There’s an island nation halfway around the world where Sunnys and Starlets were regularly raced in a premier racing series back in the late 1970s. Fans flocked to see these small-displacement machines battle it out, and the cars achieved such legendary status that today many of them are being restored to period correctness and livery. Oh, and they all spoke English (sorta). That island is New Zealand, and the cars were part of the Shellsport Series.
Widened Steels is a great little doc about some of the most renowned Datsun Cherrys, B310s, and Bluebirds that took part in series. It combines great vintage racing tape — you can even spot some Mitsubishi Galant GTOs in the infield and a sanitora track vehicle — with modern footage of what the cars look like today. The series was so beloved that there’s even talk about reviving it today. Watch it after the jump. (hat tip:beeoneoneoh)