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The 2011 Solvang Datsun Show….4/30

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by Alvin G @ 3:20 pm on January 31, 2011

The 24th Annual Solvang Datsun Roadster Classic will be held in beautiful downtown Solvang CA. This year we will once again be showcasing some of the most beautiful and rare Datsun Roadsters around, along with classic JDM’s from the 60’s and 70’s. We plan on having as usual, attendees from around the world, along with Classic Datsun Rides from across the country! Admission is free to the general public. Car Registration and information can be found on our website located at

When: Saturday, April 30 2011
Where: Downtown Park – Solvang CA
Time: 9am-3pm
Car Classes: Datsun Roadster, 510’s, Z’s, JDM’s

Peter Brock Day Pictures…1/29/11

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by Alvin G @ 10:25 pm on January 29, 2011

We visited the Mustang Ranch this morning to listen to Pete Brock and check out some cool vintage Fords. A handful of Datsun enthusiasts amongst high dollar Cobra owners all shared the same enthusiasm and wonder as Pete Brock told stories and described his history with the Daytona coupe and Shelby team. Brock also spent some time introducing us to his latest Superformance Coupe, complete with a fuel-injected GM-supplied LS7 drivetrain.

The parking lot was a car show with plenty of clean Mustangs, replica and continuation Cobras. For us Datsun-nuts it was also a pleasant surprise to see a ultra-low mile 1-owner 280z on the dyno inside the shop! Yes, even Ford fans love Z’s 🙂

Big Thanks to Pete and Gayle for spending time with us!
Enjoy the pictures in the gallery and LONG LIVE THE Z
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Peter Brock Day at the Mustang Ranch THIS Saturday!!!

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by Alvin G @ 2:19 pm on January 26, 2011

*Attention all Datsun Fans*

Pete Brock will be speaking at the Mustang Ranch shop in this Saturday, Jan 29th, Santa Clara, CA 10am-3pm. Stop by the shop and listen to the Datsun Legend! Here is a newsletter from Pete and Gayle with details about Saturday’s event:

“This Sat (the 29th), I’ll be speaking at the Mustang Ranch shop in Santa Clara in the Northern California area (just west of San Jose).
This event is open to all, starting at 10am and ending at 3pm. My SPC073 will be on display and I’ll be giving a “tour” of its new LS7.Starting early afternoon I’ll be speaking on my life in design, focusing on aerodynamics and how I applied these concepts to the Daytona Coupes.

Time is set aside for autographing items and Gayle will be bringing some posters, George Bartell art and archive photo reprints with us if you’d like to have any of them autographed in person (some of them will be the new photos she’s just posted on the website).

We won’t be bringing a lot so its first come first serve or contact Gayle by this Tue afternoon to reserve/request a piece. We won’t be bringing any shirts down due to space constraints but if there is something you want us to bring, let Gayle know before Tue afternoon and she’ll pack it up.
We hope to see you this Saturday, Jan 29th, 10am-3pm Mustang Ranch: 1375 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

Long Live BRE!

Black 280z Restoration…Chassis Update

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by Alvin G @ 1:04 pm on January 20, 2011

The slick black paint on Gary R’s 280z makes me drool. Then my eyes widen when I see the gigantic ZCG BigBrakeKit AND new Panasport wheels.  This is just a mock-up, but I can’t help but feel excited! The restoration moves forward with all of the newly plated parts and suspension being installed by Josh C. Hydraulic/fuel lines were beautifully plated in gold(brake) and silver(fuel):

The engine bay is glossy and the firewall is gleaming!

In our last update the interior and entire underbody was stripped and treated with POR-15, seen HERE. After drying, the front and rear suspension is in place with struts/coil overs mocked up. Note additional plated hardware:

Here are some shots of the coilovers and ZCG Big Brake Kit in all its all glory. Wheels/tires are 17″ Panasport C8s with black spokes and 255/40/17 tires under stock flares:

Stay tuned for our next update as Gary’s 280z gets a drivetrain!

We Will Miss You Jack

Filed under: Automotive History,Uncategorized
by Alvin G @ 5:41 pm on January 17, 2011

To fellow Datsun enthusiasts and roadster owners in general Mike Young is a household name. Mike has been restoring Datsuns since the 80’s and you can see a few examples of his amazing work at DatsunSports. If you caught Mike at a Datsun car show 99% of the time you could also count on seeing his trusty dog Jack by his side. Jack recently passed away, but we will always remember him. Jack was a Datsun mascot to most of us, and over the years he would make us smile whether it was riding shotgun with Mike in a freshly restored roadster or relaxing in his arms in the warm sun at a show. Rest in Peace Jack, you will be missed.

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