Salinas, CA — Entries of Datsun and Nissan cars have increased 490% since Nissan was announced as the featured marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion just weeks ago.
The overwhelming response is a tribute to the racing achievements of the first-time honoree at the annual event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Typically, there are around 10 Datsun/Nissan entries each year. But thanks to a passionate owner base, this year’s field has grown to 59 already accepted — and counting. The selection committee is working to ensure that each entry meets the provenance, authenticity and period-correct standards that are 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 were instrumental in the company’s racing success are making final travel preparations. Among the confirmations are John Morton and Steve Millen, as well as designer and Brock Racing Enterprises founder Peter Brock.
Adding to the celebration is a large contingent of Datsun and Nissan car clubs who are joining their respective car corrals.
“Nissan is honored to be the first marque from Japan featured at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion,” said Dan Mohnke, senior vice president of Nissan U.S. “With more than 100 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.”
Get more info on schedules and race groups for the Monterey Pre-Reunion and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion that will feature 550 historic and period-correct race cars from nearly every era competing as they once did.