Nissan at Goodwood Revival
1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10)
19th September, 2010
- Nissan’s sports car heritage celebrated with historic display
- Datsun 240Z and Nissan Skyline 2000 (KPGC10) GT-R to appear alongside modern Nissan 370Z and GT-R
Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd highlighted over 40 years of sports car heritage at the Goodwood Revival this weekend
(17th-19th September) as it proudly displayed the company’s modern day 370Z and GT-R alongside the classic cars to
which they owe their heritage.
As has become customary at the Goodwood Revival modern vehicles appear in the “Earls Court Motor Show”, a
remake of a period exhibition with modern day cars appearing alongside their historic counterparts.
Shown were the precursor to the modern Z car - a 1971 Datsun 240Z Works Rally Car built by the company’s
competition department in Oppama, Japan. Based on the original ‘Z’ that was first launched in 1969, this
particular car competed in the RAC Rally before becoming a regular on UK rallies until 1975.
Rediscovered 20 years later, it was lovingly restored to its 1971 RAC Rally starting condition and is one of
the best surviving examples of a genuine early ‘lightweight’ works rally car. Visitors to the event noted that
the acclaimed modern-day 370Z has many visual clues in common with the original.
Also compared to its original was Nissan’s flagship super car – the GT-R – which featured alongside a 1970s
racing model – the 1971 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R (KPGC10). Believed to be the only example of its kind in Europe,
it was used as a race car and track day car in Japan until 1985 and then stored for almost 20 years before being
restored to its former glory and imported to the UK in 2006.
With a record attendance of more than 132,000 spectators over the three days of the Goodwood Revival
last year, the event’s founder Lord March announced the bold decision earlier in the year to cap
advanced ticket sales this year to around 128,000 spectators, to keep the event a comfortable and
enjoyable experience for all Revival visitors.
Dates and advanced tickets for the 2011 Goodwood Revival, as well as the Goodwood Festival of Speed,
will be announced soon and reported at Next Car.