Another R33 lost – Fast and Furious “Big Bird” to be crushed

In what is yet another chapter in a long line of Skyline’s to be crushed and destroyed by Homeland Security, a man in De Pere Wisconsin recently had two of his R33 Skylines seized by ICE.

One of which should look familiar to fans of the original “Fast and Furious” movie, “Big Bird” was a nickname given to the yellow Skyline loaned to Paramount during shooting.

Find another way home Pizza Boy!

According to the article, Justin Beno, the owner of the Skylines had owned these vehicles and registered them through his respective state. However when found that these vehicles lacked the proper bond paperwork and further HAD THEIR JAPANESE VIN TAGS REMOVED, the registration was rescinded.

Mr Beno then foolishly decided he would try and sell these Skylines to a private buyer, but failed to disclose full information to the undercover agent. And that’s where he lost these cars, as he told the undercover agent it would come with a Florida title, which he would have to transfer.

While I’ve never seen a state titled R33 have it’s registration rescinded, and can certainly sympathize with Mr. Beno’s situation, it’s his own damn fault. Having sold my own R33 recently, you can bet your bottom dollar my paperwork and facts were laid out in proper fashion to the new owner.

He got stuck with his Skylines, and instead of telling the prospective buyer the truth, he lied with an obvious intent to mislead and dump the problem onto someone else.

The feds found his case to be so egregious, that they charged him with 2 felonies  relating to conspiracy to commit fraud and possessing vehicles without vehicle identification numbers.

And that kiddies, is a lesson well learned for anyone dealing in gray market vehicles, Skylines or otherwise. Whether or not you agree with Homeland Security and ICE using precious tax dollars to chase down and crush these cars is irrelevant.

Feigning ignorance of the laws relating to these vehicles and the sale of gray market cars doesn’t help you when the hammer of justice comes down on your head.


Saying goodbye to my R33 Skyline GTST.

It’s been a good run for my R33 Skyline, but with the third addition to our growing family and lack of bond paperwork for my GTST, I had been trying to sell my Skyline for quite some time and I’ve finally found a buyer for my baby.

I’ve owned this vehicle for quite a while, and wasted no time putting it together when it first arrived off the docks as a parts car.

My S2 RB25 –

After the motor was installed and running, I opted for HKS Hipermax coilovers all the way around, and an HKS 3037S Turbo upgrade. The car already came with a Blitz 4 row front mount intercooler… ahh the JDM goodness.

More eye candy :

My time with the GTST was definitely an eye opener, as it led me down the path of modding Nissans / RWD as opposed to the usual Honda / Mitsubishi / FWD stuff I had been doing since 1996.

With minimal mods, this car put down a healthy 385 / 360 ft lbs on a 448X DynoJet at just 16 psi. I loved my time with the R33, but after doing over 25+ RB swaps for 240 guys locally, it’s not much different than a nice S14 with a RB swap in it, RHD and JDM factors aside.

With the growing anti-Skyline sentiment and the federal legalities of owning a state licensed car, I had to make this sale.

After all, who wants a knock on your front door from ICE?

Don’t know who they are? they are the nice federal agents who are hell bent in seeking and DESTROYING these cars because they are such a threat to the nation at whole.

Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(l)(A),a motor vehicle that was not originally
manufactured to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety
standards shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that the motor vehicle is substantially similar to a motor vehicle
originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States,
certified under 49U.S.C. 30115, and of the same model year as the model of the
motor vehicle to be compared, and is capable of being readily altered to
conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards. Where there is
no substantially similar U.S.-certified motor vehicle, 49U.S.C.30141(a)(l)(B)
permits a nonconforming motor vehicle to be admitted into the United States if
its safety features comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with,
all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards based on destructive
test data or such other evidence as NHTSA decides to be adequate.

Petitions for eligibility decisions may be submitted by either manufacturers or
importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 49CFRpart 592.As
specified in 49 CFR 593.7,NHTSA

Skylines imported into the US for use on public roads must either be over 25 years old or they must conform to FMVSS standards. While R32 – R34 Skylines were initially allowed for import, the FHTSA rescinded the importation of the majority of Skylines by limiting it to R33’s that were manufactured between January 1996 and June 1998.

In order to import a Skyline, an official RI must be used and they must fill out a HS-7 declaration for the vehicle. If the vehicle is to be used on the streets then the RI has 120 days in order to modify the vehicle to pass FHVSS requirements. The only company that has information in regards to Federally legalize R33’s is JK technologies.

Found this page after searching for the terms “Skyline” and “registration”? Take a look here at several links that will help you answer the many questions that Skyline owners in the US have, including the story behind Hiro and Motorex, NHTSA and DOT legalities, and the inherent dangers of buying a state licensed Skyline.

NicoClub’s comprehensive Skyline importing guide

EPA KIT Car Legalities

How to import a Skyline


UPDATE : As of late 2014 Skyline R32’s have been importable and 100% legal to own in the US. Click here for more information on the how to import a Skyline process.

Happy boosting!

Pro Street / Vic Hubbard’s 9-2-5 Madness Sale – 5/17/2012

Pro Street and Vic Hubbard Speed held their first 5 to 9 Madness Sale for 2012, and I had a great time as I always do meeting people, talking cars and shop.

Founded in 1949, Vic Hubbard has had a name well known throughout the Performance Industry as the first Speed Shop in Northern California. So you can be sure that there will be more than your fair share of domestic old school muscle.

There were also several GEN III powered Chevelles that made the show.

I love the GEN III blocks, pushrods and all.

Several of them rocking a centrifugal superchager, which isn’t my cup of tea but hey… to each his own.

Of course, the usual mix of cars made the show……

All in all a fun time to be had, with a lot of pretty nice cars and lots of horsepower and cool people. A small show, but one car definitely caught my eye, this pristine Mazda Cosmo ( RX-5 ).

You Wankel!

This RX-5 is powered by a late model 13B and its owner was a very nice guy who was more than willing to talk about his car and the mods he had in it. As always I had a great time talking shop to people, and looking forward to the next 9-5 Madness on June 21, 2012.


Pro Street Online 

Vic Hubbard Speed and Marine

The worst thing I have ever seen…. ever.

Automotive forums are hilarious.

After all, where else can you find people who create their own microcosm of society, while stroking each other egos and bashing on anyone and everyone that doesn’t follow their trends. is one such forum that I frequent, and while this forum pretends to have “higher” standards than others, the only thing that makes this forum special is the amount of ass kissing and circle jerking that happens within a very small select group of users.

So to say that automotive forums are retarded goes without saying, but they do produce some awesome moments to be certain. Moments like this one in this thread where Zilvia users are bashing a newbie to the forum.

After the reading through the obligatory bullshit and bashing, not to mention the constant ass kissing and elite attitude, you will find pictures of The Worst Thing I Have Ever Seen in My Life.

Here it is, in all it’s glory.

No, the car isn’t dirty, those are Zebra HEADS stitched into the front of the seats…… heads.

And you guessed it! Those would be the tails of aforementioned animal.

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, THE Worst Thing I Have Ever Seen.

Happy Monday!

Saints BountyGate : Goodell Lowers Hammer : Vilma out for year

The long wait is finally over as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell lowered the hammer on players involved in the Saints Bounty scandal.

Suspending DE Will Smith four games, and suspending defensive captain and middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the year. Anthony Hargrove ( now with the Green Bay Packers ) and Scott Fujita ( now with the Cleveland Browns ) were also suspended eight games, and four games respectively.

According to NFL insider Adam Schefter the players don’t look to be taking this lying down, saying ; “get ready for a massive multiple legal battle over this on several fronts.”

If Vilma and the others sue the NFL, it will only continue to perpetrate the perception that the Saints are arrogant and believe they are above the law.

Perceptions that didn’t die down with the tweets from Saints players ( including Drew Brees ) that sounded indignant that the NFL dare suspend or punish their team or coach.

According to ESPN’s reports, here are just some of the notes released from the NFL in regards to Bounty Gate.

• Vilma, also is alleged to have helped Williams create and fund the program. Also, the NFL said Vilma pledged $10,000 in cash to any Saints player who knocked former Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner out of the 2009 divisional playoff game involving the teams and then repeated the pledge for Favre for the NFC title game.

• Hargrove submitted a signed declaration to the NFL not only that the Saints’ bounty program existed, but that he was an active participant in it. In addition, the NFL said that Hargrove told at least one player on another team that former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was a target of the Saints’ bounty pool in the 2009 NFC Championship Game and that Hargrove obstructed the league’s investigation in 2010 when he wasn’t truthful with investigators.

Look, I’ll be the first one to tell you that I hate the Saints… with a passion.

But no team deserves this kind of punishment, no region of fans deserves to have their team crippled in this fashion.

And they only have themselves to blame for it.

I think that Sean Payton is a brilliant offensive mind, and that Gregg Williams is the kind of coach I’d like to play for, but these two men allowed their egos to get the better of them.

Egos that grew into full fledged defiance and arrogance that is well documented throughout this process. Egos that have now destroyed the wonderful story of redemption and a region revived by the post-Katrina Super Bowl win.