Films: This Datsun 240Z Gives A Rocket Feeling

This Datsun 240Z Gives A Rocket Feeling

“Racing, it’s not about the race—it’s about the trip” says Taz Harvey. “I mean, the trip is fabulous. Going down there, living in Mexico for two weeks, it’s an adventure.”

Beginning with a well-handling Datsun 510 for the La Carrera Panamericana, Harvey realized after a few years of strong results that a faster car was needed to challenge for outright stage victories—and maybe eventually—a win.

“The natural progression was the Z,” he said. This one actually came to him—some customers at the dealer he was at wanted to trade it in on a used pickup truck before converting it from an automatic-equipped street car to a 240Z ready for road rallying.

“It has about 220 horsepower at the wheels—for 2,400-lbs, it gets with the program pretty good…” Harvey says. “On crowned roads in Mexico, when you’re going 100 mph, you’re constantly putting in steering input. That’s what makes it exciting…you’re really going fast.”

Last year, Harvey and co-driver Rudy Vadjak finished first in Histórica B and sixth overall.

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toofast
toofast

Article states it’s 240z… right ?…the stickers on it say 260z…do I miss something ?

Gabriela Palacios
Gabriela Palacios

Hello do you have any contact information of the driver Taz Harvey?

Patrick Peters
Patrick Peters

Cool car and a cool dude! Loved this film.

Alexandre Goncalves
Alexandre Goncalves

The Z is amazing, but what’s more amazing, is to see a N800 and a N600 – they are quite rare (specially the 800) around here (Portugal).

Good work Petrolicious!

Casual Observer
Casual Observer

Cool soundtrack :—]

Landroving
Landroving

Love the Z cars! Had a 280zx in college that was too heavy and too slow but was still a blast to drive. I thought the quick edit of the owner getting around the roll cage was funny, one scene, owner places foot in car, next scene owner is in seat! (no one really needs to watch the poor guy contort between the cage and the door top anyway).

Michael Ward
Michael Ward

Loved this film, where do I find the soundtrack?

Sotirios Bakaimis
Sotirios Bakaimis

very good video-story. The 240Z’s are special and rare nowdays.

Pi Kuta
Pi Kuta

Now this is Petrolicious at it’s best: a race car, a growling engine, an enthousiat story and good music. My favourite video with the famous Mustang’s Loud & Fast Art.
Keep the good work Petrolicious!

Jared
Jared

La Carrera has always sparked something inside me, and I think it’s partly due to the professional vs vintage racer mentality. Great piece, great editing, fantastic music selections. Everything was really well done.

Kelly Briffa
Kelly Briffa

Love those Zs. That car has the ability to become whatever the owners need them to be.. the Z has always been in my top 5 no matter what has come down the road.
thanks Petrolicious for the share.

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