Action shot of the VIP'S 240Z/280Z exiting out of a turn at Westwood Racing Circuit. Gotta love the old American Lemans wheels in bright orange.
It never ceases to amaze me the wealth of information and photos the internet possesses. While leisurely browsing the web for vintage race photos, I stumbled upon thirteen photos of my car on the website Martin's Action Photography. Mr. Martin has been a photographer since the hay days of ICSCC and SCCA, and has a wonderful collection of vintage race car photos. After e-mailing him for the digital copies of the photos, he mentioned that he had actually met Loren St. Lawrence (the driver) in the past. He had nothing but good things to say...
"Great to see Loren's car is still alive & well, it was the fastest Z in the pacific northwest by far. He also drove the crap out of a 510 before that. I didn't really know Loren on a personal level, I just used to talk to him on lunch breaks at the track as I was a big Datsun Z & 510 fan & his were always one of the fastest & best prepared cars around."
Here is the VIP''S 240Z/280Z on the tail of Bob Tullius' Jaguar XJR-3 in a Trans-Am race at now defunct Westwood Racing Circuit. The racing pedigree of this car speaks for itself, and best of all, it is still raced today! You can read more about the history of this car on Hemmings.
"Why vintage racing?" If only all questions in life were that easy...
Vintage racing is really racing at the purest level. The smell of fumes, scent of a 70's interior, puffs of drum brake dust from late late braking, and the absolute rawness of these cars never ceases to astonish me. How could we have it any better?
I have decided to embark on, and document along the way, my Road to Historics - the Monterey Rolex Motorsports Reunion. Part of this blog will cover my restoration adventures, discoveries, frustrations, other vintage race events and even some Z car history. The first restoration and weapon of choice is a 1970 Datsun 240Z that raced during the hay days of SCCA, IMSA, and ICSCC. The Z car was piloted by driver Loren St. Lawrence, a high school counselor by profession, and held many track records along the Northwest Pacific. This car was the most successful 240Z to come out of the Northwest Pacific during the late 70's. You can find out more about the history of the car by clicking the "Z Cars" tab at the top of this page.
As Steve McQueen put it in the racing cult classic movie Le Mans:
"Racing is life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting..."