You hear these stories all the time: “I should’ve never sold that car.” “One day it was gone and the owner said he sold it for scrap.” “I bought a Chrysler Sebring.” Life is full of regrets, and cars are a major source for them.
What’s your biggest JNC regret?
In 1999 I was working my first real job, and by real job I mean one with a desk where I could secretly browse eBay. One day, I came across a Belatrix Yellow Toyota 2000GT. Back then, it was pretty rare to see one for sale at all, so I contacted the seller to ask what reserve was. To my surprise, he actually took the time to write back, even though both he knew and I knew that I could never afford it. “It’s kind of expensive,” he said, “$150,000.” If you factored in the cost of commuting, I was almost making negative wages, but I’m still kicking myself for not taking out a massive loan and living in it. I would’ve been a millionaire today.
What say you, dear reader? As always, the most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your best Mr K story?”
The winner this week shares a tale of Mr K’s generosity, one that perfectly illustrates how he fostered goodwill and lifelong loyalties while building Datsun motorsports into a force to be reckoned with. The story comes from Datsun racer Jack Scoville by way of spriso:
From my interview with early Datsun roadster racer (and Datsun Dealer) Jack Scoville in Feb, 2000:
Jack picked up his first racing Datsun, a 2000, chassis number SRL-00004, in 1968. The car was not in good shape. But Mr K saved the day.
JS-Shortly after running Ray’s 2000, Datsun gave us a production low windshield 2000 to run. It was the one that Dwayne Feuerhelm raced, number 00004. Feuerhelm had raced the car at Riverside. It had popped out of 5th gear going down the straight and had blown a hole in the block when the engine over-revved. My comment when my son Jeff and I took a trailer down to pick it up was that the only good part of the car was the seat, and they’d taken the seat out!! (Laughs).
We took the car back to Nissan headquarters in Gardena. Mr Katayama came out of the building and crawled up onto the trailer. He looked under the hood and said “Oh my!”. Less than twenty minutes later, a man came out with a forklift with a complete new engine assembly – when I say complete, it came with EVERYTHING, right down to the Solexes, starter, alternator, flywheel – you name it – it was there. Mr K just smiled and wished us a good day!!
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