The Texas Mile is not an event for the faint of heart, and when we heard that there was a 1977 Datsun 280Z competing in this year’s event, we were a bit bewildered. It was going to take one helluva build for this Datsun to not get blown out of the water by the menacing level of competition, some of whom will accelerate from a dead stop to 267 mph in 5,280 ft. But when we saw this 1977 Datsun, we knew . . .
While talking with the event organizers, Gas Monkey Garage learned the PPIHC didn’t have an official pace vehicle yet. Aaron offered to have Gas Monkey Garage build something to support the event he was quickly falling in love with. He recommended a performance-based truck since everyone back in the shop were truck guys and they could bring one that was mean and nasty, Gas Monkey style.
RAUH-Welt BeGriff, or RWB for short, is a Japanese tuner that builds some of the world’s most unique Porsches. Powered by tireless owner Akira Nakai, RWB’s striking body mods meticulously meld JDM with strong Euro accents.
Corey Kelty is a 23-year-old Air Force crew chief who “works on C130s, gets his hands dirty, and travels all over hell,” in that order. Growing up, he raced slot cars with his gramps, and learned about old Austin/Morris Minis from his dad, so it was no surprise that when Kelty got close to driving age, he fell in love with European cars.
The import versus domestic car argument can get quite heated. The domestic guys tend to boast about their power and quarter-mile times, while the import crowd brings up turning left—and right—and things go downhill from there, but what about a compromise? Why not combine the best of both worlds—agility from the import side with brute force from the domestic camp? That was the question Alexander Gallardo had to ask himself when he came to a crossroads with the evolution of his 2003 350Z a few years ago.