September Odometer Contents
“What a day for a daydream
What a day for a daydreamin’ boy
And I’m lost in a daydream
Dreamin’‘bout my bundle of joy
And even if time ain’t really on my side
It’s one of those days for takin’ a walk outside
I’m blowin’ the day to take a walk in the sun
And fall on my face on somebody’s new mowed lawn”
— The Lovin’ Spoonful (1966)
When I became president of the club last October, again, I set a lot of goals for myself and the Club. At the time I thought some were just daydreams but as it happens, I’ve managed to reach and accomplish more of the goals than I thought were possible. Some of the goals were obtained by getting the right person to do the job and for some the goal itself was getting the right person in the position; or are those one and the same?
The major goals I set at the time were:
1. To get a new webmaster and website
2. A new Treasurer on the Board to replace Debbie who had served the Club for many years
3. Substantially increase our membership
4. Get younger Z enthusiasts actively involved in the Club
5. In general, move ZCCC forward so that the Club remains active and vibrant for years to come.
I’m sure you all know that Scott Swiger answered the call to be our webmaster. After much discussion, and with a lot of input from Scott, we decided that reworking the existing website was the best way to go and it is still a work in progress. I personally would like to get back to a much more usable Business Directory, but not everything can happen at once. There are a lot of challenges posed by using the existing site but also a lot of expenses can also be saved and that is what the Board is endeavoring to do.
Next, longtime member and CPA, Bill Lohringel, volunteered to be our new Treasurer. Bill is a great addition to the Board with his many years of experience as a CPA and he has already tightened up the financial structure and health of the Club.
I did recently find a new supplier of name badges for the Club. The ones we had recently been getting were, to put it mildly, worthless. These new ones are high quality and environmentally sensitive. I’ve seen one and the quality is quite good and it costs just about the same as the old worthless ones. We will have it at the meeting in September.
It’s not too early to think about officers for the 2019-2020 FY time-frame as I can’t serve again and this is Don’s 2nd year in a row as VP. Tiffany is looking after Facebook and most of our other Board Members are still looking after their patch. We’ve lost Diana Inberg as our long-standing Interclub Liaison, but we will have some fresh/new blood injected into the Board as Travis Scott, one of several new ZCCC members, has agreed to run for the seat previously held by Diana.
We’re still looking for a Motorsports chair-person to fill the post of Motorsports Coordinator for our track days. While it appears to me that High Plains Raceway is out of reach for our Club due to its exorbitant costs, the State Patrol track and the Douglas County Sheriff’s track are well within reach. There may even be enough interest in “Autocrossing” to put together a track day for that, but we need someone to organize with crossed “t’s” and dotted “I’s”. Hopefully we can bring someone in soon so another year doesn’t go by without the position being filled.
While not all of my goals have come to fruition, I have seen movement. I hope you will join me, as we continue to move ZCCC forward, making it vibrant and active for years to come.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at the Crafty Fox, 3901 Fox St., Denver, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.
When: September 5th, 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Crafty Fox, 3901 Fox St., Denver, CO 80216
The Sept General Meeting will be at The Crafty Fox NOT Overland Golf Course Due to an event booked at the Overland Golf Course, your board was tasked with finding a location for our September monthly meeting. For the September meeting on September 5, 2018, we will be going to The Crafty Fox Taphouse and Pizzeria. The Crafty Fox is located at 3901 Fox St., Denver, CO 80216. It is right off of I-25 in a central location for most members. The Crafty Fox serves more than 60 different types of beer, has many delicious salads, sandwiches, and specialty pizzas. Almost everything on the menu can be prepared gluten free. The meeting starts at our normal time of 7pm. We will have the whole upstairs of the restaurant, along with a balcony, bathroom, elevator, separate checks, etc. Here is the link to the website if you’d like to explore their menu prior to the meeting: https://craftyfox.beer. Hope you can come out and enjoy some great food and drinks with your fellow Z members.
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.
When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: 13231 E. Mississippi, Aurora CO
Host: Andy Mortenson
No Entry Fee
Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church will be having their 6th annual car show on Saturday, September 22nd.
There will be a free pancake breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 AM with the car show starting at 10:00 AM and lasting until 1:00 PM. Awards will be given for the best vehicles in the following categories: American, Muscle and Foreign cars; Truck and Motorcycle. The church is located at 13231 E. Mississippi Avenue in Aurora. So stop by for breakfast and check out the car show.
Please contact Andy Mortenson if you have any questions.
Start the New Year right by picking up your first point by joining your outgoing ZCCC board at the Annual Banquet at Pinehurst Country Club. This is the Club’s annual end/beginning of the year meeting. The event begins with socializing at 2 pm with a late lunch from 2:30-3:30. We will follow up with board reports, announcements, outgoing board and install your new 2018/2019 board.
Our Menu: Strawberry Salad, Cilantro Lime Rice, Jerk Chicken with Fried Plantains, Roasted Pork with Mango Salsa, Grilled Vegetables, Pineapple Upside-down Cake
- Cost per person is $30.00
- To Register: Please make checks payable to ZCCC. Mail checks and registration to Z Car Club of Colorado, C/O Annual Banquet, P.O. Box 260078, Lakewood, CO 80226-0078
- Registration and Payment in full must be received by Tammy Sanders NO LATER than September 29th
- Please note the number of attendee (s), Food Allergies, Diabetic, Vegitarian, Email address and or Phone number
Dress Code: The Pinehurst Country Club is a premier full service country club in the Denver Metro area. Please dress appropriately. No Jeans/Denim, workout attire, cargo pants, shorts, Tee-shirts. Men’s shirts should be collared or mock necked.
For additional questions please email Tammy Sanders.
Membership News & Club Info
July: Jacki Barton
August: Shawn Beardsley, Nate & Cheryle Derman, Alan Sar, Manny Strauch, Mandy Williams & Mark Visconti
September: Richard Branch, Pat Clements, Mike Goddard, Don & Judy Gordon, James Kean, Michelle & Addison Ku, John Marr, John & Susan Mavis, Ed Mc Hugh & Judy Genoff, Rick Mraz, J. Iredell Smith, Scott Swiger, Phil Taylor & Susan Goldsmith, Karl Ziegler
Welcome to New Members:
Liz Egetoe, Johnstown, 2006 350Z & 1971 240Z
Jason Spegal, Aurora, 1971 240Z
John Rooker, Aurora, 1973 240Z
Jeff Ruth, Ft. Collins, (looking to buy a 240Z)
(9/6) Scott Swiger
(9/8) Liz Egetoe
(9/9) Alan Sar
(9/10) David Daniels
(9/11) Ira Sanders
(9/17) Carole Weckbaugh
(9/20) Tammy Sanders
(9/21) Larry Hutfles
(9/28) Alex Millward
(9/29) Scott Raymond
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Magazines have come in. Please see Ira Sanders if you have not received your copy
August Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 pm.
Welcome to new member Marc Connolly .
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney, Minutes from July 2018 motioned, seconded and approved.
Vice President Report: Don Gordon, This year the active member gift will be a vest in either red or blue. Please sign up for your choice. If you do not have enough points to receive the award by the banquet the club will charge the member for the cost of the vest. There are still seven events before the banquet to earn points.
Past events include:
July: 20th – 22nd – Western slope drive
July:28th – Sky Sox game in Colorado Springs
Upcoming Events include:
August: 4th – Track Day at the State Patrol
August: 11th – Wine tasting and bbq
August 18th – 19th – Eastern Colorado drive to Sand Creek Massacre NHS
September: 5th – General membership meeting at the Crafty Fox (I-25 and I-70)
September: 8th – Oktoberfest Spirit of Flight Museum
September: 22nd – Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church Car Show
October: 6th: Annual Banquet at Pinehurst Country Club
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel, Nothing to report, not present
Membership: Andy Mortenson, There are 108 members and 87 memberships
Public Relations: Mike Goddard, Looking for help to verify the vendor discount list
Interclub: Diana Inberg, The Midwest ZFest will be held in Kansas City again this year. The ZCCA has offered to help with the ZFest if the club were interested in hosting it in Denver next year. Some members have voiced interest bringing ZCON back to Colorado in 2021. They are currently putting a proposal together for review
Odometer: Tammy Sanders, Submissions to the Odometer are due by 20th of the month.
President: Ira Sanders, Condolences to Jackie Barton on the passing of Bill. The September meeting has been moved to the Crafty Fox. New member Travis Scott has volunteered to take over as the Interclub Liaison. No nominations from the floor for Board positions. The club has a new source for the badges; the cost will be $12.75. Please see Fred Minister if you need to order a badge. The club is still looking for volunteers to work the track event.
Guest Speaker: No speaker for August.
Old Business: Tiffany Gordon will be adding a new Facebook page with a private group for members only
Winner of the 50/50 drawing was Larry Hutfles.
Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.
1968 Datsun SPL311 Roadster 154,294 miles, in good condition except fender corrosion. IT RUNS VERY WELL! Most everything works. Engine rebuilt around 20,000 miles ago. Top in good condition; includes Tonneau cockpit cover and convertible top cover. $8500 or best offer. Gary Rubin
Automobile: Market Watch: 1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX Z32
by Rory Jurnecka 7/12/2018
So you graduated from high school in the 1990s, your career is going well, and you’ve realized that you’ve even got a little money saved—maybe it’s time to reward yourself? You drove a Civic back then, but what you really wanted was a serious Japanese sports car. Today, prices are soaring for clean fourth-generation Toyota Supras and third-generation Mazda RX-7s from the same era, though in your Craigslist searches, you notice the Z32-series Nissan 300ZX is, well, pretty affordable. You dug those too, and they’re more in your budget. Ah, but which version to choose?
When the all-new 300ZX launched in 1989 as a ’90 model, an audible sigh of relief went out among the Z-car community. For more than a decade, enthusiasts watched helplessly as the once smart, economical, and sharp 240Z slowly went off its training regimen, gaining weight, losing focus, and drifting dangerously into boulevard cruiser status. The new model, code-named Z32 internally, was a revelation in contrast. Said to be the first car designed completely by computer-aided design (CAD)—on a Cray-2 supercomputer, no less—the new 300ZX was state-ofthe-art.
Power came from one of two engines: a 3.0-liter naturally aspirated DOHC V-6 with variable valve timing (222 hp, 198 lb-ft) or the same with a pair of Garrett turbochargers boosting power to 300 hp and 283 lb-ft. The latter was good for a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds—enough to bring the fight to its Japanese competitors, as well as Chevy’s Corvette and Porsche’s 944. All cars were equipped with either a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
Twin Turbo versions featured unique bodywork with inlets in the front bumper and a rear spoiler. They also featured tweaked brakes, suspension, and Nissan’s advanced Super HICAS rearwheel steering, which was initially developed for the Japanese-market Skyline.
The result was immediate praise from the automotive media, AUTOMOBILE included. The Nissan 300ZX was an Automobile All-Star five years running from 1990 to 1994. In 2004, we named it one of the 100 Greatest Cars of All Time. Pretty impressive, no? But which version is right for you, and how much should you pay for one in today’s market? For answers to those questions, we consulted Sebastian Chacoff at Specialty Z of Chatsworth, California, a shop that focuses on Nissan Z cars.
Base Coupe Average value: $7,400* A base-model coupe may leave you feeling like you’re missing out on the Twin Turbo experience. But this model’s value is significantly lower, and many more samples were built, making them easier to find for sale and more affordable when you do. They’re also less complex to work on, leading to lower service costs. Just beware condition, as Chacoff warns: “I find that the naturally aspirated Z32s are [generally] in worse shape than the Twin Turbo Z32s.” And don’t expect collectability to match the Twin Turbo.
2+2 Average value: $6,900* For those needing a little more practicality from their sports car, Nissan offered a 2+2 version that added two “occasional” rear seats, la the Porsche 944. This was facilitated by stretching the wheelbase by roughly 5 inches. All bodywork aft of the front fenders is unique to this model. The 2+2 was only available in the U.S. as a T-top with a naturally aspirated engine, though in Japan most Twin Turbo models were sold with 2+2 bodywork. “Here in the States, the 2+2 was less desirable in my opinion than in the rest of the world,” Chacoff says, adding that the extra practicality can make it a good choice for some buyers.
Twin Turbo Average value: $11,000* Only available in the U.S. as a T-top, the Twin Turbo was the model to buy if ultimate performance was your thing. “Here in the States, the Twin Turbo Coupe will be the most desirable as a collectible,” Chacoff says. “It provided impressive power, handling, and looks when it was first released in 1990. A good, solid Twin Turbo Coupe’s value has steadily gone up in the past few years.” So much so that Chacoff feels a good car should actually fetch between $15,000 and $30,000, “heavily dependent on mileage.”
Convertible Average value: $6,400* Introduced in 1992, the 300ZX Convertible was a stylish factory conversion commissioned through ASC (which also produced the competing Porsche 944 S2 Cabriolet) in response to aftermarket convertible conversions made by California-based Straman. Chassis rigidity was increased with thicker rockers, door bracing, and a beefier transmission tunnel. Only the naturally aspirated engine was available. “Convertibles are not as desirable in the mainstream for the Z32,” Chacoff says. “One reason to explain it is that they never came from the factory as a Twin Turbo.”
Stillen SMZ and Motorsports International SR-71 Average value: Highly variable Two very limited edition 300ZX cars were produced with some help from aftermarket tuners. The Stillen SMZ was developed by Nissan racer Steve Millen’s shop for the ’95 and ’96 model years and was boosted to 365 hp and 332 lb-ft. Along with bigger brakes, stiffer suspension, and some bodywork, the SMZ added $14,000 to the Twin Turbo’s roughly $45,000 MSRP. Just 104 cars were built, all sold through Nissan dealerships. We found one that recently went for nearly $40,000.
Meanwhile, the Motorsports International SR-71 300ZX was a partnership between Texas-based Motorsports International and HKS in Japan. It featured larger Garrett turbochargers, special electronics tuning by HKS, and a Kaminari body kit designed by Peter Brock (of Shelby Daytona Coupe and BRE racing fame). Performance was strong, but an SR-71 conversion cost around $65,000 in-period, or about double the cost of a base 300ZX coupe. Not surprisingly, its sticker kept volume low—just eight cars were built. If you find one you can’t live without, it’s probably best to pull the trigger.