Looking to satisfy your need for speed? An open track day is the safest and most gratifying way to enjoy driving your car at the limit. SpeedTrialUSA has several track days coming up including a Streets of Willow event August 20-21. Check out their website over at http://www.speedtrialusa.com
or click on the flyer below for more information on upcoming events!
Take it to the track!
Summer is here and we all know that Datsuns Are Driven! I’ve been seeing more classic cars on the road in this beautiful weather and it feels like Datsun owners are coming out of the woodwork. I drove my Datsun to work the other day and on the way home spotted this tennis ball green 240z:
I took some local roads to avoid traffic and I was at a stoplight when a Datsun roadster drove right past me! I crossed three lanes to catch up and got behind it at the light. I was very excited to stop and chat with the owner. I assumed he’d pull over but he didn’t so I followed him thinking how terrible am I for being a stalker . That roadster scooted! I had to know what was under the hood.
I followed him all the way to his home and turns out it’s his grandfather’s roadster. He said it’s the only car that made him enjoy driving! It is a ’66 SPL.
He popped the hood open and there was a 1600 engine with dual Mikuni 40’s!!! He made the linkage himself and also fabricated a nifty cold air intake/airbox!
Then I started noticing little details here and there like this oil cooler, elcctronic distributor, water tower conversion, Auto-Meter gauges and split-bumpers!
So get out there and drive your Datsun, you never know what other Datsun owners you may find on the road!
The Z Owners of Northern California (ZONC) hosted the Annual Z Show in Brisbane, CA last Saturday and it was an excellent day! Plenty of Z cars from all eras parked on the grass near the marina with outstanding views of Candlestick Park and East Bay foothills. The venue is reminiscent of the JCCS in Long Beach, but without the Queen Mary! Many Datsun/Nissan owners saw friends old and new in this outstanding location, so big thanks ZONC for an excellent day!
Several cars built by ZCG also attended including Joe A’s
260z, Wade W’s Skyline powered 240z, and Tom N’s boosted 370z(soon to be featured):
Lots of classic Z cars and two turbocharged 510s represented for Datsuns. The oldest Datsun present was a 1967.5 SPL311 roadster:
Check out this LS1 V8-powered 240z with Rota RB-R wheels…Several GT-Rs attended including the AMS GT-R.
Even the parking lot had some cool cars like this killer-stance G37 Coupe.
Congratulations to 1st place winners Matt G (turbo 510), Wade W (RB26-powered 240z), Tom N (370z) and Mike with his ‘67.5 Roadster!
Plenty of great pictures courtesy of Bob J of ZONC and Rob!
If you are a fan of vintage racing come out to Laguna Seca August 18-21 for the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Once again ZONC is hosting a VIP Car Corral for your Nissan/Datsun/Infiniti. To park in the corral you MUST purchase the corral tickets by JULY 10! That is this Sunday folks! It is only $10, allows you to park with other Datsun owners, and it’s literally footsteps away from the track and venue, unlike general parking. See you there!
ZCarGarage has plenty of upcoming project updates to share with you so keep checking the blog! Here is Rob with a report on a sleek, twin-turbocharged Infiniti G37 coupe:
Matt and Josiah are cousins in a family filled with Nissans and Infinitis. Matt had owned lots of American muscle cars and bought the G37 since it had a great combination of performance yet refined ride and style. The power wasn’t enough though…we have all been there! Matt and Josiah came to ZCG to meet with me and discuss options for increasing the G’s output. We came up with a plan consisting of a GTM Twin Turbo Kit (Stage 2) to make sure we had room to grow should the need arise.
The kit installation was smooth and GTM really makes a high quality package. Note the heat shields that hide the exhaust manifolds and the large front mount intercooler that fits beautifully behind the factory bumper:
With the kit installed, the engine bay appears almost stock with only the polished intake pipes deviating from the tame look . There isn’t much to indicate the magnitude of force-fed power that is now being produced 🙂 On the ZCG dyno the Stage 2 kit turned the rollers to the tune of 428rwhp/369tq!
To keep the newfound power “under the radar” we mounted the Defi link gauge setup in the sunglass holder and out of plain sight:
The G37 is now an entirely different machine with the added power and torque and we know that Matt is enjoying his new Japanese super coupe!
You can see more pictures of the build below: