MOTORSPORT: The Reincarnation of Lady Blue

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Anyone who grew up drooling over the Datsun Motorsports catalog knows the original Lady Blue. Going along with the topic of resurrection this week, it appears that she’s been reincarnated and the azure 1973 Datsun 610 spotted last Sunday. 


This last weekend was the Spring Club event of the Historic Motor Sports Association, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The car was seen mingling with the crew of Datsun collector and comedian Adam Carolla.

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The original Blue Lady was built by the Balboa Racing Team circa 1973, where Pat Daily campaigned it in the SCCA B-Sedan class against greats like Dave Frellsen, Bob Sharp, and other racing luminaries of the time.

Although Brock Racing Enterprises was the most well known of the west coast Datsun race teams, back in the day LA and San Diego and the area in between were a hotbed of Nissan motorsports activity.

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The team was backed by the Balboa Datsun dealership, located in National City, California near San Diego. Today it’s known as Mossy Nissan along the National City mile of cars. The original Blue Lady was sold in 1976 and totaled by the new owner at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


The reborn car was built by Les Cannaday of Classic Datsun Motorsports. The owner is a Los Angeles based attorney who wanted a vintage Datsun sedan, no expense spared. Les and the customer settled on a homage to the Blue Lady.

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The engine is an L20B and it races in the Vintage Sedan Race Group. Les barely finished assembly on Saturday morning, but they were able to conduct nine shakedown laps. The flares and many body parts are made out of fiberglass and Les is now selling all the fiberglass parts for the 610 for others who want to recreate their own B-Sedan 610s.

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The world of classic Nissans can be very 510-centric, but it appears that the 610 is gaining momentum and having its racing provenance recognized by collectors. There are a total of two other 610 B-Sedan cars racing now including Adam Carolla’s. They plan on bringing Lady Blue to the Coronado Historics as well as other California tracks this year. B-sedan racing peaked in early 2000’s but now Les and others are trying to revive it again.

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17 Responses to MOTORSPORT: The Reincarnation of Lady Blue

  1. Nigel said:

    I see a B110 in in that last photo.
    Great to know to know somebody has made a replica of this famous 610.

  2. Pete240z said:


  3. Dutch 1960 said:

    “Grandma, is that really you?”

    Mmmmmm, the ’70’s, loved it when the girls at my high school (just a few minutes drive from the National City Mile of Cars) would dress up like that.

    The Daily family owned the Balboa Datsun dealership. They sponsored some good looking off-road Datsun pickup racing trucks, too.

  4. Dutch 1960 said:

    Balboa also did some small runs of “Balboa Racing Team” special editions, usually B210’s, with the rocker panel stripes, fancy wheels, and other dealer installed options. They were all over South Bay San Diego for a few years.

  5. InZane240 said:

    Very Cool. Nice to see the attention being given to these forgotten classics.

  6. mister k said:

    carolla vid on his 610 racer for those who haven’t seen it

  7. Tyler said:

    “Les is now selling all the fiberglass parts for the 610 for others who want to recreate their own B-Sedan 610s.”

    Although I hope original cars will stay original, it is great to hear that cool parts like that are being made available. Give it a year before someone tucks some flush barrels under those flares.

  8. alveen said:

    wow…love to see the 610 back..i have been saving mine [altogether 10 in my collection right now]…proudly boasting to be the only large collector of 610 in british columbia here.

  9. Darryl said:

    You know Carolla has the Bob Sharp 610, right? Thumped it a year or so ago at an event. Have you guys done a feature on him? Been to his shop? You need to be a guest on his CarCast.

  10. Kathy said:

    Les and his crew did a wonderful job in recreating “Lady Blue” it brought tears to me today when i saw in person. I was shaking so bad it was hard to take a picture.

    Dad is greatly missed in the racing world.

  11. Bill Swan said:

    More history on Lady Blue if anyone is interested. Who built it, ho tested it, who the blond is sitting on Pat’s car, etc.

  12. Kevin Hess said:

    A long time ago I had the opportunity to work on Lady Blue when Pat was driving. I was merely the helper and gopher doing any odd job that needed to be done. Find memories of Holtville Aerodrome raceway. And Pat clowning around. Riverside raceway when the car raced in SCCA race and IMSA race on the same weekend. That was a well prepared race car and Pat was always easy going

  13. Dan Hicks said:

    I recently dug up a bunch of old 16mm film footage of the original Lady Blue, shot at Riverside in 1977:

    (sorry for the ebay watermark- the film itself is currently for auction)

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