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NOVEMBER 2005  

Jean LaPlant

July 1961 - Pomona race track - is this the first race fair lady to race a Fairlady?

Apologies for the quality of this photo but it is a rare image of Norah Taylor beside the 1200cc Fairlady SPL212 during testing. The car, which was campaigned under team manager Masahiro Zaitsu for 'Team Nissan' was tested and raced by Norah at a ladies modified race in Pomona over the weekend of 8-9 July 1961.

Norah Taylor was well known at the Pomona and San Diego race tracks, starting out racing her husband Sam Taylor's MG TD in 1955 and then her own MG TF in 1959, switching to a Lotus MK IX in 1960.

At the same 1961 Pomona meeting, Nissan mechanic Jean Le Plant, who had been instrumental in securing the funding from Nissan to race the Fairlady on the west coast, was partnered by AC-Bristol campaigner Jim Nieland in the two modified races proper. The Datsun was entered in the 'F Modified' class for this race season but did not enter many races.

Le Plant, who shared his race seat with Benny Ackermann, later progressed to a Fairlady 1500.


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