Back in 50’s, 60’s, and 1970’s, auto manufacturers sponsored teams whose purpose was making their cars look fast and look like winners. In the late 1960’s and into the early 1970’s, most American factories shut down their racing programs. In 1972, Datsun (with Peter Brock’s Brock Racing Enterprises and John Morton as lead driver) was just getting started.
I don’t know what it was that drew me to like the BRE Datsun car 46, but I have a feeling it was an Aurora AFX set that I received for Christmas one year (and the subsequent need for EVERY car that Aurora made) that drew me to the small sedan. I didn’t know from John Morton, Peter Brock, or the incredible legend behind the car. I just didn’t move in those real-life circles. But I had the toys. Since neither I nor my parents were made of money, decisions had to be made. I ultimately decided on the 2 Datsuns – the 510 and the 240.
I just found this film on YouTube. I think this sums up the fighting spirit that drew me to this small sedan. I don’t know if I ever saw this film before, but it seems to me like I may have, and it simply became a repressed memory, influencing my decisions later in life. I don’t own a 510 (never have) but would like to someday. The final race is something out of Hollywood, but you’re not getting any sneak peaks from me.