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Nissan To Be Honored At 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The organizers of the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR) will be recognizing Nissan as the first-ever Japanese featured marque. Held annually during Monterey Car Week, which features the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the RMMR is one of the most prestigious vintage racing events in North America.

Over the past 50 years, Nissan (and Datsun) has won more than 100 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National Championships and more than 200 races in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) competition in the U.S. More than 50 Nissan/Datsun race cars have registered to compete on track at RMMR this year. These include IMSA champion Steve Millen in his Daytona and Le Mans-winning Nissan 300ZX Turbo and Hall of Fame racer John Morton driving the BRE Datsun 240Z. Comedian and vintage car collector Adam Carolla will drive his SCCA National GT-1 Championship 300ZX Turbo, originally raced by Paul Newman.

A variety of historic Nissans also will be on display in the paddock, including the original BRE Datsun 510 John Morton drove to the 1971 and 1972 SCCA titles, the GTP ZX-Turbo Geoff Brabham piloted to eight consecutive wins and an International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) driver’s championship in 1988, and Bob Sharp’s four-time SCCA C-Production Champion 240Z.

Nissan North America has curated a special collection of 14 cars in its paddock area display, three of which are making U.S. debuts: the 1969 Japan Grand Prix winning Nissan R382, the one-of-a kind Nissan R390 GT1 road car, and the just-introduced Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

The 1969 Japan Grand Prix winning Nissan R382 will be displayed for the first time.

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, held August 23rd to 27th at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, is the largest event held during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week. Keep your ears peeled for Adam Carolla’s popular “CarCast” podcast live from noon to 1 p.m. PDT Saturday, Aug. 25. Legendary driver, designer, and car builder Peter Brock will join Carolla to talk about the beginning of BRE and the team’s run to history more than 50 years ago.

Here’s a cool, tuned version of the R35 GT-R, the Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign.

The Nissan Formula E race car will highlight the next generation of motorsports at Nissan at the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca.

 

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