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MOTORSPORT: When Nissan and Mazda ruled IMSA GTU

There was a time, not too long ago, when the US truly cared about road racing. On Saturdays and Sundays, Americans would tune into the International Motor Sports Association’s contests of speed, broadcast not on some obscure cable channel catering … Continue reading

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RIP John Knepp, 1942 – 2017

It is with sadness that we report the passing of John Knepp, a pivotal figure in Nissan’s growth into a motorsports powerhouse in the United States. A founding partner in legendary engineering firm Electramotive, Knepp was an unsung hero of … Continue reading

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JCCS Preview: Autograph session with Datsun BRE engineer John Knepp

JNC is honored to welcome a very special guest to our booth at the Japanese Classic Car Show this Saturday. John Knepp was a key engineer on the BRE team (above, 7th from left) who helped build championship cars such as the … Continue reading

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Kidney, Anyone? 1976 IMSA GTU Champion Datsun 240Z

Not just a kidney, but you’ll probably need to part with a retina and a lung or two. For $285,000 you get a slice of motorsports history — the Datsun 240Z that straight up won the IMSA GT/U 2.5-liter championship in 1976. Along … Continue reading

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SoCal Roadsters Toy Drive @ Datsun Heritage Museum

The SoCal Roasters Owners Club held their annual charity toy drive at the Datsun Heritage Museum last weekend. We’re always looking for an excuse to head down to the DHM, so Dan and I hopped into the Toyota and away … Continue reading

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