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AUTO WEEK VOLUME 26

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Saldana Wins The Race, But Foyi

Road Test Of New D a t s ~ . ~ Excites Mixed Reac" s


TOKYO-For the first timein five years Datsun has announced a swveeping, fullscale styling and engineering change for one of it's best selling sub-a2mpact lines. the Bluebird, or the 810 8s It's known in overseas markets. Since the sleek, opera-windowed hardtop is the most handsc8me model of the new series that's the machine we chose forthe test. Although they dooffer a 2000cc six-cylinder version. the chances are this would not be included in their export program so we selec:ted what we thought would be the next hottest model. the 1800 SSS-ES four-t,anger with electronic fuel injection. the extra load. And the car runs smoothly on the exoresswav at soeeds around 75mph. stanking start is dullsville and passing in tight situations. even dropping down a gear or two. i s enough to bring on a heart attack, or certainly to scare the daylights out of passengers. The engine accelerates smoothly. but there's just not enough of it ...torque. that is. We checked this problem with several in-the-know Datsun mechanics and they said that this was par for thecourse for the fuel injected models, and not specifically for our test car. The torque (power range) is verypeaky.

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MAJOR EVENTS
Sept. 24-26 SNORE otfiocrd Formula 1 raw. Watkins Glen, race. b s V a . Nw. New York Se 25% SCCA Sun* Oct. 10 Bordr Oold c u p 400 ~ d l y Chillicothe, , ohlo. Super Veo race, Watkina O h , Sept. 26-26 N A R A Now York. h w i c a ' a Cup Rally. EWonvilb, Oct 10 National 600 NY. NASCAR Gmnd Notlad Stock Se 2 6 - W o r l d C h a ~ C~ n Ram, Churktt. Motor for h&ea. Lolder. Belg~um. C b b t t 8 , NC Sept. 26 NASCAR GN .todr Oct *6-17 8CCA Et D i n k car no, Mattinsvilb, Va. RoRd)y.C)mnB.y.Wbc. Sept. 26fb formula Omraw. Oet. 16-97 hmmti0n.l Moaport. Canada. Race of Cham-8 Round Two Oct. 2-3 - SCCA eg'la, and T h m Rhnnld., Qlif. Portland I n t ' l Raceway. Oct 17-SCCA/USM:MOOO Portland. Om. race. R k n n i d . htl h a w a y . Oct. 2-3 - NARA Norweatorn Riwnido, Wi. Rally, Irsaqua. Wash. 23-24 NARA Trinity Oct. 2-3 M u U l d h d S h d k$r: l h # , c . ( i t . Absorber Challange Cu Oet. -,Jlpnw@rrndR.b; motorcycle ncos, ~ i w s i d htq e Fomnd. I &e, Mt. hlfi, Apn. Racow Riverside, Calif. Oet. 24 NASCAR Wi n~ c t ?IS . SCCA ~ o ~ m t c s r ON-, N.C. Pro Rally, Leavenworth, Wash. 24-31 p o in Oct. 3 Canadian GP. Mosport Spark Pkrg Road R d C)a9k. Int'l Raceway, Ontario, Canada. Road Atlanta, Gairm 0 , Oct. 3 - FIA World Sports gar Nov. 6-7 - NARA Wond.r championship, Eatoril, Portugal. Mufflw 1000 rally, Oct. 3 - NASCAR GN Stoek Marquetto. car race, No. THkowboro, N.C. Nov. ? N M C A R Winston S - Shasta M o Cup ON m@o, Atlanta, GA. Prix IMSA C a m e x Nov. 10-13 Bcore Baja 1000. SCAR GN Ensenada. Mexico. nal races. Nov. 20-21 - SCCA Mojave Laguna 24-hour Pro Rally, B i i Bear lake, Calif. 1 IWSA Radial Nov. 21 NASCAR Winston ace, Charlotte Motor Cup GN mc% Ontario, Calif. Charlotte. N.C. Nov. 27 IMSA radial h W m Challenge. Daytona p a c k , _ g Races, Florida. edway, Now. 27-28 NARA ~iralli" Mendocin0 Forest Rallv. SCCA TransAm, S a , Cgi. Lime Ruck. Conn. D.E. 31-12 - SCCA ~dty du Oct. 10 - US Grand Prix Noir pro Hwrtrville, Ala.

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