DOTS: A Suspect Skyline

**afternoon repost somehow reverted it to my first draft from before I added the text; what on earth?**

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Yesterday, I was driving along on a Doordash delivery and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Yes, there appeared to be an R34 Nissan Skyline parked at a trendy local food hall. And what a sight that is!

We probably all know the R34 Nissan Skyline is about four years off of the first ones being eligible for importation, so clearly there is some trickery afoot here.

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Not trickery that is out of the ordinary though. You may recall the illegal Nissan Silvia that I saw a few months ago proudly displayed outside the local imports shop with a fresh Georgia license plate.

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But while we figure this out, just take a second to take in what a beautifully proportioned car this GTR is! How could Nissan go from making this to the Versa in just a few short years? I defy you to find a sporty attainable coupe from a mainstream automaker with proportions this good. And now the GTR body kit, wing, the everything just makes it so much better!

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A little bit of blur got away from me
A little bit of blur got away from me
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But daaaang, this 3/4 view is just so good. The subtle camber and blacked out treatment actually does this car justice. Too bad it was covered in road grime from months of heavy rain.

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Yes, this is one car I am not afraid to say looks great with gigantic wing on the back. It has earned it.

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The permanent Montana plate seems to indicate this is not a legal import under the show and display law or a Motorex car. And they didn’t even try to be subtle with a plate reading R34xxx. You can probably guess what the other digits are, but I don’t want to be the one to call attention to it.

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That GTR badge really means something. It goes beyond the technologically advanced engine and monstrous capability. It is pop culture icon that you can hardly fail to notice, even if you don’t know the first thing about cars.

Nearly everyone stopped to take a picture of it. Even the guy who said, “is this yours?” and then, on hearing the no, said, “GT, nice” in attempt to pretend to know what it really is.

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Not even the hoards of fake GTRs can dilute what this badge symbolizes. It symbolizes technology’s triumph over ignorance in a way that everyone can aspire to.

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And of course, I couldn’t resist the chance to take a photo of my humble Chevy Cruze surrounded by such greatness. Who wouldn’t want to be seen in this? Well, it is illegal, so there are some arguments to be made.

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A little bit of blur got away from me
A little bit of blur got away from me
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Yes, this is a car that is really far too amazing for its own good. Amazing enough to attract people with more money than brains who think they can get away with a flashy illegal gray market import with a rather on the nose vanity plate. And people with less brains and even less funds would love to attach fake GTR badges and slap cheesy aero kits on four cylinder Skyline coupes. 

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And for the record, the first iteration of this post that magically went away suddenly was much better.

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