Photo by Will Campbell
1967 ½ Datsun 2000 Roadster
SRL 311 000305
This Racing Datsun Roadster is number 305 of 1000, two Liter 1967.5 Datsun’s manufactured. Of those 1000 there are only 75 documented 67.5 roadsters that exist today. Of those 75 or so only five of them are known to have documented historical racing provenance dating back to 1967 and this is one of those five.
I received this note a few months back from Dennis!
My name is Dennis Lester and I worked as Service Manager at NC. Edwards Motors in Jackson,Tn.where this car was purchased and I also raced this car at Jackson Dragway a few times.i CAN remember the day Gerry Mason purchased it. It is good to see that it still survives.
Gerry Mason had told me that this car was drag raced prior to his purchase of the car, but I did not know the details until I heard from Dennis…
Dennis thanks for your post and contacting us, we will update the history of the car accordingly!!
The original purchase of this car was arranged by Dick Roberts (of the Datsun Competition Department) in 1967, Gerry Mason Sr. purchased the car from Edwards Motors in Jackson Tenn. And then modified the car for SCCA racing and raced this car out of Indiana area. Gerry raced this car from 1967 to 1970 in C Production with some success, until he sold the car to Augie Englehardt in 1970. Augie raced this car out of the Pennsylvania area from 1970 to 1981 in D Production. In 1981 Augie parked the car and it languished for 10 years in storage. In 1991 the car was sold to Bruce Konsugar and Bruce converted the car back into a street car and painted the car red. This car was driven as a street car from 1994 to 2001, when it was sold to Bob Davis who converted it back to a race car. Bob rebuilt the car back to its former glory and took advantage of the existing red paint scheme and copied one of the famous Bob Sharp Racing roadsters that were actively campaigned in the 60’s and 70’s. Bob Davis sold the car to its current owner Ron Carter of Oceanside California in March of 2005 and this car now competes in Small bore production Vintage races with HSR West, HMSA & VARA.
The 2000cc (1986cc) Datsun U20 Motor has dual Solex 50mm carbs, ISKI Z-192 cam, Ross pistons, BRE Style header, Carillo rods, and ARP hardware, remote BRE oiling system, Accusump, and 12.5 to 1 compression. The live axle differential is a Nissan/ Datsun Detroit locker with 4.38/4.62/4.88/5.13 gears and panhard rod to keep it in place. The Transmission is an ultra-close five speed overdrive steel synchromesh roadster competition transmission. The Suspension includes nismo springs front and rear, Koni shocks front and rear, 7/8″ front sway bar. The braking system is run through dual master cylinders with a bias control and proportioning valve for the rear brakes. Front rotors are slotted, KFP Gold pads in the front and Green stuff shoes in the rear with braided brake lines throughout. Panasport Racing lightweight wheels with Toyo 205-50-15 Radial tires. Instruments are Vintage Stewart Warner gauges and include oil temp, water temp, oil pressure, fuel pressure and EGT. Fuel system is a Fuel Safe 10 gal tank mounted in the trunk, Fram canister fuel filter, electric fuel pump set at 3 3/4lbs. Lexan windshield. Halon fire system. Ultrashield racing seat and Impact Racing harness. All Fuel, Oil and brake lines are plumbed with AN hardware throughout.