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MONTICELLO, NY - GT-R owners revved up to the Monticello Motor Club in New York for the third ever GT-R Experience. This is an invitation-only event for current and future owners; it is as unique as the car that starred in the show. New York was the third event in the series, the first was at Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida and the second was at Laguna Seca Roadway in Southern California.

The GT-R experience, hosted by Nissan, featured on site driver's ed from Skip Barber driving instructors, autocrossing and other drills for owners, and would-be owners, to put the 2013 to the test. "Clearly this is the kind of place where you can explore the capabilities of the car," said Carl Phillips, Nissan North America's Chief Marketing Manager for the GT-R.

Kelly Heaphy loves a challenge. Growing up Heaphy's mom raced Corvettes. At this event, Heaphy got a chance to push her favorite car, the Nissan GT-R, to its limits at the track. "I kind of like, hey look boys I can do better than you are, and definitely this car turns heads, you know blonds in a bright red car, who is that? Wait, wait what's going on and they really want to keep up with you," said Heaphy.

Heaphy's friend Andy Morris owns the car she drove at the event; it is his second GT-R. "This is a car I can afford, I can drive hard, I can replace the parts without having the expense of a true exotic and it performs as good or better than most of those cars," said Morris.

Morris and Heaphy turned their GT-R experience into a competition, complete with trash talk and time challenges. "If we had another car I would totally win," taunted Heaphy. "But you don't like to compete," replied Morris. At the owners event, Morris took on the drag races and followed the leader. Heaphy did the auto-cross and the slalom exercises. Then they both did hot laps coached by world-class professional drivers from the Skip Barber Driving School.

"I know I am better than some of these guys. I mean I love cars. I live, sleep, dream everything about cars, and for me this is vacation," said Heaphy. But the car tricks were not actually Heaphy and Morris's favorite part of their GT-R Experience. It was meeting the legendary Kazutoshi Mizuno, the chief engineer behind of the GT-R.

"I think the opportunity to meet Mizuno is probably the best thing here because I had no idea I was even going to get that opportunity," said Heaphy. "Our GT-R team gets energy from customers so these kind of events make good energy for us," said Mizuno-san.

Mizuno-san plans to keep improving his creation for at least five more years. And he said as long as customers keep buying the GT-R's, drivers will get to keep experiencing this unique event.
 

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If i cant say it enough. Nissan did a great job on the whole event.

Thanks to all that were involved in making this happen.

Hopefully it continues!
 

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In that video is our very own member McDuck and his friend Kelly.. Nissan was smart to choose to cover them in the vid. I think both of them represented the brand image Nissan was going for
 

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Cool video.
Wish I got to meet mcduck, but I had to leave for a work emergency early.
Hope to meet up with fellow gtr again soon.
 

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a few more vids from nissan of the event


 

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I was reading that this event is invitation only and that Nissan provides you with a 2013, helmet, jacket and some other swag. Is that correct? I guess invites go out to current owners? Is there an event schedule out there somewhere?
 

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I was reading that this event is invitation only and that Nissan provides you with a 2013, helmet, jacket and some other swag. Is that correct? I guess invites go out to current owners? Is there an event schedule out there somewhere?
that is correct. There were 3 events this year in nissans largest GTR markets FL CA and NY... they went very well and it is likely nissan will be doing this again next year for the 2014 ..hopefully in larger markets
 

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that is correct there were 3 events this year in nissans largest GTR markets FL CA and NY... they went very well and it is likely nissan will be doing this again next year for the 2014 ..hopefully in larger markets
So I guess if you were within a certain radius from the track you got an invite. Hope they come to Texas!
 

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So I guess if you were within a certain radius from the track you got an invite. Hope they come to Texas!
MC has posted the link a few weeks ago to signup for the last event.
 

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So I guess if you were within a certain radius from the track you got an invite. Hope they come to Texas!
sort of.... i mean it wasnt restricted to people from those markets attending. the first one was more under the radar as nissan used its dealer network and a few other methods to invite attendees . the CA event really blew up big as NAGTROC members were aware of it because of the first event and nissan even added a second day to accommodate everyone .. For the NY event last weekend Nissan marketing had me put the invitation out for everyone on the forum and they made it a 2 day event to again let as many join the experience as possible
 

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I was reading that this event is invitation only and that Nissan provides you with a 2013, helmet, jacket and some other swag. Is that correct? I guess invites go out to current owners? Is there an event schedule out there somewhere?
Yes... a couple other things... you get a GT-R jump drive containing a video with telemetry of your seat time in Nissan's 2013 GT-R on one of the road courses. Also got a GT-R experience ballcap and maybe a few other minor things. Really, that all paled in comparison to meeting Mizuno. I have a 45min video of his presentation I took on my phone . I will try to get that uploaded tonight and provide a link. It's a bit shaky cam and mostly info we already have, but still interesting to see him present.
<edit: uploading now, but it's a BIG file... 4GB .mp4 video... youtube says several hours. We'll see>

All in all, this was one of the best car events I have ever been to. I hope Nissan keeps doing them. I could not have had a better time or asked for a better companion on the trip than Kelly.

If I understand the email from Caroline (on Nissan's media team), there should be at least one more Nissan video coming which is a little more comprehensive coverage about the event, activities, and so forth.
 

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You guys are lucky to get Mizuno-san! He couldn't make it to CA because of the 2014 testing they had to do in Japan....
But I had a chance to speak to Takahashi-san for about 30 minutes and it was awesome!
 

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You guys are lucky to get Mizuno-san! He couldn't make it to CA because of the 2014 testing they had to do in Japan....
But I had a chance to speak to Takahashi-san for about 30 minutes and it was awesome!
yeah koji was great i sent something up to NY to get him to sign but he didnt make the trip :( dont know why i didnt get him to sign my helmet or something in FL even though i didnt have my car
 

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yeah koji was great i sent something up to NY to get him to sign but he didnt make the trip :( dont know why i didnt get him to sign my helmet or something in FL even though i didnt have my car
I'm supposed to meet up with him next time I go to Japan and get a tour of the headquarters. And hopefully the GTR factory in Tochigi too.
Need more vacation time!!
 

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OK, YouTube does not like my big video. Anyone got a recommendation of where to post a 4GB 45min long video and allows me to share as link on the forum? If not, I'm going to have to split the Mizuno video into 4 or 5 parts to put up on YouTube.
 

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OK, YouTube does not like my big video. Anyone got a recommendation of where to post a 4GB 45min long video and allows me to share as link on the forum? If not, I'm going to have to split the Mizuno video into 4 or 5 parts to put up on YouTube.
I think Vimeo will allow longer video lengths.
 

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I think Vimeo will allow longer video lengths.
only if you pay for their premium service. The free upload on Vimeo is limited to 500MB. Thinking I'll just split the video if I can and upload in chunks.
 

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McDuck, you are a video phenom now! Fun to see that. Looks like another great event. I really want to make it to Laguna Seca next year.
Car might even be broken in by then.
Where would I get invite from, my dealer? I want to mark the calendar now in black ink.
 
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