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It’s official! ZCG is going to the 2018 Classic Motorsports Mitty April 27-29 at Road Atlanta in Georgia. This year, Nissan is the featured marque!

 

 
 

Road Atlanta has been home to The Mitty event for over 30 years where Datsuns dominated the racing scene. Names like Bob Sharp, Walter Maas, Jim Fitzgerald, Kirk Allegro, Don Devandorf and of course our hero John Morton have all won at this historic race track. RA was also the location of this epic Datsun commercial with John:

 

 

The BRE Datsun 240z driven by John Morton at The Mitty

 

We are extremely thankful and stoked that owner Randy Jaffe invited us to The Mitty. John Morton will be piloting the #46 BRE 240z once again! The entire ZCG crew will be running pit crew beginning 4/23 for testing through the race weekend ending 4/29. Somebody pinch us, we are running pit crew again for #46 with John Morton…our last race event with the legendary driver was the 2017 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca. Following the Historics, we performed post-race maintenance to prepare #46 for its trip back home to Randy in Georgia.

 

  
  
 

He showed the Z at several shows including ZCon 2017 and Atlanta Festival of Speed and now it’s time for it to be on the track again with Morton at the reigns!

 

Our tent will be in the paddock alongside Nissan and their fleet of historic race cars! Please stop by and say hello, we will have refreshments and love chatting about Datsuns.

 
 

 

Datsun Racers Making the Trip

Sweet historic Datsuns/Nissans will be racing at The Mitty. We will be transporting the Jim Fitzgerald “Designated Hitter” car (full story in a future post) and Bluebird Coupe with help from the good folks at RacecraftNW:

 
 

We are very happy for our friend and fellow racer Glenn Chiou. He is making the trek to Road Atlanta to race his VIP’s Z:

 

We also hear that a large contingent of West Coast Datsun Roadsters will be attending: Bob Studdard ’67 2000 (owned by Phil Mendelovitz), Ron Carter’s ’67 2000 and Michael Anderson’s recently acquired Rock Vest 2000:

Bring Out Your Nissan/Datsun!

This year the Classic Motorsports Mitty is showcasing Nissan as the featured marque. That means the track and infield will be bustling with historic examples. Bring yours out and enjoy the weekend at Road Atlanta. We were impressed with the showing of Datsuns back in 2010:

 
 

Speaking of history at Road Atlanta, when we spotted this blue KA24E-powered Datsun 510, Rob recalled an inspiring story about its creator, the late Tom Wyatt III (Turbo Tom).

 

Tom entered his turbocharged L-series Datsun 510 at The Mitty where he consistently outpaced much more powerful sports cars. By the end of the day he was racing with the Corvettes and Cobras. He beat a Porsche 930 on a lap by nine seconds, and a race prepped 427 Cobra by 3 seconds. The race staff didn’t know what to do, so they gave him a custom made trophy and told him not to come back next year!  That is how you DO IT IN A DATSUN!

See you at The MITTY!

 

 




FUN RUN: Datsun Roadsters 1/28/18

Filed under: Events,Featured Cars and Projects
by Alvin G @ 1:30 am on January 29, 2018

 

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day in the Bay Area, perfect for a quick drive in our Datsun Roadsters.  Our destination was Uvas Reservoir and I joined Rob and his family in Sora while I drove my ‘67.5 SPL. Leaving our meeting point of 76 on Foxworthy/Almaden:

 

Z Car Garage shop dog Kane loves riding in the roadster!

 

Despite being only 25 miles from the heart of Silicon Valley, the landscape near Uvas Reservoir is entirely different with farmlands, rolling hills and idyllic bridge crossings:

 
 

At the reservoir we flagged down this Datsun enthusiast, also out Enjoying The Ride! It was none other than David Carroll in his beastly 1975 280z:

 

 

You might recognize David’s Z as a contestant in the Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Competition and numerous road course/autocross events. Dubbed “570Z” when he initially ran a LS1, the  Z now sports an LS3 with over 500whp. Those are 315/30/18 tires at four corners! He gave us a nice fly-by check out the video below:

 

 

We snapped a few more pics of the cars and headed back home, it was fun to “exercise” the roadsters:

 

More pictures in the gallery below and remember, Datsuns Are Driven!

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EVENTS: Blackhawk Z Gathering Featuring BRE/Pete Brock 4/7/18!

Filed under: Events
by Alvin G @ 12:55 pm on January 11, 2018

 

The Z Owners of Northern California (ZONC) are hosting the annual Blackhawk Z Gathering Saturday, April 7. Special guest Pete Brock will be giving a talk at the Blackhawk Museum on the same day! Register your Nissan/Datsun and get admission to the museum to see Pete Brock on ZONC’s website below:
Registration HERE

 

This is always a fun time and a beautiful venue, legendary Pete Brock is not to be missed. Z you at Blackhawk!

 





EVENTS: Holiday Fun Run!

Filed under: Events,Performance
by Alvin G @ 5:17 pm on December 27, 2017


Our friend Glenn Chiou organized a local fun run yesterday. We had a blast tearing up the backroads with 7 Datsuns. The run started in Downtown Saratoga up HWY 9 to 35 and to Alice’s where we met with another roadster owner. At the vista point on 35 we were stoked to see another Z car had joined us by luck!

 
 

From Alice’s we drove down 84 and took a welcome detour via Stage Rd. This is a road I have not driven before and it was awesome.

We stopped for some pictures, here is the crew:

My 67.5 and Mike B’s Datsun Roadsters:

 
 

Lloyd’s S30 and Glenn’s RHD FairladyZ:

 
 

Rob’s 510 and Kevin’s RL411:

 
 

Stage Rd. took us into Pescadero where we stopped for beer at Duarte’s. Everyone checked out Kevin’s 411, full story on zcarblog.com soon!

 
 

 

The road home was Pescadero Rd/84 back down Skyline. A good time was had by all!

Happy New Year! Here’s to more fun runs in 2018. More pics in the gallery!

 
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Happy Holidays From Z Car Garage

Filed under: Events,Featured Cars and Projects
by Alvin G @ 1:09 pm on December 22, 2017

 

***HAPPHOLIDAYFrom Z Car Garage***

 

One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the new year. From all of us at Z Car Garage we thank our friends, family and customers again for another exciting and productive year! Please note our holiday closure below:

 

*ZCG will be closed from 12/22 to New Year’s Day. We will re-open for business on  1/2/18*

 

Before we take a look back at highlights from 2017, check out our exciting plans for 2018 including motorsports events and several customer projects.

Catch us at Road Atlanta in Georgia for the 2018 Classic Motorsports Mitty April 27-29. We will be running pit crew again for John Morton piloting the #46 BRE 240z owned by Randy Jaffe. Nissan is the featured marque!

 

Just a few of the many customer projects coming along at the shop including full restorations:

Scott W’s 260z is slated for completion in Spring. This Z has a complete color change, ZCG Big-Brakes and a sweet 3.2L with Jenvey ITB fuel injection:

 
 

Tim N’s 1973 240z will also be getting new paint, a 3.2L with Jenvey ITBs and our ZCG Big Brake Kit:

P1040417 P1040421
 

Richard Y’s series 1 240z is fresh from paint:

 

Tuning of the OS Giken TC24B1Z, turn up your speakers and enjoy!

 

Several Z32 projects will be completed as well, look for full reports next year!

 

We are excited about our new Big-Brake kit for small (14″) wheels. Debuting at JCCS earlier this year (report soon) we have performed a few local installations into Z cars and 510s. Look for an official offering early next year for S30s, 510s and other Datsuns.

 
 

Changes at Z Car Garage

Stay tuned for announcements in 2018 including a new website and business changes!

 

Highlights from 2017

Enjoy these highlights from 2017 and  Z you in the New Year!

Davids 240z Restoration

OS Giken TC24 Hakosuka

Erics DR30 RB26DETT Skyline

Alvins Datsun Roadster on Petrolicious

Richard Ms 370z on Smoking Tire

Solvang Datsun Roadster Show

Hakosuka Runs Spring Classic at Seca

R32 Skyline featured on Ignition Series

Visiting Spriso Motorsports

Rolex Motorsports Reunion

SEMA Show

ZONC Annual Car Show

 




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