David Robertson's 1976 Datsun 260Z
David Robertson's 1976 Datsun 260Z RACQ

Life-changing Z to star at MotorFest

WHEN David Robertson bought his 1976 Datsun 260Z he never thought it would change his life.

But it did. Just ask him now. The East Brisbane resident has had the green sports coupe for almost nine years.

"The 'Green Car' - as I affectionately call her - was the first  Z I bought," Mr Robertson says fondly. "I had a drive of a friend's 260Z to the Gatton Sprint in 2003, and I was hooked!

"I found this great little car down in Armidale via the internet. It was love at first sight. When I drove down to look at her I knew I had to have her.

"She was not in fantastic condition as she was full of dust and the interior and exterior were in average condition, but I wanted it."

After three solid days of cleaning, washing, polishing, waxing and detailing, David brought that little Green Car back to near immaculate condition.

"My dad saw it just after I had finished detailing it and commented that he could not believe it was the same car and how great it looked," he said.

But David says the Datsun is still a work in progress.

He's upgraded the car's suspension and had the engine completely rebuilt.

"She now goes like a rocket," he says.

"I feel that I am very lucky to have bought this car because soon after I joined the Z Car Club of Qld. I have made many good friends and learnt a lot about Zs and I have also made friends from other clubs since owning her.

"I've also competed in the Leyburn and Gatton Sprints a number of times and used the car regularly."

But David's car is also special for another reason.

It's been immortalised as the feature vehicle badge for Brisbane's biggest annual motoring event - RACQ MotorFest.

Each year, the MotorFest Committee decides which car will represent the event. To coincide with 101 years of the Datsun/Nissan brand, David's outstanding 260Z was chosen.

"I received the call from the organisers who said that they would like to use my car for this year‟s badge," he recalls. "I was very happy and honoured that they chose my car."

"I hope many Datsun/Nissan owners and their cars are able to come along to this year's Motorfest and join in the show," David said.

"Don't worry if your car is not a show winner; just come out on the day and enjoy all the different car makes, models and, of course, the festivities of the day. That is what it is all about."

  • Registrations are now open for RACQ MotorFest 2012, which will return to Eagle Farm Racecourse on July 15.
  • Around 800 cars will be on show on the day, set among a family friendly carnival atmosphere complete with roving entertainment, gourmet food and kid's amusement rides.
  • The day will also pay homage to the 50th anniversaries of the MGB and Ford Cortina
  • To register your car or your club online, visit racq.com/motorfest, call 3872 8696 or email events@racq.com.au.

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