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10 Flashback: Yutaka Katayama Interview 2021 marks 16 years since Yutaka Katayama (Mr. K) attended a ZCON in person. This interview was published in Sport Z Magazine back in 2005 and conducted by Brian Long

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From the Editor Moving Parts Out of the Garage ZCON 2021 Event Schedule DIY Tech Around the Curve


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FROM THE EDITOR • ZCON 2021 is just around the corner! By: Art Singer, EIC (ZCCM), Albuquerque Z Car Club The 34th Annual ZCCA Z Car Convention is just two weeks away and you still have time to make plans to attend this years event in Colorado Springs, CO. ZCON 2021 is making its 3rd appearance in Colorado. The first two were held in Aspen in 1988 and Denver in 1996. This years convention also marks 16 years since Yutaka Katayama (Mr. K) last attended a ZCON (Syracuse, NY in 2005) in person. A lot of Z car enthusiast of today probably never had a chance to meet Mr. K, so I thought this would be a good time to reprint a Sport Z Magazine interview with Mr. K by then SZM Japan correspondent Brian Long. Brian has written a few books on the history of the Z car including Datsun Z - Fairlady to 280Z and Datsun Fairlady Roadster to 280ZX - The Z-car Story. Part 2 of Project 240Z began with the removal of all of the California emissions. The smog pump and the exhaust manifold had to go as well as some parts on the balance tube. They were replaced with brass plugs and a header. At the same time a new exhaust pipe and muffler were added. Since the heater hoses were shot, I replaced them with OEM hoses. I had to remove the air conditioner and blower motor to get to the heater valve. That little project turned out to be a big pain in the ass. I hat having to work under



the dash of a 240Z. Up next for Project Z, replacing the interior and making sure all of the lights work so it can become a driver. Want to see your car in print? Got a good story about your Z? Maybe an adventure that’s worth telling. I would love to hear from you. Every model is welcome (240Z, 260Z, 280Z, 280ZX, 300ZX (Z31 and Z32), 350Z or a 370Z). To get started all you need to do is send me an email (arts.zccm@gmail.com). The magazine has had a lot of S30 coverage and as much as I love the S30 (I’m stating a new 240Z project car), I would like to see more variety, including the newer models in the pages of ZCCM. Even the 510 and Roadster owners are welcome to submit an article. ZCCM is still in search of Z-cars for the "Behind the Wheel" section of the magazine. If you own a nice Z and would like to see your car gracing the pages of the magazine and don't mind writing about it then send me an email at arts.zccm@gmail.com to get the ball rolling. Who knows, it might turn into a feature (see above) if there is a really good story behind it! Most BTW's only need between 400 to 700 words and about 5 to 8 hi-res images. This is your chance to see your car in print. So get out from behind the wheel and show the world what you got.

MOVING PARTS ZCCM’s Moving Parts column digs up the latest and greatest parts and accessories for your Nissan, Infiniti, or Datsun. Know of a product that should be featured? E-mail details to arts.zccm@gmail.com.

ZCON 1988-2021 (Second Edition) to be released in October! Reprint vs Revised Edition: I was waiting for Nissan to sell out of their copies of ZCON 1988-2020 and that happened a few weeks back. I was going to do a simple reprinting of the book since my copies have sold out as well. Since ZCON 2021 is just a couple of weeks away it made better sense for me to produce a second edition of the book instead. My orginal plan was to produce a new edition every five years (55th and 60th Anniversaries of the Z car). I still plan on publishing a 3rd (2025) and 4th (2030) edition. With ZCON 2021 so close, it allows me to add this year’s event along with more Mr. K history. I will also have bios on Yoshihiko Matsuo, Johnnie Gable (both, who have recently passed away) and some background on the Original Gangsters. This also allows me to redesign the front and back cover, keeping more in line with the design of the inside pages. What’s Inside: ZCON 1988-2021 takes you back in time to celebrate 51 years of Z-cars, 34 years of ZCON’s, pictures of Z enthusiast cars from around the world and a Foreward from “Mad” Mike Taylor. The book also includes Mr. K Achievements throughout the year’s, along with other prominent national Z events that include Z1 Nationals, Branson Z Fest, MSA West Coast Nationals and ZDayZ, which have all contributed to helping keep the Z revered in the sports car world. And of cousre, the added content listed above. First of its Kind: I believe this is the first Z-car related book of its kind. It’s not about model specifications. Those can be found in any number of Z books and automotive magazines published in the past 51 years. Any Z book by Brian Long are great examples of Z car history. This book is about Z events that have helped create a cult-like following in the Z community. The cost to purchase the revised editon is $40.00. This will include shipping in the Continetal US only. The books will be mailed out in plastic padded, waterproof envelopes and signed by the author if requested. I have attached a copy of the new cover. ATTENTION TO ALL THAT BOUGHT THE FIRST EDITION OF ZCON 1988-2020 The decision to do a second edition instead of just a simple reprint was not made lightly. I spent days going back and forth before making my final decision. If you are a collector of all things Z, then you might want to purchase the second edition since there will be a limited number of copies available after it has gone to press.

TO PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY, GO TO ZCARCLUBMAG.COM NOTE: As with the first edition, this is a limited edition book and there won’t be many extras beyond what is pre-ordered. So don’t delay, get your order in now! If you live in Canada or overseas, you will have to contact me directly since shipping costs are through the roof outside of the United States. If I see an order outside of the USA I will send back a full refund. Email me first! Feel free to email me at (arts.zccm@gmail.com) or call (505-835-9170) anytime with any questions you might have.



OUT OF THE GARAGE • how to: California emissions be gone! By: Art Singer, EIC (ZCCM), Abuquerque Z Car Club Being a Z car that was originally from California, I decided the first thing on my list of “things to do” was to remove the California emissions. The smog pump, exhaust manifold and miscellaneous parts from the balance tube. I replaced the cast iron exhaust manifold with a header. I had it shot peened to clean it up and to remove some surface rust. I was going to have it sand blasted, but I’m pretty sure they are using gold instead of sand because the price about gave me a heart attack. It’s amazing how clean the engine bay looks (clean as in clutter, not clean as in shiny) with all the unnecessary emissions stuff gone. Living in New Mexico is a plus for owners of old cars. There are no emission regulations for any car over 35 years old. Even my 1985 300ZX doesn’t need testing since it is 36 years old. But I’m pretty sure it would pass anyways. I cleaned and adjusted the carbs, replaced all of the intake gaskets and adjusted the valves. The exhaust pipe and muffler were replaced as well along with new hangers. The two heater hoses coming from under the dash needed to be replaced so I had to remove the original air conditioning unit (wasn’t planning on keeping it anyways) I put on OEM hoses that I got from a online company located in Texas. Thank goodness I had removed the passenger seat. I’m not sure I would have been able to



replace the hoses with it there. Space is limited and muscles are pulled easily at my age. I’m pretty sure I won’t have to change them out again. Next up for project 240Z, making sure all the lights are working and replacing the worn out interior so the Z can be driven with a little more comfort.



EVENT CALENDER Tuesday – August 17, 2021 continued Global Z Revel and Opening Banquet Time: 4pm – 9pm Location: Flying W Ranch, 3330 Chuckwagon Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Phone: 719-598-4000 Website: www.flyingw.com

Monday – August 16, 2021 Early Arrivals Time: All Day Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Registration & Z Store Time: 8am – 5pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Tech Inspections – Session 1 Time: 2pm – 6pm Location: Hotel Elegante Parking Lot Socialzing and Hangout Time: 2pm – 6pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Tuesday – August 17, 2021 Registration & Z Store Time: 8am – 5pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Suds n’ Shine Time: 10am – 4pm Location: Hotel Elegante - dedicated ZCON parking area Group Drive to Pikes Peak Times: 8am – 10am, 10am – 12pm 12pm - 2pm, 2pm – 4pm Location: Pikes Peak – 12 miles west of Colorado Springs Tech Inspections – Session 2 Time: 1pm – 4pm Location: Hotel Elegante Parking Lot



Texas Chili Party Time: 9:30pm – 11pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Wednesday – August 18, 2021 Registration & Z Store Time: 8am – 11am, 1pm – 3pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center ZCCA Judged Car Show Time: 7am – 3pm Location: Flying W Ranch, 3330 Chuckwagon Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Phone: 719-598-4000 Website: www.flyingw.com Tech Inspections – Session 3 Time: 1pm – 4pm Location: Hotel Elegante Parking Lot Social Evening “Hump Daze” Special Dinner Event Time: 6pm – 10pm Location: Flying W Ranch, 3330 Chuckwagon Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Phone: 719-598-4000 Website: www.flyingw.com

Host Hotel Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center 2886 South Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 Phone: 719-576-5900 Website: www.hotelelegante.com

Friday – August 20, 2021 continued Drift Exhibition Show and Participation @ PPIR Time: 10am – 5pm Location: Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) Aerial Photo at PPIR Time: Lunch Hour Location: Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) Thursday – August 19, 2021 c Time: 8am – 11am, 1pm – 3pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center ZCON HPDE/Track Day Time: 7am – 5pm Location: High Plains Raceway (HPR) 93301 East Highway 36 Deer Trail, CO 80105 Website: www.highplainsraceway.com Group (non-car) Photo @ HPR Time: 12:15pm Location: High Plains Raceway (HPR) ZCCA Business Meeting Time: TBA Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Denver Downtown InvaZion Times: Buses leave hotel for Denver at 7pm Buses return to hotel at 10pm and 12am, Uber after 12am Location: 16th Street Mall – Downtown Denver

Special Guests Evening – “Tech Talks” Times: 7:30pm – 10pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Saturday – August 21, 2021 Registration & Z Store Time: 10am –3pm Location: The Broadmoor World Arena 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80906 People’s Choice Car Show (all Nissan/Infiniti/Datsun are welcome) Time: 9am – 3pm Location: The Broadmoor World Arena Awards Banquet and Closing Ceremonies Time: 6pm – 9pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Sunday – August 22, 2021 To-Go Cup Send-Off Time: 8am –10am Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center

Friday – August 20, 2021 Registration & Z Store Time: 8am – 11am, 1pm – 3pm Location: Hotel Elegante Conference and Event Center Time Attack, Drag & Parade Laps @ Pikes Peak International Raceway Time: 8am – 5pm Location: Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) 16650 Midway Ranch Road, Fountain, CO 80817 Website: www.ppir.com Z CAR CLUB MAGAZINE



Yutaka Yutaka Katayama, universally known as Mr. K, is the "Father of

By Brian Long

Katayama Interview

the Z car." He's the brainchild who gave Datsun its image in the


utaka Katayama’s association with Nissan dates back virtually to the very foundation of the company. He saw the first Datsun roll off the line, and joined the firm in the spring of 1935. After a varied career within the organization, including a spell in Manchuria when Nissan was planning a factory there, it was in 1958 that Mr. K’s name was at last cast forth into the limelight.

This was the year in which he managed the team that entered—and shockingly won—its class in the RoundAustralia Mobilgas Trial. Shortly after, he was packed off to America to check out the world’s largest automotive market. The rest, as they say, is history. Still active within the company, Yutaka Katayama is a true living legend. His motto, “Love People, Love

Cars, Love Life,” perfectly reflects his personality. Anyone lucky enough to come into contact with him

States and who pushed

knows he loves people and is more alive than ever at the age of 94. As for his love of cars, that's never been in question—he still drives a 350Z....

the top brass in Tokyo for the 240Z back in the 1960s. His contribution to the world of the automobile even earned him a place in the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. Renowned Z author and Sport Z Japan correspondent Brian Long spoke to Mr. K recently at his home in Japan.

The first Datsun sports car seen in the US was the Fairlady Roadster. This is a 1966 example.



SZM: Mr. K, when you were a child, the Japanese motor industry was still

Mr. K: Well, not exactly. I did the pose, but the guy’s physique in the pic-

very much in its infancy. Do you have any particular memories from that time

ture has always been a little bit different from mine!

that may have inspired you to join the trade? Mr. K: Well, when I was six years old, I was sent to live with my grand-

SZM: Your connection with Nissan stretches back almost seven decades, but

parents in the countryside. My mother and father were in Formosa [Taiwan]

perhaps the first time the public got to know about you was in 1952. Can

at the time. However, I kept getting malaria all the while I was out there, and

you tell us about the Australian rally, and why you felt it was so important

had to return to Japan. I was looked after very well, but in those days, there

for Nissan to enter it?

were only kerosene lamps, and there was no telephone; if you wanted to

Mr. K: I knew we couldn’t win—the car was too slow and heavy. But the

call someone, you had to go to the town hall. I remember watching a man

body was very strong, like a little tank! I thought if we could finish, we would

put in the first line for electric lighting, won-

have a very good chance of a class victory, and

dering what was in the cable that enabled the

that would bring us so much good publicity.

lamps to work! That was 1914 or 1915.

Everyone was so nice to us in Australia. We

Anyway, the local doctor often used to ride

learned a lot, especially from Volkswagen, who

past our house on a motorcycle—an old

were very professional. I kept thinking that if we

Indian. I loved the noise, and the smell of the

failed, maybe I should quit! Anyway, after 19

exhaust fumes wafting on the air. But I think

days, we made it, beating cars from Skoda, Fiat,

my main source of inspiration came when I

and Austin, to take a win in our category. A friend

was in the third grade at middle school. I was

of mine worked for Reuters, so our victory quickly

waiting at Fujisawa Station, when a gentle-

made headlines in newspapers all over the world.

man pulled up outside in a Briggs light car. I

It was a great success.

guess most people thought he looked ridiculous on this flimsy contraption, wearing a fly-

SZM: You’ve always tried to promote motorsports,

ing helmet and goggles, but I thought he was

both in the professional and amateur ranks.

great. At that time, I was reading a funny

Motorsports is very important to you, isn’t it?

story in a book called The Shoe of Seven

Mr. K: Yes, but I really like to promote amateur

Miles, about a pair of shoes that allowed the person wearing them to cover seven miles

events. I believe anyone who enjoys driving The finish of the 1958 Mobilgas Trial.

should have access to the sport, which was one of

with each step. The Briggs was so simple, I figured I could make something

the main reasons for helping to establish the SCCJ [Sports Car Club of

similar, and have my own shoe of seven miles! I also remember seeing a

Japan]. But, you know, you don’t have to go to a race track to satisfy the

Hanomag at Kamakura Beach, another tiny car that left a lasting impression

senses. We used to have a great time entering informal gymkhanas, and

on me. Although my father used to go back and forth in a large limousine,

such like. Motorsport has to be accessible to everyone. You don’t even have

it was far too big for Japanese roads, so I was always more interested in

to drive a pure sports car. In reality, if you are having fun driving a pickup

small, lightweight machines. I was very practical as a boy, building radios,

truck, then it’s a sports car, right? It’s what you personally get out of the

and so on, so I thought maybe one day I could produce something like the

machine, not the way it looks.

Briggs, or the Moon a friend of my father's had. Of course, this dream later developed into the Flying Feather, but that's another story.

SZM: When you went to America, a competitions department was estab-

SZM: When did you officially start in the car business?

Mr. K: Well, one of the first people I hired in California was a mechanic,

Mr. K: Luckily, just as I was finishing university, one of my relatives was

as we needed someone to look after the vehicles we sold. His name was

establishing an automobile manufacturing company—the Nissan concern—

Jean LaPlant. After a few weeks, he asked me if he could build a little racer

lished very quickly. What’s the story behind that?

so, being so interested in cars, I knew straight away where my destiny lay.

in his spare time, using crash-damaged cars for parts. I was happy to agree,

I joined the advertising department, which a lot of people said was a mis-

and that was really the start of the Competitions Department. We used to go

take—at that time the section was hardly recognized—but I was happy

to events on the weekends, and gradually a circle of owners joined us. Our

there. They called me a chindoiya [essentially a man wearing a sandwich board—except in Mr. K’s case, one that says “Datsun” instead of “The World is Doomed”], but I didn’t care—I’d definitely found my niche, developing public relations. We used to meet with rival companies in those days, and eventually we founded the Tokyo Motor Show. Actually, I designed the logo, with the man and the cartwheel. Many people still don’t know what it means. If you look, one hand is rolling the wheel, with the other regulating the speed, and the laurels are there to represent victory. By the way, one of the first European visitors we had was Pininfarina, the famous stylist. SZM: I heard a story once that you were the model in the logo. Is that right?

Mr. K’s love of motorsport gave birth to the highly successful Datsun racing program. The Z car was at the heart of it. Z CAR CLUB MAGAZINE




Mr. K and the author pictured during an RJC “Car of the Year” test session. Mr. K is still as involved in the industry as he was 69 years ago.

dealers had small plaques or trophies made up, and eventually it became a big business. Ultimately though, I wanted people to enjoy using their cars and be able to buy parts that would enhance their driving experience. That was the main reason for its establishment. SZM: Datsun’s competition exploits soon became legendary in the States, both for the professional approach adopted by the company and, more importantly, the great success Datsun cars had in SCCA and IMSA events. Mr. K: Oh, yes. I approached Pete Brock, who’d designed the Hino Samurai, to see if he would join us, and prepare the Datsun Fairlady Roadster for racing. That was the beginning of our winning streak in the States. We couldn’t win at first, and just couldn’t figure out why. Later, we discovered there was quite a lot of rule bending going on—people were fitting larger fuel tanks, for instance. However, we didn’t want to adopt the same little tricks and continued to play by the rules, fair and square. Through sheer hard work, we became very successful in a relatively short span of time. After the Fairlady, the 510 and the Z car gave us an incredible amount of victories. I was still more interested in amateur racing though, so when Bob Bondurant—the ex-F1 driver—came to us to see if we would help him with cars for his new high-performance driving school at the Orange County International Raceway, I was more than happy to oblige. I’m pleased to say that Mr. Bondurant and I still have a great relationship.

SZM: I think by now, people will realize that Mr. K’s Collection is more than just a marketing brand, it is a reflection of your life’s work. That many of the parts are for the Z is especially fitting, as you were one of the key figures in the car’s birth, of course. Back in 1969, the original Fairlady Z created quite a sensation. Do you think the new car will do the same? Mr. K: I think it already has! It has to be said, I’m overjoyed to see a new Z car. The Z and its owners have a very special place in my heart. SZM: Mr. K, you are one of only four Japanese to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit. Can you tell us what it feels like to be given this rare honor, and what it means to you? Mr. K: The first time I heard about my induction into the AHF, I couldn’t believe it. I thought, “Why me? I’m just a car salesman from Japan!” But if it was true, it would confirm all my beliefs about the American way—the American people have big hearts, and are so open-minded, so receptive to new ideas. As far as I am concerned, the award was not for me though, but for Datsun. It recognized the achievements of all the dealers and staff that supported me for 17 years, and the enthusiasm the customers have shown for our products to this day. I felt great pride in accepting the award, but did so as a representative of all the workers behind the scenes that helped to make Nissan such a success in the States. From a personal point of view, as a car salesman, I can think of no greater honor. Stepping up to receive the award will forever stand out as a true highlight in my life.


Mr. K’s signature preserved forever at the Automotive Hall of Fame, Detroit. Z CAR CLUB MAGAZINE

From L to R: Who’s the celebrity then, Mr. Leno? Johnny O’Connell in 1995?. Mr. K with the TV version of himself (no, not the dog).

SZM: I believe enthusiasts have the opportunity to come and meet you here at the NISMO headquarters on a regular basis. Even at 94, you still “Love Cars, Love People, Love Life.” That famous catch phrase of yours is much more than an advertising line, it’s a philosophy, isn’t it? Mr. K: Yes, that’s right. You see, for enthusiasts like us, the car is like the seven-mile shoe—it’s so much fun that you want to wear it and enjoy it every day. As for people, one of the first things I did in America was abandon my original office on the eighth floor and move it to ground level, to enable me to meet customers coming in. You have to be close to the general public, mix with them, in order to enjoy each other’s company. You can’t do that if you lock yourself away in a tower somewhere. You only get one chance at life,

Mr. K pictured with the writer and his wife, Miho, on the occasion of Mr. K’s 93rd birthday.

so you have to try and make it as fulfilling as possible.

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29 Detailing Tips & Tricks from the Pros You’re cruisin’ in the Z heading for Colorado Springs, itching to show off your immaculate ride to fellow convention goers. Bugs furiously dive bomb your Z. Then it starts raining. A bee gets in the window, you roll it down to shoo it out when suddenly a dust devil sweeps by, dumping a pound of New Mexico dust into and onto your baby. No sweat. Justin McBee gathered 29 dead-on detailing tips from the two top pros in automotive detailing: Griot’s Garage and Avalon Racing. EDITOR’s NOTE: This article first ran in the Sport Z Magazine’s Summer 2002 issue, with a condensed version running in the ZCCM 2015 issue. This is the full version of the original article with minor updates. Interior Vacuum first: you won’t blow dust into areas you’ve already dusted. Be extra careful with the headliner, it’s fragile. And use a real vacuum with lots of attachments, not an underpowered “car vac.” — Avalon



Shoot compressed air (“air in a can”) into crevices and hard-to-reach places to remove dust. — Griot’s


Use a toothpick while vacuuming to dislodge any stubborn grime. — Avalon


Use a cloth or soft horsehair/synthetic brush to loosen dust from surfaces such as seats, dashes, and consoles. Small paintbrushes work 14


especially well at getting dirt out of small crevices and the seams of seats. — Griot’s


When using a paintbrush, tape over the metal part of the brush. The metal could catch on leather or vinyl, causing it to tear or scratch. — Avalon

being treated. Overspray could find its way to other areas, making them more difficult to clean or, worse, could damage sensitive electronic controls or buttons (especially HVAC and audio components). — Griot’s


Avoid protectants with high silicone content—silicone leaves a greasy feel and attracts dust to a newly cleaned and/or dressed area. — Griot’s

To clean vinyl or plastic headliners, use a terry-covered sponge or dampened (not wet) towel with vinyl upholstery shampoo. Other spray and wipe-off cleaners can leave your vinyl with a dull finish. For the toughest spots, a Teflon-coated sponge dampened with the vinylspecific shampoo works best. — Avalon




When applying protectants or cleaners to your Z’s interior, be sure to apply them to a cloth or applicator and not directly to the surface

Treat overly dried areas of leather with a leather rejuvenator, which is designed to penetrate deep into the leather and help soften

the hide. If your leather is newer or still in good shape, using a good leather care treatment and cleaner should do the trick. — Griot’s

Exterior Wash and wax only when the paint is cool— dawn, dusk or in the shade. If your Z dries too quickly you’ll get soap spots. — Griot’s


cotton (polyester can scratch your paint). — Griot’s


Choose a carnauba-based wax— detailers widely agree that they last longest. — Griot’s & Avalon


Remove jewelry before washing—rings, watches, etc. Even belt buckles and jean rivets can scratch your paint. — Avalon


Follow a “top to bottom” pattern, starting with the top, hood, nose, fenders, doors, rear deck and rear of the car. — Griot’s


Never underestimate the value of a Q-tip. — Avalon

Engine Bay To clean out loose debris under the hood or to dry your engine after cleaning, use a leaf blower instead of compressed air. Compressed air, which works well, can be so powerful that it could remove stickers, even paint. — Avalon

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Before you use an engine degreaser, start your Z and let it idle for 2-3 minutes—a warm engine is easier to clean than a cold one as it helps loosen gunky deposits of grease and oil. The engine should be warm but not hot to the touch. — Griot’s


When cleaning glass, layer towels on surrounding paint surfaces to protect against overspray. — Avalon


Do not use a pressure washer or high pressure stream of water because they can cause water to penetrate seals/weather stripping and other areas and might even damage the paint. — Griot’s


When cleaning tires, always apply the dressing first to the rag. This avoids overspray and allows for even application. — Avalon


There are many things to consider when cleaning your engine. Novices should purchase the detailing manual from Griot’s Garage or read Avalon Racing’s online tutorial. — Griot’s & Avalon


For your tires, use water- and polyurethane-based protectants (don’t use petroleum-based tire dressings—they attract dirt). Tires will have a more natural look than the high-gloss overdone alternatives. — Avalon Use creamy (not chunky!) peanut butter to remove dried wax from hard plastic and vinyl areas. — Griot

Avoid using pressurized steam to clean your engine. Not only does it indiscriminately remove all grease and oil, it can remove paint from the engine block, structural braces, and other areas of the engine bay. — Avalon

Use the right tool for the job: a horsehair brush for painted areas, nylon brush for plastic parts, brass brush for aluminum parts, and stainless steel brush for steel parts. — Griot’s

When hand polishing or waxing, use a “cross-hatch” method—rubbing one direction then going back over that area perpendicular to the direction you just went. This will help avoid swirl marks normally associated with the “wax on, wax off” circular method. — Griot’s


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To keep chrome or painted lug nuts scratch free, put a heavy-duty plastic freezer bag over them when loosening or tightening. — Avalon


To clean your exhaust tips and mufflers, use SOS pads. — Avalon


When cleaning painted areas, there is only one place to use a soft toothbrush on your car: your Z’s lettering (located on the tail and side light lens). A toothbrush can scratch other areas. — Avalon


Use a towel to dry your car. Be sure the towel wasn’t cleaned/dried with a fabric softener (they don’t allow the towel to soak up moisture well) and that it is 100 percent

Unconventional Cleaning Materials: Here is a list of cleaning materials that you might not think of keeping in your traveling detail kit. • Compressed air (air in a can) • Toothpicks • Horsehair brush • Nylon brush • Brass brush • Stainless steel brush • Q-Tips • SOS pads • Soft bristled toothbrush • Peanut butter (creamy) Z CAR CLUB MAGAZINE


AROUND THE CURVE ZCCM is for car clubs and their members. We encourage you to join your local club or consider starting one of your own— it’s a great way to grow the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun community. If you already belong to a club and you don’t see it listed contact Art Singer at arts.zccm@gmail.com or 505-835-9170 for more information on how your club can become a partner.

• Partner Club Directory Arizona Desert Z Association Location: Phoenix, AZ Contact: George Geringer Email: dza@desertzassocation.com Website: desertzassociation.com California Group Z Sports Car Club Location: Southern California Contact: Ian Stewart - President Email: ian@groupz.com Website: groupz.com Z Club of San Diego Location: San Diego, CA Contact: Chuck Golden Email: chucksbarandgrill@cox.net Website: zcsd.org Z Owners of Northern California Location: Northern California Contact: Linda Williams - President Email: pres@zonc.org Phone: 408-761-1869 Website: zonc.org Colorado Z Car Club of Colorado Location: Denver & surrounding area Contact: Jason Spegal Email: jspegal@spegalnetworks.net Website: zccc.org

Indiana Indy Z Club Location: Indianapolis, IN Contact: Scott Caylor - President Email: IZCC@indyzcarclub.org Phone: 317-698-8144 Website: indyzcarclub.org Kentucky Bluegrass Z Car Club Location: Louisville, KY Contact: Bill Edens - President Email: bzcc@bellsouth.net Phone: 502-241-3812 Website: bluegrasszcarclub.com New Hampshire Z Car Club of New England Location: New Hampshire Contact: John Jeffries - President Email: john@baddogparts.com Phone: 617-510-2694 Website: zccne.org New Mexico Albuquerque Z Car Club Location: Albuquerque Metro Area Contact: Nelson Ackerman Email: nlackerman1@aol.com Phone: 505-239-6833 Facebook: Albuquerque Z Car Club

Connecticut Connecticut Z Car Club Location: Connecticut & surrounding area Contact: Ross Williams Email: officers@ctzcc.com Website: ctzcc.com

New York Z Association of New York Location: Upstate New York Contact: Mike Roth Email: rothm@srgarch.com Phone: 518-857-5026 Website: zanyz.com

Illinois Windy City Z Club Location: Chicago Metro Area Contact: Ty Ozgen Email: tyozgen@gmail.com Phone: 630-910-3616 Website: windycityzclub.com

North Carolina Triangle Z Club Location: Raleigh, NC Contact: Bud Hansen - President Email: budhansenus@hotmail.com Phone: 919-215-2698 Website: trianglezclub.com

Ohio Cleveland Z Club Location: Northern Ohio Contact: Karen Karl - President Email: kmk@bricekarl.com Website: Clevelandzclub.com

Texas Cowtown Z Club Location: Ft Worth and Arlington Area Contact: Mike Brunner Email: mtbrunner14@hotmail.com Phone: 817-441-6471 Website: cowtownzclub.com

Z Car and Roadster Owners Club Location: Central Ohio Contact: Jessica Padavana Email: jessica.padavana@gmail.com Phone: 614-315-1955 Website: zroc.org

Z Club of Texas Location: Dallas Metro Area Contact: “Mad” Mike Taylor Email: zmadmike@airmail.net Phone: 214-533-0922 Website: zcluboftexas.org

Oklahoma Oklahoma Z car Club Location: Tulsa and Oklahoma City Contact: Pete Pitchford Email: petepitchford@gmail.com Phone: 405-612-1146 Website: okzcc.com

Virginia Tidewater Z Car Club Location: Eastern Virginia Contact: Todd Wagner Email: zfixers@cox.net Phone: 757-851-8098 Website: tzccva.org

Tennessee Middle Tennessee Z Club Location: Central Tennessee Contact: Bob McGehee Email: rmcgehee22@gmail.com or mtzclub@gmail.com Phone: 615-260-5669 Website: middletennesseezclub.com

Z Car Club of Northern Virginia Location: Tysons Corner Contact: Bernie Bilski Email: yugobernie@cox.net Website: zcarclubnova.org

Smokey Mountain Z Car Club Location: Eastern Tennessee Contact: Tony Price Email: tonyprice1@yahoo.com Phone: 865-681-7986 Website: smokymountainzcarclub.com

Washington Z Car Club of Washington Location: Washington State Contact: ZCCW Officers Email: officers@zccw.org Website: http://zccw.org/zccw/ Facebook: Z Car Club of Washington Members Web Based Z Car Clubs Classic Zcar Club Location: Internet Contact: Mike Gholson Website: classiczcars.com

UPCOMING EVENTS 34th Annual ZCCA Z Car Convention (ZCON) Date:August 16 thru August 21, 2021 Location: Colorado Springs, CO Details: zcon.org




SU ‘roundtop’ carbs were first developed for Nissan in the 1960’s by SU Carrburetter Ltd. Due to stricter emission standards, the roundtops were replaced in 1973 by more emissions friendly Hitachi flat top carbs which in turn were replaced by fuel injection. SU Carburetter Ltd. decided to produce a limited supply of the origional ‘roundtops’. These are the exact same carbs from the 1970’s but with upgraded hoses and gaskets to be able to tolorate ethanol. SU Carburetter Ltd. also developed a more advanced set of SU’s for your Z car. The 2019 edition (ABF973) can be installed in about 2 hours and includes an integrated enrichment valve for easier cold starts, a dual pass through fuel feed system that helps balance fuel levels between carbs, an integrated float system that resists vapor lock and a dyno tested needle configuration that allows you to drive easily around town without sacrificing performance. Both versions are new in the box and require no core charges or exchanges. HIF44 velocity stacks for the 2019 Roundtop are a traditional race track option that looks great on the street. A mounting system has been developed to handle deep K&N filters. HIF44 - $100 a pair plus shipping

Classic Roundtops - $975 plus shipping

ABF973 - $1175 plus shipping

Turn key installation available at Choice Auto Repair, Raleigh NC 919-233-0033 For more info visit: roundtopfuelsystems.com

ZEDD FINDINGS Zedd Findings has been selling the Z & ZX floors, front frame rails along with the lower rear panel for over 25 years. We have recently added the inner rocker panels for the 1970 to 1978 Z cars, as well as much more to Z enthusiasts all over the world. “Small enough to listen - large enough to service” Replica Z & ZX Floor Systems, Front Frame Rails and Rear Lower Panel

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