Z Day Report

The number of cars at this year's Z Day were slightly down on last year but I think there were just as many people in attendance. Looks like a few of the regulars had issues with getting the Zed out of the garage this year. The forecast rain held off for most of the day but a few would of got wet feet on the way home.

Once again there were also a good smattering of Datsun's and I would like to thank the members of the Perth Datsun club for making the effort to come along and show off their fine cars. Especially since they had already attended another show and shine in the morning. Unfortunately this year's feature cars (engine transplant Z's) didn't turn up in big numbers with only two making it. A first for this year's show was the appearance of Aaron Hillsdon, Aaron is a graphic artist whose hobby is drawing cars, he brought along posters and calendars he has produced using all of the Zeds ever made. He also was taking orders for personal drawings of member's cars. If you would like to see his works go to his web site http://drawsyourcar.bigcartel.com/product/z-car-poster

I would like to thank the committee for all of their efforts and Shaun Carey for the gas, ice and big esky. Without all the little jobs being done none of this would be possible. Also very big thank you to Martin Falconer of "Tune Right" for donating the sausage sizzle and drinks on the day.

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Our winners for this year were:

Perpetual Trophy for members only went to George Kallidis for all of the efforts he has gone to restoring his 260Z in a unique manner, complete with wood grain dash.

People's choice for the best 240Z / 260Z went to Rodger Bennetts and his very nice 240Z. The competition in this category was very close with Rodger winning on a count back of second choices from Howard Trevenen's 240Z and the blue 260Z of DadSon racing fame.

People's choice for the best non S30 car was a very clear win to the Datsun 180B SSS owned by Brian.

New for this year was the "Pist'n-Broke" trophy. A trophy that in future years will be given to a nominated member that has done something outstanding in the field of silliness. As this year we didn't ask for nominations I automatically awarded it to the man who broke his piston so we could have the trophy made. Well done Chris Bothams and thanks to Peter Harrold for making the trophy.

Well done to all.

Z Day 2015 18th October

DATSUN 240Z & 260Z REGISTER of WA (inc) Z DAY.

I hope you have put the 18th of October in your diaries. Zed day is soon to be here and bigger and better we hope. This year we are featuring those Zeds with different engines, either V8's, turbo Nissan or whatever has ended up tickling the fancy of the owner at the time. There is a lot of interest in these types of hybrids, so bring yours along and we will feature it in the middle of our display. We might be able to persuade one of the owners to give us a few words on the pros and cons of the popular modification.

All of our regular features will also be happening, trophies for the people's choice best S30 zed, the perpetual trophy for members only, judged by one of the committee on a topic chosen on the day. For example in other years this has been awarded for best original wheels or tool kit and in the case of 2 cars being very close it usually falls to who has the most accurate clock as a decider. The "Tune Right sausage sizzle" will be happening again sponsored by Martin Falconer.

New to this year will be a trophy for the people's choice for the best non S30 Zed, Datsun or Nissan. Last year we saw a number of other Datsun's join us so to encourage them to keep coming we will be offering this new incentive.

And of course the best part of the day is looking at all the Zeds and talking all things Zed with old and new friends.

Belmont Sports and Rec Club
Corner of Abernathy Rd and Keane St Cloverdale
"Tune Right" Free Sausage Sizzle and Soft Drink
Perpetual and People's Choice trophies for S30 Zeds
People Choice trophy for best non S30 Datsun / Nissan
This year we are featuring hybrids, Z cars with donor engines

Spring 2015 Lunch



After the great success of last year's Lunch run let's do it again! Once again organised by our south west members this is a place where we can enjoy great company, food and sample some local beers. Bring your partner and the Zed or the trusty daily driver. Ken has also been able to negotiate a 10% discount, a few free jugs of local beer and special display parking for our cars!

Please let Peter Hall or Ken Hayden know if you are coming (for bookings) by Friday the 18th of September.

P.S. Check out the web site for more details www.ocrb.com.au

SOLD: 1974 260Z 2+2

Manual transmission
New paint, interior and trim
Runs perfect

$14,500 - SOLD

Club Update

Heritage day lunch

17 members enjoyed themselves and each other's company at Fairbrossen Cafe in the Perth hills. This was the same venue as last year's successful event. Thank you to Chris Bothams for doing such a great job organising and marketing this year's event in my absence.

Albany round up

Another fantastic long weekend in Albany. Not only the weather but the company and the competition. The weekend was a very social time interrupted by some motorsport. Members Andrew Armstrong, Howard Trevenen, Peter Pelham, Nathan Hadlow, Peter Harrold, Martin Falconer, Matthew Falconer, Chris Bothams and myself all competed in the "Round the Houses" regularity events on Sunday and some also participated in the Mt Clarence hill climb on Saturday. Members Ken Hayden, Colin Schipp and Vaughan Wilde all attended as spectators. It was also great to catch up with Ken's wife Debbie, Andrew's wife and daughters as well as Nathan's wife and Daughter at Saturday night's dinner. Thanks to local Nathan for booking the finest restaurant in town.

The weekend was nearly incident free for the Zed drivers with only a few off the circuit incidents to report. Unfortunately I have to confess to one of the more serious occurrences. As some people might be aware I have already lost one Zed to fire, the details I won't bore you with. On this occasion my Zed caught fire at the hotel on Sunday morning as we were getting ready to leave for the track, because the windscreen demister (12 volt hair dryer)I had just fitted for the Albany weekend shorted. This was probably not the best Idea I have ever had, fitting a product not fit for purpose and of dubious origin to my pride and joy. However, with the quick thinking of Martin Falconer and a wet chamois he was able to pull the whole flaming disaster from under the dash and saved me from having to make that phone call to Shannons Insurance. Thanks once again Martin.

The other incident of note involves Chris Bothams and his race suit zipper. Chris's tummy and his race suit zipper have been having a battle to see who is mightier for some time now. At Phillip Island earlier this year Chris could be seen talking to the two of them and engaging in strange primitive dance rituals to appease the two of them to effect a closed race suit. However, on Saturday while Chris was readying himself for the hill climb, his tummy finally won the battle rendering the zip useless. Later that afternoon to celebrate cessation of hostilities of the warring parties Chris and I went to the Pub for a few beers and a large serving of sausage's and mash.

Andrew departed from the usual completion menu of hill climb Saturday and round the houses Sunday by entering the Mini club's Motorkhana held at the CBH grain terminal in Albany on Saturday and by the looks of the results he got a second in class. Well done Andrew. This might be a great series for others to consider as well. Andrew certainly enjoys it.