Just like in the ’90s, before automotive vinyl had been invented — this GT-R wears red, white, and blue with pride, sprayed from the gun of Mike Schist. Stu went to great lengths to ensure the livery was scaled perfectly — even purchasing 1990 race progra
While the purists might still be sitting there moaning that this is not the real deal, the short and the tall of it all is: this car is so close to the machine that Skaife debuted on June 8, 1990, at Mallala, that it’s more than deserving of the title ‘genuine replica’, and the team isn’t about to stop until it’s as close as possible to the real thing. That original car is long gone — resting in the great pit garage in the sky — but, luckily enough for us, this car calls New Zealand home, and we can all see it running in anger against fellow historic machines. It’s as close as we will ever get to witnessing chassis No. 2 in the flesh, so we should enjoy it as much as Stu will be enjoying it while strapped in that period-correct seat, gripping that periodcorrect wheel, glancing at that period-correct dash, and taming that period-correct grunt!