C L A S S I C F A I R L A D Y R O A D S T E R R E G I S T E R
This page focuses on Datsun Roadster events and news items in the UK, and mainland Europe.
April 2001 - The Register joins forces with the Classic Z Register at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for the Sportscar Show - Click on the above image for a report and pictures.
December 2000 - Two of Rob Beddington's website articles, on the History of the Datsun Roadster in Europe and the Monte Carlo Roadsters, appear in the Japanese SR Owners' Club 25th anniversary magazine, in Japanese text.
August 2000 - The Register's BRE & Bob Sharp Racing pages are featured in Grassroots Motorsports magazine.
April 2000 - The Register joins forces with the Classic Z Register at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for the year 2000 Classic & Sports Car Show - Click on the above image for a report and pictures.
April 2000 - The Register's website is briefly featured on the www.canadiandriver.com website alongside Greg Valazza's datsun.org in a favourable article on the Roadster.
February 2000 - The above book, in Japanese text, features contributions from Yutaka Katayama and Yoshihiko Matsuo, the designer of the 240Z. There are also chapters by Brian Long, author of DATSUN-FAIRLADY to 280Z. The book features a number of photographs from the Classic Fairlady Roadster Register archive.
NEO Article - February 2000
February 2000 - In December 1999 Rob Beddington was honoured by a visit from Japan by the Editor, the Art Director and Photographer of NEO magazine, the annual publication of Nissan Motorsports (NISMO) in Japan - the team were visiting England from Tokyo to interview BTCC NISSAN PRIMERA drivers Laurent Aiello (British Touring Car Champion 1999) and David Leslie (British Touring Car Runner-Up 1999), and to run a profile on Rob Beddington of the CLASSIC FAIRLADY ROADSTER REGISTER. The profile, which was published in February 2000, features in the Year 2000 edition of NEO, which includes a supplement, listing all Nissan Motorsport results in 1999. The visit was co-ordinated by Kazuo Hioki, Managing Director of Nissan Motorsports Europe.
November 1999 - The Datsun Roadster features in the US collector card series HOT CARS, by International Masters Publishers. The 4 page article, which features Rob Beddington's Datsun 2000, both in the studio and on location, has a few text errors, but the photography is superb. The card reference number is 110 in the Sports Car Series.
September 1999 - Mr YOSHIHIRO INOMOTO hosts an exhibition of his technical art in Brussels, Belgium. Mr Inomoto worked for Nissan in the late 1950s/early 1960s where he produced some of his earliest cutaway drawings. The above cutaway of a Fairlady 1500 appeared in contemporary sales literature and is still shown on the Nissan website today. Ironically, his first cutaway for Automobile Quarterly was a fabulous Toyota 2000GT, which he produced whilst still working for Nissan. Mr Inomoto has recently been commissioned by Lexus and Honda and is considered by many to be the best in his field. A recent book of his work (above) has been released by Miki Press and has now been translated into English, selling at US$48 (ISBN4-89522-246-2). This is a superb piece with many colour plates. The Fairlady picture appears in black and white. On his recent visit to Brussels, Mr Inomoto kindly sent over an autographed copy of his book to the Register. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
The CFRR Literature Archive cover
Manabu Goshima with Yutaka Katayama
August 1999 - The Legendary 'Mr. K', YUTAKA KATAYAMA, who was recently inducted to the Automotive Hall of Fame, honoured the Register in August, with his autograph on the front cover of a copy of the Register's archive. The autograph was obtained by Mr. MANABU GOSHIMA, the Japanese SROC Webmaster, on a visit to Mr Katayama's office. Manabu kindly sent photographs of 'Mr. K' autographing the cover, together with the cover itself, back to England. A nice surprise indeed.
August 1999 - The JAPANESE AUTO EXTRAVAGANZA at the BILLING AQUADROME ,NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - 31st July and 1st August 1999. A show dedicated to Classic Japanese metal. This was the first car show of any description in the UK to have 3 Roadsters on show. In addition to Rob Beddington's 2000 and the Chorley Nissan owned/Keith Purdon maintained 1600, John Rodwell arrived with his high screen 1600. Another Roadster owner, Eddie Rattley was showing his 240C lowrider. Let's hope that Eddie's 2000 is ready for next years show.
From the 1999 Primera catalogue
July 1999 - NISSAN UK acknowledges the ROADSTER!! The new facelifted Nissan Primera, which is built in Sunderland England, has recently been launched. The literature understandably plays on the success of the Primera in the BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP, which it won in 1998 and 1999. In addition, the Company is looking to it's heritage. At the back of the new 48 Primera colour brochure is a timeline - As well as pictures of the first Nissan Patrol and the Austin A40, built under licence by Nissan in the 1950s, there is a colour photo of a high screen Japanese spec Fairlady 2000, with the description "a car that will carry Japan's image to an enthusiastic international market place". This is the first reference to a roadster in any British Nissan literature, as it was never sold in the UK. Even more remarkable is the fact that there is no 240Z in sight! M