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« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2021, 04:59:42 PM »
Thanks for the pix, Rich.  I'd never noticed the similarity in the rear and roof styling to the 240-Z. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 09, 2021, 05:39:55 PM »
"In the late 1960s and early 1970s, BRE’s Datsun 510 sedans, 2000 roadsters, and 240Zs owned SCCA club racing and Trans-Am. He eventually abandoned it all to innovate and produce his own world-championship-winning UP hang gliders. "

Never mind all he did with SA back in the day including designing the Daytona coupes, having a part in the development of the split window 'Vette and creating an award winning race team, is there anything Pete Brock couldn't do?  I swear if I ever develop sever heart issues I'm calling him to design me a new ticker.   ;D

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« Reply #17 on: January 09, 2021, 07:01:22 PM »
^^^^ +1! 

Plus, Brock has always been a super nice and congenial guy every time I've chatted with him. 

Most recently was at Mike McCluskey's shop. Brock dropped by to see what was in the shop that day. 
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« Reply #18 on: January 09, 2021, 07:10:13 PM »
^^^^ +1! 

Plus, Brock has always been a super nice and congenial guy every time I've chatted with him. 

Most recently was at Mike McCluskey's shop. Brock dropped by to see what was in the shop that day.

Absolutely and he is a gentleman as well.

I was standing with the Boss 9's at the last Pocono and he stopped to see them. He was riding around with a golf cart, his wife and their little dog.

He was interested in Dominics Boss 9 and kept saying thank you to everyone. He turned to shake my hand and I said to him, "NO, thank YOU!" Hard to believe he is a humble guy.

I wanted to ask him about his house he designed and built in Oregon but celebrity that he is was immediately surrounded upon discovery. Maybe next time? ;)
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« Reply #19 on: January 10, 2021, 11:14:38 AM »
"In the late 1960s and early 1970s, BRE’s Datsun 510 sedans, 2000 roadsters, and 240Zs owned SCCA club racing and Trans-Am. He eventually abandoned it all to innovate and produce his own world-championship-winning UP hang gliders. "

Never mind all he did with SA back in the day including designing the Daytona coupes, having a part in the development of the split window 'Vette and creating an award winning race team, is there anything Pete Brock couldn't do?  I swear if I ever develop sever heart issues I'm calling him to design me a new ticker.   ;D

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« Reply #20 on: January 10, 2021, 04:10:13 PM »
Because of the lucrative market, C Production SCCA races in Southern California were in fact professional.  All the top cars were entered by factory backed professional race shops and employed dedicated top drivers, ie. Alan Johnson, Milt Minter, Elliot Forbes-Robinson, Scooter Patrick, Bill Young, Jim Dittemore, John Morton, etc.  Honda didn't appreciate the level of commitment needed to win. 

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« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2021, 10:41:22 AM »
Amateur events to the extent that there was no pro series to recognize them, like Trans Am. Factory money on the table though, as it was a very competitive sports car market at the time. Porsche, Alfa, Nissan, Toyota going after what the Brits had defined and dominated.