February Odometer Contents
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Z Car Club of Colorado or the Odometer editor.
Gordon’s News In A Flash
It was the first General Meeting of 2020 and we had an awesome turnout. So many members showed up that we hadn’t seen in a long time. It was so nice to meet long time member Al Powell from Fort Collins who made it to his 1st meeting ever. Hope to see you all again at our temporary February 5th location… Mimi’s Café in Lone Tree (near Park Meadows Mall). Back to Overland Golf Course in March.
Talking about March, don’t forget to sign up for our Amazon Tour. Nineteen people have already signed up and the max allowed is 30. I visited the location this week and it is going to be an amazing event.
Did you notice our new dealership sponsor logo on the cover page? It’s true, 3 Larry H. Miller locations have signed on to be our Official Denver Metro Dealership Sponsors. And the service discounts they are offering are very impressive (Login and check out our Business Directory on the Website).
Our PR Director, Nate Derman, has really kicked up our discounts. I have always said that discounts help retain our members and they attract new members. In fact, as soon as Stacey and Tom Ziegelbauer heard about the Larry H. Miller discount, they rejoined. Tom said, “The savings on just one oil change each is more than our membership cost.” Welcome back Stacey and Tom! You were greatly missed!!!
To take advantage of your Z discounts, you will need to show your valid ZCCC Membership Card. You can print one from our Website or ask Membership Chairman Andy Mortenson to print one for you. Then please carry it with you everywhere you go.
Having trouble logging in to or navigating our Website? Having email issues? Our Webmaster, Scott Swiger wants to hear from you. You can email, text or call Scott.
If you are not seeing an Odometer email alert around the first of the month, please go to www.zccc.org and click on CURRENT ODOMETER. Also our Social Media Director, Tiffany Gordon, sends out an alert on Facebook. Please sign up on our Facebook page or Facebook group. Contact Tiffany with questions.
Z Events are another thing members like. Thanks to Patty Troxell for hosting a Car & Caffeine Show, Deb & Mike Ramirez (looking at an event with the Jaguar Club), and Bruce & Cheryl McKenney who are hosting a Vault Museum Tour and The Denver Auto Show. And how about that Progressive Dinner coming this summer. Watch for details. Please consider hosting an event. They make membership a lot more FUN!
A guest speaker is planned for our February meeting at Mimi’s. See you there…
Regardz, Don Gordon, President
February Guest Speaker:
One of ZCCC’s Earliest Founding Members
When: Wed, Feb 5, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Mimi’s Café , 9155 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124
Former club member Jimmer Kerlin, ZCCC Membership No. 14, will be coming to our February General meeting at Mimi’s Bistro. Jimmer will be talking about his parents (membership no. 4) and other’s who started Colorado’s Z Car Club in November of 1983. He will regale us with stories about some of the early events and all the gossip we can glean about our founding fathers and maybe some mothers too.
Check out the old photo on the cover of February’s (pdf version) of the Odometer. This and a 2nd photo were provided for the cover of October 1985, by Judy Kerlin.
Z Business Directory:
The following is a list of businesses that offer discounts on goods and services to ZCCC members. Please visit the business directory under Membership Directory for all of the details on the company’s and the discounts being offered. You must present your ZCCC membership card before discounts and services are provided. Please tell them “Thanks for being a ZCCC supporter”. Nate Derman—Public Relations
- Abra Auto Glass – All Colorado locations
- Alloy Wheel Repair Pro – Colorado Springs
- Banzai Motorworks – Marlboro, MD
- Big O Tires (2 locations only) – Greenwood Village and Parker
- Boulder Nissan – Boulder
- Brakes Plus – Thornton (only)
- BumperDoc – Colorado Springs
- Car Toys – Aurora
- Chucks Discount – Denver
- Courtesy Nissan – Richardson, TX
- Custom Coating – Berthoud
- Dent Clinic – Lakewood
- Discount Tire – Boulder, Arvada and Aurora
- Elevated Audio – Lakewood
- Elite Auto Glass
- Empire Nissan – Lakewood and Littleton
- Euro Wraps – Englewood
- Flitz USA – Castle Rock
- Gary’s Full Service Auto Repair – Aurora
- Global Collision – Aurora
- Greenwood Automotive – Greenwood Village
- IDS – Littleton
- Jazz Car Wash & Detailing – Littleton
- John’s Sunroofs & Window Tinting – Englewood
- Larry H. Miller Jeep – Aurora
- Larry H. Miller Nissan – Highlands Ranch, Centennial and Denver
- The Man Cave – Westminster
- Mike Ward Infiniti – Highlands Ranch
- Motorsport Auto – Orange, CA
- O’Reillys – Nationally
- Prima Care – Denver
- Ralph’s Specialty Shop – Arvada
- South Colorado Springs Nissan – Colorado Springs
- Valley Nissan – Longmont
- WAWD – Denver
- Woodmen Nissan – Colorado Springs
- Z Car Depot – Springfield, MO
- Z Car Source – Phoenix, AZ
To protect club member’s privacy, for events hosted by members, please log into zccc.org to view organizer’s contact info and Google Map.
When: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 @ 7pm
Where: Mimi’s Bistro Cafe’
Directions: 9155 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124
IMPORTANT: During the winter months, the golf course closes early due to shorter daylight and general participation. The staff works late the first Wednesday evening of the month just for the club. The club has an agreement with Overland to meet a minimum of $10 plus gratuity and tax for each guest. Megan is kind enough to take the average for all members attending. While some members spend $20, other spend $5. The board requests everyone attending the ZCCC general meetings to please order off the menu to help insure we have a meeting place in the future. It is OK to share a meal.
March General Meeting – Back at Overland
When: Wed, March 4th , 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Overland Golf Course
When: Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @ 1pm
Where: 14601 Grant St., Thornton, CO 80023 (Lot #4)
Host: Don Gordon
Have you ever ordered items from Amazon? Do you ever wonder how they can get to you in a few days and in some cases, just a few hours?
Tours are only available Monday thru Friday so I apologize this event is during the week. But I made it on a holiday…it’s St. Patrick’s Day and for many of you it is Spring Break. Hopefully you can make it.
Group Tours require a minimum of 20 people. The max is 30. So far 19 have signed up, so there’s still room for a few more. Bring a friend if you’d like.
Requirements: Wear flat, closed toe/heel shoes. Bring government issued ID (driver’s license). Any long hair must be tied back. Headsets will be provided so you can hear what the tour guide is saying. For your security, your email address and date of birth will be needed in advance.
Directions: from I-25, go east on 144th to Washington St. Enter at 146th and Washington. Looking at the building from Washington, park on the right in Lot Area #4 as shown in the photo. If you need handicap parking, meet at lot #4 and I’ll direct you there.
You’re going to see the magic that happens after you click “BUY”. Check out this video as to what you might see during the tour:
When: Sat. April 4th, 2020, 10:00 am
Where: Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street, Denver CO 80202
Host: Bruce & Cheryl McKenney
Cost: $14 Check for online and special discounts that may apply
Come join us and view the 2020 vehicles. The Denver Auto Show, showcases the newest model year import and domestic vehicles. This is a great chance to ask questions of the factory representatives. This year’s events include a glimpse of the future Flying Car, the world’s most expensive vehicles on Dream Street, historic military transport vehicles on Military Trail, race cars exhibited by Sports Car Club of America, antique vehicles from the Forney Museum of Transportation, meet Max the nine foot robot, and much more. For more information see their web site: https://denverautoshow.com/
The onsite parking garage is located off Northbound Speer and Champa. Parking cost ranges from $12 to $15.
Once you enter the main lobby of the convention center, we will gather at the glass windows in front of where the Blue Bear is looking in at 10:00 am.
Please let Bruce or Cheryl know if you plan on attending.
Thanks-Bruce and Cheryl
When: Date: Sat. July 11th, 2020, 8:00 am Vehicle Vault, 12:00 pm Hickory House
Where: Vehicle Vault – 18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway, Parker, CO 80134
Hickory House – 10335 S. Parker Road, Parker CO 80134
Host: Bruce & Cheryl McKenney
Cost: Vehicle Vault museum tour $6 to $12 depending on discount
Come take part in the Car Club of the Month and show off your beautiful car. The Vehicle Vault is a car museum and a custom garage community. The museum/event center is housed in a unique building showcasing a fabulous collection of rare and exotic automobiles. The Vehicle Vault has invited ‘ZCCC’ to be July’s Car Club of the Month. Front row parking will be reserved to show off our vehicles. We will also plan on taking a tour of their gallery of cars at a discounted rate.
After the tour join us for lunch at the Hickory House located a short distance away. The Hickory House offers a variety of barbecue dishes and has won more than 100 awards for “Best Ribs” and “Best BBQ Sauce”.
For more information on each of these venue’s, please visit their web site:
Vehicle Vault: https://www.vehiclevaultco.com/
Hickory House: http://www.hickoryhouseribs.com/parker-map.html
Please let Bruce or Cheryl know if you plan on attending.
Thanks-Bruce and Cheryl
Keep an eye out for these future events:
- March General Meeting – Wednesday, Mar 4th
- Gateway Classic Cars-Denver Caffeine & Chrome – Sunday, May 30th
- Colorado Concourse d’Elegance & Exotic Sports Car – Sunday, June 14th
- ZCCC Bike Ride – Saturday, June 27th
- ZCON (50th Anniversary) – Sep 14-19
- MABC Car Show – Saturday, Sep 19th
Membership News & Club Info
Feb: Gerald Drefahl, Larry Hutfles, Diana & John Inberg, Thomas Siirola (your membership is up for renewal)
Jan: George DelGrasso (your membership is past due)
Dec: William Clark (your membership is 2 months past due and you will be dropped at the end of the January)
Welcome to New Members and welcome back to returning members:
Jose Perez from Denver has a 2005 350Z
Robert Eagon from Arvada has a 1977 280Z
Tom & Stacey Ziegelbauer from Federal Heights have a 2005 350Z “Batmobile”
Memberships – 79
Members – 106
Happy Birthday to You
(2/5) Sandy Bourgeois
(2/10) Katie Collinsworth
(2/16) Robert Eagon
(2/17) Bruce McKenney
(2/18) John Tyler
(2/25) Stephanie Cardozo
(2/26) Tiffany Gordon
(2/28) Steve Kottmeier
Dues: Single Membership $35, Family $45. To receive the Odometer via postal mail add $10 annually.
* The latest issue of the ZCCM is now available.
Subscribers please see Jason Spegal to pick up your copoy at the next meeting. If you would like to join to receive this amazing magazine the cost is $13.50. Payment can be with check or cash. Checks are preferred. Please make checks out to “Z Car Club of Colorado”.
Moving or Have Moved
Don’t forget to update your address, phone numbers and email in the Edit My Profile under your name in the upper right corner.
No Referrals in December
What are they and how do I get them? Refer someone to join the club, and when they do, you get $5.00 Z bucks to use toward membership or apparel.
Meeting Minutes for January
January 8, 2020, Overland Golf Course
The meeting was called to order at 7:04 pm. Welcome to guest Jan Renner
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney
Approval of minutes from the December meeting with the correction of new member Jose Perez not Jose Paris
Vice President Report: Travis Scott
There are currently no events scheduled for January or February. If anyone has a guest speaker that they would like to bring to the club, that member will receive one point for setting up the speaker and the club will buy the speaker dinner
Dec 4th—General Meeting and Toy Drive Collection
Dec 7th—Holiday Party
March 17th—Amazon Tour
Summer Events—Dates to be determined—Progressive Dinner
Vehicle Vault Club of the Month
Jaguar Club Slalom
2020 ZCON in Nashville, TN
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel
Nothing to report at this time
Membership: Andy Mortenson
We currently have 78 memberships, 103 members and 4 renewals
Public Relations: Nate Derman
The club will be changing sponsors for the year. Boulder Nissan will no longer be our club sponsor. The club will now be sponsored by three Larry H. Miller Dealerships. Details are being worked out and will be posted in the Odometer when completed. Most of the vendors will continue to offer club members discount in 2020 and looking to add a few new vendors. The updated list will be posted in the Odometer as well. The vendors will be requesting a membership card to receive the discount. If you need a card please see Andy Mortenson or print one off of the website
Interclub: Alex Millward
The work is continuing on the proposal to host the 2021 ZCon in Denver. Roy Davis and Diana Inberg are helping with the proposal process.
Odometer: Tammy Sanders
If you have any pictures for the Odometer, please send them to Tammy. Submissions to the Odometer are due by the 20th of the month. The How to Links are in the December 2019 Odometer
President: Don Gordon
Birthday greetings to the January birthdays. Patty Troxel has been working on advising and answering questions that have arisen about the Club Constitution. The February meeting has been moved Mimi’s Café at Park Meadows on February 5th. The Denver Auto Show will be April 2 thru the 5th and Bruce McKenney has volunteered to host this show as an event.
Guest Speaker: None
Old Business: Meeting cancellations due to weather will be posted to the website and FaceBook.
New Business: The subscription for the Z Car Magazine is due for the year. The cost is $13.50 for the year. Checks should be made out to the ZCCC.
Winner of the 50/50 give away is Matt Bourgeois for $52.
Meeting adjourned at 8:36 pm
A Note from your Public Relations:
Check out Larry H. Miller’s great discount in the PDF version of the Odometer.
$805,000 Fairlady sale is historic record-breaker
by Nate Petroelje
January 14, 2020
While film-famous muscle cars stole car auction headlines the world over last week, a few sales in Japan this week had us doing double takes. At Best Heritage (BH) Japan’s Tokyo Terrada auction, a 1970 Nissan Fairlady Z432R sold for ¥88,550,000 ($805,700). The sale set a new record for Z cars, and in doing so blew their #1 (Concours) values in our Hagerty Price Guide out of the water.
The Z432R is a homologation-special variant of the already-hopped-up Fairlady Z432. The Z432 cribbed the same S20 inline-six from the “Hakosuka” GT-R and was intended as a high-performance variant of the base-model Fairlady Z. The 432 badging refers to the four valves, three carburetors, and two camshafts in the S20 engine. Around 420 examples of the Z432 were built, all of which were sold in Japan and a few of which have since come to U.S. shores.
Stick with me here. Nissan then took somewhere between 30 and 50 Z432s and modified them further, using them as starting points for rally cars. The Z432R dropped more weight, thanks to a radio and heater delete, lightweight acrylic windows, and body panels that were 0.2mm thinner. The resulting car was nearly 100 kilograms lighter than a base Fairlady Z.
Before we dig into the sales result, a few caveats: Given the scarcity of this vehicle, the Hagerty Price Guide does not have a sufficient data set for the 1970 Fairlady Z432R. We’ll use the Hagerty valuation data for the less rare 1970 Fairlady Z432 to provide some context.
The Fairlady Z432R’s final price of $805,700 is impressive. The previous record for a Fairlady belonged to another 1970 example, a Fairlady Z432 that crossed the block at $253,000 at RM’s 2015 Amelia Island sale. Best Heritage’s Z432R more than triples the previous Fairlady record.
The Z432R sale also more than triples Hagerty’s #1-condition rating for a 1970 Fairlady Z432. Recall that this comparison is not exactly apples-to-apples; our rating is for a Z432, whose production run totaled 420 or so cars. This bonkers Z432R, however, is one of only 30–50 cars. That being said, our data for these non-R-spec cars still provides a helpful backdrop for just how much people value the R model’s rarity.
While this sale registers high in shock value, that doesn’t mean the price is inexplicable. “I wouldn’t say ‘flash in the pan,’” says Hagerty auction editor Andrew Newton. “This car is indeed very rare and very special, [fairly] new to market, and selling in its home market.” Hagerty valuation expert Adam Wilcox concurs. “[This sale] is a sign that Japanese classics are continuing to appreciate,” says Hagerty valuation expert Adam Wilcox. “I’m sure that it helped that this legendary car was auctioned off in its home country, where the fan base was larger.”
We’ve seen a growing appreciation for Japanese cars in recent years as younger collectors bring their tastes to bear on the larger collector car market. It’s why Hagerty’s 2020 Bull Market list contained not one but two Japanese cars from the ‘90s and 2000’s—cars that, in all but their highest variants, were dime-a-dozen cars not that long ago. But, as is the case with both the Integra Type R and a clean version of the Honda CRX Si, rarity is a collector car’s best friend.
Which brings us back to the Fairlady at hand—why did this car notch such an eye-watering price?
This car represents the pinnacle of the nameplate, in period. Now—at least for this car—it can also share in the satisfaction that it’s the most expensive version of the nameplate to ever sell at auction.