Since selling my trusty facelift EJ9 (1.4) Civic to buy an FC3S RX7 Turbo II convertible back in 2011, my car ownership history could probably be described as “impractical” at best. From an E36 that followed to two S13s, a short-lived S14 and then the Y32 Cedric and C33 Laurel that both remain with me to this day, all were modified by me in a way that, at the time, I thought to be “correct”. It is only since buying and modifying my 26-year old, slightly rusty and really quite slow P10 Primera that I have started to think back to those past and current builds and really wonder why I chose to follow the modifying routes that I did with them.
A few weeks ago (during what will be remembered as the great heatwave of 2018 here in the UK), myself, Jimmy and Jamie (the new owner of Mat’s P10) had a little meet up to talk about incredibly nerdy (yet important…!) things such as manifold nut torque settings while having a bite to eat.
The other day the driver’s side window mechanism on my P10 Primera decided to fail, causing the window to drop down into the door quite significantly. Of course, this is the UK, so it was raining very heavily at the time. After propping it back in place with some cardboard and securing it with some duct tape, I got in touch with the one man who would have the spares that I needed…
It’s been a few months since I first posted about my recently purchased P10 Primera, my first foray into modifying a FWD car since my last EK Civic in 2011. In terms of the old adage of smiles per mile/per pound, it’s proven to be an absolute gem so far.
That’s not to say that P10 ownership has been without its problems but, in reality, you can’t own any 25 year old Nissan and not be prepared for some hiccups if you’re actually out there and using it.
If you grew up in the late 80s or early 90s like myself and had either a self-discovered or family member influenced interest in motorsport from a young age, you’ll need no introduction to the Super Touring era of the BTCC and, in particular, the later generation of cars that competed towards the end of the decade. You’ll more than likely have a favourite car that sticks in your mind from playing TOCA games on Playstation back in the day; perhaps it was the green & gold Nescafe-liveried Renault Lagunas, the silver & blue Volvo S40s or the red and white Vauxhall Vectras. For me though, the Vodafone-liveried Nissan Primera was always my favourite and I don’t really know why.
Drifting was once known as a budget form of motorsport but, with the current way the sport is changing and after recently discovering the simple joys of a regular circuit day, I’m beginning to see that a more conventional track event can be enjoyed on a shoestring budget.
I’ll go into more detail in my upcoming blog post regarding the day in question but, for now, here is some on-board footage from my friend Mat’s P10 Primera during Saturday’s track day at Oulton Park.