2018 December Odometer

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“While riding in my Cadillac, What to my surprise, A little Nash Rambler was following me, About one-third my size, The guy must have wanted it to pass me up, As he kept on tooting his horn, I’ll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn, Beep beep beep beep His horn went, beep beep beep…

Now we’re doing a hundred and twenty, As fast as I could go, The Rambler pulled alongside of me, As if I were going slow, The fellow rolled down his window, And yelled for me to hear, “Hey buddy how can I get this car out of second gear?”” The Playmates, 1957

I don’t really have anything to tie this song to the Club, except that maybe we would welcome the Caddie’s owner and the owner of the Nash Rambler as members since you don’t have to have a Z to be a member, just an auto enthusiast. Also, it’s one of my favorite songs.

Our November meeting was held at the soon to be closed, White Fence Farm. I had figured that parking wasn’t going to be a problem as the meeting is held in the middle of the week, but WFF has been packed every night since they announced they are going to close at the end of the year and I ended up parking in Timbuktu. Actually, I probably would have parked out there anyway just not to have to park next to anyone. I want to thank Travis Scott’s friend, Mindy Stark, for her yeoman service as our waitress and getting us the room and a discount on the food. She did a great job.

During the meeting, I asked if the group present wanted to come back to WFF in December and it was pretty overwhelming that the group wanted to return to Overland Golf Course. As it turned out, it wouldn’t have mattered, as WFF wasn’t reserving rooms reserving rooms for the duration.

After my November column was published, I received a couple of comments about my taking a position on Amendment 74 and that I should have at least made it clear that this was my personal opinion and not that of the Club. I thought it was clear but if it wasn’t, my comments about Amendment 74 were my own and don’t reflect that of ZCCC.

In the upcoming months the Board will be discussing whether attendees of ZCon, the National Z Convention, would be automatically awarded active member points (and how many points) for participating in ZCon. Many years ago, this had been the rule, also just 1 point per event, but for the time I have been in the Club, ZCon participant points have been based on the criteria outlined in the Constitution.

Speaking of the Constitution, the last time it received a thorough review to make sure all content is up to date was 2014. I think it is time to do so again. Anyone want to join me on a committee to update the Constitution?

Also, the Board needs to do some serious thinking about the annual banquet. Interest has been in serious decline. Is this something we need to look at changing or leave it in place?

Some club members have brought up the use of Facebook for scheduling impromptu events and being awarded event points. This I feel is a larger can of worms that will take some time to address. As we all know technology moves very quickly and some folks are more willing to embrace it whether out of necessity or shear love while others are slower to or not at all. The Board has to be mindful of all of its members and this one is either going to be a tough one or quite simple. It would be simple by not allowing sanctioned events to be scheduled through Facebook.

Future meeting locations: Overland has been an adequate location for the monthly general meetings. However, there have been some issues with Overland, but are they serious enough for us to move our meeting location? The Board feels it is time to look at this issue and possibly continue to search for a new venue and with consideration of extending our reach to the four different corners of the city over the course of the year.

I want to give special thanks to our Webmaster Scott Swiger and our Treasurer Bill Lohringel for all the hours they have been putting in, to get the website in a better operational place and our financials where we are doing everything right for a non-profit. Thanks guys.

Our webmaster Scott is hoping to get started on some updates to the website so we will see more of his work in the near future. For some of the many items on the to-do list, see Scott’s comments below. I encourage you to speak out if you have thoughts, comments and/or opinions about the above items, or have additional items that you believe the Board needs to look into.

Well, there isn’t anything I can think of to climb on my soapbox about so I guess that will do it for this month. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the Clubhouse at Overland Golf Course for our December 5, 2018 monthly meeting and Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

by Ira Sanders
In last months President’s Column, I wrote about a limited-edition print that I had obtained from Larry Brooks when he moved to Arizona. I put it up for auction asking for an opening bid of $100.00. Two members responded and the high bid at the present time is $75.00. I am going to keep the bidding open until the night of the Holiday Party on December 15, 2018 at the Derman’s and whoever has high bid at that time, has won this wonderful print. This time I’m smart enough to include a picture of the print so you can all see what it looks like. The frame is blue on this print which is #800/2000 and is signed by Mr. K. All money collected on this auction goes to the club. If the winning bidder is going to be at the Holiday Party, I’ll bring the print and award it to the winning bidder at the party. Please consider adding this print to your Z memorabilia collection. I doubt you’ll see another available for a long time.

by Scott Swiger

As Ira mentioned, discussion has started around making improvements to the website. Since these changes are all intended to improve the user experience on the site, I would like to make this a collaborative process with you, the members. The list of member requests and my recommended upgrades is too long to discuss here, at least without losing everyone’s attention! However, some of the proposed major changes include:

online store: including club merchandise (possibly via print-on-demand service), and membership signups/renewals integrated as PayPal recurring subscriptions, and therefore possible to be 100% online.

digital gallery/archive: from member feedback, we should use the site to store and preserve club memorabilia in an organized way, mainly photos but also could include video or scanned documents

site design & usability: make home page dynamic; upgrade business directory; remove forums (spam/security risk),; improve user interface design and navigation; improve Facebook/social media integration

Up until now, as ZCCC Webmaster I have focused on making the current site more usable: getting the Odometer online, fixing Events calendar, and fixing chronic site errors and stability issues. This work didn’t really require much member feedback. However, these proposed changes by their very nature will require member involvement. For example, the online store needs products to order; the digital archive needs content; and site design requires user feedback and testing. If you use the website and are interested in having a voice in creating ZCCC.org V2, please get in touch, either through the Board or to me directly. Thank you!

December General Meeting

When: Wednesday Dec 5, 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course
Directions: 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)

[Note: Everyone attending is requested to order off the Menu]

Annual Holiday Party

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.

Martin Luther King Ski Day

When: Monday, Jan 21, 2019, 9am
Where: Copper Mountain
Host: Roy Davis

A day of skiing is planned for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21, 2019. The ski area of choice is Copper Mountain. We will meet in the Center Village at the Jack’s Bar to start our day at 9am. We can all stay together or split up depending on abilities, likes, and meet for lunch at Jack’s Bar at noon. Après ski will ensue for those still standing at the end of the day.

Hot Rods and Chili Cook Off

When: Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 @ 2-8 pm
Where: 16090 County Rd 44, La Salle, CO
Host: Kathy Minister
Hot Rods and Chili Cook Off (bring your best Chili to share) Great Prizes and open house @ American Steel Custom Interior Designs http://www.ashotrodsandcustoms.com/

Nismo Fiesta 2019

When: May 3-5, 2019
Where: San Antonio TX
Host: Diana Inberg

Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio, TX.  More details to follow. This is a multi-day event. https://www.facebook.com/NismoFiesta

C.P. Concourse D’Elegance

When: Sunday, Jun 09, 2019
Where: Arapahoes Community College
Host: Fred Minister

Time to start planning for this  year’s 36th C.P. car show to be held on June 9, 2019 at the Arapahoe Community College on So. Santa Fe Blvd . Its never too early to sign up to “FUEL YOUR PASSION FOR CARS”! (registration available online www.abilityconnectioncolorado.org)

Mark the date on your calendar, come out and join us for a chance to see some beautiful cars and take part in an event for a great cause.

ZCON 2019

When: Jul 16-21, 2019
Where: Hilton Branson Convention Center, Branson, MO
Host: Roy Davis

More details will follow as website and hotel registration becomes available. This is a multi-day event.  Visit  www.ZCON.org

October: No Renewals for October
November: No Renewals for November
December: Eldon Luers, Michelle Plarina & Evelyn Blackwell, Eric Zamora

Welcome to New Members:
Jose Ramirez
, Denver, CO, has a 2007 350Z

November Birthdays
(12/1) JoAnn Sainz Dean
(12/4) Robert Marlowe
(12/6) Diana Inberg
(12/13) Michelle Plarina
(12/31) Stephen Robertson

Member Dues
Dues: Single Membership $35, Family $45, Corporate $50. To receive the Odometer via postal mail add $10 annually.

Guest Speakers
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: vice-president@zccc.org.

ZCCM Magazine
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.

Club Sponsor


Directory of Club Officers & Appointed Positions

Nov 7th, 2018 White Fence Farm

The meeting was called to order at 7:20 pm.

Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney, Minutes from October 2018 motioned, seconded and approved.
Vice President Report: Don Gordon, The active member awards were given out to all of the active members not in attendance at the banquet.

Past events include:

 October: 6th – Annual Banquet at Pinehurst Country Club

Upcoming Events include:

 December 15th Holiday Party

 May 3rd Nissmo Fiesta

 July 16th-21st – ZCON in Branson MO.

Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel, Nothing to report at this time.
Membership Report: Andy Mortenson, We currently have 78 memberships, 100 members and 1 renewal.
Public Relations Report: Mike Goddard. Nothing to report at this time.
Interclub Report: Travis Scott, 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 December meeting will be at Overland Golf Course. The club will be looking into alternatives to Overland and may look at Mimi’s locations around the city and have rotating meeting locations. This year’s ZCON did not have a host from the club and no info was submitted creating a sanctioned event, so no points were awarded for those who attended. The board is discussing making ZCON a permanent sanctioned event. A request has come to the boards attention about changing the requirements for sanctioning short notice for car shows. Both would require a change to the by-laws of the club. A limited edition Z car print has been donated and will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the club, if you are interested please contact Ira Sanders
Guest Speaker: No speaker for November.
Old Business: None.
New Business: None

Winner of the 50/50 give away: Laverne Lohringel

Meeting adjourned at 8:42 pm..

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Membership Demographics:

Have you ever wondered how many club members have your model car?

S30 (240Z,260Z,280Z) – 42

240Z only – 27

280ZX – 3

Z31 – 9

Z32 – 13

350Z – 10

370Z – 6

Datsun Roadster – 2

GT-R – 1


Datsun 240Z’s Set Records On The Salt Flats of Bonneville

Contributed By: Carl Beck, IZCC #260 / Updated: March 2014

[Pictured Below: 2010 – Burton Brown and the Victory Motorsports Team with their Datsun 240Z.]

Southern California Timing Association’s {SCTA} F/GT Class: Grand Touring cars were defined as series production sports cars as accepted for Road Racing in the Production Class, as well as cars by recognized manufacturer which are primarily intended for comfortable high speed touring. Datsun 240Z’s run in the SCTA’s F/GT Class. “GT” Class rules require stock bodies as produced and sold by the manufacturer’s dealers. “F” Class is for cars with engines displacing 123.00 cid {2016cc} to 183.00 cid {3000cc} displacement.

The DATSUN 240Z At Bonneville

Racer Brown, the famous Drag Racer and Camshaft designer had been working with the Nissan Competition Department, as well as the Datsun Racing Teams here in the US. Racer decided that given the slick aerodynamic body and light weight of the Datsun 240Z, it would make a good candidate for a run at the Bonneville F/GT Land Speed Record. Racer Brown set a new record at 152.134 mph in the F/GT Class Aug. 24th, 1972. Pictured Below: The Datsun 240Z that established a new F/GT land speed record at Bonneville in 1976. Shown as featured on display at the Lane Motor Museum on loan from Nissan Motors U.S.A.
The DATSUN 240Z At Bonneville

A team of six Nissan USA employees, working in the Nissan Technical Center, Competition Department and Service Departments built the above pictured 240Z. Tom O’Connor was responsible for building the engine, Milan Micka worked on the suspension and created the paint scheme and graphics. Frank Honsowitz, Matt Bornyasz, Roy Carreon, Max Jones and Bob Stockman worked with Tom and Milan on whatever was needed. Bob Stockman an Engineer from the Technical Center served as Team Manager / Project Coordinator, as well as Driver for the record run. Their efforts resulted in a new record of 166.037 mph. Which stood unbroken until 1985.

With a meticulously prepared Ferrari, Bob and his team set the bar for the F/GT Class a bit higher at 168.721 mph. 2.684 mph faster than the Datsun 240Z nine years earlier. Bob’s record would stand for the following 25 years. Although attempts were made to break it.

In Sept. of 2010 Buton Brown driving his Datsun 240Z regained top honors in the F/GT class by tripping the timing clocks for a two way average of 172.974 mph.

The Victory Motorsports Team hopes to go back to Bonneville this year. Using the lessons learned and experience gained in 2010 they hope to push the F/GT record up above 180 mph

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