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Nissan’s exciting past and future featured in Monterey

MONTEREY, Calif. – Nissan’s remarkable 50-plus-year history of motorsport in the U.S. and its exciting future were showcased at this year’s Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Selected as the first-ever featured marque from Japan, Nissan and Datsun stars and cars were on site for the event – including Peter Brock’s championship-winning BRE cars from the early 70s as driven by John Morton, Geoff Brabham’s four-time championship-winning Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo prototype, and Steve Millen’s Nissan 300ZX that scored victory at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans in 1994.

The Nissan/Datsun display in the paddock also featured the 1969 Japan Grand Prix-winning Nissan R382, and the one-of-a-kind 1998 Nissan R390 GT1 road car – a fan favorite in the virtual world thanks to the PlayStation game “Gran Turismo.”

“I come to this event every year, but never has it been like this,” said Morton. “This is the first time a Japanese car has been the featured marque, and it is just incredible to see this many Nissan and Datsuns and this many fans. I’m actually overwhelmed. It was great to be back in the 240Z; it is like a time machine for me. It takes me back almost 50 years. It was great to see so many friends from the old BRE crew that were here too. There is nobody on the team that is not still a friend. We are all still together even after all these years.”

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