An impressive increase of 490 percent in Datsun and Nissan entries have been submitted since Nissan was announced as featured marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion just weeks ago. The overwhelming response is a tribute to the remarkable racing achievements of the first-time honoree at the annual event held in Monterey each August at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Normally there are around ten Datsun/Nissan entries each year. But the passionate owner base has exploded with interest as the field has significantly grown to 59 accepted, and counting, for drivers celebrating the marque’s heritage. The selection committee has been poring over the entries to ensure each one meets the provenance, authenticity and period-correctness standards that establish the hallmarks of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
Nissan is designing a heritage display to showcase examples of its history, while some of the legends who have been instrumental in the company’s racing success make their travel plans. Among the early confirmations are from John Morton and Steve Millen, as well as designer and BRE founder Peter Brock.
“Nissan is honored to be the first marque from Japan featured at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president Sales and Marketing and Operations, Nissan Division U.S. “With more than a hundred amateur championships and numerous professional championships over the past 50 years of competition, we take pride in our rich racing heritage, as it has helped make Nissan the innovative brand it is today.”
Adding to the celebration is a large contingent of Datsun and Nissan car clubs who are joining their respective car corrals. The Z Owners of Northern California are mobilizing its members, as are others, to make the celebration its largest gathering on their calendars.
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 26-29, features 550 historic and period-correct race cars from nearly every era competing as they once did. Akin to a museum revving to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion celebrates motorsport history for four full racing days for fans’ enjoyment. Supporting the on-track racing is a bustling paddock that is open to everyone, Q&A sessions with legends, special exhibition laps and a full marketplace of vendors exhibiting a wide range of automobilia and products.