I new Cameron was using Project Leopard as a drift car as he posted videos on Instagram. Then I get an email from Jon R. He is now the current owner of the Project Leopard M30, but also, he was the one who bought it from Koji.
Jon said he heard through a mutual friend that an RB powered M30 was for sale and it had an R31 crossmember. Jon said there was only one M30 that had that part and so he want to check out the car to see if it was true.
Jon saw the car. It was parked under a tree with no engine or transmission. Jon verified it was the car because of the R31 crossmember. Jon decided to buy the car.
Jon laid down his idea of bring it back to its former glory. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have that mindset. Also the rebuilding of a iconic car in the F31 community. Many people don’t get that, but just like the F31s in Japan, some of them have reached a status that people are PROUD to own it.
Rebuilding a car that has the parts scarcity has always plagued the F31 community. It is a tough road when you decided to get the car. Jon said he has an RB26 for the car. We discussed what is needed. I wanted to help preserve this car. I asked Jon to tell me what he needs so that when an M30 hits the junkyard around me, I can go grab those parts.
My personal opinion, it doesn’t have to be at Magazine level, just as long as the car is being saved and taken cared of. Jon has great ideas and I wouldn’t put it past him to put the effort into this car.
There are very few passionate people for this car and when some of those rise up to the challenge, those are the ones that need to be supported and recognized.