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I got to play with the BRE cars

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Yep, back in October I got to play with the BRE triplets at Road Atlanta.

Not so much in the 'toy' sense, basically I got a unique opportunity by Nissan to photograph these iconic cars on Road Atlanta, where they once dominated.

Every year, the company I work for (Z1 Motorsports) holds an event called Z Nationals that is basically a multi-day event that pays homage to the history of the Z car. We generally do a track day, and a car show. This year Nissan Motorsports came through for us and unlocked the Heritage Collection, bringing out semi-truck loads of iconic Nissan race cars, including my favorites here. We had access to the BRE 510 along with their LMP1 car, Bob Sharp ZX, and a few others. We also had the 370Z Tribute car that you may have seen photographed on Road Atlanta many years ago, although I assume no one here cares much for that. 

In addition, we had Randy Jaffe's BRE 240Z Tribute. I use the term tribute very lightly because this car is actually the re-embodied original BRE 240Z that was crashed in the 70's. It contains all of the original parts from the car John Morton raced, down to the roll cage. They have been transplanted into this new body and driven by John at Laguna Seca just a few months ago. It is the closest the world will ever get to seeing the original BRE 240Z.


24077308418_9f337c95c0_b.jpgDSC_4425.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


37875310256_5c38222cc4_b.jpgDSC_4421.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


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37897384852_3fdbd689ef_b.jpgDSC_4443.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


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37929140471_f2c184c3e5_b.jpgDSC_4631.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


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We shut down Road Atlanta for about 45 minutes photographing a few sets of cars and filming them (we had a hell of a film crew there this year, lots of cool BRE footage to see soon). 


There are some photos I've heavily edited (a little cinematic for fun), and a few quick snaps I figured you guys would enjoy seeing.

37219550194_744a7a730f_b.jpgDSC_4612.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


24078070308_bc00321a70_b.jpgDSC_4659.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


37898236032_a5b0d98e44_b.jpgDSC_4702.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


37898245652_384d238aaf_b.jpgDSC_4702-2.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


37876839196_57118e2886_b.jpgDSC_5164.jpg by Matt Yates, on Flickr


23993047807_3fb876312a_b.jpgZNats-5110 by Matt Yates, on Flickr

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those cars were definably made for speed not cruising 

I got to see the z at the Peterson museum in la at one of the shows there

the video doesn't do the sound justice but you do get the idea  

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