The Dan Parkinson Years, 1967-1972
Dan Parkinson bought SRL311-00701 from new and collected it himself from the docks. Originally red, Dan soon painted the car off-white, and it was in these colours, normally under racing number '5', that he was to campaign the car until it was sold, in 1972.
The car was never registered for road use. Original factory specification for this low windshield car was the Hitachi/SU spec., although, throughout his ownership, Dan raced with both the Mikuni (in C Production) and Hitachi (in D Production) set-ups. Dan and his father, E.B. Parkinson, modified the car to race specification, and it was Dan who installed the roll bar in a no-nonsense fashion through the trunk. The same roll bar exists to this day.
The car was a regular qualifier for the annual SCCA runoffs, and although a fifth National Championship eluded Dan, he did place the car second in the 1969 runoffs, 9 seconds behind Jack Scoville.
The official 1969 ARRC Results
When Dan finally sold #00701 in 1972, in addition to campaigning the BRE 240Z #3, he continued to race a Datsun 2000 in D Production. Indeed he again finished second in the 1973 Runoffs driving a 2000, ahead of #00701, this time driven by it's third owner, Rob McFarlin, of F.A.R. Performance.
Dan Parkinson's #00701 Gallery
Images of SRL311-00701 under Dan Parkinson's ownership
|Dan and #00701 - from a Nissan Press Pack|
|Dan at the wheel of #00701|
|Lying 3rd at the 1969 ARRC - Eventually placed 2nd|