Newly Restored Datsun 510 in Fatal Crash


As many of us can attest to, nothing beats the feeling of taking a finished project on its maiden voyage. That’s why it’s important not to get carried away before you familiarize yourself with your car’s limits. Tragedy struck earlier today when a 24-year-old Australian man crashed his newly-restored 1971 Datsun 1600 (aka 510 in the US), into a tree. The driver was airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, but his 20-year-old passenger survived with minor injuries.

Authorities say the car was unregistered and travelling 40kph over the speed limit on the winding road where the collision occurred. Witnesses described hearing a clunk or a thud. We know the temptation to take your car out for a spin after a major work is completed can be damn near irresistible, but please use the utmost caution when doing so. Don’t be the thud.

As our resident Aussie Kev explains, the “P-Plater” referred to in the article is an Australian term that describes beginner drivers. For the first three years of driving, a small magnetic “P” is affixed to your car, much like the Japanese shoshinsha mark, indicating a lower speed limit for the driver, a prohibition of turbo or V8 cars, a lower allowable alcohol limit, and fewer allowable infringements before license cancellation.

With the holiday season approaching, we want you JNCers to be safe and merry.

UPDATE: The identity of the driver, Gabriel Guimaraes, has been released. More details at the Daily Telagraph. Even though we didn’t know Gabriel, we feel a kinship with him over his dedication to restoring his classic Datsun. Our condolences go out to his family.

[Sydney Morning Herald]

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9 Responses to Newly Restored Datsun 510 in Fatal Crash

  1. Sr-FairladyZ said:

    Truly a sad thing. My regards to his family. :(

  2. J.Ramirez (zetozeto99) said:

    Tragic. Sorry to hear about this…

  3. Kimico said:

    Very Tragic. So sorry to hear about this. My condolences and simpaty to the family. Guys! Let’s be sensible and be very careful when going on a spin on your car.

  4. Burabuda said:

    24 year old p-plater?

  5. Mitsogus said:

    I got to know Gab well over the last couple of years as I helped him out with his car for parts and so on..and he was so so passionate about having his dream car on the road! This always put a smile on his face .. and he did get to trailer it out to a couple of track days at Oran Park in Sydney where he had the time of his life listening to that SR20T rev on full song ;-)
    Im very glad to of met Gabriel as he was all about having a good time and progressing with his car, and would make me laugh alot in the mean time :-)
    A great bloke all round and we will miss him dearly!
    Angus.

  6. zulu said:

    condolences to the family. said to see the lost of a life and of a fellow nostalgic japanese car lover

  7. stuntpuppy said:

    Condolences to Gabriel’s family and friends. It’s probably small comfort, but he seems to have gone out doing what he loved; driving a beloved JNC.

  8. coupeZ600 said:

    What a Bummer! My most heart-felt condolences to his friends and family for their loss. It is a bit of a miracle that the passenger had only minor injuries, though.

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