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Monterey Historic Races August 2018


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I wanted to find out how many of you are going to be attending the Monterey Historics this weekend.  I am going to be there on Saturday and Sunday and I would love to meet some fellow Z enthusiasts from the forum.  I am bringing my Z and with Nissan as the Marque they are celebrating it's going to be heaven.  

Ben

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By the way, John Morton has been doing well in early running. He is running in Group 5. The cars that are faster than his are V8s, turbos, and cars with big wings & wide tires.

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I am excited to see the BRE cars among others.  John Morton is a super nice guy the few times I have talked to him.  A celebrity of the Datsun world among me, a mortal.  That Hino transporter is really cool!  I saw it years ago when it was at Les Cannaday's shop in need of a restoration.  Now it is where it should be.  If I am not mistaken it has a Cadillac V8.  

I am counting down the days before I go to Monterey this weekend.  The entire Monterey Car Week is a time I look forward to every year.  The Historics are my favorite as the cars are in their element.  The crews are humming along in the pits and the cars on the track just sing.  I would love to partake in the racing one day.  A vintage car of any sort would be awesome but a Nissan of the Z sort would be ideal.  I imagine roaring off into the sunset, cresting a hill and descending the legendary corkscrew.  Beneath my helmet would be a permanent smile.  Cheers.

 

Ben  

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The car is clean, waxed, tires shined. I’ll be leaving before sun up. No radio just me, a car and a tunnel of headlights.  My favorite time to drive. It’s so peaceful, but not lonesome. Self reflective.  Looking within.  With young kids these drives are nearly nonexistent.  I have everything set out. A camera, phone charger, selvedge jeans, my New Balance driving shoes, a journal, an actual Safari Rally silk jacket (from 1982?), some pens(filled with ink of course), my corral pass, and the list goes on.  The car is a ritual.

Yours Truly,

Ben

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Jealousy is alive and well in Seattle. Enjoy


72 body and block, everything else 71, Tokico springs, Illumina, R180 CLSD, 83 close ratio, 3.90 gears, Ztherapy SUs, BRE 15X7 Libre wheels and BRE front spoiler.

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I did not get to the races, but I did go to the (free) Inaugural Japanese Automotive Invitational (sponsored by Infiniti).  It was one of the many events/exhibits around the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.  A nice collection of historic Japanese cars from all the Japanese marks: Datsun, Honda, Toyota, Subaru, Infiniti, Mazda, etc.

I didn't take enough photos, but here are a few: (African Safari Tribute example, a Fairlady Z 432, 1500 Datsun roadster, one of several Skylines, and a beautiful Toyota 2000GT)

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7tooZ, I love Seattle.  One of my favorite cities.  The author Garth Stein is from there and he is an excellent writer and car enthusiast!

JayHawk, those are some spectacular cars you saw.  Thank you so much for sharing the photos.    

Like all of us here I was over the moon with the Nissan Motor Co. being the marque celebrated at the track and there are many photos and stories I want to share, but for now I will leave you with a photo of my wife and I in the 260Z.  It was a parade lap, but we still got to do a bit of a shake down.  My wife looked at the finish line clock and I had reached 84mph in the straight.  I was having fun, but being careful.  Forget about the car.  My wife is my baby!  The car was set up very well and I was the weakest link.  Seeing my wife smiling and having fun made it all worth it.  

Ben

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I was there with my son Thursday and Saturday. Got to meet Pete Brock.

As a 72-year old I was mightily impressed with 76-year old John Morton running in the GT class, in a field of 55 cars dominated by Porsches. finishing 8th overall.  No fuss. no muss, just the same precise lines, lap after lap.  

One other thing, BringaTrailer.com had a booth at the Friday Legends of the Autobahn event for German cars.  They were selling BringaTrailer hats,  featuring the silhouette of a 240Z atop their usual trailer trademark.  (of course I bought one).  

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I pitted with those two cars that my buddy owns. It was truly a great 4 days for me. So many great Datsun/Nissan race people there. The famous and the not famous. Morton did great in his class, but Larry Cooper was right up there too in his 240 witha 2.4 ltr E88 head. He drove the wheels off it. All and all it was a weekend to remember. Thursday night had a great conversation with Jim Frederick, always great to see him. A special weekend indeed.20180823_163308.jpg

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