2018 March Odometer

March 2018
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In Remembrance

Of our dear Friend and Three-Time President Scott Guthrie

Scott passed away February 25.  Scott joined the club in 2009 and has been an Active member since 2011.  He took us to five baseball games and joined us on drives and car shows.  He wined and dined with us at charity lobster feasts and out-door barbecues.  He went in search of ghosts in Boulder and had the bad fortune to breakdown on the St. Patrick’s day Parade route.

Your wit and charm will be missed. You were a true friend to all.

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, doing the best you can
Well it’s all right, as long as you lend a hand

You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring (end of the line)
Waiting for someone to tell you everything (end of the line)
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring (end of the line)
Maybe a diamond ring

Well it’s all right, even if they say you’re wrong
Well it’s all right, sometimes you gotta be strong
Well it’s all right, as long as you got somewhere to lay
Well it’s all right, everyday is judgment day

Maybe somewhere down the road aways (end of the line)
You’ll think of me, wonder where I am these days (end of the line)
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays (end of the line)
Purple haze

Well it’s all right, even when push comes to shove
Well it’s all right, if you got someone to love
Well it’s all right, everything’ll work out fine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line

Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive (end of the line)
I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive (end of the line)
It don’t matter if you’re by my side (end of the line)
I’m satisfied

Well it’s all right, even if you’re old and grey
Well it’s all right, you still got something to say
Well it’s all right, remember to live and let live
Well it’s all right, the best you can do is forgive

Well it’s all right, riding around in the breeze
Well it’s all right, if you live the life you please
Well it’s all right, even if the sun don’t shine
Well it’s all right, we’re going to the end of the line

Songwriters: Robert Dylan / George Harrison / Jeffrey Lynne / Roy Kelton Orbison / Thomas Earl Petty
End of the Line lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company

As you all know, on February 25, ZCCC lost a loyal and active member.  Scott Guthrie quietly passed away when he lost his fight with cancer.  Rosemary let us know that Scott’s passing was peaceful. I want Rosemary and their son Christopher to know that the thoughts and prayers of all of our ZCCC members are with them.  Rosemary, if there is anything at all that the club can do for you or Christopher in this time of sadness, please just let us know and we’ll be there.  When you have decided what arrangements if any will be made for a memorial, and if you decide to have arrangements that ZCCC can show our respect and memory for Scott, just let us know and we’ll let the club know through social media.

It’s hard to move on with the ordinary occurrences of life after we’ve lost an active member but I think Scott would have wanted us to move forward with the club and have as much fun and enjoyment out of our cars as we can while we can.

So, with that thought in mind, ZCCC is participating in the Hot Import Night (HIN) Car Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart on March 31.  It’s an indoor show and since the staging for the show will happen in the afternoon and the show goes until 10 pm or 11 pm that night, it is going to be a long day.  For details on the show, see Diana Inberg’s article elsewhere in this Odometer.  I’ve been talking to a couple of Nissan/Infiniti owners and they may well become members of the club just so they can show their cars with ours.  I believe that ZCCC and our dedication to preserving the best in Nissan 240’s to 370’s as well as other Nissan products like  Infiniti’s, GTR’s, Titan’s and Figaro’s is gaining us an enviable reputation as well as a lot of attention from like minded Nissan owners who want to show their cars with the best that this area has to offer.  And as far as I can tell, it is our club, ZCCC, that has the best.

This past weekend, Tammy and I were at a social event in Evergreen, and during  social conversation I met a lady who puts on a music festival in Evergreen over the 4th of July.  She also likes to have some very nice cars on display during her festival and at present we are talking about having our cars on display for her festival.  I’ll let you know how the negotiations progress.

AND, track days are back.  We are going to have a good old fashioned fast (but safe) driving event at the State Patrol Track in Golden on August 4.  Keep your eyes focused on future Odometers for details.

Also, Tammy is looking at a driving event for July/Aug time frame to explore the eastern plains of Colorado while learning Colorado history and, on a suggestion from a long-time member who must have had a pretty good time the 1st time we did the Highway of Legends in Southern Colorado, I am going to resurrect that event and we’ll do it again.  I’ll let you know the dates as soon as I figure it out.

In the meantime, keep thoughts and prayers in your head and in your heart for Scott, Rosemary and Christopher.

March Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018 @ 6pm
Where: Via Conference Call.
If you are not a board member and would like to attend the board meeting, please contact Ira Sanders.

March General Meeting
When: Wed, Mar 7, 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Note: Everyone attending is requested to order off the Menu.

April Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Apr 3, 2018 @ 6pm
Where: Via Conference Call.
If you are not a board member and would like to attend the board meeting, please contact Ira Sanders.

April General Meeting
When: Wed, Apr 4, 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Note: Everyone attending is requested to order off the Menu.

Hot Import Nights Car Show
When: Saturday, March 31, 2018 @ 5-10 p.m.
Where: Denver Mart, 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80126
Host: Diana Inberg

Join the 2018 Hot Import Nights Car Show and Competition at the Denver Mart. This National touring car show is hosting hundreds of show cars. Registration is now closed to enter your car. If you were put on the waiting list, you will receive an email stating if you are included in the show. Move in for the cars starts at noon and goes to 4 pm, then the show starts at 5 pm.

If you want a point but can’t sow your car you can come to the HIN show as a spectator. It’s $22.99 to get in but you should be able to get a $5 discount with on line ticket purchase with the discount coupon ZCLUB. Go to: www.HotImportNights.com. Check out Groupon for discounts too.

I will talk about this event at the March meetings and have a sign-up sheet. The plan is to meet in the northwest corner lot, time is up in the air until I receive notification from the event on when we can stage and enter.

Annual Chili Cook-Off
When: Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 6pm
Where: 1545 S Richfield Way, Aurora, CO 80017
Host: Nate and Cheryle Derman

This year we are hosting this at our home. Prizes will be awarded for the best chili and best homemade dessert. So 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. Any questions, please call 720-927-2437 or email Cheryle at cheryleblackorchid@comcast.net.

42nd April Fool’s Rally
Presented by the Colorado Van Assoc.
When: Sunday, April 8, 2018 @ 10am
Where: Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S Quebec St, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130
Host: Gail Mund

This years theme: “Foolin’ Around”. Entry price is $10.00 per vehicle.

This is a gimmick style road rally under 30 miles in length, set up on city streets. Trophies will be awarded in both Van and Open classes. Trophies, dash plaques, games, music drinks, and food available at the rally’s end.

And, as usual, rain or shine. Come join in for a Rally Good Time!

Guest Speaker May 2nd General Meeting
When: Sunday, May 2, 2018 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)
Have you been planning for your retirement, whether it’s 5 years away or 25 years away? You really should seek council from a professional on your investment strategies.

We will have a Five-Star Professional Wealth Manager speak at our May 2nd Meeting.  Jody Hinsey is the founder of Mint Financial Strategies. http://www.mintfs.com/

Scott Guthrie had been contacted by SkySox Center asking how many tickets the club was going to want and for which game. Due to his health issues, Scott asked if someone would like to take over this event this year: “It is not a hard 4 points to get, but I just can’t do it. I release ‘ownership’ of this event.”

The club needs to figure out what day they want to go, and what the expected count will be. 35 people seems to have been good the last 2 yrs.

Our contact at the SkySox center is Jonathan Basil (jbasil@skysox.com). Jon is a great guy and can help with details, and I told him to work with someone else in our club if he gets a call, so he is ‘ready to go’. He’ll work with the club on total ticket count.

The schedule is already posted on their website: http://www.SkySox.com.

The package we have been getting is the Coors Picnic Terrace package. This year it is $27 per adult. I suggest the person running the event get in touch soon to discuss the special nights so we can get the fireworks, or whatever other special events they have going on. The schedule doesn’t seem to indicate that, but I may have missed it.

They will want a deposit, and the remainder a few weeks prior to the game. I have always paid out of pocket, but the club may decide to cover the deposit since it is for such a long time.

The sooner we schedule a date, the better chance we have of getting the night we want. Some special events fill up quickly. Remember that firework displays are only for games at night. 🙂

Take care!
Scott Guthrie

Colorado Springs Sky Sox
4385 Tutt Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Phone: (719) 597-1449
Fax: (719) 597-2491
Contact: Jonathan Basil (jbasil@skysox.com)

January: Jason Eckert, William Miller, Albert Powell, Scott Raymond, Rodney Tseu
February: Gary & Pam Bracken, Larry Hutfles, Diana & John Inberg, Se Lim
March: Debbie & Bob Carlson, Roy Davis, Steve & Lois Eaton, Bill Hardy, Lee & Connie Hill, William & LaVern Lohringel, Sean McCarthy, William McClatchey, Bruce & Cheryl McKenney, JoAnn Sainz-Dean

Jo Busnardo (3/18)
Pat Clements (3/2)
Roy Davis (3/24)
Brett Hufford (3/27)
Lois Student (3/16)
Mandy Williams (3/23)

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

Welcome to New Members and Guests
Gerald Jordan of Aurora CO, he has a 2006 350Z roadster

Winter issue has come in. Ira Sanders will have the magazines at the next general meeting for pick-up.

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.

Motorsport Coordinator
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.

Club Sponsor


Directory of Club Officers & Appointed Positions

Z Car Club of Colorado
February 7th, 2018
Overland Golf Course

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.

Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney
Minutes from January 2018 motioned, seconded and approved. Nothing to report at this time.

Vice President Report: Don Gordon
The vendor the club has been using for apparel has retired and a replacement will be made soon, until then the information will be out of the Odometer.  The club is looking for someone to take over the Skysox outing from Scott Guthrie.  Upcoming events for the club include the Hot Import Nights Car Show at the Denver Mart on March 31st.  The Chili Cook-off scheduled for March 10 has been moved to April 7th.  The April Fools Rally hosted by the Van Club will be April 8th in Highlands Ranch.  The Track day for the club has been scheduled for August 4th at the State Patrol Track. In May we will be having a financial planner as our guest speaker..

Treasurer Report: Debbie Carlson
Working on catching up from September 2017.  Debbie Carlson has resigned as Treasurer and Bill Lohringel will be taking over as Treasurer and was voted in by the Board.

Membership Report: Andy Mortenson
We currently have 83 memberships and 114 members and 4 renewals.

Public Relations Report: Mike Goddard
Nothing to report at this time.

Interclub Report: Diana Inberg
Nothing to report at this time.

OdometerReport: Tammy Sanders
Working on sending out the Odometer in a different format next month.

President Report: Ira Sanders
The sponsorship agreement has been renewed with Boulder Nissan for 1 year.  Renewals are due for the ZCCM magazine.  A presentation by the webmaster of the changes that have been made to the website and feedback and suggestions on additional changes

Guest Speaker:
No speaker this month

Old Business: None to report at this time.
New Business: None to report at this time.

Meeting adjourned at 8:39 pm.


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In the past, we have been less than enthused about the Z Car representation at shows like this, as there has been minimal showing for a very long time.  The Datsun Drought has been going on for many years, so from a Datsun perspective, our trip to the auction has been largely for the purpose of stretching our legs and chatting about cars and history with friends.  This year, we are happy to say, was different.  With the recent surge in Datsun Z Car collectors, 6 cars were slated to go across the stage. SIX!!! This year alone was more than the past 10 years of Barrett-Jackson in Arizona combined.  With this in mind we thought you may want to see what we found as we walked the lineups at Barrett-Jackson this year.

The cars couldn’t be more different from each other and represent a fantastic cross section of what cars are really out there.  There were 4 1970-1978 S30 models and 2 1979-83 S130 cars that got “adopted” into new homes.  We will work from Survivor to Restored in this quick synopsis.

1983 Nissan 280ZX 2+2 with T-Tops
This silver-on-silver 4 seater had a bit over 162k miles on it and was original.  The door mirror showed slight plastic chipping on the edge of the housing and the paint had faded away.  The seats were in solid condition for their time in use and the fact that this was a vehicle local to the Phoenix area – a bit weathered but not splitting.  The car was in very solid condition for being an ‘83 model. This Nissan 280ZX even had the typical ding in the lower air dam and scuff on the right front corner from feeling its way into a parking spot once or twice.  This vehicle sold for $7,700 after commission.

1973 Datsun 240Z
This was our favorite car of the bunch.  Whoever is the new owner of this vehicle landed a sweet deal.

Dressed in root beer paint over butterscotch interior and sitting atop the original steel wheels and hubcaps, this car was beautiful.  While very apparent it had been repainted at one point, it was done well – there were no discernible blemishes or over-spray.  We couldn’t see the underside to assess if there were any issues with the pan but from the top, it was a complete car that showed a low 49k miles, with round top SU carburetors fitted to alleviate the flat top worries.  As it crossed the stage, bidding concluded at $20,900 after commission.  An absolute steal for a vehicle in this condition and mileage.

 1980 Datsun 280ZX 2+2 Hardtop
Walking up to this car, we were pleasantly surprised to see a Datsun 280ZX that had been restored and continued to be driven and enjoyed.  So many restorations get relegated to being “too fragile” to take out and enjoy.

The paint was glossy with a rock chip or two present.  As a whole, this car was very impressive and sold for $6,050. 

As  casual spectator, it is difficult to say why this car sold for such a
small sum.  Its condition is indicative of a much higher valuation.  This may be a measure of a car going up for auction sale at the wrong time.  The 70-78 vehicles are definitely feeling their value rise due to nostalgia and the GT styled Z Cars are yet to see the sharp rise.  It may also be that this car went for sale to an empty auditorium allowing for a low sale price – this can only be imagined as it sold the day prior and we were not witness to it.


1977 Datsun 280Z
This Datsun 280Z was in reasonable condition.  It was sporting some bolt-on modifications such as triple Weber carburetors, camshaft, seats, rear disc brakes and aftermarket wheels.  This vehicle is fairly typical of what we see in various markets show up for sale online.  As the gavel hit on the final bid, it went to a new owner for $14,850.

1977 Datsun 280Z Small Block Chevy
We nearly walked past this car, as it was positioned in the display area near a lifted Oldsmobile Hearse with airbrushed flames and police cruiser lights mounted to the roof.

Distraction definitely had it’s grasp for a moment.

The Chevy 350 can be found in almost every iteration of gasoline powered transportation.  As one of the most common swaps into the Z platform, it makes sense to encounter one at such an event.  Especially when it really does represent a cross section of vehicles one would expect to see at a local Z meet.  This car had been fitted with an aero kit and wing to add a bit more flair to it.  A fee of $16,500 was paid for this machine.  (The hearse was sold for $7,150)


 1972 Datsun 240Z
Dressed in the factory orange hue, and possessing receipts for a recent full restoration, this car pulled top dollar for all the Z cars at the event.  Surprising to us were the velour seats as opposed to the original style vinyl and the chrome bumpers sans rubber.  Aside from that, a fair representation of an original 1972 car.  This vehicle makes one wonder: if the root beer ‘73 had more documentation of parts and service, would it have netted a greater amount?  This 918 Orange 240Z had a total $40,700 in adoption fees paid in.  We hope that we get to see a ‘69 build-date car go at some point.  It would be interesting to see the final tally on a low VIN car.

So, time seems to finally have caught up with these cars.  Decades of memories and “I wish I had another one of those” are coming to fruition in sales numbers at the same time as the dust is being blown off the barn-finds all over the country.

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