PATSY POIRIER’S NISSAN GT-R
Patsy and her partner Ron Stroeven bought this GT-R on an impulse — originally, they’d been all set to sign up for a brand-new Nissan 370Z back in 2009, having previously owned a 350Z. For some reason, the salesperson they were dealing with unexpectedly offered them the opportunity to take a long test drive in a new GT-R — even allowing them to keep the car overnight if they wanted. As Patsy put it, “Well, who would say no to that?”
Though its reputation preceded it, during their stint in the GT-R, both Patsy and Ron were stunned by the acceleration and handling of this relatively big four-seater sports car. Still, they already had a Porsche 997 Turbo, so it seemed hard to justify another high-performance vehicle.
However, they decided that, as track days at Hampton Downs were up and running regularly by this time, if they added the GT-R to their stable, they could have a ‘track’ car each — no competition, of course! So they gravitated towards the GTR, helped by the ease of swapping cogs via the Nissan’s twin-clutch gearbox.