SCORE Journal Issue 6 - 2016

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BY STEPHEN ROMERO PHOTOS COURTESY OF JOE HAYASHIBARA AND LARRY SAAVEDRA DISCOVERING THE DATSUN 510 PETER BROCK MADE DESERT RACING HISTORY IN A HUMBLE COMPACT CAR I n the summer of 1969, America was fascinated with technology that was ignited by NASA landing a man on the Moon. With a country fascinated with space travel, technology, and a bright future ahead, race driver Peter "Pete" Brock, was planning a mission of a different sort that would utilize the latest in compact car technology. Brock wanted to win the Mexican 1000 in a Japanese- built car, something that had never been done before. Some say, Brock's run in '69, using three right-hand-drive spec African Safari 510's was a stroke of advertising genius for the automaker Datsun, who sponsored the effort. Whatever the case, Brock was intent on showcasing the performance possibilities of these new compact-cars set against the grueling Mexican desert. It would be a feat that at the time, seemed near impossible, even those who understood Brock's unbridled passion for racing. In the Sixties, Mexico's desert was extremely primitive 052 SCORE JOURNAL

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