October Odometer Contents
“If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way
Take the highway that’s the best
Get your kicks on Route 66
It winds from Chicago to LA
More than two thousand miles all the way
Get your kicks on Route 66
Now you go through St. Louis
And Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty
You see Amarillo
Gallup, New Mexico
Don’t forget Winona
Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino
Won’t you get hip to this timely tip
When you make that California trip
Get your kicks on Route 66”
— Bobby Troup 1946
I always liked that song. And that is something that is still on the bucket list to do, to drive Route 66 from Chicago to LA; preferably in a convertible.
In September we held our meeting at the Crafty Fox at 3901 Fox St, pretty much in the mouse-trap of I-25 and I-70. Elsewhere in the Odometer, you will find the results of a survey that was given to the 25 attendees and answered by 17. The majority of the attendees liked the Crafty Fox but of course, no place is perfect as you will see by the comments. Not included in the Odometer are some comments heard suggesting that we try White Fence Farm for a club meeting and I agree that we should talk about it. I am familiar with the one on west Jewell in Lakewood and I have found reference to two other locations, one in Arvada and another in Westminster but Yelp reports that both have closed. Also, to be considered is that their on-line menu shows a chicken dinner is $16.95 and that is one of the least expensive items on the menu and they close at 8 p.m. As of now, our November meeting will be back at Overland Golf Course and I hope to see all of you there.
On a disappointing note, I have been told that only about 22 Club members have qualified as active members this year indicating to me a definite decrease in participation in club events despite 17 events being scheduled. During the past 12 months, club members attended 6 sanctioned car shows and a host of non-sanctioned events along the front range. It has been awhile since we’ve had more than one drive in the year but this year we had 4 taking us in four different directions. I do need to mention how big of a heart our club members have when it comes to charity events. Club members step up and show your generosity whether you are dropping off toys or purchasing a steak and lobster dinner. Club members shine up and show off your cars to children who face pain and sterile hospital conditions as they fight to survive for another day. There are the crowds of people who come out to enjoy the day for Ability Connection Colorado and ZCCC had a great turn out, and I was very pleased to see so many new participants. Along with these events, we all loved getting together over a good meal and simply relaxing. This year we also moved the Fun Run back to the State Patrol track. I know everyone who drove the track really enjoyed the day. We need to work on our presentation and publicizing more. People really do enjoy ZCCC Fun Run days; they have said so in the past and they did so this year. All I can say is that it was not for lack of events happening that we had low number of active members. I can only assume members had a lot on their plates and I am grateful you were able to participate even if it was only coming to the monthly meetings.
I have also learned, and am disappointed, that we will have a very low turnout for the awards and annual banquet at Pinehurst Country Club on October 6th. We are having a late lunch in order to make the meal much more affordable as the Annual Banquet had gotten quite expensive in recent years despite the best efforts of the organizers to keep the cost down. And, as part of the effort of the Board to be fiscally responsible, we’ve made adjustments to the banquet to keep the cost down. I’m sorry it apparently wasn’t a popular decision judging by the projected disappointing turnout but I am unaware of any negative feedback from the club about the arrangements that have been made. I am at a loss as what to do to reverse the trend in declining attendance. I could really use your feedback and suggestions on this. Is it something the Board is or isn’t doing? Please help me on this.
As I start the new fiscal year as President and the approaching holiday season, I wish everyone be safe, enjoy your cars, family and friends. I look forward to what the next 12 months will bring to the club and invite you to come out and participate as much as you are able. If you have ideas, I would like to hear them. If you have thoughts about these subjects, please express them. Through you, we will keep ZCCC great and if we are lucky, scratch off a bucket list item or two.
I’ll see you all at the banquet in October and the general meeting in November.
In Remembrance: Club member Alan Sar passed away May 2018
Alan joined ZCCC in August 2012. Alan bought his 1978 280Z 2+2 new. Jonathan, Alan’s son said he had some great times with the club, including rallies, shows and track days.
The clubs thoughts and prayers are with Jonathan and the Sar family.
Update from Rick Mraz
Mary is doing well. She underwent surgery Sept. 24th with an expected 6-8 week recovery period. We will know more on how to proceed once pathology is completed.
Rick, The club’s thoughts and prayers are with you and Mary. Looking forward to seeing you in a few months when you can start attending club events.
ZCCC Board: Here are your officers for 2018-2019
President: Ira Sanders (second term)
Vice President: Don Gordon (second term)
Secretary: Cheryl McKenney (second term)
Treasurer: Bill Lohringel (6 months)
Membership: Andy Mortenson (13th term)
Public Relations: Mike Goddard (second term)
Inter-Club Liaison: Travis Scott (first term)
Odometer Editor: Tammy Sanders (second term)
October’s General Meeting is replaced by the Annual Banquet
When: Saturday, October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 p.m.
Where: Pinehurst Country Club, 6255 West Quincy Ave Denver, CO 80235
Host: Tammy Sanders
Deadline: Sign up by October 1, last minute changes, please email Tammy
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, Vegetarian, 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
August: Shawn Beardsley, Mandy Williams & Mark Visconti
September: Richard Branch, James Kean, Scott Swiger, Phil Taylor & Susan Goldsmith
October: No Renewals for October
Welcome to New Members:
Joe McVicker, Glenwood Springs, 2017 Nissan GT-R
(10/1) Rosemary Guthri
(10/5) Jack Epling
(10/8) Vincent Nicoletti
(10/11) John Marr
(10/12) David fisher
(10/18) Cheryle Derman
(10/21) Lee Hill
(10/24) Brian Lehrenz
(10/29) Jacki Barton
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.
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September Meeting Minutes
The meeting was held at The Crafty Fox and called to order at 7:06 pm.
Welcome to new member Travis Scott.
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney, Correction to the minutes from August. The Facebook page now has a members only section, not a new page. Minutes from August 2018 motioned, seconded and approved.
Vice President Report: Don Gordon, The active member awards have been ordered. The blue vests are on back order and will be in some time in November. The cost of the banquet will be $30 per person and for active members the cost will be $20 per person. Registration should be sent to the club mailbox. Registration is due September 29th.
Past 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
Upcoming Events include:
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, Still working on completing the review of the books.
Membership: Andy Mortenson, There are 107 members and 81 memberships and 8 renewals
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 20th of the month.
President: Ira Sanders, The club has been experiencing some issues with Overland Golf Course and would like to look at alternative locations for the meetings. The slate of officers for the next year was presented and a motion to accept was made, seconded and approved. New member Travis Scott will be the new Interclub Liaison. The club needs a means to send group emails and is looking for suggestions.
Guest Speaker: No speaker for September.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
Winner of the 50/50 drawing Mario B.
Meeting adjourned at 8:26 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. BEST Offer or $8500. Gary Rubin
Til death do us Datsun: Wrenching keeps this marriage finely tuned
by Aaron McKenzie // June 27, 2018 // Hagerty
Courtney Cutchen only signed up for high school auto shop class because a friend, who didn’t want to be the only girl in the class, begged her to. For the first few months of the course, Courtney spent more time drawing pictures of cars than she did actually working on them.
Eventually, however, Courtney’s 1992 Cadillac DeVille—a hand-me-down from her grandmother—needed a brake job. She was struggling, with little success, to pull a brake drum off the old Cadillac when she spotted classmate Dustin Frisk walking past. “Hey, you!” Courtney recalls shouting across the shop at Dustin, whose name she didn’t yet know. “Come help me with this!”
Together they managed to find the leak in the brake system and get the Cadillac back on the road—the first in what would become a lifetime of shared automotive adventures. In 2017, Courtney Cutchen became Courtney Frisk when she and Dustin were married. Their wedding car? Courtney’s orange 1973 Datsun 240Z.
Not surprisingly for a couple who met in auto shop class, the Frisks’ life still revolves around cars.
“I imagine a typical family would be sitting around a dinner table and talking about the PTA meeting or soccer practice,” Courtney says, “but when we’re eating together one of us is more likely to say, ‘Oh, man, I really need to order those sway bars.’”
“Most guys have a wife that they have to hide car parts from,” Dustin says, beaming. “I have the opposite problem. I have a bad influence who tells me to buy things. “Those “things” include Dustin’s 1972 Datsun 510. Unlike Courtney’s 240Z—with its stock L24— the 510 is a creature fully of Dustin’s creation. Under the hood is a KA24 engine and transmission from a Nissan 240SX; he sourced the differential from a 2006 Subaru STI; the exhaust is essentially just a straight pipe jutting from the side of the car. Where Courtney’s 240Z is a period-correct driving experience, Dustin’s 510 is closer to a street-legal race car. Together, with all their differences, they make the perfect pair. On any weekend morning, don’t be surprised to see this Datsun duo flying through the fog along Skyline Drive, high in the hills above California’s Silicon Valley. For the Frisks, driving their Datsun’s together is a way of communicating without ever having to say a word.
Perhaps they’ll stop for a quick lunch at Alice’s Restaurant before dropping down the western slopes of those hills toward Half Moon Bay, or maybe they’ll call it a day and head home early to work on one of their many projects, whether it is a car or motorcycle, or in Courtney’s case, photography.
These cars, and the experiences they offer, bring Dustin and Courtney closer together with every turn of the ignition.