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70’s Awesomeness: SCCA Datsun 510

Muscle Cars were king in the late 60’s early 70’s. Massive engines producing equally massive horsepower. This era was also the golden era for Trans-Am. Not familiar with Trans-Am? Trans-Am was a road racing series sanctioned by the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America). It’s where the Boss 302 Mustang and went up against Camaro’s, AMC Javelin’s and seemingly every other manufacturer. Hardly the place one would expect to see a little Japanese car. In 1971 the SCCA introduced the Two Five Challenge class. Basically a class for cars with engines displacing 2.5 liters or less. Enter the Datsun 510. Specifically the 510 prepared by BRE. These were the legendary red white and blue cars. The video below documents their 1971 run to the 2.5 Challenge class title. The video quality may be crap but the noise and the interviews make it a must watch.

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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