AUTHOR: CHUCK SQUATRIGLIA
THE RED, WHITE
and blue of the Brock Racing Enterprises Datsun race cars is among the coolest liveries in racing. Now Nissan has replicated it on a 370Z to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the BRE Z’s shake-up of auto racing.
The 240Z arrived on these shores in 1970 and Peter Brock’s crew proceeded to kick ass on the track. Driver John Morton won the Sports Car Club of America National Championship
in 1970, marking the first time a Japanese production-based car had beaten the best of Britain and Germany. The BRE Zrepeated the feat in 1971
, firmly establishing the Z as a real sports car and the Japanese as real automakers.
Morton’s gorgeous No. 46 racer was destroyed many years ago, but a replica remains and Nissan used it as the inspioration for a one-off NISMO 370Z. The two cars hit the track with a 40th Anniversary Edition 370Z at Road Atlanta over the weekend.
“To be able to gather with many of my old BRE crew members at Road Atlanta was truly a special occasion,” Brock said in a statement. ”It was fantastic to see so many BRE tribute cars and to have so many fans join us for the celebration was very gratifying.”
We’re partial to the original Z but the BRE livery looks sharp on the 370Z.
“Because the 370Z has strong, sculpted shapes, I was able to make the livery even bolder and more aggressive,” Brock said. “I’m really pleased with the livery and I enjoyed driving it around the track but I’d like get a chance to drive it as it should be driven sometime.”
He may get his chance. The BRE 370 is built to SCCA T2 racecar regulations.
Now if we could get Nissan to come out with a modern take on the BRE 510…
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