Video: Paul Newman’s Datsun 280ZX: An American Legend From Japan

Paul Newman’s Datsun 280ZX: An American Legend From Japan

January 9, 2018
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Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

If memory serves correctly, Doran’s first racing car built in house was a Sports 2000 car. I believe we competed against it in the pro series A.C.R.L.

Nasser Mansour

Great video . Loved the Datsun . Thank you 400-euro-job .

Paul Krimmer

I was privileged to be the paint and body guy at Doran Racing for this restoration due to my background in body as well as a Z specialists . Not only is the shop world class so is the owner and his crew. I’ll always feel an attachment to this car as my restored “81” 280ZX donated it’s hood for correct part match. Thanks Kevin Doran for including me.

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Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay

I LOVE when you guys do racing/racecar related films… Personally, much more preferred than the road car stuff ( as lovely as those are too)…
thx for all- Kurt

1983dmd
1983dmd

@chrisamon @Randy Foulds
The F1 Ferrari number 27 is the one of Alain Prost for season 1991. Gilles Villeneuve was already dead at the time this car raced.Prost refered to this Ferrari as ‘the truck’ at the Japan Grand Prix…He was fired from Ferrari before the end of the season…

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

This looks like Prost in that car in Monaco.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

The late Michele Alboreto piloted a #27 for the prancing horse.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay

Think this car was later, then Alboreto, however, and could have even been a Mansell car.

Mike Clarke
Mike Clarke

Surprised it’s not Adam Corolla’s car featured

chrisamon
chrisamon

Adam’s is the 300, no?

Cory M
Cory M

Great video! Loved seeing the details on both the Datsun and the Doran operation.

Randy Foulds

you guys do a nice job with limited time and access. I would love to produce a shoot for you. I am 5 miles from Thermal and 50 miles from Chuckwalla! Anyway, what car is the #27 open wheeler in the background of the interview shot?

chrisamon
chrisamon

I presume (due to the #27) one of Gille’s Ferraris.

Dennis White
Dennis White

Great video and always an education for those of us who are principally q-tip guys. And the legacy of Paul is hope for us old guys!

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

I find it quite privileged to hear Kevin Doran reflect on a life time in racing. The shop seems just so very, very competent. The tooling. The depth of experience. The calm attention to detail. The level of access that 400-euro-job is obtaining to these highly capable people and their shops is extraordinary.

John Baker
John Baker

I was excited to see a video focusing on a significant Nissan race car…then I saw an infomercial for Doran Racing that included only 3 minutes about its restoration.

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

These little videos have such high production values that it is easy to imagine that the budgets are higher than they are. To truly document a restoration takes a year. My guess is that the camera crews had a couple of days to talk to Kevin Doran and video the shop. Having worked in an elite restoration shop my own experience is that the only people who can do this work have at least a decade or two of custom building behind them, and often more. What this video does do nicely is describe the culture and resources in which… Read more »

canyon
canyon

in the opening lines it’s expressed clearly that ‘restoration’ accounts for a small part of their endeavors..

Robert in LA
Robert in LA

@Canyon, It is the high end race building that sets Doran up for restoration at this level. From the outside the transmission on the 280z looked stock. When they tore it open they found a set of Hewitt dog rings and rebuilt the race-modified gear box. From looking at the car, and the way that the test driver is handling it, this car was restored to original, race ready condition. This is an unusual restoration.

Chris Hill
Chris Hill

This was my feeling too – Doran certainly seem to know their stuff and have an interesting story, but I wanted to know more about the 280z, Newman’s history with it etc. That felt a little glossed over and seemed like it could really have been any 280z restoration rather than one of such a significant vehicle.

NomadMac
NomadMac

I was in the pits at Sears Point. Peaked inside, what was probably this car, as it was being backed out of a bay. Although the driver was wearing a full helmet, I knew instantly that it was Paul Newman. Windex eyes with the energy of a wild stallion.

Mark Anderson
Mark Anderson

I remember being at Sears Point as well and seeing Newman run. Great racing and great days back then.

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