Barry Brown and co-driver Jeff Benson of Riter Automotive, Rochester, New York made their first leg to get to Bonneville. Their prepared 1976 Datsun 620 truck was entered this weekend in the ECTA speed trials at Maxton, North Carolina. This being a new venue for both drivers and a new untested truck, both drivers were able to be signed off and Jeff was able to break the current record in F/PMP class with a 123 MPH run breaking the record previously held at 119MPH. Riter Automotive will now prepare the truck to run at Bonneville in the fall.
The Datsun truck is a 1976 620 street legal 2 liter, 220HP engine prepared by Vinny Bendini. The engine is equipped with Mikuni 50mm factory Nissan competition carburetors. The truck uses coil over suspension with Nissan competition springs, stock brakes and original 5-speed transmission.