2020 August 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.

The August monthly meeting will be held via ZOOM

The following ZCCC events are happening with social distancing guidelines in place and wearing of face masks. The Board will reassess regarding Septembers events and will advise accordingly. Members are asked to check the ZCCC Website Event listing and Facebook for current updates regarding Events in August and September.

The Board meeting for August will be via ZOOM 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.

Let’s Keep Everyone SAFE!

I wanted to start off this month by thanking our Public Relations Director, Nate Derman. Did you see the FOUR PAGES of companies that represent our Business Directory listed in the July Odometer? Nate brought this impressive list back from the dead. Hopefully you are taking advantage of your club discount at these businesses and be sure to show your membership card when you go.

Add to this the great members we have hosting both virtual and physical events. Six FUN events in July alone. Tiffany Gordon kicked off the month with a new cooking show with several members learning how to make homemade tortillas. Then Bruce McKenney got about 15 of our Z cars front row seating at the Vehicle Vault car show and museum. And Tammy Sanders’ drive and Children’s Hospital donation brought so many toys to so many kids. Thanks to Jim Revesz who had a booth promoting his headlight restoration company (see Bright Lights in our Business Directory list) at the Sēb’s car show. Alex Millward had a unique Scavenger Hunt. And Tiffany Gordon ended the month with a School Supply Drive for students in concert with our sponsor…Larry H. Miller Nissan.

Then look at the many members wanting to be on the Board. In past years, trying to get someone new to the Board has usually been a struggle. You still have a chance as we will take nominations from the floor at the August General Meeting and voting will take place at the September General Meeting.

Nate and Cheryle Derman brought a new friend with them to the Children’s Hospital event and to Sēb’s and hopefully Stewart and Christine will be joining. I also know that VP Travis Scott has gotten several people interested in joining. And our Membership Chairman, Andy Mortenson, has announced that we’ve seen a very nice increase in our membership numbers.

With all this positive energy, you’d never know we were in the middle of a pandemic. Thankfully our members are respectful of masks and social distancing.

Lots of momentum in the right direction usually means there is more FUN to come. I hope to see you at the August 5th General Meeting via Zoom.
Don Gordon, President

The Passing of a Great Z Car Leader-Yoshihiko Matsuo

One of the most influential sports car designers has passed. Yoshihiko Matsuo, who was the team lead of the 240z, worked alongside Mr. K to create one of the most iconic sports car lines that is still successfully running 50 years later. Matsuo-san, who’s birthday was this past Friday, turned 87. The following day, Matsuo-san rode his motorcycle to the hospital after dealing with pneumonia related complications and passed on the day after his birthday.

He began sketching cars early in his childhood and worked on concepts such as the three-wheeled truck while starting out in a small division of Daihatsu. Soon after receiving his college degree, Matsuo-san landed a job with Datsun, where his first project was the Datsun Baby. He went on to be a key part of the Bluebird 410 design team, which was lacking success, and thus came the Bluebird SSS, which was his first performance project. After a warm reception in the industry with the SSS, he was put in charge of the new sports car project, spearheaded by non other than Mr. Yutaka Katayama.

The iconic design became an instant hit during it’s release in 1969 in Japan, and completely change the sports car industry once hitting the US markets in 1970. His successful vision has lead to hundreds of thousands of devoted enthusiasts that have grown over the years. His energy and enthusiasm for his work was often put in the spot light the past couple decades for stateside fans every year at the International Z Car Convention, which is held in conjunction with the Z Car Club Association. Matsuo-san was often seen mingling amongst his fans, just as any other enthusiast would be, except he would be discussing his designs and willing to sign autographs and tell stories with anyone nearby. He would often be a part of the Convention’s special guest discussions, and give a full detailed presentation of his design from start to finish, which was truly impressive to be a part of.

Matsuo-san leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire Z enthusiasts for years to come.

Thank you for your dedication and efforts put into the Z family, Matsuo-san.
Article from Z Car Depot

From Chris Karl, Executive Director of the Z Car Club Association (ZCCA)…

A legend of the car community has departed us. Yoshihiko Matsuo, the Design-team lead for the Datsun 240z passed away this past 11th. His family held the news private and services were yesterday. Friends in Japan have confirmed this – he was 87 years of age.

Matsuo-san was an incredible man and friend. Yes, he helped to deliver a revolutionary sports-car to the masses with Yutaka Katayama and his team. However, he was a kind person with a passion for life and cars. He’s leaving behind a legacy of people his interactions touched and his work has become the root of a 50-year sports car legacy for Nissan.

I first met Matsuo early on in my ZCON (ZCCA International Z Car Convention) attendances in the early 2000’s. He’s been our guest at ZCONs since 2000 in Las Vegas, and I was honored to have him as my friend over the years.

The whole automotive community – in particular the Nissan Z enthusiast community – will be mourning Matsuo-san’s passing in the weeks, months and years to come.

It goes without saying that we’ll do our best to remember our friend, Matsuo-san, at ZCON Nashville.

From ZCCC Member Diana Inberg…
I met Matsuo–san personally. This is a picture of him signing my hat at ZCON 2019 in Branson, MI and his signature is on the dash of my Z.

Roy Davis,
As reported last month, Roy Davis had stents put in following a massive heart attack. Roy’s wife Stormi wanted the membership to know the following;

“Roy had a heart attack mid-June and besides requiring 4 stents, he had a damaged valve. After a week in the ICU he came home but had to return a week later to find his valve was torn and would have to be replaced needing open heart surgery including a bypass… It was tense times in the ICU, but he beat the odds. Another week later while on the cardiac recovery floor, his rhythm went bad which involved another emergency surgery. This time they put in a combo pacemaker/defibrillator. He’s now in acute rehab due to come home on Tuesday, July 21st. Your generosity will make his return home much easier and we both so appreciate it. Love to you all.”

We wish Roy and Stormi the very best! If you would like to send a gift or a meal to Roy at home, please do. Stormi and Roy would greatly appreciate heart healthy meals to lessen the burden of having to prepare or think about dinner. If you would like to prepare a low fat, low salt, healthy meal for the family, please click here to sign-up: Meals for Davis Family.

To: The Z Car Club of Colorado
Hello to the Z Car Club of Colorado it is Roy Davis, and yes I am still hanging around. It has been a rough past few weeks for me. I am back home now and want to thank you all for all the prayers, wishes and support I have received. It is very much appreciated. I just wanted to get a short note in the newsletter and thank you all.
Roy Davis & Family

Kathy DelGrosso
ZCCC is wishing you the best for a successful open lung surgery, quick healing and a safe return trip home.
Wishes and Prayers are with you.

New Nissan Z Book

Nissan Z: 50 Years of Exhilarating Performance

This gorgeous hardbound book has over 175 color glossy pages displaying every model of the Z car. It will make a beautiful addition to your library or a very impressive coffee-table book.

Active Memberships (those members each accumulating 15 points or more) this year will be getting this book as their Active Member gift (one book per family).

We will have a few extra books for sale at the discounted member price of $35. (MSRP is $45). Members George & Kathy DelGrosso already paid for and reserved their copy. If you want a book, please let VP Travis Scott or President Don Gordon know. It’s on a first come, first serve basis.

Proposed Ballot for ZCCC 2021 Board

  • President: Don Gordon
  • President: Alex Millward
  • Vice President: Gail Mund
  • Membership: Andy Mortenson
  • Treasurer: Bill Lohringel
  • Secretary: Cheryl McKenney
  • Public Relations: Nate Derman
  • Inter-club Liaison: Travis Scott
  • Odometer Editor: Tammy Sanders

Nominations from the floor will take place during the August General meeting.
Voting will happen in September. Members will be notified how voting will happen once details have been worked out. Come out and Vote


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.

August General Meeting – via Zoom

When: Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 @ 7pm
Where: The convenience of your home or office. See instruction for logging on below.

September General Meeting – subject to change during these difficult times, stay tuned!

When: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 @ 7pm
Where: Overland Golf Course, 1801 S Huron Street, Denver, CO 80223 (Near Santa Fe & Evans)

August 5th General Meeting Agenda

  • 6:30 PM: “Doors Open” Start Zoom online check-in (see How To Log-in to Zoom instruction on next page)
  • 6:30 – 7:00: Opportunity to socialize as everyone logs in
  • 7:00 – 7:10: Call meeting to order, Welcome everyone and explain meeting guidelines
  • 7:10 – 7:15: Introduce new members and guests
  • 7:15 – 7:35: Individual Board Reports
  • 7:35 – 7:45: President Report
  • 7:45 – 7:50: Old Business/New Business – Nominations from the Floor
  • 7:50 – 8:00: Question & Answer period
  • 8:00 – 8:10: Door Prizes
  • 8:15 PM- Adjourn

How To Log-in to Zoom General Meeting

Wednesday August 5th

Wanting to check out the Z Car Club of Colorado? Hoping to meet up with Nissan and Datsun enthusiasts? Normally unable to attend our monthly meetings because of distance? We hope you can join us this month!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to meet in person for the August meeting but we WILL meet virtually via Zoom.

Many of us have already used Zoom for some aspect of life during this pandemic If you have not used it before, instructions are below.

We will start with a social check-in from 6:30pm-7:00pm. Then our official meeting will begin at 7:00 pm. During the social check-in everyone can speak freely and nobody has to be on mute. During the meeting we will respectfully mute everyone and will monitor the chat if you have a question. We will also save time at the end for Q and A’s. 🙂


If you would like to SEE everyone, join by computer (that has a camera and a mic) or smart phone. This allows you to see and share your screen or camera. You can select “audio only” if you prefer others not seeing you. Please test your computer camera and/or microphone when you first log in.


  • Direct link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/4993543489?pwd=amdGZ05QbUh2R0FmcXA0TUt2TUdxUT09
  • • If you have never used Zoom before you will be prompted to download and run the Zoom app on your smart phone or computer. Future meetings will then just open in the app automatically. You do not have to create a Zoom account un-less you want to host your own meetings.

If you don’t have a camera but would like to hear and speak to everyone, you can join by phone. You can use any phone (including land-lines) to participate via audio only. Dial this number (646) 568-7788

  • You will be asked for the Meeting ID: 499 354 3489
  • You will be asked for the Password: 123456

Hints if using the phone option:

  • To mute/unmute yourself on the phone hit *6
  • To raise your hand on the phone hit *9

If you are having technical difficulties please call Tiffany at 720-334-8195 or Don at 720-477-0146.

Zoom is inclusive for all. As long as you have a phone you can join us. We hope to Z you there.
Thanks, ZCCC Board

Z Drive Southeast

When: Sat. August 15th, 2020, 8:30 am
Where: Tipsy’s Liquor World, (5869 S. Alkire Street, Littleton, CO 80127)
Host: Tammy Sanders
Cost: $0.00

Grab your favorite co-pilot and lets go for a drive. We will be heading for a spin through Douglas and Elbert Counties. For those looking for a short drive, there will be opportunities to shorten the drive. The short drives are: When we reach Hwy 85, Turn North and head back toward Denver or wait till we get to Sedalia. Another option will be when we reach Monument at Hwy 105 and I-25 for a restroom break.

We will continue east on Hwy 105 to the east side of CO Springs continuing our drive on the country roads making our way back north to Hwy 86 before turning homeward.

Today’s drive is a ½ day (3.5 to 4 hrs. long). With social distancing guidelines being mandatory because of Covid 19 I’m not comfortable stopping somewhere to eat so lunch is not planned for. Please bring drink and snacks. Also bring radios (channel 5.30) so we can communicate. For additional info and/or to let us know you are going, please contact us.

Roy’s Drive by Cruise

When: Sun. August 16th, 2020, 10:30 am
Where: Southwest Recreation Center: 9200 W. Saratoga Pl. Littleton, CO
Host: Travis Scott
Cost: $0.0

Roy has been through a lot lately and is one of the toughest guys I know. His twin turbo 300ZX is amazing inside out, I know he’s missing driving it and winning trophies at ZCON.

He is finally going to be able to go home and probably missing the Z car by now. Let’s get together to drive down Roy’s street honk, wave and say hello from our cars, then do a short cruise after. We will meet nearby at Southwest Recreation center at 10:30am. Preferably be on South Garland St but heading north bound which turns into Saratoga Pl if you’re heading from Belleview and park on the right. We’ll leave from there and cruise down Roy’s street nearby, Stormi has confirmed it will be a good time for him. Afterwards a short optional 40-minute cruise around deer creek canyon and back to 470.

Virtual Z Car Show Bingo Party!

When: Sat. August 22nd, 2020, 10 am to 12 pm
Where: Zoom with your car
Host: Alex Millward
Cost: $2.00 per card with 1/2 proceeds going to the club 1/2 going to winners
Deadline: Register by 7 pm August 19th send email to am300zx

What does a good classic game of BINGO have to do with a virtual Z Car Show?   Pull out the Z-car, pull up the Z-chairs next to the car, grab a cool beverage and your laptop or smartphone and let’s sit around and have an old fashioned game of BINGO while we  admire all of the beautiful cars being represented.

Log into the Zoom meeting at 10:00 am, and the BINGO dice will roll at 10:15.  

If you are unable to position yourself in front of your Z Car (quite alright) submit a recent photo of your Z car so we all know which car you are representing! 

33rd Annual ZCON
“The 50th Anniversary of the Z Celebration”

When: September 14-19, 2020
Where: Nashville, TN
Roy Davis and Alex Millward

ZCON 2020 is still on in Nashville. Some changes to the schedule and cancelations have been made. Please check the schedule for further news.

Zaturday Drive

When: Saturday, September 19 time TBD
Where: Details to come
Host: Andy Mortenson
Cost: $0.00

I’ve recently learned that the big car show at my church on September 19th has been cancelled due to Corona Virus. Rather than let that date go to waste, I’ve decided to host a Zaturday drive instead. Some of you may remember a drive we took back in 2013 where we met at Ken Caryl Ranch and drove up to the Brook Forest Inn in Evergreen for lunch. It was a very scenic drive on a lot of fun twisty roads so we’re going to do it again. Unfortunately, the Brook Forest Inn is closed so I’ll find another location to end the drive. I’m going to make a couple other changes and I might even turn it into a rally. Look for details in the September Odometer.

Z Drive Fall Colors

When: Sat. September 26th, 2020, 8:30 am
Where: East Tin Cup Market, (17881 W. Colfax Ave, Golden, CO 80401)
Host: Tammy Sanders
Cost: $0.00

September is a time when Colorado show’s off its colors. We will meet in Golden and make our way west. Our highlights will be driving past beautiful Echo Lake and Mount Evans, Georgetown, Guanella Pass, and 285.

Today’s drive is a ½ day (3.5 to 4 hrs. long). With social distancing guidelines being mandatory because of Covid 19 I’m not comfortable stopping somewhere to eat so lunch is not planned for. Please bring drink and snacks. Also bring radios (channel 5.30) so we can communicate. For additional info and/or to let us know you are going, please contact us.

Nissan’s Finest

When: Sunday, September 27, 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Where: Andy’s Frozen Custard, 3505 River Point Pkwy, Englewood, 80110
Host: Travis Scott
Cost: $0.00

Nissan celebrates this year a half a century of history and heritage with the 50th anniversary edition models of the GTR and 370z while also releasing a teaser commercial for a new Z car. These variations and other older Nissan sporty vehicles are becoming desirable and more commonly imported now and have their own enthusiast community. I want to do a collaborative event with all Nissan enthusiast and their sports cars to enjoy the end of summer. Please invite anyone with any Nissan make or model. There will be awards based on voting for each model. The third and fourth generation Nissan Skyline known as R32 & R33 can be imported to the USA and has a huge following, their group has confirmed they will attend hopefully about 15 or more of them. I have contacted a few of 1990’s 240sx owners that will attempt to get 10 cars or so. I’m hoping we can get all of our Z cars down there, a lot of them have Z cars as well or are into Z cars. Vehicles will be spaced out to accommodate social distancing and please bring mask, Andy’s frozen custard is excited to have us.

Picnic Drive

When:  Saturday, October 10, 10:00 am (5+ hrs)
Where: Northwest corner of W. Eisenhower Blvd, and Wilson Ave, Loveland, CO
Host:    Ira Sanders 
Cost:    Bring Picnic Lunch

Pack a Picnic basket and head out for the day with us.  We will meet in Loveland at the Northwest corner of Eisenhower and Wilson in what used to be the K-Mart parking lot.  Access the lot by turning North on Wilson Ave.  We will leave Loveland heading west and then be driving up into the foothills.  We will continue northwestward where we will stop for lunch along the way. The drive will include the towns of Masonville, Stove Prairie and Rustic as well as the very scenic Poudre Canyon. This drive is a long one and we will make stops for restroom breaks.     

Colorado’s weather can be unpredictable.  If the weather has been nice, feel free to bring your Z.  Otherwise, drive what you feel comfortable considering the weather.

Mandatory social distancing guidelines are to be followed.  Please bring drink, lunch, snacks and radios (channel 5.30) so we can communicate.  For additional info and/or to let me know you are going, please contact us. 

July Event Wrap Up

Check out the PDF version of the Odometer for all the details on How Much Fun ZCCC members had. A BIG THANK YOU  for July’s Event Photos:

  • Nate Derman
  • Don & Tiffany Gordon
  • Ira & Tammy Sanders

We are in the beginning steps of adding Photos to the web event announcement. Go to  Past Events to check out the Scavenger Hunt. Let us know what you think.

Membership News & Club Info

Renewals Due…
Aug: Nate & Cheryle Derman, Ron Gardner & Carole Weckbaugh, Bill Grodeska, Shawn Krebs, Matthew McDole, Joe McVicker, Mike & Deborah Ramirez, Dave Sandbach, Jason Spegal, Patty Troxell
(your membership is up for renewal)

Jul: James Revesz, Travis Scott
(your membership is past due)

Jun: Walt Caron, Robert Marlow
(your membership is 2 months past due and you will be dropped at the end of August)

Welcome to New Members:
Tyler Clemens, Englewood, 1979 280ZX
John Fasciani, Roxborough, 2004 350Z
Stewart & Christine Golditch, Aurora, 2011 370Z
Michael Nigro, Parker, 2015 370Z
Beau Chandler, Parker, 1993 300ZX Convertible, 1990 300ZXTT (Right hand Drive)

Membership Information
Memberships – 92
Members – 122

Happy Birthday to You
(8/1) Debbie Carlson
(8/1) George DelGrosso
(8/5) Christine Golditch
(8/25) Cheryl McKenney

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

ZCCM Magazine
ZCCM Subscribers, the latest issue of the ZCCM has arrived.  Due to the ongoing circumstances the issue will be mailed to your address on file, and I will be reaching out to you over the next few weeks to confirm your address before mailing.  For those who are not subscribers, 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”.  For any questions or interest please reach out to Jason Spegal. Thanks,

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.

Cheryle Derman received $5.00 for new members Stewart & Christine Golditch
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 July 1st via Zoom

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 pm.
Secretary Report: Cheryl McKenney
Minutes from the June were motioned, seconded and approved.
Vice President Report: Travis Scott
The active member gift this year will be the Nissan Z Book and will be one book per membership or couple. The Club will be ordering extra books and selling them for $35.
Past Events:
June 13th – Virtual Shine and Show
June 20th – Father’s Day Drive
June 27th – Bike Ride
Future Events:
July 4th – Z-licious Tortillas
July 11th – Vehicle Vault
July 18th – Children’s Hospital Toy Donation & Drive
July 18th – Seb’s Recreation Center Car Show
July25th – Summer Fun Scavenger Hunt and Rally
August 15th – Z Drive Southeast
August 22nd – Z Car Show and Bingo Party
September 14-19th – ZCON
September 19th – Turning into a Drive
September 26th – Z Drive Fall Colors
Treasurer’s Report: Bill Lohringel
Not present at the meeting with no report.
Membership: Andy Mortenson
The Club has 87 memberships and 116 members with 2 returning members. The Club welcomed 6 new members in June.
Public Relations: Nate Derman
Two new vendors have been added to the Vendor List.
Interclub: Alex Millward
ZCON is still set for September and you may request a refund if you will not be attending. The work is continuing on the video for the bid for ZCON 2021 to be held in Denver.
Odometer: Tammy Sanders
If you have any pictures or articles for the Odometer please send them to Tammy. Submissions to the Odometer are due by the 20th of the month. Event write ups for the Odometer need to go to the Vice President, who will then submit it to the Odometer and Social Media.
President: Don Gordon
Birthday greetings to the Club members with birthdays in July. Per the Constitution a nomination committee consisting of Cheryle Derman, Judy Gordon and Tiffany Gordon has been appointed. The slate of officers running consists of Don Gordon and Alex Millward for President and Travis Scott and Alex Millward for Interclub Liaison. Each candidate will speak about their qualifications at the September meeting. The August meeting will once again be a virtual meeting and voting will also be done virtually. The Annual Banquet will be held virtually on our regular meeting night where active members will be announced and active member gifts will be delivered. The latest issue of the ZCCM has been received and Jason Spegal will be sending them thru the mail.
Guest Speaker: None. Old Business: None. New Business: None.
Drawing was held this month
Meeting adjourned at 8:31 pm.


Odometer Ad Submission Info

None this month

A Note from your Public Relations:
Check out Larry H. Miller’s great discount in the PDF version of the Odometer.


Thank You to Steve Kottmeier for the submission of this article from Road and Track

The Legend of the World’s Fastest Nissan 300ZX

The 300ZX that’s the equal of the RUF CT-R.

Northwest of Hiroshima, a storm is building. Rolling into throttle in third gear, an almighty roaring surge fills the cabin, the sound, power, and fury of two Nissan GT-Rs slugging it out underhood. Two melon-sized turbochargers, each the same as found on a Group C Porsche 956, huff out city-flattening boost levels and and a four-figure power output. This engine is the work of a man they called “God Hand.” It’s the biblical driving force behind a tuner car demigod – the fastest 300ZX twin-turbo ever made.

Twenty years ago, this thousand-plus-horsepower beast scorched a record-setting run into the Bonneville salt flats. You’ll still find it on page 18 of the current Bonneville rulebook report: Blown Gas Modified Sports (/BGMS), August 1991, JUN Auto, 260.809 mph. Two hundred and sixty miles per hour. To put this achievement in perspective, the owner of one of the first 2005 Bugatti Veyrons would need to shell out $1.5M, insert a special key while stopped, and go through a long pre-drive checklist to hit a top speed that was 7 mph slower than a Nissan went in 1991.

Ah, you say, but the Veyron is a road-car. Building something that fast to be street legal is a little more complex. Well, this is Japan. So the parachute’s been unbuckled and a license plate slapped on. It’s sheer insanity. But then, infusing tuner cars with madness has always been the cornerstone of JUN Automotive, Japan’s version of RUF.

Junichi Tanaka died in March of this year, so opening up the taps on one of his wildest creations feels a suiting tribute. Born into a family of metal-smiths, Tanaka founded JUN as a machine shop in Tokyo, in 1980. His first products were aimed at getting more power out of the L-series engine in the Datsun 240Z, known as the Fairlady in the Japanese market. A stroker kit to take the Z’s 2.4L engine to 3.5L was a popular offering.

By 1985, JUN had moved into turbocharging, with a twin-turbo kit for the rather homely 280ZX. At a time when the C4 Corvette’s V8 made just 280 hp, Jun’s 280ZX put out performance equal to that of the not-yet-built ZR-1. The same year, Tanaka founded a body shop capable of building composite panels. When the Nissan 300ZX twin-turbo arrived on the scene, JUN was ready to take it faster than any other Japanese car had ever gone.

The black 2+2 300ZX pacing us today has a piece of that racing history under its hood. Built in 1990, it is a clone of JUN’s first Bonneville attempt, including the actual mirror-polished intake that the first car used.

That first attempt is a bit of Japanese performance otaku legend. Three 300ZXs arrived at the Bonneville salt flats in 1990. The previous year, a tuner named Daijiro Inada led a small expedition to Bonneville. This second delegation included cars from tuning houses Central, TBO, and JUN.

Up to this point, Japanese tuners tilting at speed records had been confined to the Yatabe circuit, a banked oval just over a mile in circumference. The 300ZXs were far too fast for such confines, but the tuners had little experience running on salt. Even so, their first efforts raised eyebrows. TBO’s car went 209.8 mph. TBO managed a best of 223.8 mph. JUN was the fastest of the three, at 228.3 mph.

At the wheel of the JUN 300ZX was Susumu Koyama, JUN’s resident tuning genius. Nicknamed “God Hand” for his uncanny mechanical abilities, Koyama’s work was at the heart of JUN’s most powerful creations. To some fans, he was also known as Professor Engine.

All three tuners returned home to Japan to a hero’s welcome. Immediately upon arriving, JUN and Koyama received a special request – was the Bonneville car for sale? It wasn’t – the company had already made the decision to go back and try for more speed the    following year, but a one-off commission was possible.

The black 300ZX is that commission, delivered in 1990. Built on the longer-wheelbase 2+2 for added stability, it is owned by Tomohiro Aono, who has a small collection of very high-speed cars, all tuned in Japan.

“It was always my wish to prove that Japanese mechanics could build the fastest cars in the world.” He grins, pointing to his Gumpert Apollo prototype. “We are thinking, with this one, that 1.8 BAR (26psi) is maybe possible.”

In its heyday, this 900 hp 2+2 must have been one of the fastest things on the road in   Japan. It surges into power with a relatively linear powerband, the five-speed shifter as heavy in action as that of an F40. Everything about it is a throwback to an era where   tuner cars ruled the streets, from the Bride seats to the auxiliary boost gauge and turbo timer. It should have ruled the streets.

But no. There was another.

In 1991, JUN returned to the salt with this car, which featured an all-new engine design. A huge intake manifold surge tank tents the hood, with a front-end streamlined for speed. Roof vanes and a rear diffuser keep the car stable at speeds above 200 mph, and extra metal clamps are added to keep the glass from getting sucked out.

The engine is bored out slightly to 3.1L, it features twin KKK 27.2 turbochargers and 890cc injectors. It also has reworked manifolds to allow easier replacement of the turbos – the 300ZX’s engine bay is notoriously cramped, and Koyama wanted to be ready for any eventuality.

Koyama settled behind the wheel, and ran the 300ZX to a best of 260.809 mph. It was the first Japanese car to record a speed of greater than 400 km/h (249 mph). The 420 plates on this car mark its achievement in km/h.

On their return, JUN attached plates to the car, and ran it out to the Daikoku Parking Area in Yokohama, the unofficial nerve centre of Japanese car culture. From there it passed to a private owner, and later this year into Aono’s possession. The car had been sitting for a while, and needed some attention at JUN to get back in fighting trim. On high boost,  power is now just shy of 1200 hp.

It’s an absolute monster. The acceleration is crushingly violent, more powerful in the   midrange than the 2+2. The power just flings you towards the horizon with eye-bleeding ferocity, while the suspension violently amplifies any ripple in the pavement. Stripped to bare metal inside, the record car is also incredibly loud, a V6 roar screaming backup    vocals to an overwhelming tidal wave of hissing boost. The fully manual brakes have the feel of steeping on a block of wood.

It’s an experience more to be survived than enjoyed, but driving this car does feel like a privilege. This 300ZX is a piece of history, a missile from a time when Japanese performance cars seemed without limit. Nearly three decades later, you could park it next to a modern GT-R and Acura NSX, and it would still have more power than both combined.

JUN Automaker, as the combined bodywork and tuning arms were now called, went on to underline their Bonneville success with more than twenty years of performance. They built everything from time attack Mitsubishi EVOs to rally-prepared Subaru STIs.  Simultaneously, JUN held the US import drag-racing record with an 8.8 second Honda Civic, contested in the Japanese Touring Car championship with an R32 GT-R, and ran a 1000 hp Mk IV Supra above 249 mph at Bonneville.

It was a time when anything was possible. Echoes of that time still reverberate in the    tunnels and canyons of rural Hiroshima prefecture. They sound like thunder. They sound like the storm.