July Odometer Contents
“The heat is on, on the street
Inside your head, on every beat
And the beat’s so loud, deep inside
The pressure’s high, just to stay alive
Cause the heat is on”
– Glenn Frey
The Heat is on here in Denver in more ways than just the thermometer reading and old songs. In June we had our days of 90+ degrees and as this is written, we are having record breaking heat in the 100’s but we also had some very hot and impressive car showings. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that attended this year’s AC Concours. You came through for the club! A very impressive 16 cars made a strong showing and 5 were at the show for the first time. You are all winners in my book! This event takes a lot of planning, set-up and orchestration. A big Thank You to Fred for the considerable amount of time you invested, and I can’t forget his right-hand person Kathy for the assistance and support she provides. Patty and Diana also had great participation for their events. Check out the photos and don’t miss the one of the toy room at Children’s Hospital. Our club members helped to fill it and brought smiles to those kids that were able to leave their hospital beds to see a lot of fantastic cars. One of their favorites, a 1937 Chrysler pickup Monster Truck, came from North Carolina on a large flatbed. It was so big, the owner had to take the monster tires off to transport it.
If you didn’t make it out in June, July has two drives for you. And if the thrill of control and speed are more to your liking, the 2018 Fun Run is Aug 4 at the State Patrol track in Golden. Won’t have to go near as far as High Plains would be and the cost is only $100. Get registered and tech your cars before you get to the course. You won’t regret it. Even if you don’t want to go out on the course but want to hang out and help, we have a spot for you. Just let Steve Eaton and/or Mike Goddard know. They are waiting for you to step up and join this big event. We will need a few corner workers and you get credit for attending an event.
To Lee Hill: I am sure the Club stands behind me when I say Our Deepest Sympathies go out to you and your family with the passing of Connie.
Announcements: This is a reminder that the July meetings, both the General and Board meeting dates have been moved. The General Meeting to July 11 and the Board Meeting to July 10. The September meeting is going to be at a different location and the Board is working on that. We have a new vendor coming to the discount list. Z Car Depot specializes in parts for our 240Z, 260Z, 280Z and 510. You can contact me, Andy Mortenson or Mike Goddard for details while we get it up on the website.
Check out the Classifieds: One of our members has a ‘68 Datsun Roadster for sale and another is liquidating all of his car manuals. Some of the Board members have had some curve balls thrown at them this year and could use your help. If you have a little time, Mike has been trying to complete cleanup of the Club vendor list. If you could give him a hand to get this important list cleaned up, please contact Mike. It’s only a matter of calling the companies on the list and confirming if they want to continue on the discount list. Could be good training for taking over Public Relations someday. Things have been getting away from me lately and I could use some help with the ZCCM subscriptions.
Finally: Security! We see this word in the news daily and seems to be at the fore front of our lives. Tiffany Gordon and Scott Swiger have done some brain storming and came up with a “Members Only Group” for Facebook users. Check out Tiffany’s article about this new Facebook Security Change. My hats’ off to you both for your creative thinking. I am sure our Facebook users will be very grateful for your due-diligence. It’s very easy to join the Members group. I’ve already done it.
I’ll see you all at upcoming Club events, car shows and the meeting in July.
New Facebook Group by Tiffany Gordon
We currently have a ZCCC Facebook PAGE. However, a Facebook PAGE is a public forum that anyone can view (whether they are a member or not). After speaking with Scott our webmaster at the CP Concours, we discussed that it would be beneficial for security purposes to have a member only GROUP. A GROUP allows for me, the admin, to only allow ZCCC members to have access to the posts and information. This will ensure that members emails, phone numbers, addresses, etc. that are shared for events stay more private (even though it may be listed in the Odometer). A GROUP will also allow you to receive all notifications if you choose. Many people have complained that they do not see everything posted on the Facebook PAGE, but would like too, this should solve that. If you choose to join the private Facebook GROUP, you will be able to post things (updates, pictures of events, etc.) without concern of it being out there for the whole world to see.
To join, you MUST have a Facebook account. You simply type in the search bar “Z Car Club of Colorado Members”. Then click “join group”. It’s as simple as that. If you need help, you know who to call!
Our ZCCC page will still exist, this is just an additional place for information and communication in a more private GROUP setting.
Let me know if you have any questions!
July Board Meeting
When: Tuesday, Jul 10, 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.
July General Meeting
When: Wed, Jul 11, 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.
When: July 20 to July 22, 2018
Where: Grand Junction
Host: Nate and Cheryle Derman
We are meeting at Sanders home in Golden at 9:30 AM and leaving no later than 10:00 AM. We will be stopping in Silverthorne for lunch. We have a private wine tasting and dinner planned for Friday. On Saturday we have five wine tastings planned with 2 being private, plus lunch and dinner. Sunday we have a private wine tasting planned and a self guided drive through the Colorado National Monument. The drive will take about 3 hours without stops. Maps and a time line will be provided. Hotels are on your own.
We hope you can attend this tasty and informative drive through the most beautiful areas of Colorado. If you do not sign up in advance, please call me no later than Thursday, July 19, 2018 to let me know you are coming..
Deadline to Reserve your tickets, is July 11. All remaining tickets will be released back to the Sky Sox ball club. Sign up and pay for this event with Tammy Sanders.
We will meet at Wells Fargo Bank (2195 N State Hwy 83, Franktown, CO 80116) at 4:00 pm for a scenic drive south. We will leave by 4:15 for the ball park (4385 Tutt Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80922).
When: August 4, 2018 @ 8am—5pm
Where: Colorado State Patrol Track, 2054 Quaker St, Golden, CO 80304
Host: Mike Goddard
Important Dates: July 28 and August 1
ZCCC Fun Run 2018 is here!
High Plains Raceway was a great time, but sadly due to serious expenses and restrictions put on by HPR the past couple of years, the club needed to look elsewhere. In the past, we the club, have had great events with the CSP Track in Golden. We will have our Parade lap during the lunch hour, no helmet required, passengers and kids welcome.
The date is set aside for our event and the fee for the day will be $100. We have two tech inspections scheduled: July 28th and August 1st. Registration and Tech inspection forms are here.
We are looking forward to seeing members and old friends we have met over the years.
Volunteers Needed: People are needed for corner work, pit management, registration and other duties that come up. Come out and help! No experience is needed and you’ll have a great time. Anyone under the age of 16 will require an adult to be present.
Basic safety requirements to drive on the track:
- Protective clothing — Long cotton pants, Shoes of natural or non-combustible material, Long sleeve cotton shirt while on track
- Snell 2000 or newer (M or SA) helmet
- Drivers must abide by all safety rules
- All drivers must attend the driver’s meeting before the event
Have Fun and Safe Driving!
When: August 11, 2018 @ 6pm—9pm
Where: Derman’s Home
Host: Cheryle Derman
Come join us Saturday evening, August 11, 2018 for wine sharing & barbeque at our home. Please bring a bottle of your favorite wine or beverage, and a side dish or dessert to share. There will be a sign up sheet at the general meetings to sign up for one of these items. We plan to have a wonderful evening of food, wine, fire pit and lively conversation. We look forward to seeing you at our home.
Call Cheryle for more information
When: August 18-19, 2018
Where: Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Host: Tammy Sanders
Deadline: book hotel.asap, see Tammy for details
Join me on a drive to see a little Colorado History. We will visit the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, and 8 historically significant sites in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, and Lincoln counties. Day 1 we set out from Aurora and Drive to the towns of Hugo and Aroya and on to Sand Creek. Day 2 we will be visiting 6 other sites, but there is a catch. Think of it as a Treasure Hunt.
This can be either a single day or two day drive. If you chose to do both days, I have arranged for lodging for the night of August 18th. We will meet Saturday morning, 7:45 am at Starbucks located at 3455 N Salida St, Aurora (Tower & I-70). Additional information will be provided when you sign up.
So, hitch up the ole wagon, grab your map (Colorado of course) and hat and head out for an old fashion adventure. And don’t forget your compass.
This drive is NOT recommended for your Z cars, as there are some dirt roads.
When: August 25, 2018 @ 9am – 3pm / Check-in 8am
Where: Main Parking Structure in Estes Park
Host: Don Gordon
Entry Fee: Free!!!
We will be joining another car club and lots of Nissans in beautiful Estes Park. Please email Don Gordon a picture of your car so he can pre-register you. Check-in: 8am. Main Event: 9am—3pm. Trophy Winners: 3pm. Categories: Best Nissan, Best Infiniti, Best Datsun, Best All-Terrain (truck or SUV), Best Engine Bay, Best Stance, Best in Show
Following this big day, you’ll want a bite to eat and to relax. Please join us at the Gordons’ home in Estes Park for some Brats and Italian sausage on the grill along with some iced tea. You are welcome to bring another beverage and/or a side dish to share. Hope you can make this fun event!
Annual Oktoberfest @ Spirit of Flight Center
When: September 8, 2018 @ 9am – 2pm (setup 8am)
Where: Spirit of Flight Center, Erie Airport
Host: Patty Troxell
Entry Fee: Car show registration $10/vehicle
Beer, Brats, Live Band, Pancake Breakfast, and Trophies. It’s time for the Spirit of Flight Center’s Oktoberfest Car Show/Fly-In to be held on Saturday, September 8th at the Flight Center’s Museum on the West side of the Erie Airport, 2650 So. Main Street, Unit A, Erie, CO. Their web address is www.spiritofflight.com. Car show registration and set-up starts at 8am with advertised show hours of 9a-2p. The car show registration fee is $10 per vehicle which includes the Pancake Breakfast and admission fee. If you do not want to show your car but want to attend the car show the admission fee is $5 per person however does not include the Pancake Breakfast, which is approximately $5.
Beer and Brats is an additional cost not included in the fees listed above.
The Spirit of Flight Center Museum is a collection of general and military aviation artifacts, several of which are one of a kind pieces.
If you have any questions, please contact Patty Troxell.
Membership News & Club Info
May: Pierre & Christina Barthle, Jerry Harris, John & Lois Student
June: Matt & Sandy Bourgeois, Walt Caron, David Fisher, Ron Hartness, George Kopp, Dave & Christine Weber
July: Bill & Jacki Barton, Michael Drury, Fred & Kathleen Minister, Ira & Tammy Sanders
Welcome to New Members:
Michael Jacobs, Boulder, 1977 280Z
Gary Rubin, Longmont, Datsun 1600 Roadster
Alex Millward (returning member), Castle Rock, 1984 300ZXT & 1989 300ZXT
Marc Connolly, Highlands Ranch, 1982 280ZX
Pierre Barthle (7/30)
Richard Branch (7/6)
Steve Eaton (7/5)
Judy Gordon (7/14)
Ron Hartness (7/14)
William Lohringel (7/7)
John Mavis (7/20)
Matthew McDole (7/10)
Karen Peterson (7/14)
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.
Magazines have come in. Please see Ira Sanders if you have not received your copy
June Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 6:59 pm.
Welcome to guests and new members.
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney, Minutes from May 2018 motioned, seconded and approved. Nothing to report at this time.
Vice President Report: Don Gordon, With the end of the year banquet quickly approaching it is important to know how many points you have and how you can earn points. Points are earned by attending and hosting events. If you host an event you earn 4 points and attending an event is one point. This year the active member gift will be a vest in either red or blue. Upcoming events include the following:
June: 9th – Spirit of Flight Car Show in Erie
June: 10th – Concours D’Elegance at Arapahoe Community College
June: 16th – Lobster Dinner at the Minister’s
June: 23rd – Toy Run Car Show at Children’s Hospital
July: 11th – General membership meeting
July: 20th – 22nd – Western slope drive
July:28th – Sky Sox game in Colorado Springs
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
August: 25th – Estes Park Car show
September: 8th – Oktoberfest Spirit of Flight Museum
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel, Nothing to report at this time.
Membership: Andy Mortenson, There are 7 renewals and 1 new membership
Public Relations: Mike Goddard, Looking for help verifying the vendors on the discount list
Interclub: Diana Inberg, Nothing to report at this time.
Odometer: Tammy Sanders, Submissions to the Odometer are due by the 20th of the month.
President: Ira Sanders, The meeting for July will be held on the 11th since the 4th is on the first Wednesday of the month. The club is also looking for a place to have the September meeting as Overland Golf Course will not be available. The club is looking for volunteers for the track event in August . Any one interested in volunteering will be trained for the day. There has also been some confusion on the discount at Larry H. Miller, the club will need to visit the dealership to confirm the discounts. If anyone is interested in being the liaison for the ZCCM please see Ira Sanders.
Guest Speaker: No speaker for June.
Old Business: None to report at this time.
New Business: None to report at this time.
Winner of the 50/50 drawing was Ed McHugh.
Meeting adjourned at 8:29 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
I have 30 Sport Z magazines encompassing the years 1996 – 2003 and 11 Nissan Sport magazines years 2007-2008. Repair manuals for 240Z and 280ZX including a rare 1972 240Z Service manual (Chassis and Body) which sells for $200-$250 on ebay. I would sell mine for less than that. Larry Brooks
Here is what all I have:
- Service Manual (Chassis and Body) 1972 240Z
- Chilton’s Repair and Tune-Up manual for All Datsun’s 1961-1972
- Clymer Publications Datsun 240Z through 1972 Service and Repair Handbook.
- Chilton’s Repair and Tune-Up for Datsun/Nissan 1979-1984 280ZX.
- Haynes Datsun 280ZX 1979-1983 Repair manual.
I have five Books under the following titles:
- Datsun 280Z and ZX 1975-1983 Brooklands Road Tests
- How to Rebuild Your Nissan & Datsun OHC Engine (covers 4 and 6 cylinder engines – L13, L14, L16, L18, L20A, L20B, L24, L26, L28)
- How to Hot Rod & Race your Datsun 510 – 610 – 710 – 200SX – 240,260,280Z (by Bob Waar)
- How to Modify Your Nissan & Datsun OHC Engine (Covers 510, 610, 710, 810, 200SX, 240Z, 260Z, 280Z, 280ZX and pick up truck engines)
- Essential Datsun Z the cars and Their Story 1969-1983.
Cops seize $130,000 Nissan Skyline GT-R at car show and the story is wild
By David Tracy and Ryan Felton, 4/26/18 3:05pm
Car forums wept when pictures appeared of a 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R getting towed away by Florida police at a car show in Daytona Beach. In some ways it’s not surprising—that generation of Skyline isn’t really legal to be in the U.S., though some are here under dubious circumstances. But what may look like a typical JDM import gone awry is so much more, now a case involving theft allegations between two longtime dealers and a legendary performance car being stuck in a confusing custody battle.
As a result, the dispute between a Japanese car importer and a former import car dealer has law enforcement baffled as to who actually owns the vehicle.
According to a Daytona Beach Police report, the seizure comes after a woman associated with a Japanese car importing operation reported the car stolen from her driveway in early April. About two weeks later, police discovered the allegedly-swiped vehicle at a car show in Daytona, but were told by the former imported car dealer—who was apparently showing the car off at the show—that the vehicle doesn’t actually belong to the importer, but rather to the dealer.
The situation has the police utterly confused. “It is unclear at the moment who the lawful owner is of [the Skyline],” the report filed last Saturday reads, “as neither party was able to produce any paperwork showing ownership.”
This uncertainty forced authorities to take the car away until they could figure out who actually owns the thing. “Due to the fact that the lawful owner of [the Skyline] could not be determined at this time,” the police officer wrote, “the [Skyline] was towed by Daytona Wrecker Service to the Daytona Beach Police Department for safekeeping until Detective Bryant can determine lawful ownership.”
It’s a confounding case for sure, and it only gets weirder from here.
The backstory, according to the report, begins with this: two automobile importers, Myoung Kim and John Stagnitta, had a longtime business arrangement where Kim, who’s 75, imported cars from Japan and had 51 year-old Stagnitta, operating in Orlando, Florida under the name Black Ops Performance, sell them. (Black Ops’ website is currently blank, having apparently suspended operations in late March.)
It’s unclear how long the relationship went on—the report only describes it as an “extended period of time”—but Kim told police Stagnitta had sold “multiple vehicles” that she had brought into the states. But at some point, the pair’s relationship soured, the report said. It’s not exactly clear why that happened.
Stagnitta wouldn’t discuss their relationship in detail when reached Wednesday over Facebook. Kim didn’t seen interested in talking, either. When we called the number in the police report listed for Kim, someone answered but then quickly hung up. Repeated calls went straight to voicemail. We were able to reach Kim’s husband on Thursday morning, but he said he’d have to call us back later. We haven’t heard from him yet but will update if we do.
Yet the now-seized red Skyline may be the reason why the business relationship ended on such bad terms. As written in the report, Stagnitta had told Kim he would sell the 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R for her. (And based on the post above, which we found on the “Black Ops Squad,” a car owner’s club related to Black Ops Performance, it appears that he did try to sell the car).
The report goes on, saying “weeks passed” but Kim didn’t hear back from Stagnitta, so she called him to have her vehicle returned. “Kim got her vehicle back, and she had parked it in her driveway,” the police report says.
It’s not clear exactly when Kim got her car back, but on April 6, according to the report, Kim discovered the Skyline went “missing from her driveway.” She reported the car stolen to the Philadelphia Police Department, which declined to comment on the situation Wednesday.
Kim then contacted Stagnitta, who reportedly “gave her the runaround” by telling her the car was in California, then in Orlando. Kim allegedly flew to both locations, eventually catching up with Stagnitta in Daytona, where the Skyline from her driveway was found at a car show in Daytona Beach. It’s there that police took possession of the car and towed it away to an impound lot, according to the report.
“So with deep regret we have suspend operations,” he wrote. “We will still be getting together as a squad at shows and for cruises. Do your research and watch out for scams and shady importers.”
As of now, it’s stuck in a custody battle, with Kim and Stagnitta at the center. According to the report, Kim was able to show the police the Skyline’s Pennsylvania registration and also a picture of a title on her phone. It’s unclear how she’d have been able to register the vehicle considering the U.S.’s strict 25-year import rule, although some R34 Skylines have exceptions there—rare exceptions.
But Stagnitta told police the car was not Kim’s. Upon being asked if he was the owner, Stagnitta reportedly told officers yes, but that the documentation proving so was all “in a safety deposit box in a bank in Orlando.”
According to the report, Stagnitta told officers he had the “Bill of De-Registration from Japan,” that he’d bought the car from Kim over two years ago, and that he doesn’t believe the car has ever been registered or titled in the U.S.
We spoke with Stagnitta over Facebook messenger about the situation, and he told us that his team is involved in a lawsuit with Kim, that the car actually belongs to one of his clients (Stagnitta would not tell me if he sold the car to this client, or how the client got the car), and that he thinks the client will get the car back soon.
“As far as the car being stolen,” he told us, “we submitted proof to the Daytona Police Department today showing that the vehicle has been in Florida and was in our possession since July last year. That is why there are no charges pending for car theft.”
“We are confident the vehicle will be recovered by our client shortly. I will contact you with a result of the other lawsuit when it resolves,” he said.
We asked Daytona police on Thursday morning for an update on the situation. A police spokesperson only told us: “I’ve just been informed that this is a civil matter. So we have nothing to comment on.”
Stagnitta has had previous runs-in with the law. Police in Brevard County, Florida, arrested Stagnitta for schemes to defraud and grand theft, when he sold an unspecified engine to someone on the Internet for $1,200—but allegedly never sent the part. “[The victim] made an agreement to purchase a car engine from John Stagnitta for $1,200 over the Internet,” an affidavit requesting criminal charges states.
“[The victim mailed] the cashiers check to Stagnitta … on 02/02/04 and Stagnitta received the check on 02/03/04. The check was cashed, however, [the victim] never received the engine which he purchased.” The affidavit went on to say that Stagnitta admitted that he received the funds, and remained adamant that he sent the engine to [the victim], but during an interview he couldn’t provide any proof.
“He admitted to selling the car parts,” the affidavit says, “using the address, phone number and email in this case, but cannot provide docs or recall any specifics on the transaction.”
Court records show Stagnitta struck a plea agreement with prosecutors, and received probation for the grand theft count while the other charges were dismissed. Stagnitta was arrested again for violating his probation in 2006, but was soon after released, according to court records.
When questioned about his past, Stagnitta declined to comment on any legal matters.
Stagnitta has also been having legal troubles more recently. In March of this year, Stagnitta and his company were sued in Florida state court by a plaintiff named Joshua Velasco-Cariaga for conversion, civil theft, breach of contract and fraud. According to the lawsuit, Stagnitta’s business, Black Ops Performance, allegedly received money from Cariaga last fall to finance the purchase of a “custom vehicle” from Japan.
That money allegedly included a $1,500 initial deposit, and then $25,000, which Black Ops Performance had reportedly told Cariaga to pay as soon as the imported -car dealership had “secured” a car in Japan.
The lawsuit alleges that Black Ops said it would buy the car from Japan last September, but after that, Cariaga was left in the dark. “Between September to present,” the document reads, “Defendants have failed to deliver the custom vehicle, failed to regularly provide updates, and refused to return Plaintiff’s Deposit or the Funds.”
It goes on, claiming that Stagnitta had never actually purchased the car from Japan, and then mentions this email that the Black Ops Performance chief sent to the client, indicating that the company had spent Cariaga’s money:
Our intention is to refund you but as [I] said we are not in a financial position to do that right away. . . . I have the payment details for our purchases. I would like to talk to you for a few minutes. Since I already have sta[t]ed in writing that we plan to repay you I’ve basically handed you a victory in any legal action.
When we asked Stagnitta over Facebook messenger for a comment, he responded, saying: “The lawsuit is pending so I can’t comment.”
There’s still a lot we don’t know, especially since we haven’t been able to find much of anything on the car importer, Kim.
Records show she and her husband have had civil judgments filed against them stretching back to the 1980s, but she appears to have no online presence whatsoever. A google search on import-related car forums found only a couple of references to a “Ms. Kim,” but they don’t provide any detail on who she actually is.
We did find that there appears to be ongoing import-related activity operating out of Kim’s listed address in the police report. Shipping records show a company named JDM Exchange Corporation is operating out of the same location in Philadelphia.
A bill of lading from last month shows that used car parts were shipped from Japan to Newark, intended for JDM Exchange, and an eBay user by the name of jdmexchange2005is currently selling an array of Japanese car parts and shipping them out of the Philly area.
Stagnitta, in our conversation, suggested he had ongoing litigation against Kim, but we couldn’t verify if a complaint has been filed as of Wednesday. In his Black Ops sendoff, which was posted earlier on Instagram, Stagnitta said he’s “always strived to provide our customers with JDM Cars that are step above the competition.”
“So with deep regret we have suspend operations,” he wrote. “We will still be getting together as a squad at shows and for cruises. Do your research and watch out for scams and shady importers.”