Forty 3rd: BRE Datsun part 1
An iconic car with an iconic livery
Welcome to Forty 3rd where I showcase models within the 1/43 range and smaller and sometimes bigger. So what's so special about the 70's? Well some of you will say I was a kid or a teenager or an adult at that time and had gone thru the oil crisis, or watched the news of the hijacking of Air France by terrorist and the eventual raid and rescue by the IDF at Entebbe airport. It was also during that time that Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) took on the professional racers by entering the SCCA with a little tin-top 2 door Datsun called the 510.
How founder Peter Brock ended up using the Datsun was due to Toyota who contracted their 2000 GT coupes to Shelby America for the '68 racing season instead of Brock's BRE as promised.
This model was based on the car driven by John Morton whose skillful driving in the early 1970s elevated the Datsun brand as a competitive contender on the racetrack by winning consecutive SCCA Trans Am 2.5-liter Championships in 1971 and 1972.
This casting by Greenlight under their Tokyo Torque series was preordered with other Greenlight 1/64 and 1/43 back in July 2, 2018 at 3000toys to make used of their flat rate shipping. This casting was slated for a late November to early December release but ended up getting release around July 2019. The casting did have paint issues and 3000toys was kind enough to send me a replacement. That was a surprise for me as I've collected a few 1/43 from them and rarely had any issue at all unlike their 1/64 which used to have mostly wobbly wheels but seem to have pretty much disappeared as well.
This is another diorama that I created with a racing theme which I can use for display or photo shoots.
I'm glad that Greenlight got the license besides Hot Wheels and issued a 1/43 version which has better detail. I like it that it is also die cast and more affordable as a similar model was previously released in resin at a higher price. This model is a great addition to my BRE Datsun collections.