It might be hard for some to believe, but the iconic Zed Car (Zee Car for our friends south of the border) has been part of our lives for 40 years. In fact, we are coming up on the 40th anniversary of John Morton’s National Championship win driving the red, white and blue BRE Datsun 240Z.
Not only did that paint scheme immortalize the Brock Racing Enterprises team, but it burned the visual of BRE’s winning cars into the memories of enthusiasts. So much so that Nissan devotees all over North America have been building tribute cars ever since. For this special anniversary, Nissan themselves are getting in on the action with a race prepared 370Z that will wear the historic colors, with Pete Brock himself working with the painters to get the design just right.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Because the 370Z has strong, sculpted shapes, I was able to make the livery even bolder and more aggressive,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Brock. Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was good to be in the paint booth working out the details of the design. I look forward to seeing it in a race track setting at The Mitty.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The car has been prepared to current SCCA T2 spec and will see track duty later in the season but first will be unveiled at the Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta on Thursday, April 29 during a special reunion dinner for the BRE team.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“To be able to gather with many of my old BRE crew members at Road Atlanta this year is a truly special occasion,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Brock. Ã¢â‚¬ÂThere will be so many race fans of that era who will join us to celebrate, as well as modern vintage teams which will be bringing their own tribute BRE racers to compete on this fabulous circuit.Ã¢â‚¬Â
During The Mitty, the BRE 370Z will be on display with a collection of original BRE cars. Following that, the car will be taken to many Z car enthusiast gatherings around the US including ZCon 2010, the annual Z convention, from July 28 to August 1 in Nashville. No word yet whether it will make it to any Canadian events.