Freddi Stafford - Nissan R35 GTR Black Edition
As mentioned before I think what makes this car unique and stand out is 100% the Bensopra body kit that gets attention. Even other sports car owners, of such beautiful cars as Ferrari’s, an example, get very excited about the “look” of the car.
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Freddi Stafford - Nissan R35 GTR Black Edition
“I can say that we chose this car due to its outstanding looks and absolutely insane road presence. It screams Godzilla in every sense of the word. The Bensopra body kit was an absolute favourite of ours after seeing it in Fast and Furious 6. When we found the car modified like that, we knew it would be a perfect mascot for Ravenol SA”
Nissan R35 GTR Black Edition
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Hi, my name is Freddi Stafford. I started my career in the aircraft industry and qualified as an aircraft technician with Atlas Aircraft Corporation. I have been in the oil industry since 1989 when I joined Castrol South Africa and for 30 plus years I have owned numerous oil companies.
I currently own and manage Ravenol South Africa, 307 Lubricants and Oil Wise Lubrication. I have always been a lover of all things to do with speed - be it planes, helicopters, cars or motorbikes. Though a biker at heart, I love to experience the power of sports and supercars.
I drive a Nissan R35 GTR Black Edition. I think it is every car lover`s dream! I actually ride a Kawasaki GTR1400 motorcycle during the week, as I have always been a biker. I either drive my Nissan R35 GT-R or my Porsche 996 Turbo on the weekends.
The GTR was purchased this way, I have not been able to start adding my own touch yet! However, I can say that we chose this car due to its outstanding looks and absolutely insane road presence. It screams Godzilla in every sense of the word. The Bensopra body kit was an absolute favourite of ours after seeing it in Fast and Furious Six. When we found the car modified like that, we knew it would be the perfect mascot for Ravenol SA. The finishing touches on the car were done by an absolute genius (he also installed the body kit) - these little extras truly make the car one of a kind!
I thought I had an idea of how much attention a sports car gets as this is not my first sports car, but boy was I wrong! This car turns heads everywhere it goes. I always have to leave earlier than needed wherever I go as people want to stop and have a chat about Godzilla! Even people you would never expect to have an interest in cars, approach you to chat or give a thumbs up and big smiles when you drive past them. One very posh lady, upon seeing the car while we waited to exit a parkade, said “Oh my goodness your car is so hardcore!” I must say, it makes me so happy to see people sharing my passion as that was one of the main reasons for purchasing this car. In terms of power, this car puts it down raw and hard. I mean this in the best way possible. You really have to feel it for yourself to know what I mean. It is indescribable and the sound is absolutely incredible, especially in R mode.
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As mentioned before I think what makes this car unique and stand out is 100% the Bensopra body kit that gets attention. Even other sports car owners, of such beautiful cars as Ferrari’s, an example, get very excited about the “look” of the car. The wing screams race car even if you somehow miss the carbon fibre parts, vented bonnet, lip and side-skirt kit or the massive forged rims.
Cobb Accessport, allows us to download tunes from their website and load them remotely by using the accessport. The car is currently on Stage 1, Cobb tuned.
- Custom Y-Pipe
- Custom Catback
- The Bensopra body kit with customs canards (wing is part of body kit)
- Genuine carbon boot
- Custom Diffuser
- UV Protection
- 20 inch Savini Forged Rims
- 315/30/20 Michelin PS CUP2’s rear and Toyo Proxes R888 285/3520’s.
We have done a full conversion of all the lubricants to Ravenol oils as we only want the best lubricants.
Take your time finding the perfect car, don't waste your money and rush the purchase. Regarding the GT-R always check for the bell-housing rattle - this is a common problem on the early R35s. Also on the early R35s, the gearbox is a weak point. The control solenoids can sometimes give issues.
This is a costly one! Make sure the shifts are crisp and quick. Do some research on the vehicle and confirm that it has always been serviced regularly and definitely look for other advice online. There is an awesome GT-R community out there that I have learnt a lot from (forums and YouTube channels alike). I will say that the custom exhaust (y-pipe and custom catback) on the car sounds like music to my ears though.
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I have not been on the car scene for long so I have not met many people in that environment yet. However, being in the oil industry, I deal a lot with car owners, car clubs and people in the car scene. It is wonderful to meet and talk to people that are truly passionate about their cars. Life can be difficult at times but knowing that these people appreciate your passion and the knowledge you are
sharing with them makes it more than worthwhile. Passion is a powerful driving force in life and being passionate about cars, for example, means that you have found something in life that brings your life happiness and significance. Sadly, many people do not ever find this taste in life. Finding other people out there that are just as passionate about cars, can be truly life-transforming. In the end,
This passion for cars characterizes or describes you and your life. The excitement cars bring to my life, allows me to live this one aspect of life fully. Talking about my Nissan GT-R, doing mechanical work on it and driving it, makes me feel truly alive.
My Nissan GT-R, obviously!
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