Solvang Roadster Meet
April 26, 2008
Words by Ben Hsu, Photos by Dan Hsu
efore the 240Z, the 2000GT, and even the Honda S500, there was the Datsun Fairlady Roadster. As one of the earliest examples of a Japanese sports car and and the very first to be officially imported into the US, many of its owners got on at the first stop and never looked back. They're a devoted bunch, and even when Z-cars and RX-7s followed, they stuck with their roadsters.
Each year, these loyal enthusiasts congregate in the town of Solvang, California to celebrate the little droptops. The event is has been going on for 21 years at this quaint little village and 2008's was the biggest yet.
Even though almost every car at the show was of one model from one generation, don't think for a minute that made it boring. Far from it. We were blown away by the halfway-restored "purple panel
" car, one of a dozen or so Datsun factory super-lightweight cars intended for the track. The festively bestickered
one, which ran and finished the epic 2000-mile La Carrera Panamericana
Mexican road race added one more sticker
to its battle-hardened flanks. We also dug the pale yellow autocross machine rolling on uber-rare SSR Brights
. It provided a great contrast to the pale yellow one-owner beaut
, which was purchased by the current owner in 1968 and lovingly cared for for 40 years.
See, told you they were a devoted bunch.
For coverage of the 2007 show, click here