It's been a while, but I managed to drive my car a whole lot recently. I headed down to Willow Springs in Rosamond CA from San Francisco a few weeks ago to take a 3 day SCCA accredited racing school in it. 350 miles each way and 3 track days. The old box did it without breaking a sweat. Finished off my V710s by the end of the second day on Streets, so I tortured my T1-Rs on the big track. 100mph corners are FUN!
Two weeks later I took it in the 2010 Snowball Rally -- a low buck vintage car run through the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern CA and Nevada. 600 miles over 2 1/2 days with a lot of it at elevation. I was able to richen up the mixture as needed with my onboard Palm Pilot Megasquirt Interface.
I also managed (like an idiot) to do some off roading and got stuck. It looks pretty good in the mud though
Here's the whole album from that weekend: http://picasaweb.google.com/derek.bruce ... Rally2010#
And while it isn't my 510, I did get to race the family Z vintage racer at the walter mitty last weekend. What an amazing time. Here's the synopsis as posted on another forum (myt apologies to those of you who read the same forums as me and have read this already!):
So last weekend I had the pleasure of racing my family's 240Z vintage racer at Road Atlanta during the 2010 Mitty. What an awesome track, and the car was great fun. Probably double the HP of my 510 an only 100 lbs more. We ran a brand new set of 235/45-15 Toyo R888's and they were sticky but predictable. I spent the weekend battling 60's vettes and mustangs, 911s, 914-6s, Jag E-types, Panteras and oddly enough brand new Cayman S's. They had a spec series featuring Caymans painted up like old Porsche racers. I was happy to discover that the old Z could keep up on the straights.
The weekend wasn't without its issues, I blew up the transmission in the second practice session on Friday. Once we discovered what was wrong (thinking it was first the diff and then the clutch), we needed a replacement or our weekend was over. Not having brought a spare, I had to find one. It was 9:30pm at this point, so I went straight to where the East Coast 510 club had set up camp for their annual get together and after talking to literally 3 people I had a guy meeting me "half-way" an hour away in Roswell GA to sell me an 82 ZX 5-speed for $150. Datsun people are the best!
Saturday morning we put the trans in and managed to run 4 races over the rest of the weekend: three 8-lap sprints and a 1-hr enduro that I split with my brother. The car ran amazingly well, I managed to pass cars in every race, and it was a great time overall. Long live the Z!
See ya suckers!
BRE was being honored -- an amazing Datsun event!
1973 BRE Baja Z car, freshly restored. The story behind this is pretty incredible. The 69 Baja 510 was there too (basically a RHD Safari Rally spec Bluebird).
The rest of the mitty pics: http://picasaweb.google.com/derek.bruce ... adAtlanta#