PATSY POIRIER’S NIS­SAN GT-R

New Zealand Classic Car - - Special Feature -

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.

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