V8 Vantage vs Nissan GT-R when is there too much power?

As a petrolhead it has to be said you can never have enough power, however lately I’ve really thought that I’m pushing the boundaries of what I want. There’s 250bhp difference between the two cars in this article and Christ can I feel every last one. Drivability Again I appreciate this is entirely subjective but …

Ecutek V8 software update and rolling road for my GT-R

So 6 weeks deep into ownership my R35 is wearing new shoes, has been serviced and now has had a software update. Here’s how my morning at Litchfield Motors went….. Why a software update? In the UK most tuned GT-Rs use ECUTEK software which is frequently revised, enabling tuners to monitor extra parameters and increase …

My Bargain first service with the new GT-R

When it comes to the R35 GT-R all you usually here is the horrific stories of constant 4 figure service bills, alas this doesn’t have to be the case. My car has a thoroughly detailed history with the bulk of it being split between Perfect Touch, Kaizer and Litchfield Imports. In the early days of …

History repeats itself… I buy my JDM GT-R some new shoes

So as we know in January 2020 I bought myself an R35 GT-R, a global pandemic and 3 cars later I’m back in another. Now I’ve previously mentioned how expensive R35 parts are and in most cases forged wheels that I like are painfully unobtainable. My first GT-R fortunately came with Michelin pilot sport 4s …

Is customer service the lost art of car sales?

I’ve bought quite a lot of cars in the last 7 years, ranging in price, age and condition. What’s always shocked me is my best buying experiences have come from private sellers and my worst are typically from dealerships. With a recent experience altering my perception of a brand altogether. Story time My first fast …

I bought a JDM R35 GT-R, here’s what sets it apart from the UK market

You’ll forever see in car groups the letters “JDM” thrown around and usually incorrectly at that. But what does it actually mean? Japanese Domestic Market, these are cars specifically designed to be sold only in Japan not the rest of the world. These mean they often have differing specs and configurations to European and US …

I bought the first Gunmetal Grey R35 GT-R in the UK

Cast your mind back to 2007, I was 12 and likely being a little shit at school. Nissan however was unveiling the newest addition to the GT-R franchise at the Tokyo auto show. The R35 was set to be released early 2008 in Japan and 2009 to most of the rest of the world. In …

Buying 5 cars in 2020 made my bank think I was money laundering

2020 has been a difficult and frustrating year for many. In December 2019 I effectively broke my leg so I’ve had extended amounts of time to kill and as a petrolhead that only ends in one way. Scrolling though eBay, auto trader and Facebook marketplace for high performance cars and obviously buying a few. How …

I’ve sold my Aston Martin, here’s what it was like to live with.

It’s been a couple of weeks since my V8 Vantage departed and I’ve since replaced it, but we’ll get that another day. It’s given me some real time to reflect on what they’re like to own, to run and to drive so I thought I’d share that. Running costs. I’ve owned high performance cars for …

Category D cars, are you saving money or cutting corners?

Not once in several months and 3000 or so miles across the UK did anyone say something negative about the looks of my Aston Martin. In fact it was quite the opposite, random compliments approving gazes and the odd candid picture. What if I told she’d had a crash? Back in 2013 my Aston Martin …