Z Fest: Datsun Eye Candy

by Frank Ewald

170 cars have stationed themselves on the pavement beside the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton, Ontario. This was the Twentieth year that Ontario Z-Car Owner’s Association has held this event and it was fantastic. Z cars were everywhere - from the iconic Datsun 240Z through to the Nissan 370Z. Toss in a GTR, mix in a bunch of 240SXs and a few Infiniti G35s and then add a few historic Datsuns - all within eyesight and reach of a wide range of warplanes and you have a great afternoon of viewing. The cars were amazing, as evidenced by the 1971 240Z cover photo. What a fantastic livery!


Z Cars almost as far as the eye can see! What a great collection of classic and modern vehicles. I'm curious if the Purolator jet in the background had brought anyone some new parts? Pic Courtesy of Jason Okolisan.
In the early 1970’s, as a teenager waiting anxiously to get my driver’s license, I drooled when Harold, one of my best friends as a kid, arrived at church riding shotgun in his brother’s newly acquired Datsun 240Z that was British Racing Green. To this day, I am still partial to dark green Z cars. I have never owned one but someday I would love to have one in my garage.
This classic 240Z is pristine in every possible way. The Datsun 240Z, known in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z, raised Datsun's profile as a car manufacturer.
This gold 1970 240Z from New York took home first place honours in stock class.
I don't know about you, but I love seeing one Z car driving down the road. Seeing dozens of them in the same place with their hoods open for inspection was absolutely fantastic.
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 12:57 PM
I just bought my 2nd 240Z. The first is a stripped out race car and this will be a driver with most of the performance stuff taken out of the race car. This would have been a fun event to go walk around. Hopefully I'll slowly get it up to par and be proud to park along side these beautiful examples.

I'm with you that the Z31 does nothing for me. I'm not fond of 280ZXs either though. Z32s are OK. But I would love to have a 350 or 370Z, and I've heard the next version is supposed to be lighter and smaller yet!

Non-Z Datsuns rule as well! I dream of owning a 510, any body style would do, but I'd rock a wagon hard.
Thursday, August 28, 2014 11:32 PM
I'd say you're well along the way to building a dream garage, Burninator. Let me know how you progress!
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