Some Datsun racing history goodness…

So, to tie in with my previous post of some current Datsun race cars out on track, I thought I would post some awesome photo’s of historical Datsuns doing what they did best… Going fast and winning!! πŸ˜€

1970 Fuji, speedway Japan

(Above: 1970 Fuji Speedway, Japan, Z432R)

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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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Skyline KPGC-10 Rally car…

This was shared with me recently, and it is naturally something that I just had to share naturally. Unfortunately I can’t read Japanese (yet) but this is just really interesting to see… And pretty cool!!

Really something to see a KPGC-10 Hakosuka sliding around on the dirt… Get’s my juices flowing! πŸ˜€

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Sideways at 118MPH in 1970…

This is by far one of my favourite photographs of my grandparents, seen here competing in the 1970 Total International Rally in 1970, which they proceeded to win overall, which in turn secured them their entry into the next years Monte Carlo Rally in the 240Z.

This photograph was taking when, according to my grandfather, “We were doing 118mph / 188.8kmh in a long left hander through a rock pass… Great fun!”

Datsun LY goodness…

Here we have some Straight-6 Datsun LY crossflow goodness mounted inside the engine bay of an ex-works Fairlady Z… Stunning and super rare!! I just love seeing stuff like this!

Here is the story of this wonderful car:

Peter Valantine recalls “TKS33SU4079 was re-registered LPE66P in 1975 after I was arrested by HM Customs & Excise when taking the car to Datsun in Belgium to exchange it for another car. It turned out that the car had been in the UK for longer than permitted and Datsun/Old Woking were fined and had to pay the duty to get the car released, after which it had to have UK plates. The customs guys at Dover cut up the Jap plates before releasing the car! I must say that I was a bit concerned at the time, although after 36 years it all seems quite amusing now!”

When it was found:

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