May 19 – 20
Join fellow Datsun enthusiasts for the inaugural Datsun “Matsuri” in the beautiful BC Okanagan Valley. Datsun fans from Western Canada and the NW United States will gather on the Victoria Day long weekend to meet old friends, make new ones and celebrate our beloved Datsuns.
Saturday’s festivities will concentrate around the Knox Mountain Hill Climb which is entering its 55th year in 2012. The Datsun 510 and Z car are staples at this event every year.
Sunday, we’ll hit the road for a fun run through the twisties and enjoy some of the wonderful mountain sights, a lunch stop and probably some great photo ops.
Formal event registration will open soon.
2012 Datsun Matsuri Sponsors
We have reserved a block of rooms at Recreation Inn and Suites in Kelowna.
This is a budget friendly motel in central Kelowna. We like the configuration of the property as it is perfect for “vehicle gatherings”. The property includes a pool and BBQ area and allows owners of precious Datsuns to rest easy as parking is right outside their door.
Datsun Matsuri participants receive preferred rates of $99, $109, $129 depending on configuration. Some rooms include kitchenettes. Preferred rates are not available by booking on-line.
To book your room, contact Recreation Inn directly at 1-800-663-8603 and tell them you’re with the “Datsun” group.
Rooms are available on a first come first serve basis. These rates are only guaranteed until April 21st.
Datsun Matsuri 2012
|Friday, May 18, 2012 – Welcome / Meet and Greet|
|7:00 PM||Recreation Inn and Suites, 1891 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC|
|Saturday, May 19, 2012|
|Knox Mountain Hill Climb & Car Show (infield Knox Mountain Park)|
|8:00 AM||Car show gate opens for entry of car show vehicles (driver and car are no charge, additional passengers $10 each for one day event pass)|
|9:10 AM||Racing Start|
|9:00 to 5:00||Datsun Matsuri Registration & 55th Annual People’s Choice Show & Shine|
|4:50||Results of car show announced and prizes awarded.|
|5:00 to 7:00||Live music and Bavarian Garden|
|Sunday, May 20, 2012|
|Option 1 – Knox Mountain Hill Climb – Day 2 Racing / VW Car Show|
|Option 2 – Twisties Tour & Picnic
|7:00 – 9:00||Breakfast (on your own)|
|12:00||Picnic (estimated time)|
|7:00||Supper (on your own)|
|Monday, May 21, 2012|
For those unfamiliar with the Hill Climb, here is a compilation from 2007 (not our video). 0:13 to 0:20 gives a quick view of the car show grounds at the base of the mountain. Let’s bring some old school Nissan to the show!
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And for those history buffs in the crowd, here is a story that goes back almost to the beginning of the Hill Climb at Knox Mountain. The Datsun 510 makes a brief, albeit inauspicious appearance at 8:42 “one of the hottest sedans”. Grainy, jumpy video taken from old film but nevertheless kind of cool to see.
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