it's a small city with not a lot of traffic to begin with. Plus the biggest employers here are all essential ones - agriculture, military, healthcare, - so there's still lots of vehicles on the road. If anything, it's a little bit more worrisome since the many drivers that are out are driving like asshats because of the reduced traffic lol.

 

Do you mind messaging me with info on your customs broker? I'm already talking to a couple but unfortunately Show or Display is such an obscure law that some brokers clearly don't know sh*t about it - so I'd like to have as many options as possible. 

 

looks sweet!! and a great color!!

 

Thanks! Yeah, black would have been my first choice for my R34 since it's my favorite color but MP2 is so gorgeous I don't regret it one bit lol.

 

Sweet! Congrats

 

 

Awesome!

 

 

Beautiful.. congrats

 

Thanks guys!

 

Yes, awesome :D

 

Thanks Mark! I was actually going to message you sometime - I'm working on some articles for my blog and wanted your permission to use info from your site - but it's been one thing after another lol. Hope things are still okay down there in Oz.


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Posted 21 April 2020 - 09:34 PM

Congrats! I am extremely envious.



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Posted 22 April 2020 - 05:14 PM

Hell yeah!! That looks great with all the real z tune parts on it.
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#11 GSX-R35

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 09:51 PM

Congrats! I am extremely envious.

 

Thanks! You may not be so envious if you ever found out the hassle the process of importing has been lol.

 

Hell yeah!! That looks great with all the real z tune parts on it.

 

Couldn't have gotten here without your help Chris! Thanks! You going to be posting updated pictures of the yacht soon now that she's back from Garage Active?


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1990 Gun Metal Gray Nismo R32 GT-R

2017 Black/Red Wilier Triestina GTR SL (it's a bicycle but it's a GTR so it counts!)

 

Want to read about one crazy gearhead and his three GT-Rs? Check out my blog at 23GT.net !

 


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Posted 23 April 2020 - 09:19 AM

Looks great!

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Posted 23 April 2020 - 12:15 PM

Couldn't have gotten here without your help Chris! Thanks! You going to be posting updated pictures of the yacht soon now that she's back from Garage Active?


Glad to have helped. I know the car is in good hands. Soon, I hope. Wont make my original deadline but 2021 sounds promising hahaha. Thatll be enough time to sort out the interior too.
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Posted 23 April 2020 - 06:01 PM

Thanks Mark! I was actually going to message you sometime - I'm working on some articles for my blog and wanted your permission to use info from your site - but it's been one thing after another lol. Hope things are still okay down there in Oz.

Of course, no problem.



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Posted 23 April 2020 - 09:36 PM

Looks great!

 

Thank you!

 

Glad to have helped. I know the car is in good hands. Soon, I hope. Wont make my original deadline but 2021 sounds promising hahaha. Thatll be enough time to sort out the interior too.

 

I think SEMA will be a weird place after all this if it pushes through as scheduled. 2021 just means you get to polish the project to perfection! Hopefully I can get to see it debut in person :)

 

Of course, no problem.

 

Thanks Mark. I'll let you know when I start working on the article. Right now I'm hustling to line up a customs broker and a transport company to get my car in sooner rather than later!


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1990 Gun Metal Gray Nismo R32 GT-R

2017 Black/Red Wilier Triestina GTR SL (it's a bicycle but it's a GTR so it counts!)

 

Want to read about one crazy gearhead and his three GT-Rs? Check out my blog at 23GT.net !

 


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Posted 26 April 2020 - 10:20 PM

Awesome. Congrats. What a beauty!

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Posted 27 April 2020 - 10:52 PM

very jealous, this is a beautiful car



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Posted 28 April 2020 - 07:48 AM

Awesome. Congrats. What a beauty!

 

 

very jealous, this is a beautiful car

 

 

Thanks guys! I'm working right now on arrangements to get her home. I hope I can take care of all of that this week so that she can be set to ship out soon :)


2010 Black Obsidian TSM Pro Eight R35 GT-R

1999 Midnight Purple 2 R34 GT-R V-spec
1990 Gun Metal Gray Nismo R32 GT-R

2017 Black/Red Wilier Triestina GTR SL (it's a bicycle but it's a GTR so it counts!)

 

Want to read about one crazy gearhead and his three GT-Rs? Check out my blog at 23GT.net !

 


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Posted 28 April 2020 - 08:56 PM



Congrats on the car. Hope it smells like curry when it arrives!

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#20 GSX-R35

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Posted 29 April 2020 - 07:37 PM

Congrats on the car. Hope it smells like curry when it arrives!

 

Thanks! I don't know about curry - maple syrup has probably started to ferment inside from how long it's been in Canada though lol. Canuckistan is a pretty common joke term for Canada around here where I live - it may have something to do with all the Canadian snowbirds we get in a town with a big Marine Corps base as well.


2010 Black Obsidian TSM Pro Eight R35 GT-R

1999 Midnight Purple 2 R34 GT-R V-spec
1990 Gun Metal Gray Nismo R32 GT-R

2017 Black/Red Wilier Triestina GTR SL (it's a bicycle but it's a GTR so it counts!)

 

Want to read about one crazy gearhead and his three GT-Rs? Check out my blog at 23GT.net !

 




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