Nissan First Ever Japanese Brand Featured At Motorsports Reunion

With no shortage of spectacular show cars and race cars to feast your eyes upon, every enthusiast knows that Monterey Car Week is the holy grail of all car events. But, seeing as how this famed week is quickly approaching, the ticket prices for most all of the events have skyrocketed from their already not-so-cheap starting prices.

Monterey Car Week is a special place and time for automotive aficionados, collectors, and dreamers. — Alfonso Albaisa

Each year, the car week’s official racing event takes place at the popular Laguna Seca/Weathertech Raceway, featuring over 500 beautiful examples of historic race cars at its Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. In addition to the enjoyment from the nostalgic races, attendees can also explore a huge paddock area featuring autograph sessions, plenty of vendor booths, and even more race cars on display. It’s the one event attendees of the Monterey Car Week do not want to miss. But, this year, to us, it’s even more special than usual.

To celebrate the company’s 50th year in the motorsports sector, Nissan has been chosen as this year’s official featured marque. This marks the first time a Japanese car company has been the featured brand at the 44-year-old Motorsports Reunion. In short, this means dozens of incredible ol’ classic Datsun Roadsters, Z cars, and more, ripping around California’s most famous race track.

“The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion has honored a variety of legendary marques steeped in racing history since the event began in 1974,”explains Barry Toepke, Vice President of Communications and Historic Racing at Laguna Seca. “Never before has a Japanese automaker been so honored. We wanted to change that course and feature Nissan and Datsun, because the brands resonate internationally and have fully established their racing pedigree. We felt it was time to recognize and honor the Nissan brand for its past, present, and future.”

Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s global design chief adds, “Since the first Nissan race win in 1936 in Tokyo with the supercharged Datsun NL-75, motorsports has been a core element of the company’s success — redefining the limits of man and machine, fostering ambition, stoking passion, and cultivating a tireless drive for victory — all of which continues today.”

There have already been over 50 vintage Nissan race cars registered for the race — featuring big names such as IMSA champion Steve Millen in his Daytona and Le Mans-winning 300ZX, Hall of Fame racer John Morton in a BRE Datsun 240Z, and comedian and vintage car collector Adam Carolla in Paul Newman’s original SCCA GT-1 Championship-winning 300ZX.

The new limited-production Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign– only 50 to be made, with a starting price of $1.06 million.

An additional fourteen classic Nissan-branded vehicles are set to be staged in Nissan’s booth in the paddock, alongside some new releases and the Nissan GT-R50, which also makes its official North American debut at Monterey Car Week.

This year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion takes place later this month, August 23rd-26th, sending off Monterey Car Week. For more information or tickets to the reunion event, click HERE.

About the author

Jenna Schiebe

Jenna’s addiction to all things automotive began soon after she was introduced to the car scene at age 16. She has a special interest in imports but, at the end of the day, is a enthusiast that loves anything that goes fast.
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