Popular Chicago Nissan Dealer Shares Details on the Celebrated NISMO Festival

As Nissan’s motorsports division, NISMO has managed to create some of the most iconic high-performance racecars, like the Skyline GT-R and the uniquely designed NP35. NISMO has also in recent years helped design a number of street-legal high-performance vehicles, like the 370Z NISMO and the Juke NISMO.

On December 1st, over 32,000 spectators gathered at the Fuji Speedway in Japan for the NISMO Festival where Nissan’s motorsports division showcased dozens of their legendary machines in a display of power, performance, and style. As a leading Chicago Nissan dealer, we here at Kelly Nissan were saddened that we weren’t personally able to attend the festival, but from everything we’ve heard about the event, it was quite a show.

The festival kicked off with an awe-inspiring opening ceremony, this year celebrating 80 years of Nissan, followed by the Nissan Historic Demo Car Run. The Run featured some of the brand’s most popular models, spanning four decades of development and design, from the ‘60s to the turn of the century and included some iconic cars like the Skyline2000 GT-R and the R380, R381, and R382.

Adrenaline Junkies Were Sure to Get Their Fill at the Fuji Speedway

Chicago Nissan Dealer 370Z NISMOIn addition to simply showing off these beautiful machines, exhibition races were also held to showcase what they were capable of. A dozen R35 GT-Rs competed in a 6-lap exhibition race, and the country’s most respected race teams, Team Orange, performed a “Drift Show”, showing off their driving prowess, Tokyo style.

While legendary cars were certainly in abundance at the festival, their legendary drivers weren’t lacking representation either. Respected race champions like Sunako, Kitano, Hasemi, and Hoshino were all in attendance, and a moment of silence commemorating the accomplishments and visionary prowess of NISMO’s first president and champion racer Mr. Yasuharu Nanba was held until the closing ceremonies.

While we here at your leading Chicago Nissan dealer, Kelly Nissan, regret that we didn’t get a chance to check out the cars, vendors, and races that peppered the festival, we are certainly proud to represent a brand with so much history and prestige in the motorsports world. If you’re interested in learning more about Nissan’s NISMO brand or you’d like to check out some of the new NISMO models yourself, you can give us a call at 866-450-8110 for more information.

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