RIP David Brown, Datsun Cherry 100A Pilot

Sorry to start the week with a bit of sad news. The South Canterbury Car Club of Timaru, New Zealand lost a valued and beloved member last week. David “Brownie” Brown was the driver of a 1976 Datsun Cherry 100A, an ex-Trans-Am 1600 from imported from the US. In fact, Brown was driving his “pride and joy” in a vintage race at the Timaru International Motor Raceway when he left the track and struck a tire wall, causing his death. Club members and family remembered him as a generous man eager to help fellow enthusiasts with their cars and “an unofficial ambassador for Datsun, choosing that brand ahead of all others.” His family plans to restored the damaged Cherry and donate it to a museum.

More photos of Mr. Brown’s car after the jump.

Thanks to DJ via Go Baby Go, and the Timaru Herald. Images courtesy of Go Baby Go.

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5 Responses to RIP David Brown, Datsun Cherry 100A Pilot

  1. joe says:

    this tragic accident also comes at the same time as another, a woman was killed at an NHRA race this weekend by a flying tire…man these little vulcanized guys really seem to have it out for us…

  2. Nigel says:

    I have many friends who are Vintage Racers. When we lose a fellow competitor we lose a part of the sport.

    Our Final Lap is done with heavy hearts…

  3. Andrew Brown says:

    Just a note on this, David, my Father, was not killed in the accident. He suffered a fatal heart attack while driving his Cherry. Thank you for the kind words and we will be restoring the Cherry to its former glory.


    Andrew Brown

  4. Adam says:

    RIP David, your love for Datsun will continue on in the rest of us.

  5. Gavin Doolan says:

    Very sad to hear. I bought some L14 rods off David Brown and he was really helpful.

    Shame that we lost another enthusiast.

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