April Odometer Contents
Saturday, April 7 @ 11:00 am
Church of St. Michael the Archangel
7400 Tudor Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80919
If interested meet at 9:15 am at Cabela’s at 10670 Cabela Dr, Lone Tree, CO 80124, which is just south of Sky Ridge Medical Center, west of I-25.
We will caravan at 9:30am to the church on the north side of Colorado Springs to arrive approx. 30 to 45 min before the memorial. Flowers have been sent to the church.
Reflection by Rick Mraz
I first met Scott in a Home Depot parking lot in Colorado Springs. I was driving home from work in my 240Z and needed to pick up a few items. I don’t think I had turn the car off and he approached me. We talked Z cars for some time. I mentioned ZCCC but didn’t have any of our “business cards” at the time. A couple of months later he joined the club. We know the rest of the story.
We may never understand why we cross paths with people as we go through life. Personally, I believe in some divine intervention. Never know why, but our lives are better because of the relationships and interactions.
May Scott rest in peace.
President’s Corner April 2018
Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends.
Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends,
So Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?
Winter may be slowly fading into the distance in our rear view mirrors but don’t be fooled that winter is over. The second snowiest month is here although it may or may not be a bust in the snow making category just like the snowiest month of the year has turned out to be a bust. I predict that April will be above average in temperature and below average in precipitation. Global warming?? Maybe. More days for driving our cars; definitely. With more good days to drive our Z’s, do we need to be asking the question: Will there always be a Z car?
According to some auto analysts, the Z is not going to survive the fact that it is riding on one of the oldest sports car platforms on the market. Other opinions noted in this Odometer to the contrary, just think “What if”………..
But what happens if Nissan and Mercedes get together to offer a NEW Z with up to 400 hp on a platform jointly developed by the two auto makers? It’s not as if it would be the first time these two automotive giants got together to produce a vehicle. The Infiniti QX-30, which bears more than a passing resemblance to a Mercedes GLA, has the Mercedes 2.0L turbo in it and after driving one that belongs to ZCCC member Rob Marlowe, I’m convinced it would work. The same motor could be an entry level powerplant in a new Z with the forementioned 400 hp coming from a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 motor that is in the Infiniti Q-50. Ah, a twin-turbo motor back in a Z. That would be nice. That would be even nicer, would be a motor larger than a 3.0L, since I think if the 3.0 was used, we’d have another generation of 300Z and that would be just damn confusing and a mere 100 hp gain over 30 years would be just plain disappointing.
On the front page of this Odometer, there are details about the arrangements for Scott Guthrie’s memorial service on April 7. There are plans to meet south of Denver to caravan to the north side of Colorado Springs. The club has ordered a flower arrangement and it would be nice if we could get a substantial number of club members to caravan along I-25 and attend the memorial for one of our very active members.
April Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 @ 6pm
Where: Via Conference Call.
If you are not a board member and would like to attend the board meeting, please contact Ira Sanders.
April General Meeting
When: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 @ 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 Cook-Off
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 email@example.com.
42nd April Fool’s Rally
Presented by the Colorado Van Assoc.
When: Sunday, April 8, 2018 @ 10am
Where: Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S Quebec St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Host: Gail Mund, firstname.lastname@example.org
This years theme: “Foolin’ Around”. Entry price is $10.00 per vehicle.
This is a gimmick style road rally under 30 miles in length, set up on city streets. Trophies will be awarded in both Van and Open classes. Trophies, dash plaques, games, music drinks, and food available at the rally’s end.
And, as usual, rain or shine. Come join in for a Rally Good Time!
Shelby American Museum
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m.
Where: 5020 Chaparral Court, Boulder, CO 80301
Host: Andy Mortenson
We’re going to visit the Shelby American Museum in Boulder. They have a large collection of sports and racing cars that were associated with Carroll Shelby over the years, including AC Cobras and the Le Mans winning Ford GT40’s. It’s been eight years since our club was there last. The exhibits change from time to time so it’s time for another visit. A write up on the museum is in the odometer pdf. We’ll meet at the museum at 10:00 AM. Oh, be sure to bring $5.00 as there is an admission charge.
Guest Speaker May 2nd General Meeting
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Have you been planning for your retirement, whether it’s 5 years away or 25 years away?You really should seek council from a professional on your investment strategies. We will have a Five-Star Professional Wealth Manager speak at our May 2nd Meeting. Jody Hinsey is the founder of Mint Financial Strategies. http://www.mintfs.com/
Colorado Concours De’Elegance
When: Sunday, June 10, 2018 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Arapahoe Community College 5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120
Host: Fred Minister email@example.com
It’s that time again… time to “fuel your passion for cars”. Join us for a great day filled with food, fun, and en-tertainment for the whole family! Come laugh, have fun and mingle with “automotive related” friends and clients, while helping us raise funds for Ability Connection Colorado’s Creative Options for Early Childhood Education Centers.
From classic to collector, vintage to the latest and greatest, incredible cars will compete at the 35th Annual Colorado Concours d’Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show. If you have a personal or business interest in cars, or just want to have fun, you will want to be there. Because of you, our caring automotive and automobile related friends, four metro area Creative Options for Early Childhood Education Centers are able to provide developmental screening and assessment services, individualized mental health services and other critical services to over 500 children, ages birth to five, each year. Your registration/entrance/sponsor/vendor fee(s) is tax-deductible and may qualify for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit. Please consult your tax advisor. Together, we can create a brighter future for at-risk Colorado children!
Register your Car Today!
May 16, 2018—Last day to regiter and still get our car listed in the event program.
May 23, 2018—ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 11:59PM
*DON’T WAIT… Day of Registration is NOT guaranteed to be available this year! If available, cars registered at the gate day of, will NOT be judged!
Western Slope Experience
When: July 20 to July 22, 2018
Where: Grand Junction
Host: Nate and Cheryle Derman, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are going to be driving to Grand Junction Colorado on Friday and have some time for wine tasting, exploring and dinner. On Saturday we will go wine tasting, and have dinner. On Sunday we will drive through the Colorado Monument and drive home. This is a three day event, so please save the dates and stay tuned for more information as it gets closer.
May Odometer Deadline. If you are submitting an article or event, please have it to Don and Tammy by April 15.
Membership News & Club Info
February: Gary & Pam Bracken
March: Steve & Lois Eaton, Bill Hardy, William & LaVern Lohringel, Sean McCarthy, Bruce & Cheryl McKenney, JoAnn Sainz-Dean
April: Mario, Jo & Vince Busnardo, Lewis Frank-lin, Nick Linch, Gail Mund, James & Karen Peterson
Jaber Alwakeel (4/20)
Gary Amelon (4/22)
Christina Barthle (4/16)
Bill Barton (4/4)
Evelyn Blackwell (4/11)
Mario Busnardo (4/25)
Walt Caron (4/5)
Michelle Ku (4/17)
Fred Minister (4/3)
Dues: Single Membership $35, Family $45, Corporate $50. To receive the Odometer via postal mail add $10 annually.
Welcome to New Members and Guests
Don Hansen, Charlottenlund, Denmark, Europe, 1971 240Z Sahara Gold, “This car belonged to Mr. Jim Wilson, Colorado, I bought it from a dealer in Holland, Europe”, CEO Malerfirma Dan Wils, Likes Autocross. Read more about Don Hansen and his car, go to Extra at bottom of page.
Winter issue has come in. Ira Sanders will have the magazines at the next general meeting for pick up. If interested in getting a subscription, please contact Ira to be placed on the club subscription list.
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: email@example.com.
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.
New Member Dan Hansen by Andy Mortenson
It’s been a long time since we’ve had any out of state members. I think the last one was from Nebraska. Well, we have a new member who is from way out of state. Dan Wils Hansen is from Charlottenlund, Denmark, which is a suburb of Copenhagen. He recently purchased a 1971 240Z that used to belong to former ZCCC member Jim Wilson who lives in Lakewood. How this Z Car ended up in Denmark is an interesting story, but first a little about the current owner. Dan owns a house painting and interior decorating business and his wife, Helle, is a pediatric dental assistant. They have a 19 year old son named Alexander.
Dan says he’s been a car guy since childhood, but about ten years ago when he bought his first classic car, a 1965 Mustang Coupe, white with red interior, then “my soul was sold to the devil..:-)” Besides the Datsun, he now owns three classics that include a 1966 Porsche 912 and a MGA Lemans Speedster, both of which he restored from the frame up. He’s also in the process of doing a frame-off restoration on his Porsche 914/6.
Now, here’s the story of his 240Z. One day, Dan and Helle were taking a drive in their 912 when they were passed by a red 240Z with Swedish plates and his wife wanted to know what kind of car it was. So he decided that he would find his own 240Z. He started searching the internet, but it wasn’t until he went to a big classic car show in Essen, Germany, that he found the one he wanted. It was being sold by a dealer in Holland. When he purchased the car, it came with all the service records from the previous owner. Jim Wilson’s name was on some of the documents and there was a ZCCC sticker on the back window of the car. Dan was curious to learn some of the history of his car so he found our website and joined the club. (As an aside, Jim Wilson dropped out of the club a couple of years ago. However, I was able to contact him and he told me that he had sold his car and was able get a “premium” by taking it to Europe.)
NISSAN WILL NEITHER CANCEL NOR REDESIGN THE 370Z ANYTIME SOON
Collin Woodard Words January 29, 2018
Instead, it will soldier on essentially unchanged. It’s been a long time since Nissan introduced the 370Z. We first tested the 350Z’s long-awaited successor back in November of 2008, where the 2009 370Z impressed us with its quick acceleration, strong brakes, excellent grip, and updated interior. With a base price of $30,625, we said it “epitomizes a sports-car steal.” Nine years later, without any major updates, we were a little less impressed. But despite being long overdue for a redesign, it sounds like Nissan plans to keep selling the current 370Z indefinitely.
Speaking to Automotive News, Philippe Klein, Nissan’s head of planning, said rumors that the Japanese automaker planned to cancel its entry-level sports car were false. But when asked about the next-generation Z, he didn’t have more encouraging news to share. “We’re working on it and it’s very present, but I have no indication to give you,” said Klein.
According to Klein, making the business case to keep selling any sports coupe, much less develop a new one, has gotten increasingly difficult over the past several years. “The Z is a difficult market. It is rather shrinking worldwide. But we still believe there is a place for the Z and we want to keep it alive, and that’s what we’re working on,” he said.
But that doesn’t mean we won’t ever see a new Z. It may simply require a lot of patience. “For the long term, there are other considerations,” said Klein. “If we do a complete new vehicle, what should it be to keep the passion alive? And we’re working very seriously on this—how we can keep the Z alive and refreshing, and what would be the next genera-tion?”
“The passion is there,” he promised. “The question is, how can we refresh it, and what will be the breakthrough for the long term?”