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David Mingay's modified Datsun 2000 does battle - Amaroo Park 1971
The December 1969 issue of the Australian magazine Racing Car News featured an extensive article titled 'Demon Datsun' on the highly modified Datsun 2000 of privateers David Mingay and Richard Carter. In that issue it was acclaimed "Australia's fastest Datsun 2000". The car was to feature many times in race reports over the following two seasons, performing against cars of varied engine sizes, notably arch rival Ross Bond's Healey 3000.
The above image by Col Anderson shows a snapshot of a great battle during the Prodsports race at Sydney's Amaroo Park in June 1971. According to the July 1971 issue of Racing Car News (from which this image was the cover picture), the Prodsport sracers were 'sensational' and the race gave the best entertainment of the whole meeting.
The image shows Lap 10 of the 15 Lap race. David Mingay's Datsun is battling with eventual winner Ross Bond's BLMC Team Healey 3000, Iain Corness in the BLMC Team MGB and Paul Hamilton at the wheel of his Turner. Mingay finished second, but not before the stewards had decided to fine him $20 for braking too late, hitting and spinning Hamilton's Turner, just one of many racing incidents. Corness's MGB retired with a blown clutch, while the Turner limped home fourth.
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In the same issue of Racing Car News, Mingay and Carter's Datsun was offered for sale. David went on to race a Formula Ford Birrana F71 in 1972 (finishing 5th in the championship) and then a Bowin P6F in 1973 (finishing 2nd in the championship). In the meantime other Prodsport Datsun 2000s performed well at the hands of Jeff Morrow, Col Matherson and others.
In 2000, the legendary Datsun 2000, which now boasted the nickname 'Minge' (after David Mingay), was still largely unmodified from its impressive 1969 spec. It was then under the ownership of David Stone.
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