November Odometer Contents
“Food, glorious food!
Hot sausage and mustard!
While we’re in the mood —
Cold jelly and custard!
Peas pudding and saveloys
What next is the question?
Rich gentlemen have it, boys —
Food Glorious food
We’re anxious to try it
Three banquets a day
Our favorite diet
Just picture a great big steak
Fried, roasted, or stewed
Oh food! magical food! wonderful
food! marvelous food!”
– Oliver the Musical
Ah yes, FOOD. A lot of activities the club does either revolves around or involves food. On October 6 we held our annual awards banquet at the Pinehurst Country Club. This event certainly revolved around the great food although less than 30 members got to savor it (See my column in last month’s Odometer for my thoughts on the turnout. I won’t repeat them here.) By all accounts it was a big success and I want to thank everyone who attended for being there. I want to thank Tammy Sanders for once again doing all the work to organize and put together the event along with Don Gordon who coordinated the Active Member awards and Tiffany Gordon for her power point highlighting this past year’s activities. Tammy Sanders was the Most Active Member and got some extra awards in addition to the insulated vest that all the Active Members received in either red or blue. I know she has been wearing hers and I find mine to be surprisingly warm. It’s come in handy for walking the dogs.
Our monthly meetings also involve food and the meeting on November 7 will be no exception to this rule. As you have seen elsewhere in the Odometer and on the website, the November 7 meeting will be held at the White Fence Farm at 6263 W Jewell Ave in Lakewood. One reason for meeting at White Fence Farm is that I was notified last month that the clubhouse at Overland Golf Course wouldn’t be available in November as they are renovating the kitchen. This makes 3 months we haven’t been there and judging by some of the comments I’ve heard, some members don’t miss the place, especially since they changed their menu. Because of the growing dissatisfaction with Overland, the Board has started exploring other options for our monthly meetings though being at Overland for the winter might be OK as it is less noisy in the winter.
Another reason for going to White Fence Farm was the suggestion by our new Interclub Liaison, Travis Scott. Travis has gotten us a deal at White Fence Farm that includes not having to pay for the private meeting room, a discount on the food for the group and you can get a free dessert if you sign up on their website. Even though their normal hours end at 8 pm, they will stay open later for us and there is plenty of parking. However, unless the experience is so good that we decide to go back to White Fence Farm in December, this will be a one-time experience as it was announced in the news that WFF is closing at the end of this year. I can only imagine that this piece of prime real estate will be developed.
When long time member Larry Brooks was moving out of Denver, he was giving away Z related items and one of them was a framed, limited-edition print (#800/2000) entitled “The Legendary Z”. It features 3 Datsun/Nissan race cars and examples of each generation of Z car through the 300ZX and Mr. K’s autograph. When I heard that this was available I ran down to Larry’s and got it. What you may ask does this have to do with the club? Well, since I already have one in a red frame, (this one has a blue frame), I am trying to figure out how to make this available to some lucky club member. I thought of a raffle but that just doesn’t seem to be the best way for someone who really wants this to get it and make a little money for the club. So, I think we will hold an auction and since I paid over $100.00 for mine, I’ll start the bidding at $100.00. If you are interested, email me to tell me you are interested and I’ll let you know what the bid is at and you can decide if you want to up the bid. Remember, the money goes to the club.
Speaking of Larry Brooks, he once upon a time accused me of using my “bully pulpit” for what I believe he said was to further my political agenda by taking a shot at Sarah Palin and her idiotic comment that she knew foreign policy because she could see Russia from her front porch. Well, I guess I’m about to do it again. This time it concerns Amendment 74 to the Colorado state constitution. If you haven’t voted by the time you read this, I strongly urge you to vote against Amendment 74, and if you have voted, I hope you voted against it. Why may you ask that I feel so strongly as to put it in this column? It’s because it’s a disaster for state and local finances and the environment. Oregon passed a similar measure as a statute and after 3 years and 19.8 BILLION DOLLARS in lawsuits against the state, Oregon repealed it. Here it would be a constitutional amendment and much harder to repeal. Aside from making state and local government liable for payment to any business owner who has any expense in meeting any regulation, such as having to meet health code regulations for a restaurant, it would result in manufacturing business’s and mining operations not having to meet clean water requirements which results in higher costs to government to meet clean water standards. Additionally, according to Google, “Amendment 74 is opposed by a broad, bipartisan coalition including both” Democrats and Republicans. “Groups that often disagree, like chambers of commerce, labor unions, environmental organizations, teachers, firefighters and police, and cities and counties from all over the state have come out against it.”
Thanks for your consideration and I hope to see all of you at the White Fence Farm on November 7 at the usual time for our next meeting.
We have been informed that the kitchen at Overland Golf Course, our normal Monthly Meeting location, is undergoing some renovation work and will not be available for the month of November. They apologized for the inconvenience.
It has been suggested that we try White Fence Farm one time and thanks to Travis Scott, he has been able to arrange the following deal for us. Room fee has been waived and we receive a 15% discount with a group of 25. With a greater attendance, we will receive a larger discount. Everyone is requested to order off the following menu. Here are the guidelines for ordering:
You will have your choice of 1 main dish (there is enough chicken for 2-3 people):
Fried Chicken or Shrimp
Everyone gets their choice and all you can eat servings of:
One Starch: Mashed potatoes French Fries or Baked potato
Unlimited Sides: Cottage Cheese, Cole slaw, Bean salad, Beets, and Corn Fritters
They suggest that couples order one Regular and on “Light” dinner. It is going to be so much food that it’s basically all the sides and just eat family style and share to cut down on cost. Anticipated cost for two people should be about the same as Overland $25-$27.
Checks: They have to make one check for over 25 people, but they will let each individual know what they owe and take payments from every person, they say it’s very easy for them.
Free Dessert: If you would like a free desert, go out to their website and register.
Exciting 50/50 Raffle at the November Meeting
One of the prizes will be a $50 Gift Card to a very popular Denver restaurant. This prize was donated by our newest Board member… Travis Scott. We hope you can attend the November Meeting being held at The White Fence Farm. Be sure to purchase raffle tickets for your chance at this exciting prize.
When: Saturday, Dec 15, 2018 @ 6-10pm
Where: Derman’s Home
Host: Cheryle Derman
Please join us for the annual ZCCC holiday party. It will be a pot-luck. Soft drinks will be provided. Please plan on bringing any one of the following: appetizer/salad, main dish, side dish or dessert. We will be having a white elephant exchange again this year. The price per gift exchange is a maximum of $25.00 per player. The details will be explained at the meeting. Please sign up at the November or December meeting or RSVP to Cheryle by December 12, 2018 via email. If you have a favorite “adult beverage” you would like to drink, you may bring that as well.
Hey there Z Car Club. The 2019 National Z Car Convention will be held in Branson, MO. The dates for the convention are July 16 to 21, 2019. The hotel will be the Hilton Branson Convention Center. More details will follow as website and hotel registration becomes available.
Membership News & Club Info
September: Richard Branch, James Kean, Scott Swiger
October: No Renewals for October
November: Steve Kottmeier, Andy Mortenson, Vincent Nicoletti, Stephen Robertson
Welcome to New Members:
Chris Houghton, Superior, CO, has a 1970 240Z
Jim Nelson, Thornton, CO has a 2010 370Z
(11/4) Patty Troxell
(11/5) Michael Drury
(11/7) Susan Goldsmith
(11/9) Travis Scott
(11/14) Andy Mortenson
(11/16) Rick Mraz
(11/21) Chris Houghton
(11/23) James Peterson
(11/27) Eldon Luers
(11/30) Dan Wils Hansen
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.
The Summer/Fall issue has come in. If you would like to join the subscription, the cost is $13.50. Please speak with Ira Sanders to sign up and receive your copy.
October Meeting Minutes
Oct 6th, 2018 Pinehurst Country Club
The meeting was called to order at 3:38 pm.
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney, Minutes from September 2018 motioned, seconded and approved.
Vice President Report: Don Gordon, The active member awards were given out to all of the active members in attendance. The blue vests are on back order and will be in some time in November.
Past events include:
September: 8th – Oktoberfest Spirit of Flight Museum
September: 22nd – Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church Car Show
Upcoming Events include:
December 15th – Holiday Party
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel, Looking for a higher interest rate for two CD’s that are up for renewal.
Membership Report: Andy Mortenson, Nothing to report at this time.
Public Relations Report: Mike Goddard. Nothing to report at this time.
Interclub Report: Diana Inberg, Nothing to report at this time.
Odometer Report: Tammy Sanders, Submissions to the Odometer are due by 20th of the month.
President: Ira Sanders, The memorial service for Charlotte Robertson will be October 22nd at 1pm at Fort Logan Cemetery and services to follow at Littleton Methodist Church. The November meeting will be at the White Fence Farm at Jewel and Sheridan, the motion was made, seconded and approved.
No speaker for October. A Year in the Review and In Memorium slide show by Tiffany Gordon.
Meeting adjourned at 4:53 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 (email@example.com)
In Remembrance of Charlotte Robertson
It is with tremendous sadness that we let you know Charlotte passed away September 29.
Charlotte and Steve joined the club when they purchased their 2005 roadster and have been Active members ever since.
Anyone who had the good fortune of meeting her, having a conversation with her, or spending time with her at club events, knows what a genuine and kind person she was. She had a smile and laugh that was simply contagious. Charlotte was an amazing human that put others first and cared so deeply for those she met.
Our club has been very lucky to have her as a member. She will be deeply missed by all.
Our deepest condolences to Steve and the Robertson family.
by Andrew Newton // September 20, 2018
Before about 1970, most people would point and laugh if you told them you were buying a Japanese car. A “Made in Japan” label served as a red flag for cheap and hastily made. Datsun’s 240Z helped change that perception, permanently. It brought Americans a sports car that was quick and attractive but, more importantly, both affordable and reliable. It was significantly quicker than the cars in the same price point ($3,500 in 1970, or about $23,300 in 2018 dollars), and way cheaper than the cars with similar performance. It turned the sports car market on its ear.
The Z’s mix of performance and practicality resonated with the buying public, who quickly tossed away their “Made in Japan” presumptions and bought thousands of Z-Cars in many cases waiting several months to get their hands on one. The 240Z wasn’t just about affordable performance numbers, it was the whole package. Car and Driver said in 1970 that “The difference between the Datsun 240Z and your everyday three and a half thousand dollar car is that about twice as much thinking went into the Datsun. It shows.”
Yukata Katayama, who was heading up Nissan’s U.S. operations at the time, ensured that the Z-car was designed to suit American tastes, roads, and driving styles. He even made sure that it was roomy enough for a 6-foot-tall corn-fed American driver. If you’ve ever tried to contort yourself into a Toyota 2000GT or a Honda S600, you’ll realize what an important feature this was. On track, the 240Z dominated the SCCA’s C-Production category, and in the driveway the 240Z started every morning, which was something Triumph or Alfa Romeo owners were not used to.
The 240Z is the original mass-market Japanese performance car, and most car people know that. That it was such a significant car combined with the public’s affection for it means that these early Z-Cars will always be collectible, and prices have had an interesting past few years. First off, the early 240s are the ones to have. Later Zs and ZXs got bloated and softer while sprouting ungainly bumpers, and the difference is reflected in values. A good 240Z is worth about twice as much as even the similar 1974 only 260Z. The later cars, however, still offer a plenty of fun per dollar.
It’s not exactly breaking news that lots of Japanese cars have been gaining value lately, and if you’re looking to catch a Z-Car wave and flip a 240 for big profit, it looks like you’ve missed the boat. For a long time, 240Zs were relatively cheap vintage sports cars, but in early 2015 values for really good examples had a big jump, up 30 percent for condition #1 and condition #2 cars but still relatively flat for #3 and #4. Since early 2016, values for all 240Zs have increased between 13 and 18 percent, but for the last three Hagerty Price Guide updates the values have been dead flat and show no signs of picking up again. At over 38 grand, a 240Z in #2 (excellent) condition is still a heck of a lot more affordable than the equivalent 911, but it’s a serious amount money. Buyer interest has been essentially flat as well, as have the number of cars sold at auction and their sale prices. For the near future at least, early Zs look fully priced.
Between racers, tuners, and rust, a lot of these cars are no longer with us. But since Nissan sold nearly 150,000 of them in the U.S., there are still a lot left to choose from and values look to have hit their ceiling. With the market for Japanese performance cars generally looking to have a bright future, though, it’s reasonable to expect that the values for these cars that got that segment rolling back in the ‘70s will re-main strong.