May Odometer Contents
See the USA in your Nissan, hey
America is asking you to call
Drive your Nissan hey, through the USA
America’s the greatest land of all
On a highway, or a road along the levee
Performance is sweeter
Nothing can beat her
Life is completer in a Z
So make a date today to see the USA
And see it in your Z car, hey
Travelin’ east, Travelin’ west
Wherever you go Nissan service is best
Southward or north, near place or far
There’s a Nissan dealer for your Z car
See the U.S.A. in your Z car, hey
The Rockies way out west are calling you
Drive your Z car through the U.S.A
Where fields of golden wheat pass in review
Whether Trav’ling light or with a load that’s heavy
Performance is sweeter, oh.. nothing can beat ‘er
Life is completer in a Z car, hey
So make a date today to see the U.S.A
And see it in your Nissan Z.
I was looking for a springy car song and came across Dinah Shore doing this commercial jingle in a video from 1953, which makes it as old as me. She was promoting and hyping the Chevrolet. And, according to what I read, she was responsible for selling millions of Chevrolets. I remembered the jingle being a fun little tune so I equated that with spring and decided to plagiarize the song. I hope the copyright has expired. Doesn’t it just make you want to go buy a new Nissan?
Spring weather came to mind looking at the sunshine and lack of snow on the foothills and our backyard. I was thinking that our upcoming monthly meeting on May 1 could be the first one where we hold the 50/50 outside by our cars. Then I looked at the weather forecast and that thought quickly vanished. Can you believe that the forecast is for snow for Monday and Tuesday, April 29 and 30th? Monday is supposed to have a high of just 35 degrees and Tuesday just 37 degrees. The kicker is that Tuesday morning it’s supposed to be only 31 degrees. Though Wednesday is supposed to be a little better with 37 and 51 degrees as the low and high with a chance of rain, it’s still not the weather I want to take my Z out in and certainly not with the top down. I guess we’ll have to wait for June for the first outdoor 50/50. Remember, a free 50/50 ticket if you drive your Z.
We are going to have a speaker at the meeting on May 1. Joey Parent from Boulder Nissan is going to be at the meeting and talk about the advantages of Boulder Nissan. It will be a quick refresher as to why we should patronize Boulder Nissan, aside from, as you all know they are our sponsor, as I so often remind the club.
As I’m sure you all know, there was a very sobering tragedy on I-70 Thursday afternoon. At about 5:00 pm, about 2 hours after I and thousands others had passed that very spot on eastbound I-70 at Denver West, a presumably out of control tractor trailer loaded with lumber crashed into the backed up traffic. 24 cars and 4 trucks were involved, with 27 of those drivers minding their own business as they were stuck in a worse than usual backup, partly caused by an accident at Ward Road, on that part of I-70. 4 people died due to the actions and inaction of 1 truck driver. I only bring this up as any one of us could have been in that traffic jam and been injured, or God forbid killed, for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’ve all been stuck in traffic on the highways and I encourage all of you to remain vigilant at all times including checking your rearview mirror even if you’re not moving and just stuck there.
One of our members called me the other day with some concerns he has about the club. I was already aware of most of those concerns including one that I, and the Board, and many of our members are quite aware, That is our declining membership and how do we market our club and increase membership. I struggled with that the 1st time I was president just as I struggle with it now. Placing business cards for the club on windshields is great, which by the way is how I found out about the club about 20 years ago, and sometimes gets us new members. One time while on a driving event with the club, Tammy handed a card through the passenger window to another Z driver. He and his wife actually joined the club, but I’m afraid happenings like that are too few and far between to be effective to increase membership. Here’s the point: If any of you have ideas on how to market the club to increase membership, PLEASE get those ideas to the Board so we can do what we can to get our name and activities out there. Our participation in car shows is a great way to meet new people so I encourage everyone to get in as many shows as you can. The “Scoop” newsletter is a great way to find out or as Diana as she does many shows and is a great promoter of the club. Please get the Board those ideas.
I hope to see everyone at the meeting on May 1 at Overland Golf Course and please, stay alert and drive carefully.
Please log into zccc.org to view organizer’s contact info under Upcoming Event section
May General Meeting
When: Wednesday May 1, 2019 @ 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]
Guest Speaker: Joey Parent from Boulder Nissan will be talking about Boulder Nissan and answering your questions.
When: May 3-5, 2019
Where: San Antonio, TX
Host: Diana Inberg
Points: 5 pts. max for this multi day event
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo in San Antonio,TX. This is a multi-day event: We will depart Denver May 2, 2019, along the way we will visit Cadillac Ranch, Second Amendment Cowboy and the Phillips 66 Cowboy. Plan to stay the night in Lubbock, TX (Hotel already selected). Dinner is planned at a nearby restaurant, returning to the hotel for a couple of beers. May 3 we’ll drive, have lunch, and arrive in San Antonio in time to make the opening ceremonies. Events will be held the next two days. May 6, we’ll leave San Antonio on a different route back to Denver with a planned
stops at The Grace Museum, Frontier Texas, U.S. Route 66-Sixth street Historic District, 6th St Texaco Gas Station, NPS, Fort Bent NHS and an overnight in Childress, TX. See pdf for route maps. For more details on the Fiesta visit https://www.facebook.com/NismoFiesta.
When: May 18, 2019, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Heather Gardens, Aurora CO.
Host: Andy Mortenson Cost: Suggested $20.00 entry fee
American Legion Post 2018 is hosting a car show on Saturday, May 18th at Heather Gardens in Aurora. There will be food, music, door prizes and awards for the best vehicles. Parking and registration begin at 8:00 AM and the show runs from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. There is an entry fee of a suggested $20.00 donation which supports Heather Gardens Post 2012 veterans’ programs. The address is 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way. There is no website yet, but I can email you a registration form, or use the form in Odometer.Pdf or give you a paper copy at the next meeting. It would be a good idea to get your registration in early because the show is limited to 60 cars. Please contact me if you have any questions.
When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 9:30am
Where: Denver Mattress/Furniture Row
Host: Andy Mortenson
Join us on Saturday, June 1st, for the 2019 ZCCC annual Bike Ride. We’ll meet at 9:30 AM in the parking lot of the Denver Mattress/Furniture Row store located at the intersection of Parker Road and Quincy Ave in Aurora. The lot is located on north east corner of the intersection across from the Sinclair gas station. We’ll ride along the South Cherry Creek Trail 13 miles to Parker and back. We’ll have lunch in Parker at the Hickory House restaurant. If 13 miles is a little too far, you can begin the ride at the Cherry Creek Trail Head located on the south side of Arapahoe Road just east of Jordan Road in Centennial which will just about cut the length of the ride in half. The trail is relatively flat all the way to Parker so this will be an easy ride.
When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 @ 6pm
Where: Derman’s home
Host: Nate and Cheryle Derman
This year we are again hosting this at our home. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili and best homemade dessert. Whip up some spiciness or a tasty dessert and join us for this enjoyable evening. Since this is at our home, please feel to bring a tasty adult beverage. There will be a sign up sheet at the May and June meetings. You may also bring an appetizer or other delicious dish instead. We also need shredded cheese, sour cream and onions. Any questions, please contact Cheryle.
When: Sunday, Jun 09, 2019
Where: Arapahoe Community College
Host: Fred Minister
Registration Ends: Tuesday, May 21st
Dear Z Car Club Members,
June 9TH is getting closer and the time to register your car is drawing to a close. This the 36th year of the show and looks to be even bigger than last year. Go to www.coloradoconcourse.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 the day before the show and the day of the show, please if you can sign up to help a very worthy cause.
We will also need some ZCCC people willing to act as judges for the cars in our club that are being judged. We will be judging only our own cars. Same entry price $50.00 per car, there will 1st, 2nd, 3rd place ribbons in one class only, so shine them up and get in on the judging.
We caravan to the ACC campus starting at the Aspen Grove shopping center located South of the ACC campus. You can enter the shopping center’s parking lot by turning West off S Santa FE Drive onto W. Aspen Grove Way. You will meet at the north end of the lot in front of Talbots to caravan over to the show. Any questions call me on my cell. Fred Minister
May 21st – Last day to register and still get your car listed in the event program.
May 22nd – Online Registration Closes, Last date to sign up for Concours Class Judging.
Steak & Lobster for Angel Eyes Foundation
When: June 15, 2019
Where: Minister’s Home
Host: Kathy Minister
Cost: Price of Lobsters and Steaks
More info to follow.
When: July 16-21, 2019
Where: Hilton Branson Convention Center, Branson, MO
Host: Roy Davis
Points: 6 pts. max for this multi day event
Hey there Z Car Club members, 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. The website can be found at (www.ZCON.org).
The hotel will be the Hilton Branson Convention Center: Reservations (room rate $139+tax).
Event schedule The schedule is tentative and subject to change!
Special Guests include Yoshihiko Matsuo, Toshio Yamashita, Hiroshi Tamura “Mr. GT-R”, Johnnie Gable, “Mad Mike” Taylor and the largest Scarab Z reunion in ZCON history
We will be leaving July 14 with an overnight in Kansas City. We will meet up with other car clubs for a drive to Springfield, Mo. There we will meet with other clubs and drive into Branson together. Should be fun. For a map of the route, please see March’s Odometer.
3rd Annual Holy Rollers Charity Car Show
August 17th 2019,
Benefits: Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Online registration (via Eventbrite) is now open at http://www.holyrollerscarshow.com
When: August 24 and 25, 2019
This multi day, 400 mi road trip will take us to the Historic Beecher Island Battlefield, Travel the South Platte River Trail Scenic Byway, and past the Historic home of Glenn Miller. Along the way we will search for several geocaches, Historic markers, cemetery’s, even a phone booth. The road surfaces are all paved so I am thinking we could take the Z cars. Save this weekend for a fun filled drive. More details will be posted in the Odometer as we get into summer.
When: October 5 @ 3-6pm
This year’s dinner will be at Cinzzetti’s. This is the Club’s annual end/beginning of the year meeting. The event begins with socializing at 3:00 pm followed by brief board reports, announcements, outgoing board and install your new 2019/2020 board and of course dinner. Cinzzetti’s buffet menu can be viewed here. Join us for this fun afternoon of good friends and good conversation. Sign up by September 27
Non-Sanctioned Event: 10th Annual Bad Does Good Toy & Car Show
Host Needed, Diana Inberg will not be attending this event.
Saturday, June 29th, Aurora CO.
Sponsored by the Corvette Club Benefits: Children’s Hospital Treasure Chest, Entry Fee—New Toy Donations https://www.facebook.com/events/2014963592153057/
Membership News & Club Info
March: Steve & Lois Eaton, Dan Wils Hansen, JoAnn Sainz-Dean
April: Jack & Gail Epling
May: Gary Amelon, Nick & Stephanie Cardozo, John & Lois Student, John Tyler, Jeff Winter
Welcome to New Members:
Mickey Santana, from Denver has a 1982 280ZX 2+2
Memberships – 82
Members – 104
Happy Birthday to You
(5/7) Nate Derman
(5/8) Ron Gardner
(5/10) Mike Goddard
(5/14) Susan Mavis
(5/15) Matt Bourgeois
(5/16) Jeff Ruth
(5/20) J. Iredell Smith
(5/21) LaVerne Lohringel
(5/26) Marc Connolly
(5/28) Gail Mund
Dues: Single Membership $35, Family $45, Corporate $50. To receive the Odometer via postal mail add $10 annually.
If you know of someone or have ideas, please contact and coordinate with VP Don Gordon: email@example.com.
The Winter 2019 issue has come in. It is also time to renew the subscription. I have marked a P next to your name if you have paid
If you would like to join the subscription, the cost is $13.50. Please speak with Ira Sanders to sign up and receive your hard and soft copy.
Boulder Nissan / McKinney, Bruce-P
Busnardo, Mario-P / Mortenson, Andy-P
Davis, Roy-P / Mund, Gail-P
Gardner, Ron-P / Nicoletti, Vince
Goddard, Mike-P / Robertson, Steve-P
Hutfles, Larry / Sandbach, Dave-P
Luers, Eldon / Sanders, Ira
Marlowe, Rob / Spegal, Jason
Vacant Position: Motorsports Coordinator
April Meeting Minutes
April 3, 2019, Overland Golf Course
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm.
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney – Approval of minutes from March meeting.
Vice President Report: Don Gordon – Talked about the Denver Auto Show in March.
March 23rd – Cars, Beer and Food
April 7th —April Fool’s Rally
May 3rd -5th – Nismo Fiesta
May 18th – Heather Gardens Car Show
June 1st – Bike Ride
June 1st – Chili Cookoff
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 81 memberships, 108 members, 1 renewals
Public Relations Report: Mike Goddard – Nothing to report at this time.
Inter-club Report: Travis Scott – Nothing to report at this time.
Odometer Report: Tammy Sanders – If you have any pictures for the Odometer, please send them to Tammy. Submissions to the Odometer are due by 20th of the month.
President: Ira Sanders – The review of the club Constitution is progressing and should be completed soon. The directory will be changed to include the members address, phone number and email address. This information will be sent out bi-annually to members in a PDF. Starting in May the 50/50 drawing will be held outside after the meeting. If members drive their Z cars they will receive an extra ticket. The subscription fee of $13.50 is due for the ZCCM magazine.
Guest Speaker: – None
Old Business: – None
New Business: – None
Winner of the 50/50 give away, Steve Robertson
Meeting adjourned at 8:19 pm.