Plastic models built by skilled hands…

I recently came across these couple of exquisitely built and highly detailed plastic model cars from a model car show in Japan. These two Fairlady Z rally cars look really incredible, and it is obvious that they were built by knowing hands…

The 1973 Monte Carlo car of Rauno Aaltonen and Jean Todt features some lovely detailing in the engine bay, with a scale L24 running triple Mikuni-Solex carbs…:-D This looks to be a 1/12th scale model,which is what I am after to try and build a replica of the car my grandparents drove in the 1971 Monte Carlo Rally…

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The One Year Anniversary Post!!

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. πŸ˜€

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… πŸ™‚

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Latest poster…

Here is the next in the series of pictures I am editing to have printed and framed… I have found really sweet aluminium frames for a great price recently, so the photos should look even better up on the wall in these frames…

This one is A1 in size (just had to make the most epic picture of my grandparents as big as possible… 841mm x 594mm… And this one come out even better than the first one! πŸ˜€

Ewold van Bergen: 1966 Monte Carlo Rally Preview

Here is a small preview of the main post to come on my grandfathers participation in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. Trying to get the main post to be something special…

The above car was the practice car used by my grandfather and his co-driver Rex Wakely-Smith, then the South African rally champions of 1965.

You will notice the damage on the left front fender and left rear quarter panel. This was a direct result of a dramatic escape when the brakes failed suddenly and completely, as they were going down a mountain pass. It was so steep and slippery that even dropping to first gear and switching off the engine did not stop the car…

Grazing a truck scraped the one side of the car and bouncing off a bank bent the left rear quarter panel but helped keep the car on the road. My grandfather finally stopped by deliberately spinning the car in a hairpin bend with an unguarded edge. The car would have gone over that edge and precipice had he not spun.

I am sure you will agree with me that this is quite a lot of drama to go through before the start of such a gruelling rally!

Never before seen EVB photos…

Today I stumbled across three very cool photos of my grandfather that I had yet to see before… Amazing how that can happen even in today’s internet crazy world!

One of these photos will be the lead to a post that is soon to come. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the post and see if you guessed correctly tomorrow when said post is uploaded…

Total Rally 1962:

Monte Carlo Rally 1966:

Beira International Rally 1967:

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