As soon as we arrived at Brands Hatch back in August for our Summer track evening (RC 10/11) we couldn’t get enough of a certain trio of Datsun 240Zs. We’d initially thought we were simply looking at three nicely turned-out examples of the iconic retro coupe, but closer examination prompted us to get even more excited.
Not only did it turn out that John Palmer, Darren Styles and Terry Taylor were all mates, which instantly makes for a great story, but their cars were three of the coolest modified classic Datsuns we’d seen. All three were running eye-watering engine conversions; John’s boasts a 340bhp 1JZ-GTE 2.5-litre twin-turbo engine (sourced from a Toyota Soarer), Darren’s is a Skyline-powered 480bhp RB26DETT 2.6-litre twin-turbo machine, and Terry’s packs a 228bhp L28-engine (the 2.8-litre out of a Datsun 280ZX on triple Weber 45s).
Each represents different stages to 240Z tuning heaven, yet each is equally impressive in its own right. We won’t lie, the 240Z is one of our favourite retro motors, and these three UK examples are the finest we’ve ever seen, as such we couldn’t wait to get them in the magazine. We hope you like what you see – p24. Incidentally we must give a shout out to Brands Hatch for the use of its Grand Prix circuit for our photoshoot.
If the aforementioned 240Zs hadn’t made cover this month then the slot would’ve undoubtedly fallen to Curt Pattinson’s jaw-dropping ’78 Ascona. The car is ultimately a 400R rep, but it’s so much more than just a homage. The car has been painstakingly built from the ground-up and has definitely raised the bar for any future Ascona or Manta builds.
Lastly I wanted to quickly mention the Goodwood Revival. The weekend was a sell-out and has been hailed as the greatest running of the event to date, proving there’s an increasing hunger for the nostalgic way of life out there. We just wish there were more events organised in this fashion, where everyone immerses themselves into the spirit of the weekend so thoroughly with the clothes and hairstyles to match. If you made it down to Chichester this year we hope you had a good time, if not check out what you missed.
Simon Jackson, Editor
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