The SoCal Roasters Owners Club held their annual charity toy drive at the Datsun Heritage Museum last weekend. We’re always looking for an excuse to head down to the DHM, so Dan and I hopped into the Toyota and away we went (we really need a Datsun one of these days).
The show was open to any pre-1978 Datsuns (sorry, S130s!). Slotted mags and chrome bumper bars were popular mods in the 240Z‘s heyday and we’ve seen of S30s decked out that way. However, dipping said mags in gloss black gives the car a whole new look.
Old Japanese work trucks — overloaded with landscaping equipment and one faulty relay away from scrappage — still trundle down southern California highways by the boatload, but rarely do they appear at a car show. Despite the accoutrements of a hard knock life, this Datsun 521 pickup seems unusually straight and can probably serve another 20 years of hard labor.
If you weren’t happy with the judging, take it up with the legend himself, John Morton, who tallied up the points along with SpeedTV’s Jamie Howe. It was a mini BRE reunion of sorts, with former teammates John Knepp and Don Devendorf.
The trio waxed nostalgic next to Ron Carter’s faithful replica of Morton’s old race car. A car just like this put the Datsun 240Z in the history books with SCCA C-Production championships in 1970 and 1971.
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