We all remember our first car, the first time we took it home, the first time we showed it off to our friends, and the first time we raced some one off the lights. Minh's 180SX has been an 11-year strong ownership. First owner in Australia, he bought the car not long after getting his drivers licence. Minh realised early on that a 2 car strategy would be the only way he could have his cake and eat it. Over the years his Silver 180SX has seen a steady stream of mods like the Vertex kit,Work wheels, Bride seats, a full respray, adjustable suspension and upgraded skyline brakes. The Silver 180SX has stayed as his daily and a second purchase of a White 180SX has taken on track duties.
We took the opportunity to sit down with him over a beer while waiting for parts to arrive at the Greaser Corner shop and talked cars and the transition he will be undertaking with the help of Greaser to get him closer to his target PB laptime.
Why a 180sx?
I didnt think much of the 180sx back when I was looking for my first car. It wasn’t until I saw a series 2 (Type X) at a local restaurant that I took notice of how the new addition of aero parts and updated rear lights could do to the overall look. I fell in love and started my research. After looking at 2 silver ones the 3rd silver example I looked at I purchased. Now after 11 years of ownership the car has never given me any real mechanical gripe, and with time I have learned to appreciate the styling more. To me its timeless, and surely a car I will hang onto as long as i can.
Where did it start and where are you headed?
It started with a car I could drive to uni and on the weekends to go out. As a young adult you followed the trend of immersing yourself in car culture, and as such I did as much as I could with the car. I attended meets, befriended a bunch of like minded enthusiast and soon after I was hitting my favourite stretch of road on the regular with these cars. One thing led to another and I was on the track learning how to drift. Unfortunately that didn’t eventuate too much as the government decided that a housing estate area would be a better option than “Oran Park Raceway”. A few years down the track I attended my first track day, albiet not with my own car. I was hooked and soon made the decision to buy a track 180SX (White). The Silver Type X future is a bright one. I plan to transfer all of my parts over to the cleaner Silver Type X shell and build a race car that I always wanted.
Your most epic moment?
I couldn’t give you one answer as the memories I have with this car all intertwined somehow. But definetely going to the twisties with my mates would be those “epic” moments. Before all the carnage that was government restrictions, the roads were our playground and I did try to enjoy them as much as I could (in a safe manner). There was nothing better seeing what each mod you painstakingly saved up for did to the chassis.
What would you like to see change in the current car scene ?
Nothing to be honest, I think the scene is still strong regardless of the imposed restrictions and laws the government place on the car community. Although forum activity and car events have slowed over the years, if enthusiasts continue to commit to events, cruises and trackdays the scene will continue to flourish.
Favourite automotive era?
Definitely the 90s, even with the gentlemen’s agreement of 280hp some of the best looking designs and engineering came from this era. Car manufacturers back then had fierce competition and the result is a vast array of automotive porn for us to own and sample. I just wish I had more money and garage space to accomodate for the dreams I have in my head for car ownership.
Its not all bad, we’re living in a good automotive era. whats to be celebrated?
For the present time, enthusiasts from our generation have all grown up earning an income, so we can celebrate the fact that our dreams cars are within reach. Sure some models are a little old, but there are still good condition vehicles to be found.
As for the future, we have all been nervous as to whether car manufacturers will endeavour to create sports cars like they did in the past. With the release of the Toyota 86/ Subaru BRZ I think its safe to say the chain reaction that has occurred will bring with it the development of fun and hopefully affordable sports car. C'mon Nissan where is your answer ?