Scott Lear
Scott Lear
8/14/20 8:02 a.m.

Paved roads have been with us for a long time. The city of Ur had streets paved with stone, and that was way back in 4000 B.C. Jump ahead six millennia, and it’s easy to see the modern world as a massive paved playground for sports cars.

Smooth, grippy pavement is everywhere, from the thrilling switchbacks that carve through mountain ranges to the unending filaments of arrow-straight highway that pull like gravity on a driver’s right foot, beckoning the gauge needles to spin ever clockwise.

It’s easy to dismiss the unpaved ground outside the white lines as mere scenery, but make no mistake: A staggering majority of the planet knows no roads. It takes a special type of person—and car—to leave the easy path behind and improvise a route on the blank canvas of the Earth. Peter Brock is one such individual, and in 1972 he transformed a very street-oriented Datsun sports car into an off-road racing curiosity.

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Sawasan New Reader
8/15/20 5:11 p.m.

Nice story.   Glad to hear it was saved.   I almost  bought a 280Z once.  I do own a ‘07 350Z now and also had  a ‘03 Z when they brought them back.

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