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.
In conjuction with the Hill Climb is a car show. Entry to the car show is free for car and driver and is managed by the Hill Climb organization – we’re just joining in. The Hill Climb organizes a People’s Choice Award for the car show (participation in optional).
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.
2012 Datsun Matsuri Sponsors(click on the logo for more on our sponsors’ involvement)
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.
Rates are $99, $109, $129 depending on configuration. Some rooms include kitchenettes (be sure to ask before booking).
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.
For those of you choosing to camp, the Hiawatha Campground is close to the beach and is well known among holiday campers. There are RV spots of course as well as tent sites. Tent sites are $50 a night for the weekend of our event.
We do not have an agreement with this property. Contact them for more information or to reserve a spot. 1-888-784-7275
Datsun Matsuri 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012 – Welcome / Meet and Greet
Recreation Inn and Suites, 1891 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Knox Mountain Hill Climb & Car Show (infield Knox Mountain Park)
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)
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!
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.