75-Year-Old Driver Achieves His Dream, 200 MPH Speed ​​With Nissan GT-R

You don’t slow down as you get older. You get old because you slow down. If you don’t believe me, take 11 minutes to watch the video above. It’s okay, we can wait.

This is Barry, a legit fan who drives a simple Honda. Judging by his relaxed demeanor, you’d never guess his other car was an ethanol-burning Nissan GT-R. The first few minutes of the video amplify this image, showing an elderly man dragging his Civic out of it with the help of a walking stick. He moves around his house carefully, talking to the camera about his upcoming trip while contemplating it as a beautiful day to drive. Finally, he reached a bookshelf where there were two sets of keys: one for the Honda, the other for the GT-R. You better know which set he’s taking.

Barry seemed to like speed. It started early when he happened to see – and hear – an early Porsche 911 passing by. It seems to evoke an inner desire for speed, which has certainly not diminished despite more than 50 years since that Porsche encounter. His 2012 Nissan GT-R is certainly capable of fulfilling that desire, even in pure factory trim, which it certainly doesn’t.

We weren’t treated to a full rundown of all the upgrades, but the Nissan engine was completely rebuilt, from the crankshaft to the turbocharger. He estimates the engine develops at around 1,200 horsepower, and to manage that kind of boost, the transmission has also been upgraded throughout. So yeah, it’s quite capable of speed far beyond the Porsche sightings he had half a century ago.

To realize his full performance, Barry heads to Upington International Airport in South Africa. Boasting a very long runway, he ended up checking out a bucket list item that we suspect almost every gearhead has. With room to run, he let go of the GT-R’s modded bike and kept his feet on it to 200 mph and more. We ended up seeing 351 km/h on telemetry, which is 218 mph.

“I guess when I get old I have to slow down a bit,” Barry says at the start of the video. “But I’m not sure when that will happen.”

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