2020 April Odometer

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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.

ZCCC Members,
ZCCC is committed to the health and safety of our members, visitors and guests. We are closely monitoring advisories from the State of Colorado and various health sources regarding the COVID-19 threat. This directive was approved by the ZCCC Board of Directors and is being communicated to all of our members.

As of now the April and May monthly meetings are CANCELLED.

The following ZCCC events are CANCELLED. The Board will reassess in April and May regarding June’s events and will advise accordingly. Members are asked to check the ZCCC Website Event listing for updates regarding Events in June.

Board meetings for April and May will be via phone conferencing. If you wish to participate, please contact President Don Gordon.

We recommend the following precautions be observed by all club members, whether in public places or while traveling as a club or your daily routes:

  1. Minimize human contact (no hand shaking); try to remain at least 6 feet away from other people.
  2. Wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and hot water, or use a sanitizer gel.
  3. If you don’t have a tissue, use your sleeve to cough.
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  5. Use knuckles or elbows to push elevator buttons or open doors when possible.
  6. REMAIN AT HOME and/or self-quarantine if your health is compromised, if you’ve recently traveled internationally or by air, or if you’re simply not feeling well.

As we receive more information on the progress of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will revise these measures and issue a notice to ZCCC members via the Odometer, Website and FaceBook.

Gordon’s News In A Flash

I hope you are all doing well!!!

Your Board has been discussing whether or not to have our April 1st General Meeting. Our first interest is the safety and well-being of our members. With so many things cancelling around us, I was hoping we could still offer members a fun night out. We are a group less than 50 and we all know one another. But as reports, rules and restrictions continued to come in from federal, state and local sources, our hands were getting tied. And the final straw was when I received notice from Overland Golf Course that they had to close down. Considering an alternative venue is not an option either as everything else is closed. 

So for now, our April 1st and May 6th General Meetings will be cancelled.

Events are being cancelled as well…The Denver Auto Show on April 4th, The April Fools Rally on April 5th, The Larry H Miller Dealership Tour on April 25th and the Caffeine & Chrome Car Show on May 30th.

We have a lot of positive momentum built up and we don’t want our members to forget about the exciting things planned for our club. 

Perhaps one of you would like to host a Z Car Drive where we can all meet at a location, stay in our cars, communicate via cell phones and 2-way radios, stop for some take-out food and get out and have a little fun during these difficult times.

Or perhaps one of you has an idea for a VIRTUAL event. Please let me know if you’d like to host something. 

If you haven’t tried one of our Social Media platforms, now may be your opportunity to stay connected with your fellow members. For Facebook, please join our Facebook Page (Z Car Club of Colorado) or Facebook Private Members Group (Z Car Club of Colorado Members) or Twitter. For those of you who don’t want to start Facebook, you can still see what’s happening by going to  https://www.facebook.com/ZCarClubOfColorado/

I will leave you with the words from my doctor’s office…

Stay safe, wash your hands often, get plenty of rest, and practice social distancing.

Don Gordon, President


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.

April General Meeting – CANCELLED

When: Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)

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.

CANCELLED – May General Meeting

When: Wed, May 6th, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)

CANCELLED – Denver Auto Show

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

Will try for next year.

Thanks-Bruce and Cheryl

CANCELLED – April Fool’s Rally, 2020 “Vision Quest”

When: Sunday April 5th 2020, 10:00 am
Where: Bandimere Speedway parking lot, 3051 S. Rooney Rd. Morrison CO
Host: Gail Mund
Cost: $10.00 per vehicle

Will try for next year.
Thanks – Gail

CANCELLED – Tour Our Larry H. Miller Official Sponsor Facilities

When: Saturday April 25th 2020, 11:30 am
Where: 7685 E. Arapahoe Rd, Smokin Dave’s BBQ
Host: Cheryle Derman
Cost: $$$ Lunch

Will try and reschedule after this crisis has passed. Thanks – Cheryle

CANCELLED – Gateway Classic Cars Caffeine and Chrome Car show

When: Saturday May 30, 2020, 8:00 am
Where: Meet at Perfect Landing Restaurant
Host: Patty Troxell
Cost: Car Show: $Free, Lunch: $$$

Will try and reset for this fall.
Thanks – Patty

Colorado Concours d’Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show

When: Sunday June 14, 2020, 7:00 am, Show from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Arapahoe Community College
Host: Roy Davis
Cost: $50.00 per vehicle
Registration Deadline: Wednesday May 15th Registration Link

Time to start planning for this year’s 36th C.P. car show to be held on June 14, 2020 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 at 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

Vehicle Vault and Hickory House

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, Lunch $$$

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:

  • ZCCC Bike Ride – Saturday, June 27th
  • Progressive Dinner – TBD
  • ZCON (50th Anniversary) – Sep 14-19
  • 8th Annual MABC Car Show – Saturday, Sep 19th

Membership News & Club Info

Renewals Due…
April: Ron Banuelos, Mario, Jo & Vince Busnardo, Jack & Gail Epling, Nick Linch, Gail Mund, James & Karen Peterson, Mickey Santana (your membership is up for renewal)
March: Debbie & Bob Carlson, Luis Lagomarsino, Bruce & Cheryl McKenney, JoAnn Sainz-Dean, (your membership is past due)
Feb: n/a (your membership is 2 months past due and you will be dropped at the end of the March)

Welcome to New Members and welcome back to returning members:

Joe Brinkmann from Lone Tree, 1982 280ZX
Marcio Forleo from Lakewood, 1973 240Z

Membership Information
Memberships – 82
Members – 110

Happy Birthday to You

(4/3) Fred Minister
(4/5) Walt Caron
(4/16) Mickey Santana
(4/22) Gary Amelon
(4/25) Mario Busnardo

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

ZCCM Magazine

ZCCM Subscribers, if you have not already picked up your issue of the ZCCM please see Jason Spegal to pick up your copy 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 out checks to “Z Car Club of Colorado”.
Thanks, Jason Segal

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 March
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 February

March 4, 2020, Overland Park Golf Course
The meeting was called to order at 7:02 pm
Welcome to new members Craig and Linda Williams
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney
Approval of minutes from the February meeting
Vice President Report: Travis Scott
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
Past events:
Upcoming events:
March 17th—Amazon Tour_CANCELLED
April 4th—Denver Auto Show
April 5th—April Fool’s Rally
Aprill 25th—LHM Dealership Tour
May 30th—Gateway Coffee and Chrome
May 30th—Concourse d’Elegance
June 27th—Bike Ride
July 11th—Vehicle Vault and Lunch
Sept 19th—Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church Car Show
Sept 14-19—2020 ZCON in Nashville, TN
Future Events—dates to be determined
Progressive Dinner
Jaguar Club Slalom
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel
Nothing to report at this time
Membership: Andy Mortenson
Not present at the meeting
Public Relations: Nate Derman
Nothing to report at this time
Interclub: Alex Millward
Not present at the meeting
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 March birthdays. Thank you to Jason Spegal for creating a high resolution image of the Club logo for use on the new banners. The Board will be presenting Boulder Nissan with a plaque recognizing their contribution and support of the Club. The Board would like to make changes to the website to make it easier to locate the vendors discount list.
Guest Speaker:
Old Business:
If you are not receiving emails from the Club please contact Scott Swiger
New Business:
Winner of the 50/50 give away is Robert for $44.00
Meeting adjourned at 8:11 pm


Looking for 300zx 90′ to 95′
Hi, I have been looking for a 300zx standard or Twin Turbo Years 1990 to 1995. Colors Red, Silver, Gray, Black or may be what I can find. Can go out of state to find if needed, does anyone have a lead? Joined the club, but a car would help…..zoom, zoom. Chris 720 935 1609 or email furydesign@hotmail.com

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The Manual Transmission Is Dying, But Here’s Why It Absolutely

How to Stay Safe in Winter Weather
Take basic safety precautions to limit the threats posed by season’s first storm
10/08/19 Traffic Safety

DENVER (Oct. 8, 2019) – Hazardous storms and inclement weather are a factor in half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter, according to research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. AAA urges drivers to slow down, be cautious, and prepare for worst-case conditions during their morning commutes. Before heading out, visit CoTrip.org for the lat-est road conditions and incident information, especially if you are driving over mountain passes.

“It doesn’t matter what kind of car you drive. Snow and ice pose significant risks to every single motorist, and doubly so if they’re accompanied by high winds,” said AAA Colorado spokesman Skyler McKinley. “Budget extra time, take it slow, and keep a vigilant eye on traffic conditions in front of you. You’re not invincible, and watch out for the driver who thinks that he or she is.”
AAA is encouraging drivers to be prepared and offers the below tips.

Winter Driving Kit

  • Keep an emergency kit in your car with tire chains, abrasive such as sand or kitty litter, small shovel, flashlight with extra batteries, ice scraper, rags or paper towels, flares or other warning devics, booster cables and a first aid kit. material
  • Bring blankets, jackets, hats and gloves for you and your passengers
  • Pack waters and snacks, such as energy bars, and bring pet food if you’re traveling with four-legged friends.
  • Charge your mobile phone before you hit the road.

AAA Safe-Driving Tips for Slick or Icy Roadways

  • Slow down: Accelerate, turn, and brake gradually. Adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself ample room to stop. Allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.
  • Don’t tailgate: Normal following distances of three to four seconds on dry pavement should be extended to a minimum of eight to ten seconds when driving on slippery surfaces. The extra time will provide additional braking room should a sudden stop become necessary.
  • Watch the traffic ahead: Slow down immediately at the sight of brake lights, fishtailing cars, sideways skids, or emergency flashers ahead.
  • Avoid unnecessarily changing lanes: This increases the chance of hitting a patch of ice between lanes that could cause loss of vehicle control.
  • Use extreme caution on bridges and overpasses: Black ice typically forms first in shaded areas of the roadway and on bridges and overpasses that freeze first and melt last. Although the road leading up to a bridge may be fine, the bridge itself could be a sheet of ice.
  • Move over: Move over one lane for law enforcement and emergency roadside assistance personnel assisting motorists. It’s the law. If you can’t move over, slow down.
  • Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible.
  • Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road.

AAA Tips for Braking on Ice

  • Minimize the need to brake on ice: If you’re approaching a stop sign, traffic light, or other area where ice often forms, brake early on clear pavement to reduce speed. Maintaining control of your vehicle is much more difficult when braking on ice-covered roadways.
  • Control the skid: In the event of a skid, ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go.
  • If your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS): Do not remove your foot from the brake during a skid. When you apply the brakes hard enough to make the wheels lock momentarily, you will typically feel the brake pedal vibrate and pulsate back against your foot. This is normal and the system is working as designed. Do not release pressure on the pedal or attempt to “pump” the brakes.
  • If your car does not have an anti-lock braking system: Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to modulate the pressure applied to the brake pedal so the brakes are at the “threshold” of lockup but still rotating.

AAA Tips when Icing Conditions Affect Vehicles

  • Completely clear off your car before driving: Failing to remove all snow and ice from the hood, roof, trunk and all windows of your vehicle can endanger other motorists and seriously limit your visibility while driving.
  • Ice coated windshield/windows: NEVER pour hot water on windshield or windows. This can cause the glass to break. Use vehicle defrosters to melt ice for easier removal. Don’t use windshield wipers to remove ice – this will damage the blades.
  • Frozen windows: Do not continue to push the power window buttons if the window is frozen. It can damage the mechanics inside the door and can also cause the window to break.
  • Frozen locks: Never use water to thaw frozen locks. Instead use commercial deicing products or heat the key and lock with a hair dryer. A lighter can also be used to heat the key.
  • Frozen windshield wipers: If windshield wipers are frozen to the windshield, use the heater and defroster to melt the ice before turning the windshield wipers on. When you arrive at your destination, remember to pull the windshield wipers away from the windshield to prevent refreezing.

AAA Tips when Your Car Gets Stuck

  • Stay in the vehicle: If you leave your vehicle, you will become disoriented quickly in wind-driven snow and cold.
  • Conserve gas: Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat.
  • Breathe easy: While running the motor, open the window a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Clear snow from the exhaust pipe regularly.
  • Be visible to rescuers: Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine. Tie a bright colored cloth, preferably red, to your antenna or door. After the snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you need help.
  • If you are a AAA member: Call us (1-800-AAA-HELP), download the mobile app, or request service online in order to receive emergency roadside assistance.
  • Have your membership card and ID ready.
  • Allow us to confirm the year, make, and model and location of your vehicle.
  • Allow us to confirm the nature of the breakdown so we can send the appropriate resources to properly service your vehicle.

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