June Odometer Contents
|One Week with the 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition|
Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true you’re a pal and a confidant
I’m not ashamed to say
I hope it always will stay this way
My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow
Lyrics by Andrew Gold
It’s time to get the car out of the garage and wash that layer of dust off. From the line up of events it’s going to be a busy summer among friends. Long time member, Patty Troxell is getting back in the swing this year, kicking off the summer with Rods and Wings Car Show at the Erie Airport. Glad to have you back hosting events Patty, you’ve been missed. If you procrastinated like me, it’s not to late to register for the 2018 Colorado Concours d’Elegance and Exotic Sports Car Show. Pre-Event registration has closed, but download the registration entry form and turn it in the day of the event or drop it off June 7th at Ability Connection Colorado between 8am-5pm. Details are on their website. I would LOVE, Really LOVE to see a great showing by the club. Your car does not have to be a trailer queen. You have a love affair with your car, let’s let the world know these are great cars, and we have a great time driving them! This event helps support Ability Connection Colorado, and brings recognition to the club which we really could use more of. Our second charity event of the summer is Kathy Minister’s Angel Eyes Claws for a Cause. You need to get your orders in by June 6th. Judy Gordon is helping out Kathy by collecting everyone’s orders. I am sure it will be another successful hit for you Kathy, Thank You.
This summer we are lucky enough to have two, yes 2, road trips. The Dermans are going to share their expertise with Colorado’s wineries in Palisade and the valley. And Tammy Sanders is leading us eastward. I thought the saying went Westward Ho, not Eastward Bound? I’ve never thought of history as a treasure hunt, but should be interesting. By the way I have been told to leave the Z home.
ZCCC Fun Run is back at the Colorado State Patrol Track. Yeh Baby! No little flashing red and blue lights chasing me! We could use your help in putting this event on. Spread the word.
Come and join me and fellow club members in a summer of fun and adventures. It’s good to have friends like you. THANK YOU!
Now for a little business. It is that time of year that EVERYONE needs to be thinking about elections. I am not talking about Colorado’s November election of a new governor, but our small clubs election of officers for the 2019 fiscal year. Though I have received feedback that all current board members are willing to stick around for another year, each of these positions are open. I would like to encourage everyone to please consider becoming an officer. The club always needs a transfusion of new people and ideas from time to time. A description of each position as stipulated in the Constitution has been provided in this issue of the Odometer.
Second order of business: Please update your phone calendar with July’s general club meeting date of July 11th. Next: we need a September Meeting location. Overland Golf course will be gearing up for the Grandoozy Music Festival and will be closed for the month of September. If you have thoughts, ideas, inspiration or a location we could use, please let one of the board members know. Centrally located and easy to get to is always a plus.
June Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Jun 5, 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.
June General Meeting
When: Wed, Jun 6, 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.
When: June 9, 2018 @ 9am-2pm (setup 7-8am)
Where: Spirit of Flight Center, Erie Airport
Host: Patty Troxell
Entry Fee: General Admission of $5.00pp, Car registration $10
Cars, motorcycles and airplanes. This combination of motors, power and speed will be judged and trophies awarded at the Rods and Wings Pancake Breakfast Car Show and Fly-In on Saturday, June 9th.
The Spirit of Flight Center, located at the Erie Airport, is hosting this event. The car registration and set-up time is 7 AM-8 AM. Posted show hours are 9 AM-2 PM. The Spirit of Flight Center is a non-profit organization located on the West side of the airport. Their address is 2650 So. Main St., Building A. Admission fee is $5.00 per person, which does not include the Pancake Breakfast (approx $5).
Come on out and show off your wheels. Car registration is $10 and includes the Pancake Breakfast. The Flight Center has an aviation museum which includes items from World War II
Please contact Patty Troxell with any questions.
When: June 10, 2018 @ 8am – 3pm
Where: Arapahoe Community College 5900 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120
Host: Fred Minister
June 10th is getting closer and the time to register your car is drawing to a close. This is the 35th year of the show and looks to be even bigger than last year. Go to www.abilityconnectioncolorado.org for registration and to volunteer. There is also an app for the show that you can download to your phone- ACCOTOGO for more info.
We are in need of volunteers for various jobs on the day before the show and on the day of the show, please if you can sign up to help a very worthy cause. We will also need some people that would be willing to act as judges for the cars in our club that are being judged. We will be judging only our own cars.
Like last year, we will enter the school grounds at the North entrance off W. Church Ave. and be directed South around the East side of the campus and into our location that is the same as last year.
We will meet 7:15AM at Aspen Grove shopping center south of the ACC campus to caravan to the school grounds. You can enter the shopping center’s parking lot by turning west off S. Santa Fe Drive onto W. Aspen Grove Way. We will meet at the north end of the lot.
Please register your car and join the party we always seem to have a good time and en-joy some great cars. Registration fee is $50 per car.
Register your Car Today!
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!
When: June 16, 2018 @ 3pm
Where: Ministers Home
Host: Kathy Minister
Deadline: June 6th General Meeting
The LOBSTERS are coming!! It is once again time to support the Angel Eyes Fundraiser to help families cope with the sudden unexpected death of an infant or toddler through education; and raising awareness.
The annual steak and lobster sale is upon us June 16, 2018. Prices have been posted, see Judy Gordon for details, Kathy will not be at the June Meeting.
We ask everyone to bring a side dish, appetizer or desert and drink to share. We will gather around 3:00 on Saturday June 16, 2018 to cook up our steaks and lobsters.
Hope to see you there.
We will gather at the Minister’s home to eat, drink and be merry.
9th Annual Bad Does Good Toy Run
When: June 23, 2018 @ 8am
Where: Children’s Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Parking Lot 10
Host: Diana Inberg
Entry Fee: New Toy Donation
This show is all about the kids! Please gather your tax deductible toy donations from your Family, Friends & Coworkers and stuff those cars! We have a whole room to FILL UP!
All toys collected go to The Children’s Hospital Treasure Chest. 500,000+ children come through for treatments each year! They need LOTS of toys! Monetary donations can also be made payable directly to the hospital same day.
We will be meeting at 8:00am in the parking lot of Panda Express. Address: 11688 E. Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010. We will leave the Panda Express at 8:15 to go across the street to the hospital parking lot for the car show.
Please take a few hours out of your day to join us! Gather your friends and notify your clubs! Then load up those Cars, Trucks, Jeeps, Hot Rods and Bikes with new toys and help us bring smiles to these sweet kids. Show judging will be done by the kids and bribing them for votes is encouraged! Bring extra TOYS! Kids Choice Trophies will be awarded to the Top 10! Door Prizes! Tee Shirts!
Remember to bring your new unwrapped toys. Brin your cameras and chairs! Pop up tents may be used for shade but MUST be weighted & secured.
Kids Judging is from 10-11am, Awards 11:30am-Noon.
Please RSVP early if able so we can get a good estimate for Tee Shirts! Please message us on the @CorvetteToyRunDenver page if you have any questions! https://www.facebook.com/events/240289793131807
When: July 20 to July 22, 2018
Where: Grand Junction
Host: Nate and Cheryle Derman
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.
There is a room available at the Best Western Grande River
Nate and I accidentally made two room bookings in Grand Junction. We have this one available, first come first serve. Just reimburse me if you want the room.
Deadline to Reserve your tickets, is July 7. All remaining tickets will be released back to the Sky Sox ball club. Sign up and pay for this event with Tammy Sanders.
We will meet at Wells Fargo Bank (2195 N State Hwy 83, Franktown, CO 80116) at 4:00 pm for a scenic drive south. We will leave by 4:15 for the ball park (4385 Tutt Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80922).
When: August 4, 2018 @ 8am—5pm
Where: Colorado State Patrol Track, 2054 Quaker St, Golden, CO 80304
Host: Mike Goddard
Important Dates: July 28 and August 1
ZCCC Fun Run 2018 is here!
High Plains Raceway was a great time, but sadly due to serious expenses and restrictions put on by HPR the past couple of years, the club needed to look elsewhere. In the past, we the club, have had great events with the CSP Track in Golden. We will have our Parade lap during the lunch hour, no helmet required, passengers and kids welcome.
The date is set aside for our event and the fee for the day will be $100. We have two tech inspections scheduled: July 28th and August 1st. Registration and Tech inspection forms are here.
We are looking forward to seeing members and old friends we have met over the years.
Volunteers Needed: People are needed for corner work, pit management, registration and other duties that come up. Come out and help! No experience is needed and you’ll have a great time. Anyone under the age of 16 will require an adult to be present.
Basic safety requirements to drive on the track:
- Protective clothing — Long cotton pants, Shoes of natural or non-combustible material, Long sleeve cotton shirt while on track
- Snell 2000 or newer (M or SA) helmet
- Drivers must abide by all safety rules
- All drivers must attend the driver’s meeting before the event
Have Fun and Safe Driving!
When: August 11, 2018 @ 6pm—9pm
Where: Derman’s Home
Host: Cheryle Derman
Come join us Saturday evening, August 11, 2018 for wine sharing & barbeque at our home. Please bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beverage, and a side dish or dessert to share. There will be a sign up sheet at the general meetings to sign up for one of these items. We plan to have a wonderful evening of food, wine, fire pit and lively conversation. We look forward to seeing you at our home.
Call Cheryle for more information
When: August 18-19, 2018
Where: Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Host: Tammy Sanders
Deadline: June 25 to book hotel.
Join me on a drive to see a little Colorado History. We will visit the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, and 8 historically significant sites in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, and Lincoln counties. Day 1 we set out from Aurora and Drive to the towns of Hugo and Aroya and on to Sand Creek. Day 2 we will be visiting 6 other sites, but there is a catch. Think of it as a Treasure Hunt.
This can be either a single day or two day drive. If you chose to do both days, I have arranged for lodging for the night of August 18th. We will meet Saturday morning, 7:45 am at Starbucks located at 3455 N Salida St, Aurora (Tower & I-70). Additional information will be provided when you sign up.
So, hitch up the ole wagon, grab your map (Colorado of course) and hat and head out for an old fashion adventure. And don’t forget your compass.
This drive is NOT recommended for your Z cars, as there are some dirt roads.
Annual Oktoberfest @ Spirit of Flight Center
When: September 8, 2018 @ 9am – 2pm (setup 8am)
Where: Spirit of Flight Center, Erie Airport
Host: Patty Troxell
Entry Fee: Car show registration $10/vehicle
Beer, Brats, Live Band, Pancake Breakfast, and Trophies. It’s time for the Spirit of Flight Center’s Oktoberfest Car Show/Fly-In to be held on Saturday, September 8th at the Flight Center’s Museum on the West side of the Erie Airport, 2650 So. Main Street, Unit A, Erie, CO. Their web address is www.spiritofflight.com. Car show registration and set-up starts at 8am with advertised show hours of 9a-2p. The car show registration fee is $10 per vehicle which includes the Pancake Breakfast and admission fee. If you do not want to show your car but want to attend the car show the admission fee is $5 per person however does not include the Pancake Breakfast, which is approximately $5.
Beer and Brats is an additional cost not included in the fees listed above.
The Spirit of Flight Center Museum is a collection of general and military aviation artifacts, several of which are one of a kind pieces.
If you have any questions, please contact Patty Troxell.
Membership News & Club Info
April: Mario, Jo & Vince Busnardo, Lewis Franklin, Nick Linch
May: Gary Amelon, Pierre & Christina Barthle, Jerry Harris, John & Lois Student
June: Matt & Sandy Bourgeois, Walt Caron, David Fisher, Ron Hartness, Brett Hufford, George Kopp, Brian Lehnerz, Robert Marlow, Laurie Steenrod, Dave & Christine Weber
Welcome to New Members
Nick & Stephanie Cardozo, Monument, 1973 240Z
Jack & Gayle Epling, Littleton, 1977 280Z
Vince Busnardo (6/30)
Lois Eaton (6/30)
Don Gordon (6/3)
Addison Ku (6/25)
Ed McHugh (6/8)
William McClatchey (6/10)
Albert Powell (6/11)
Charlotte Robertson (6/12)
Dave Sandbach (6/25)
Laurie Steenrod (6/7)
John Student (6/1)
Phil Taylor (6/3)
Christine Weber (6/18)
Dues: Single Membership $35, Family $45, Corporate $50. To receive the Odometer via postal mail add $10 annually.
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.
May Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.
Welcome to guest Nick Bole from the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). The SCCA meets the first Wednesday of the month and hosts track events during the year. The SCCA invited the club to visit and come to any of the track events.
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney Minutes from April 2018 motioned, seconded and approved. Nothing to report at this time.
Vice President Report: Don Gordon The club had a number of events in April. The first event was the memorial for Scott Guthrie with many members attending the service and driving their cars. The club also hosted the Chili Cook off at the Derman’s with 4 chilies and 5 desserts being entered in the competition. The club also attended the April Fool’s Rally hosted by the Van club. Member John Mavis won 1st place in the open class. And the last event of the month was the Shelby Auto Museum tour to look at these unique cars. Upcoming events include the following:
June: 6th – General membership meeting
June: 9th – Spirit of Flight Car Show in Erie
June: 10th – Concours D’Elegance at Arapahoe Community College
June: 16th – Lobster Dinner at the Minister’s
June: 23rd – Toy Run Car Show at Children’s Hospital
July: 11th – General membership meeting
July: 20th – 22nd – Western slope drive
July:28th – Sky Sox game in Colorado Springs
August: 4th – Track Day at the State Patrol.
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel, Nothing to report at this time.
Membership: Andy Mortenson, Nothing to report at this time
Public Relations: Mike Goddard, Nothing to report at this time.
Interclub: Diana Inberg, Nothing to report at this time.
Odometer: Tammy Sanders, Submissions to the Odometer are due by May 20th, 2018.
President: Ira Sanders, The club would like to plan a 2 day drive to the eastern plains to visit the Sand Creek Massacre site. The trip would be August 18th and 19th and would include a scavenger hunt. If there are enough people interested in attend the necessary reservations will be made. The July meeting will be changed to the second Wednesday of the month to not interfere with the July 4th holiday. The club will also need to look at securing a location for the September Meeting as Overland Golf Course is not available.
Guest Speaker: Financial Advisor Jody Hinsey from Mint Financial came and spoke to the club about investments for retirement.
Old Business: None to report at this time.
New Business: None to report at this time.
Winner of the 50/50 drawing was Lois Student
Meeting adjourned at 8:48 pm.
Automobile Magazine: One Week With: 2018 Nissan 370Z Heritage Edition
One of a dying breed: the analog automobile. By: Arthur St. Antoine, November 24, 2017
An analog car. That’s the description that kept popping to mind as I wheeled through my first miles in the revised-for-2018 Nissan 370Z coupe. There are no cockpit switches to adjust the suspension firmness or engine response. There’s Bluetooth hands-free phone capability but zero cutting-edge cockpit tech. The standard audio system is operated via a simple row of buttons and knobs. Same for the climate-control system: three rotary dials. In base form—the most popular trim for the Z and what I drove—there isn’t even a touchscreen. Instead, where “digital” cars have a big center display full of color and flash, the base Z has a flip-up cubby. I tried talking to the Z—“change the radio station,” “navigate me to the nearest ATM”—but it never listened.
You’d have to look far and wide to find an automobile as straightforward and true to its original form as the 370Z. You might also say “unchanged.” Or even “old.” Yes, for 2018 the base model is available in dramatic Heritage Edition trim (mine was painted in Chicane Yellow, but Magnetic Black is also available). Yes, the exterior is freshened a tad—including dark-tinted headlights, black mattechrome door handles, and a blacked-out rear lower fascia. Yes, there’s a new, optional 19-inch alloy wheel (my tester wore the standard 18s). But otherwise you could roll the time machine all the way back to 2009 and, in any Nissan dealership you’d care to visit, you’d find pretty much the exact same car.
That is not, however, an entirely bad thing. While rivals have piled-on the upgrades and the electronic candy, so, too, have their prices soared. The Z? The base sticker of $30,875 gets you a 332-horse V-6, a six-speed manual, 18-inch black-finish alloy wheels, and a bod that still turns heads after all these years. Add my tester’s carpeted mats ($130) and the Heritage Edition package ($790)—which nets you black outside mirrors, the black accent decals, and yellow interior accents—are you’re still looking at just under $32K.
True to its uncomplicated character, the Z is a solid all-rounder that stands out not for bleeding-edge performance but for delivering an unfiltered, even “nostalgic” driving experience at an affordable price. The VQ37VHR DOHC, 3.7-liter V-6 is as tried-and-true as Skippy peanut butter: It’s been around for years and can also be found in such rides as the Infiniti Q50 and Q70. It’s far from the smoothest V6 around, particularly at the upper rev ranges—gets pretty gritty near its 7,500-rpm redline—but it pulls hard enough to scoot the Z from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.0 seconds or perhaps even less.
Nissan has refined the drivetrain a tad for 2018, altering the accelerator-pedal and throttle-valve opening angles to make using the gas pedal a more relaxed experience (Nissan claims a reduction in throttle modulation on winding roads and improved re-acceleration after braking).
I honestly can’t say that I noticed the updates, but the Z was plenty rewarding to hustle though the twisty stuff—aided by its close-ratio six-speed and a new Exedy high-performance clutch with “L-PEC”—an acronym for “light pedal effort clutch.” Higher-trim levels offer a downshift rev-matching system but, frankly, I’d rather heel-and-toe downshift myself. Doing so in the base Z is a pleasure.
The suspension is on the stiff side but the Z doesn’t crash over rough stuff. On the highway, it rides pleasantly enough. On wriggling roads, the chassis shrugs off most body roll while digging hard into corners. Understeer is minimal, and with traction-control off you can use the throttle to walk the rear end helpfully. You’ll need to be fairly high on the tach to do so, though, as the 270 lb.—ft. torque peak is up above 5,000 rpm. Steering response from the vehicle-speed-sensitive variable power-assist system is languid compared with more modern machines, but there’s a good, tactile sense of the road that flows to your fingertips.
The cockpit, as noted, is as all-business as they come. The Heritage yellow accents add some sizzle, and the fabric seats are commendably form-fitting, but otherwise this cabin is as uncomplicated as they come. A big, analog tach and speedo. A manual parking brake. A beefy shift knob and a nicely padded three-spoke wheel. Done. Visibility to the rear quarters is pretty bad, and a blind-spot detection system isn’t available (you can get a rear-parking camera on up level versions, though). That said, the Z is plenty roomy for two—with good headroom—and there’s decent storage under the rear hatch.
Remarkably, the Z remains a head-turner even after all these years. It’s probably due in large measure to the Heritage Edition’s bravura yellow and black, but I heard, “Hey, dude! Nice car!” lots and lots of times. Indeed, that’s exactly what the latest 370Z is: a nice car, a competent, well-rounded, solid-performing GT wrapped in an attractive package. Rivals? Well, a Subaru BRZ Limited with the optional Performance Package isn’t as powerful or quick as the Z, and the Nissan is better-looking, but the BRZ Limited costs a bunch less, comes with leather seats, and blows away the Z in chassis firepower. It feels more modern and feisty.
The 370Z is a gentleman’s sports coupe. Sure, that’s just another way of saying “for older, analog dudes.” But there’s nothing wrong with that.