Meet the car that destroyed Group A Touring Car Racing in this country: the Nissan Skyline GT-R.
Few would dispute that local crew Gibson Motorsport (www.gibsonmotorsport.com.au) built the world’s fastest Group A tourers in-period, its all-wheel drive ‘Godzilla’ GT-Rs sweeping ATCC and Bathurst 1000 titles in 1991 and 1992.
Today, the resurrected Gibson Motorsport specialises in historic racing builds of all marques, however it’s only natural that the team’s affinity with Nissan product has seen a big presence in the blossoming Historic Touring Car scene. Even in the context of all that history, this Skyline GT-R is a highlight.
It is GMS GT-R chassis number 2, originally built in 1990 before playing its part in a dominant 1991 ATCC campaign for Jim Richards and Mark Skaife.
It also won the 1991 Bathurst 1000 enduro in fine form, establishing a race time record that stood for around 20 years… that’s what over 600bhp and all-wheel drive delivered.
From Melbourne it was sold to Thailand, from where it participated in a round of the Japanese Touring Car Championship at Mount Fuji, as well as several minor events throughout Asia.
Group A collector Robert Ingram acquired the GMS GT-R out of Thailand in 2007 (see the image below), before entrusting Gibson Motorsport to oversee its restoration, which included a full mechanical rebuild and repaint into its dominant 1991 livery (below).
After months of meticulous work, the 1991 Bathurst-winning GMS Nissan Skyline GT-R is ready to race again. Listen to it erupt from hibernation below.