motorman7

Z cars at the Concours

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    5 hours ago, SteveJ said:

    That's impressive getting the award seeing that there's a 2000GT parked next to you. You faced some stiff competition there. 

    Yes, there were some great cars there.   Mike Malamut's Mazda Cosmo took first in the Japanese class.  His Mazda Rebo and a Honda sport coupe were the 2nd and 3rd place winners.  The Judges graded on restoration excellence. 

    The 2000 GT was easily the priciest car in the Japanese class and garnered a lot of attention.  I would venture to say that my Z got almost as much attention as the 2000 GT.  The show was very busy which blows my mind since the cost to enter is way high at $70.  I usually attend the free show outside and peek through the fence at the cars inside.  The cars in the show were just insane; Bugatti's old and new, Rolls Royce's and ton of Mercedes, Duesenbergs, McLarens, a 1963 Lola GT that had like an 8 man pit crew prepping it before the show, a charger Super Bird.  I could go on and on.  Amazing cars and a lot of fun.   Glad the 240Z was well received.

     

    Oh, one other cool thing happening here:  the Petersen Museum in LA ( https://www.petersen.org/) is doing a year long exhibition starting in May contrasting Japanese and US car design styles.  They asked if my roadster was available to present as part of the display, so I will be loaning that out to them for a year.  Nice to see the Japanese cars getting some visibility.  Also nice to get some free storage :).  I need space

     

     

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    Great job.  Its good to see the old Datsun finally getting some respect.  In high school, my first car was a '73.  Everyone loved the big low compression cars of the mid '70s.  They were big and had big engines, but they didn't move too fast.  There were only two people that appreciated my old 240z.  My girlfriend at the time (now my wife) and myself.

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    11 hours ago, motorman7 said:

    I should update the title of this thread to 'Z cars at the Concours and Museums'.

    My '70 is now on display at the San Diego Auto Museum.  They have an exhibit that started Feb 2, 2019 called "Icons, Cars that Drove our Imagination" : https://sdautomuseum.org/exhibit/icons

    The Roadster is at the Petersen Museum: https://www.petersen.org/1969-datsun-1600-roadster/

    Love that free storage!

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    Rich, Can you tell us a bit about your ‘70?

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    11 hours ago, hiyabrad said:

    Rich, Can you tell us a bit about your ‘70?

    My 1970 Z has been in the family for nearly 49 years (4/70 build date).  I was 9 years old when my dad brought the car home brand new and I distinctly remember the day.  It was purchased in Florida (I have the original receipt), where dad worked on occasion, but driven to California where we lived for a number of years.  My dad owned it and took excellent care of the car for about 38 years.  He passed the car onto me several years before he passed away.

     

    The car is very original and mostly unrestored (I did clean up the engine bay).  The paint is the original 49 year old factory paint job.  The interior is pretty much untouched and still has the original uncracked dash, slightly worn seats, radio, carpet etc.  Undercarriage, glass, chrome, and weather stripping are also all original and have never been removed.  I don’t really do anything to the car other than drive it several times a year just to stretch it’s legs and keep things moving.  It has pretty much been garaged it's entire life.  The car still runs very smoothly and is a nice driver. It has a little over 98K miles on it.

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    5 hours ago, motorman7 said:

    My 1970 Z has been in the family for nearly 49 years (4/70 build date).  I was 9 years old when my dad brought the car home brand new and I distinctly remember the day.  It was purchased in Florida (I have the original receipt), where dad worked on occasion, but driven to California where we lived for a number of years.  My dad owned it and took excellent care of the car for about 38 years.  He passed the car onto me several years before he passed away.

     

    The car is very original and mostly unrestored (I did clean up the engine bay).  The paint is the original 49 year old factory paint job.  The interior is pretty much untouched and still has the original uncracked dash, slightly worn seats, radio, carpet etc.  Undercarriage, glass, chrome, and weather stripping are also all original and have never been removed.  I don’t really do anything to the car other than drive it several times a year just to stretch it’s legs and keep things moving.  It has pretty much been garaged it's entire life.  The car still runs very smoothly and is a nice driver. It has a little over 98K miles on it.

    A time capsule!!! Too cool...

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    On 2/5/2019 at 9:42 AM, motorman7 said:

    My 1970 Z has been in the family for nearly 49 years (4/70 build date).  I was 9 years old when my dad brought the car home brand new and I distinctly remember the day.  It was purchased in Florida (I have the original receipt), where dad worked on occasion, but driven to California where we lived for a number of years.  My dad owned it and took excellent care of the car for about 38 years.  He passed the car onto me several years before he passed away.

     

    The car is very original and mostly unrestored (I did clean up the engine bay).  The paint is the original 49 year old factory paint job.  The interior is pretty much untouched and still has the original uncracked dash, slightly worn seats, radio, carpet etc.  Undercarriage, glass, chrome, and weather stripping are also all original and have never been removed.  I don’t really do anything to the car other than drive it several times a year just to stretch it’s legs and keep things moving.  It has pretty much been garaged it's entire life.  The car still runs very smoothly and is a nice driver. It has a little over 98K miles on it.

    Wow, Rich. A great story and what a beautiful car!!  I will be down in Santee in the next few weeks and will go by and take a look at her. I have a '71 Trans Am that would have fit great in the exhibit.

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    On 4/11/2018 at 9:19 AM, motorman7 said:

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    Congratulations!  I see you have your eyes fixated on that trophy... 

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    Do you think the dealer installed aluminum 5 slots show better than the OE scallop hubcaps? Just curious how the judges work that in.

    Great looking car! Both sets look fantastic to me.

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    Looks like a real nice show.  It's always good exposure to have the Z cars at the Concours events.  Thanks for representing!

    When you mentioned that he was towing out the Volvo and 5 other cars burned, I am guessing that the Volvo was pretty special since he selected it over the other 5 vehicles.  Given that choice, I would definitely take my most valuable or irreplaceable vehicle.

    Also, for what it's worth, you can add the 2nd place in a Concours event to your show resume  😊 .  They usually ask that kind of stuff on the applications.  No need to tel them that there were only two cars in the event.  That's what I would do anyway, LOL.

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    Car looks great on the lawn!  Out of interest, what was the entry fee at Neillo Concours which I assume was a charity event?

    Coming in 2nd to Simon Templar's car is an accomplishment by its self.....

    Thanks for representing the marque so well.

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    15 hours ago, S30Driver said:

    Car looks great on the lawn!  Out of interest, what was the entry fee at Neillo Concours which I assume was a charity event?

    Coming in 2nd to Simon Templar's car is an accomplishment by its self.....

    Thanks for representing the marque so well.

    The entry fee was only $80, which included car, owner, and co-pilot, and breakfast and lunch (with wine/beer) in the Entrant's Pavilion.  But tickets for spectators were $55 at the door, or $45 if purchased at any of the Neillo (sponsoring dealership group) dealers around Sacramento.  Those spectator prices scared away all of my relatives who might have come by.

    There were no charities involved, so I'm surprised at the high spectator prices. 

    I was somewhat disappointed that there were no Triumphs or MGs at this show.  Maybe another event for them that weekend.  I did see a couple of classic MGs coming down Highway 50 from Lake Tahoe the next day, so maybe there was something there, or in Reno. 

    In any event, it was a lot of fun talking with Z fans at a show where Bentley and Porsche were the featured Marques. 

     

     

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