MILLICENT resident Henry Walshaw is one of the many who grew up watching car films on television and working on restoring cars with his dad.
Throughout his life, these films sparked his passion for vehicles, and he currently drives a 1999 Nissan R34 GT-T Sedan.
“My favourite film would have to be Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift,” he said.
“It made me see cars in a whole new way and from then on I started to like Japanese cars.”
The Nissan has a 6cylinder 2.5L intercooled turbo charged engine, which is the main reason Mr Walshaw brought it.
“I wanted something with the turbo already in it,” he said.
“Growing up, I always preferred turbos over V8s, I have always liked the sound they make and the way they look.
“Japanese cars are really light too, which makes for good power to weight ratio.”
Mr Walshaw mainly uses the car as a daily driver and weekend cruiser, although he would like to join clubs with similar cars, or enter his Nissan into a show and shine.
The car was originally estimated to be worth between $40,000 and $50,000 but now sits at around $11,000 to $12,000 despite its bigger turbo and injectors as well as the 4″ stainless steel exhaust and larger intercooler.
The engine also sports a tuned-on dyno, a Z32 AFM, an airflow meter from a 300ZX, and a larger fuel pump and new trans-cooler.
In 2008, the Nissan Skyline was fully imported from Japan, evident from the native language printed on the engines stickers.
Mr Walshaw has repainted the door handles, had dents removed, fitted a rear spoiler and replaced the wheels and stereo.
In addition he had coilovers shocks installed, and has had the height adjusted many times.
The car has a fully adjustable suspension including a strut brace, firming up the front suspension and maintaining the steering geometry under heavy cornering.
Mr Walshaw said he finds getting parts locally difficult, and larger cities like Adelaide and Melbourne have a better range.
However, the car remains easy to maintain.
On the inside Mr Walshaw added a three-faced gauge for water, oil and boost and beefed up the sound system.