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22 Comments on "Paul Newman’s Datsun 280ZX: An American Legend From Japan"
If memory serves correctly, Doran’s first racing car built in house was a Sports 2000 car. I believe we competed against it in the pro series A.C.R.L.
Great video . Loved the Datsun . Thank you Petrolicious .
I was privileged to be the paint and body guy at Doran Racing for this restoration due to my background in body as well as a Z specialists . Not only is the shop world class so is the owner and his crew. I’ll always feel an attachment to this car as my restored “81” 280ZX donated it’s hood for correct part match. Thanks Kevin Doran for including me.
I LOVE when you guys do racing/racecar related films… Personally, much more preferred than the road car stuff ( as lovely as those are too)…
thx for all- Kurt
@chrisamon @Randy Foulds
The F1 Ferrari number 27 is the one of Alain Prost for season 1991. Gilles Villeneuve was already dead at the time this car raced.Prost refered to this Ferrari as ‘the truck’ at the Japan Grand Prix…He was fired from Ferrari before the end of the season…
Think this car was later, then Alboreto, however, and could have even been a Mansell car.
The late Michele Alboreto piloted a #27 for the prancing horse.
This looks like Prost in that car in Monaco.
Surprised it’s not Adam Corolla’s car featured
Adam’s is the 300, no?
Great video! Loved seeing the details on both the Datsun and the Doran operation.
you guys do a nice job with limited time and access. I would love to produce a shoot for you. I am 5 miles from Thermal and 50 miles from Chuckwalla! Anyway, what car is the #27 open wheeler in the background of the interview shot?
I presume (due to the #27) one of Gille’s Ferraris.
Great video and always an education for those of us who are principally q-tip guys. And the legacy of Paul is hope for us old guys!
I find it quite privileged to hear Kevin Doran reflect on a life time in racing. The shop seems just so very, very competent. The tooling. The depth of experience. The calm attention to detail. The level of access that Petrolicious is obtaining to these highly capable people and their shops is extraordinary.
I was excited to see a video focusing on a significant Nissan race car…then I saw an infomercial for Doran Racing that included only 3 minutes about its restoration.
This was my feeling too – Doran certainly seem to know their stuff and have an interesting story, but I wanted to know more about the 280z, Newman’s history with it etc. That felt a little glossed over and seemed like it could really have been any 280z restoration rather than one of such a significant vehicle.
@Canyon, It is the high end race building that sets Doran up for restoration at this level. From the outside the transmission on the 280z looked stock. When they tore it open they found a set of Hewitt dog rings and rebuilt the race-modified gear box. From looking at the car, and the way that the test driver is handling it, this car was restored to original, race ready condition. This is an unusual restoration.
in the opening lines it’s expressed clearly that ‘restoration’ accounts for a small part of their endeavors..
I was in the pits at Sears Point. Peaked inside, what was probably this car, as it was being backed out of a bay. Although the driver was wearing a full helmet, I knew instantly that it was Paul Newman. Windex eyes with the energy of a wild stallion.
I remember being at Sears Point as well and seeing Newman run. Great racing and great days back then.
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