Nissan: Nissan’s sparkling past and destiny featured in Monterey

Posted on 29. Aug, 2018 by in Nissan Canada

MONTEREY, Calif. – Nissan’s conspicuous 50-plus-year story of motorsport in a U.S. and a sparkling destiny were showcased during this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Selected as a first-ever featured marque from Japan, Nissan and Datsun stars and cars were on site for a eventuality – including Peter Brock’s championship-winning BRE cars from a early 70s as driven by John Morton, Geoff Brabham’s four-time championship-winning Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo prototype, and Steve Millen’s Nissan 300ZX that scored feat during Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans in 1994.  

The Nissan/Datsun arrangement in a paddock also featured a 1969 Japan Grand Prix-winning Nissan R382, and a one-of-a-kind 1998 Nissan R390 GT1 highway automobile – a fan favorite in a practical universe interjection to a PlayStation diversion “Gran Turismo.”  

“I come to this eventuality each year, though never has it been like this,” pronounced Morton. “This is a initial time a Japanese automobile has been a featured marque, and it is only implausible to see this many Nissan and Datsuns and this many fans. I’m indeed overwhelmed. It was good to be behind in a 240Z; it is like a time appurtenance for me. It takes me behind roughly 50 years. It was good to see so many friends from a aged BRE organisation that were here too. There is nobody on a group that is not still a friend. We are all still together even after all these years.”

More than 50 ancestral Nissan and Datsun machines competed during a event, including Datsun Roadsters, Datsun 510s and Datsun 240Zs.

While fans could demeanour behind to see a 1972 Skyline GT-R Hakosuka do conflict on track, both a stream Nissan GT-R NISMO and a Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign also finished laps around a famous Laguna Seca circuit.

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It was a initial event for US fans to see a Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign, that continued a “world tour.” The automobile done a entrance progressing this year during a Goodwood Festival of Speed in a UK and also seemed during this year’s Spa 24 Hour in Belgium.  The GT-R50 by Italdesign is subsequent slated to seem where a GT-R fable began – Tokyo, Japan.

Nissan’s subsequent era of motorsport was also on site in Monterey with a Nissan Formula E “Gen 2” competition car. Nissan will entrance in a all-electric travel racing array in Dec of this year.  It was displayed subsequent to a special Nissan LEAF, with matching livery.

NISMO Calendar

September 8-9
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Weathtech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA, USA

September 15-16
Super GT, Sportsland Sugo, Japan
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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