2018 February Odometer

February 2018 Odometer

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Hot Import Nights

“Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay.
Money, it’s a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I’ll buy me a football team.”
– Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon

Money. That’s a lot of what this column is about. Money. That’s because it is my pleasure and to my great relief, that I can announce to you that we have a new Treasurer for the Club. Money. Soon our money will be handled and controlled by a Club member who is a CPA who has his own accounting firm. Money. He is also adept in international accounting including international tax returns. Money. This very qualified member is Bill Lohringel, whom most of you know and you also know his wife LaVerne. They have a 1985 300ZX. Money. Soon Bill will be the one that we will be going to for reimbursements and to find out the Club’s bank balance. Money.

I am also very happy to report that our sponsor, Jason Purdum, the owner of Boulder Nissan, has agreed to sponsor ZCCC for another year. I will be getting together with him soon to complete the paperwork and finalize the agreement. I think that is great news and STRONGLY encourage all of our members to patronize Boulder Nissan to show our appreciation for their continuing involvement in our Club. If you are looking for a car, new or used, please at least go there and get a price from their great sales department and let them know you are a ZCCC member. When you go there for service, say Hi to Eric Stockton, the service director, and make sure you mention the Club to get your discount.

Staying on the subject of happy things, Eventbrite is on the way out as Scott Swiger, our Webmaster, has found a plug-in to replace it. Scott reports: “I’ve installed an events calendar plugin (https://theeventscalendar.com) that can hopefully replace Eventbrite. It’s free, with Plus & Pro versions (and they offer those for free to non-profits, if we do need any of their features).

Take a look at the site: In the left sidebar, the mini-calendar is replaced with a simple list of upcoming events. The same goes for the main Events page: http://www.zccc.org/events

I’ve set up 3 events, and have configured them to demonstrate some of the features of the plugin:

Click the Feb Board Meeting link; you’ll notice it prompts you to login. So the plugin can restrict viewing of events to members only. Then click the Feb General Meeting link; you’ll see the event detail page, which includes Google map and links to export event to Apple or Google Calendars.

Last, notice the Annual Chili Cookoff has an RSVP feature (which also requires being logged in). We don’t have to use RSVPs for the cookoff, I just wanted to demo it. Go ahead and test it out; after you RSVP you should get a confirmation email with your “tickets” (which will be more useful when we actually need to charge for an event).

Let me know what you think, if there’s anything missing, any features to test out, etc…”

Go ahead and play with these things if you are so inclined and let Scott (webmaster@zccc.org) or a Board member know how it worked for you and if you found any problems or glitches.

AND, elsewhere in the Odometer, you will find an article by Diana Inberg outlining a car show at the Denver Mart on March 31. Please read the article and sign up for the event. If we get 10 members signing up, we get the $10 discount on the entry fee. The code for the $10 discount is ZCLUB.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the next general meeting on February 7 at the Overland Golf Course clubhouse. Until then…

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Dan Gurney, the first driver with victories in each of the
Formula One, IndyCar series, died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 86.

Gurney began racing in 1955 and won in nearly every racing series he attempted. He drove for Ferrari, BRM, Porsche and Brabham in Formula One, then formed his own team. He won the Belgian Grand Prix in 1967 in his own car, the first and only tie an American won an F1 race in a car of his own design.

Gurney teamed with AJ Foyt that year to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT40, and he’s often credited with starting the tradition of spraying the champagne from the podium at the race.

Gurney retired from driving in 1970 with 51 victories.

“When we talk about legendary American drivers, owners and car constructors on an international stage, Dan Gurney is one of the all-time greats”, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said in a statement. “His skill in all three areas helped him make an indelible mark and serve as a huge influence in this sport. Dan was a giant in the racing world, in every sense.”

Scott Guthrie has been contacted by SkySox Center asking how many tickets the club was going to want and for which game. Due to his current health issues, Scott is asking if someone would like to take over this event this year: “It is not a hard 4 points to get, but I just can’t do it. I release ‘ownership’ of this event.”

The club needs to figure out what day they want to go, and what the expected count will be. 35 people seems to have been good the last 2 yrs.

Our contact at the SkySox center is Jonathan Basil (jbasil@skysox.com). Jon is a great guy and can help with details, and I told him to work with someone else in our club if he gets a call, so he is ‘ready to go’. He’ll work with the club on total ticket count.

The schedule is already posted on their website: http://www.SkySox.com.

The package we have been getting is the Coors Picnic Terrace package. This year it is $27 per adult. I suggest the person running the event get in touch soon to discuss the special nights so we can get the fireworks, or whatever other special events they have going on. The schedule doesn’t seem to indicate that, but I may have missed it.

They will want a deposit, and the remainder a few weeks prior to the game. I have always paid out of pocket, but the club may decide to cover the deposit since it is for such a long time.

The sooner we schedule a date, the better chance we have of getting the night we want. Some special events fill up quickly. Remember that firework displays are only for games at night. 🙂

Please let me know if you need any information and pass my contact info to anyone thinking about it if they have questions.

Take care!
Scott Guthrie

Colorado Springs Sky Sox
4385 Tutt Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Phone: (719) 597-1449
Fax: (719) 597-2491
Contact: Jonathan Basil (jbasil@skysox.com)

February Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Feb 6, 2017 @ 6pm
Where: Via Conference Call
If you are not a board member and would like to attend the board meeting, please contact Ira Sanders.

February General Meeting
When: Wed, Feb 7, 2017 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Note: Everyone attending is requested to order off the Menu.

March Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Mar 6, 2017 @ 6pm
Where: Via Conference Call.
If you are not a board member and would like to attend the board meeting, please contact Ira Sanders.

March General Meeting
When: Wed, Mar 7, 2017 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Note: Everyone attending is requested to order off the Menu.

Annual Chili Cookoff
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 6pm
Where: 1545 S Richfield Way, Aurora, CO 80017
Host: Nate and Cheryle Derman

This year we are hosting this at our home. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili and best homemade dessert. So whip up some spiciness or a tasty dessert and join us for this enjoyable evening. Since this is at our home, please feel to bring a tasty adult beverage. Any questions, please call 720-927-2437 or email Cheryle at cheryleblackorchid@comcast.net.

Hot Import Nights Car Show
When: Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 5-10 p.m.
Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80126
Host: Diana Inberg

Join the 2018 Hot Import Nights Car Show and Competition at the Denver Mart. This National touring car show is hosting hundreds of show cars. We can enter as a team (car club) for a discounted registration fee of $30 per car, that’s a $10 discount from the regular fee. If you would love to show your car off inside the Denver Mart now is your chance. We will be parked together with prime placement inside the Mart.

To enter your car, go to: www.HotImportNights.com click on the registration box fill out all the info (to enter as a team) put ZCLUB in the coupon code box, submit a photo of your car, pay your registration fee.

Move in for the cars starts at noon and goes to 4pm, then the show starts at 5pm. We can set up a place and time to meet so we can arrive there together and drive in as a group. I suggest we try to get there early, there are going to be hundreds of cars there. I will talk about this event at the February and March meetings and have a sign-up sheet.

December: Eldon Luers, Michelle Plarina & Evelyn Blackwell, Eric Prieve, Jeff Thomas, Robert Wilson Jr.
January: Jason Eckert, William Miller, Albert Powell, Scott Raymond, Rodney Tseu
February: Gary & Pam Bracken, Larry Hutfles, Diana & John Inberg, Se Lim

Sandy Bourgeois (2/5)
Tiffany Gordon (2/26)
Steve Kottmeier (2/28)
William Miller (2/7)
Bruce McKenney (2/17)
Manny Strauch (2/11)
John Tyler (2/18)
Robert Wilson Jr. (2/22)

Member Dues
Dues: Single Membership $35, Family $45, Corporate $50. To receive the Odometer via postal mail add $10 annually.


Winter issue has come in. Ira Sanders will have the magazines at the next general meeting for pick-up.

Guest Speakers
The board would like to bring back to the General meetings a guest speaker. If you know of someone or have ideas, please contact and coordinate with VP Don Gordon: vice-president@zccc.org.

Motorsport Coordinator
Looking for someone to coordinate Club Fun Run events. The Club does not have anyone performing these duties currently! Duties: Will be responsible for securing track dates and will attend all Colorado Motorsport Council meetings and will report to the general membership as necessary.

Z Car Club of Colorado
December 6th, 2017
Overland Golf Course

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.

Secretary: Cheryl McKenney
Minutes from December 2017 motioned, seconded and approved. Nothing to report at this time.

Vice President: Don Gordon
The holiday party at the Derman’s was a fun evening filled with good food and a gift exchange. The next club event will be the Chili Cook-off on March 10th at the Derman’s. Prizes will be given for the best chili and homemade dessert. A signup sheet will be available at the next meeting. Derman’s would also like to host an event in February to the Ice Castle in Dillion. Details will be available in the Odometer.

Treasurer: Debbie Carlson
Nothing to report at this time.

Membership: Andy Mortenson
We currently have 85 memberships and 114 members and 2 renewals.

Public Relations: Mike Goddard
Working on updating the Vendor discount list. The list will be completed in the next month or so.

Interclub: Diana Inberg
Will contact the Kansas City Z Car Club to find out how they use Facebook to recruit new members.

Odometer: Tammy Sanders
Members may send pictures to Tammy of their cars and she will include them in the Odometer. The website now has a link to view the Odometer in a PDF file format.

President: Ira Sanders
The Z Car Club has a new treasurer Bill Lohringel and a new Webmaster Scott Swiger. The webmaster has fixed the calendar and is working on updating the navigation bar. Over the coming months Scott will also be working on updating and improving the website. If you need to reach him please send an email to webmaster@zccc.org. In the coming months changes and clarifications to the Constitution will be in the Odometer.

Guest Speaker:
Dick Thompson from the Collector Car Council of Colorado spoke about the issues that the Council lobbies to help implement laws and regulations for car enthusiast.

Business Card Ads:
There is no cost to members and $60.00 per year for non-members. The ad will be listed in the Odometer for One year unless removed at the owners request. At the end of the year it is the owners responsibility to renew their business card ad. All business card ad’s can/may be found on the last pages of the Odometer depending on space. These pages may or may not be printed for mailed copies.

Old Business: None to report at this time.
New Business: None to report at this time.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Dave Sandbach.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26 pm.


Boulder Nissan Vehicle Details


Snow Toyota Supra Fools Canadian Police
Montreal police probably rolled their eyes at the person who parked their snow-covered early 90s Toyota Supra right in a snow-removal lane, completely blocking in other parked cars. They went to ticket the car, and got to the point of lifting its very real windshield wiper when they realized, hey, this isn’t a snow-covered car — it’s a snow pile shaped like a car. That snow-sculpture of a car, cunningly placed for maximum police confusion, was the work of 33-year-old machinist and artist who goes by Simpon Laprise. Jalopnik.

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