NZ Performance Car: Hey, Damo. We’ve followed your antics locally and abroad for a while now. Tell us how you came to own your S13. Damo: Hi, NZPC. I never intended to buy this car at first. I was living in Japan with a couple of mates, and tagged along with them to check out this car, which was three hours away in Shizuoka. The workshop we went to was pretty questionable — super chop shop–esque. The car was rattle-canned black and the tags were ‘missing’. My mate wasn’t able to find a guarantor for the change of ownership, so left it, but I already had one and checked it all out, then bought it a week later. It was one of those too cheap to pass up cars; it already had a lot of good stuff on it for a basic set-up. What did it get used for in Japan? Well, I bought it to learn drifting in, but I had barely driven back home in New Zealand, so thought, why not learn to in Japan. Best place, right? I learned in the ports and mountains. There were definitely a lot of run-ins with the boys in blue, often staying in one spot for an hour or so until someone showed up to move us on — then the red flashing lights became clipping points. Outlaw territory! Why did you decide to bring the car back home with you? It was a pretty easy decision. In New Zealand, S13 prices were going through the roof, so shipping it over would save me a lot of money, with the idea that I could then spend the money on driving. I had thought about just shipping the running gear back here and selling it, but it seemed like a waste to part with such a solid car. Was importing a hard process? Initially, it looked as if it would be impossible to ship it back, as there was an error with the change of ownership in Japan that meant the previous owner deregistered the car. That meant I had to track him down and pay for the dereg papers, but from there it was pretty easy. Toshihiro Tanaka from JAP Express and Tyler Renall from Top of Range sorted all my paperwork. Toshi picked the car up from N-Style and had it sent through Autohub. It did take almost two months of waiting at the ports with the stink bug scare, but it was eventually released and I drove it home.
That must have been a sweet moment. Have you had much chance to drive it here, and will it be a forever car?
Definitely not as much as I would like to drive it. Unfortunately, we don’t have as many track days as there are over in Japan, and I usually end up spending money on the car rather than driving it. I’ll keep it for as long as the chassis lasts. It’s a bit beat up, but still straight enough. The seams are starting to split for the second time, so I’ll weld those and it’ll be good to go again. I’d like to keep it as long as possible, and I’ll probably send it back to Japan eventually.
Plenty more driving left in it. Cheers for the yarns, Damo.
NAME: DAMO GREENFIELD AGE: 24 LOCATION: AUCKLAND OCCUPATION: TYRE TECHNICIAN
ENGINE: Nissan SR20DET, 1998cc, four-cylinder turbo; GTi-R T28 turbo, HKS actuator, Jazz unequal-length thick wall manifold, three-inch stainless exhaust system, short-mount intercooler system, Tomei rocker stoppers, GT-R fuel pump DRIVELINE: Nissan SR20DET five-speed manual, Nismo Coppermix clutch, Tomei Trax 4.6:1 ratio two-way LSD, four-pot front calipers, single-pot rear calipers, Project Mu brake pads INTERIOR: Bride Artis 2 seats, Cusco six-point bolt-in roll cage, Junis 335mm two-spoke steering wheel, Defi CR Advance water temperature, oil temperature, oil pressure, and boost gauges, Yashio Factory Okachan water temperature gauge EXTERIOR: Origin Labo Aggressive body kit, Origin Labo 55mm Type 3 front guards, D-Max 30mm rear guards, D-Max roof spoiler, D-Max boot spoiler, TK-style bonnet WHEELS/TYRES: (F) 17x9-inch (+12) RAYS Gram Lights 57D, 235/40R17 Zestino Gredge, (R) 17x9-inch (-7) Work VS-KF, 235/45R17 Linglong SUSPENSION: GP Sports G-Master coilovers, Swift 8kg front springs, Swift 6kg rear springs, Mon Power S14 knuckles, S14 lower-control arms, D-Max/Cusco tension rods, Nismo power brace, Origin tie rods, Ikeya Formula camber arms, Cusco toe arms FUEL TYPE: 98 octane THANKS: My girlfriend, Leah, for putting up with it; the GOGO!! Boys, Tweedie, Toshi, Tbass, Scolds, Pringles, and Mottokoi; Stano at Jazz Manifolds; the boys at N-Style; the guys at Stacked Inc.; Jesse Streeter; Macey; anyone else that has helped me out, and that I’ve driven with
Damo’s Jazz manifold was specially made by its creator and good friend Stan, just for him