Penny Ante Racing






Welcome to the Penny Ante Racing website. This is my personal site for discussing anything automotive that crosses my mind. At the current time, that mostly stuff involving the car I'm building.

1932 Datsun

I've spent over a decade fabricating a street rod that's an homage to the datsuns (...and 'datsons') of the early 1930s. I am patterning this car after a historic automobile that Nissan keeps in their Nissan Heritage Garage located in Zama. At the start of my build that car was said to be a Type 11. More Recently, that car has been restored, and Nissan are now calling it a Type 12.

There's still a long way to go before I have my car looking like I want, but she's titled, insured, and legal to be driven on the street. We'll continue to tinker with her over time as we improve the car.

The drive train and rear end are out of a 1982 Datsun 910 station wagon. I used locost-style construction to make the majority of the chassis, but I incorporated a pickup front end. (Why? It was easier, the parts were more durable than what I would have made, it gave me a double wishbone and rack and pinion, and I didn't have to worry about home grown rack placement messing up the ackerman angle.) You can read the latest project updates (...and my other automotive ramblings) or learn about my plans for the build. Alternately, you can read this if you don't care about my replica and just want to learn more about the 1930's cars that were built by DAT/Nissan.

Updates on my 1932 datsun build are HERE

Car Photos

Naturally, my photo galleries are have lots of pictures from the datsun build, but you'll also find pictures of autocrossing with Martin Sports Car Club, going to car shows, the GRM challenge, etc. There are even a few sets that are not related to cars.


MSCC AutocrossDec. 11
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