We may be able to put a case forward based on that Nissan factory built up a car (rally car) to be able to be registered for use on a road in the worl, that was built with the items we are trying to get through.
The elegibility guy i am in contact with at CAMS has stated that i must "show proof that a manufacturer of a car, supplied a car, new, with the items fitted, for use on public toads"
He has said, "the items cannot have been fitted after the car was made, as optional accessories or parts"
There's the rub though. As far as I am aware - and I've been studying the individual cases of the Works cars for a long time now - Nissan never "supplied" any 240Z or 260Z to a customer or team as a ready-to-use rally car. They just didn't. The cars that got into priovate hands all did so as used cars.
If the CAMS eligibility guy is interpreting this as a question of "factory fitted" parts, then you're going to be restricted to what was sold in Japan. That puts you on the back foot already.
The Morgan Motor Company in Wales England, has issued a written statement, in 1992, stating that as a manufacturer of the Morgan Plus 8, they had available as options, many performance enhancements, including bigger carburettors, brakes, alloy radiators ( ? ) wider wheels of 15" diam. These were for a staid British Gentlemans car, built in the late 60's/ early 70's.
They state, on the letter, on company letterhead, that all these items were fitted on some new cars prior to taking delivery.
No other documentary proof, in period, was furnished, just the letter in 1992
I have a photocopy of that letter.
Consequently, all Morgan Plus 8's racing in Australia, are fully equipped!
The interesting thing, why would a maker of a Pom car, where the annual temps are quite low, make a alloy multi core radiator as optional fitment, when everything British was perfect, and all cars used brass/copper radiators??
That interesting titbit had quite a few eyebrows raised, but, it was not questioned, as it was on official company letterhead.
I've got no doubts that the Morgan letter is a statement of true fact. Morgan were - still are in fact - essentially a bespoke car maker. You could - still can - get a car built to your personal order with your own bespoken choices of non-standard equipment. That's a completely different situation to the one at Nissan in the period we are talking about.
The triple core rad question can easily be explained away by the fact that some Morgan customers were having what were - essentially - race cars built for them. Depending on their chosen power unit's state of tune, a triple core rad might very well have been necessary, especially considering the narrow Morgan grille shape. You won't beat that, as companies like Morgan, TVR, Marcos, Lotus and many others were small enough to cater for the whims of their customers, and often had staff who were themselves competitors. You can't compare that to the situation at Nissan; The Nissan customer in Japan would have had to have been buying a racing car that wasn't legal for road use, and he would have had to buy it through the Export / Diplomatic sales office and/or through Nissan Competition ( precursor to NISMO ) at Omori, or from the Competitions Department at Oppama. Proving anything like that is going to be reliant on evidence from the customer too...
Alan T, how well are you aquainted with Kazuo Hioki san, or Minarti Iwatomo san ( 2ic at Nismo).
Could they be asked to write some letters on Nissan letterhead? Both have met myself, and are aware of my efforts with historic racing here in Australia
I've met Hioki san several times ( he's a friend of a friend ) but I don't know Iwamoto san to say hello to. None of that is going to help anyway. I just don't think you're going to be able to get anyone from Nissan or NISMO to write a letter about something that never happened, or about something that breaches company confidentiality. Nissan are notorious for sitting on this kind of thing. Their company policy is basically that "...it's none of your business..."...
Sorry, I know it's not what you want to hear, but as far as I'm aware that's the truth and I'm not going to tell lies, stretch the truth or make up stories. I think your problem is basically one of interpretation of eligibility, and if the series organisers and your fellow competitors have already blocked you and certain cars from competing with them on a level playing field then I think it is going to be all but impossible to find the silver bullet that will turn it all around. Not fair, but racing begins with the writing of the rule book...