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New Nissan Video on Evolution of the GT-R

September 10, 2012

Nissan has relseased a 20 minute video of the evolution of their iconic GT-R.

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Matt Suffern’s Blog

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One of our newer members is Matt Suffern. Matt is restoring the 1972 Datsun 240Z originally owned by his father. Matt has a running commentary on his Z exploits, as well as other cool car stuff. Matt will also be designing a new Triad Z Club website. Check out his blog here.

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Cool Video of a Datsun Lover

Here’s a high-def video of a lifelong Datsun nut, Allan Anderson. It was filmed and edited by Josh Clason.

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BRE Datsun 510 #85 Now Owned By Adam Carolla

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Adam Carolla has purchased the BRE #85 510 and added it to his collection of significant Datsun race cars. It is being updated and maintained by Les Cannaday of Classic Datsun. Adam recently raced the car at Sonoma. Click here to visit to his Car Cast Blog.

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Fitzy Reaches the SCCA Hall Of Fame!

On Dec 8, 2010 the SCCA announced their class of 2011 inductees into their Hall Of Fame, to be formally inducted during the 2011 National Convention in Las Vegas. Fitzy’s daughter and Triad Z Club friend “MJ” broke the news at our December meeting.

As noted in the SCCA announcement:

Jim Fitzgerald was the most successful driver in the history of SCCA National Club Racing, earning more than 350 National race wins and two National Championships at the SCCA Runoffs during his 30-year career. In addition to his Club Racing career, where he spent many years behind the wheel of a Datsun, Fitzgerald earned 12 top-10 finishes in just 26 starts in the Trans-Am Series through the 1970s and 80s. “Fitzy” was also a renowned driving instructor until his tragic death behind the wheel at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix in 1987. The Jim Fitzgerald Memorial, including bronze bust and plaque, still stands at Road Atlanta, where he instructed for many years. The Jim Fitzgerald Rookie of the Year award has been presented annually since 1987 to the Club Racer showing the greatest promise during his or her first season of National Competition.

Alan Giles found this video of Fitzy and Paul Newman battling an XK-E for the 1980 SCCA C Production National Championship at Road Atlanta:

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Video: 25th Anniversary of the Z Car

Nissan prepared a video in 1995, celebrating the Z America Relay. It has now been posted on YouTube.

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Against All Odds Video

BRE has posted a YouTube link to the early 70s film, “Against All Odds”. Originally a 16mm movie, it chronicles BRE’s successful first season of the 2.5 Trans-Am Challenge with the Datsun 510. According to the Bluebirds List, BRE2.net now owns the rights to this Datsun film and they plan to issue a new very clean DVD copy.

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Original Triad Z Club License Plate

Original Triad Z Club License Plate

An original member of the Z Club (Peter Nowack) visited our May meeting, gave us a short history lesson and mentioned he was involved in the design of a license plate for club members.

Thanks to Riley Curtis of Lynchburg Nissan for sending a photo of an original Triad Z Club license plate, originally dating from the mid-70s. As Riley noted, this was carefully removed many years ago from his personal car and placed in safe storage.

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