So, this time exactly a year ago, I started this blog with the aim of just trying to understand what this “blogging” fad was all about. I kept reading about this blog and that blogger, and could not make heads, nor tails, of it all. A quick google search later led me to the wordpress.com homepage, where I found that you can start your own basic blog for free!!
So, I sat there and thought to myself, I need to come up with an interesting and catchy name for my new blog, something that would bring across the main theme that the blog would follow. Thanks to Google Translate, I was able to directly translate the words “Datsun Crazy!” into Japanese, to end up with the “Dattosan Kureiji!” moniker, which I felt was rather quite unique… Even if I do say so myself.
Never did I think that this blog would turn out to be as popular as it has been, or that I would actually end up loving this whole blogging thing so much! It has been a great journey, meeting and talking to people that actually know my grandparents personally, that competed in rallies against them, and even the families of the people that were a part of my grandfather’s team throughout his career! The amount of people that have visited this blog has been staggering, and at a little over 53 400 views and 225 individual comments, I feel the blog has been quite successful seeing that it only focuses on one topic.
To commemorate this milestone, I felt it fitting to share with you all the story of my grandfather, as documented by the Castrol (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd. on the occasion of my grandfather’s retirement from professional rallying in 1971… I do hope you will enjoy reading this, and that you will perhaps realise thereafter why I am so incredibly proud of his achievements…
This is all the talk amongst the Datsun online community… The work of art that is called the OS Giken TC24-B1Z. Thanks go to Dino Dalle Carbonare at Speedhunters.com, for taking the photos and writing a great article on the motor.
Click on the Speedhunters.com link above to go to the article Dino wrote about the motor, as I can’t say anything about the engine that he has not already said! (And, I also don’t want to be accused of stealing someone elses words, so…)
What I will do is share the specs of this engine package that one can buy from OS Giken, compared to the original TC24-B1 from 1980:
As well as this photo Dino took of the gearset that does the timing on the motor…
It warms my heart to see that there are still performance companies out there that are developing parts like these to carry the great old L-series motor into the 21st century… I love it!!