Keith’s Datsun 280z

Sean and I attended a Datsun Z track day in early february at taupo raceway. Some amazing Z cars showed up – but there was one that stood out from the rest.

Keith’s Datsun 280z.

With it’s silhouette car type looks and a massive history behind it – it screamed RAD!

From my memory of the conversation I had with Keith, he’s owned the car for over 20 years, and has only rebuilt the engine once in the very early years of ownership – and has thrashed the tits off it since then. He initially imported it as his own road car, and when it came from Japan and landed on these shores it was in immaculate condition. It’s eventually transformed over the length of his ownership to a caged old school track warrior.
Hanging some big carbs off the side of the L series engine – It makes all the noises an old Datsun should.
I hung around long enough talking smack with Keith that he eventually offered me a few laps round the track riding shotgun. Not only is the car mad, the man behind the wheel is also mad! He certainly knows where the limits are, and knew just how to make me white-knuckle while gripping onto anything within my reach. Thanks heaps for the good times, Keith!!

Anyway: here’s the pics of this nostalgic demon.







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