A deep dive in the history of the classic Nissan Z
To give a background on Hector, our Editor-In-Chief Doug Stokes, put together an introduction for LACar's Z Car expert:
The Nissan Z-model sports cars have always commanded great respect and have forever been on the receiving end of a lot of compliments and kudos from both the motoring press and the public … Here our own author/artist Hector Cademartori offers his personal views about of one the latest books on the subject and favors us a couple of quick stories about the vaunted marque along with a couple of his illustrations of the most famous competition machines of the honored line.
By the way, Hector puts his butt where his money is (so to speak anyway) owning “… more than two, but don’t tell Flori*” Z-machines, and racing one of them in west coast vintage events as a respite from his work on both key and drawing boards.
His motorsports adventures with his vintage 240 also give him a chance to host regular Argentine chimichuri luncheons at the track … Stop by, there’s always enough for one or two more.
[*editor's note: Flori is Hector's patient wife]
Who really knew how long ago it was when early “super” computers were used to help design the iconic Nissan Z-Cars that so many have rallied around here on the LACar website and in person all over the country. Who knew what it was like to hang with the partisans for four whirlwind days of Z-madness out in Nashville … and who knew that massive promotional printing jobs sometimes go a bit awry.
The one thing that everyone here at LACar seemed to know right out of the box was that Z’s were quite special in many ways to many people … that was easy.
We really need to thank all our intrepid guest writers and photographers Dan Banks, Peter Evanow, Ian Stewart, Jeff Agner, Mark Adams, Carl Beck, Chris Karl, Ben Bagwell and Max Ball who each contributed so much to making this package the most popular feature that LACar has ever run.
We also want to recognize our friends at AutoBooks in Burbank for hosting the little impromptu Z Car show (and the donuts and coffee too!) while author Pete Evanow was there signing copies of his great new book on our favorite subject aptly named: Nissan Z – 50 Years of Exhilarating Performance. (a limited number of author-signed copies are available at: www.autobooks-aerobooks.com)
Last, but (quite) far from least are the two LACar staffers that put this whole deal together and not only made it fly, but made it look good and make sense as well, our tireless editor Collin Morgan and our artist/journalist Hector Cademartori.
Sep 20, 2020
50 Years of Exhilarating Nissan Z Performance
Book Review: Nissan Z - 50 Years of Exhilarating Performance
The LACar #ExtravaganZa kicks off with Part 1: a fantastic book review that covers the semi-centennial legacy of the performance-driven Nissan Z cars.
Sep 23, 2020
The Iconic Bob Sharp
Interview With The Iconic Bob Sharp And Him Racing The 1975 Datsun 260Z
Enjoy part two of the LACar ExtravaganZa with Datsun legend Bob Sharp as he details his adventures in his distinguished #33 Datsun 260Z GTU car.
Sep 27, 2020
How Peter Brock and John Morton Connected With Datsun
Two racing legends get together... Good things come out of it.
Part 3 of the LACar #ExtravaganZa features the story of how two Datsun racing lore titans joined forces and produced incredible success.
Sep 30, 2020
1994 Nissan 300ZX IMSA GTS
The IMSA GT Powerhouse
Part 4 of the LACar ExtravaganZa dives into the epic story behind Nissan's replacement of the 280ZX: the Triple Crown winning 300ZX.
Oct 4, 2020
The 1990-1996 Nissan 300ZX Supercomputer
Early nineties - Nissan 300ZX and Cray Supercomputers
Part 1 of this fascinating story by LACar guest writer Dan Banks explores the relationship between the Nissan 300ZX and Cray supercomputers.
Oct 7, 2020
Supercomputers Emerge To "Twin Turbocharge" R&D
Part Two Of Our Supercomputer Deep-Dive
Part two of LACar's series on supercomputers and the Nissan 300ZX by LACar guest writer Daniel Banks continues, now by focusing on the sheer processing speed introduced by supercomputers.
Oct 11, 2020
Nissan Busts the Rules and Buys a Cray
Part Three Or Our Supercomputer Series
Part three of LACar’s series on supercomputers and the Nissan 300ZX by LACar guest writer Dan Banks focuses on the shifting ideals of the Japanese car market in the 1980s.
Oct 14, 2020
What the Cray May Have Meant In Designing the Z-32
Part Four of our Supercomputer Series
Part four of LACar’s series on supercomputers and the Nissan 300ZX by LACar guest writer Dan Banks details the influence of the Cray supercomputer on the Z-32.
Oct 18, 2020
A (Even) Deeper Dive into the Cray
Part Five Of Our Supercomputer Series
Part five of LACar’s series on supercomputers and the Nissan 300ZX by LACar guest writer Dan Banks explores the Japanese manufacturers' acquisition of the first Cray supercomputers.
Oct 21, 2020
Automotive Supercomputer Achievement History
Part Six Of Our Supercomputer Series
The final part of LACar’s series on supercomputers and the Nissan 300ZX by LACar guest writer Dan Banks examines how other manufacturers utilized the new supercomputers.
Oct 25, 2020
Six CraZee Days In Nashville
ZCON 2020 - Part One
Special LACar field correspondent Jeff Agner covered ZCON 2020, which celebrated the Z-car's 50th anniversary this year, as the LACar ExtravaganZa continues!
Oct 28, 2020
Crazee Track Day
ZCON 2020 - Part Two
LACar field correspondent Ian Stewart details a candid tale at ZCon 2020 from the cockpit of his '75 280z at the Corvette Museum's Grand Course.
Nov 1, 2020
The Fellowship of the Z: Gathering at Autobooks
If Leno is there, it must be awesome!
Autobooks - a Burbank staple - was the rendezvous for fans of Nissan Z Cars on October 24th, and a slightly-known car collector made an appearance: Jay Leno.
Nov 4, 2020
Datsun 240Z "Baja" - Speedy Gonzales
Road Course? Sure! Baja 1000? Why Not?!
The Datsun 240Z is widely known for its prowess on road courses, but did you know Peter Brock took one to the Baja 1000?
Nov 11, 2020
My 300ZX Neighbor
A Story About A Unique 300ZX
Hector Cademartori reports on this unique 1991 Nissan 300ZX, and its equally special owner.
Nov 12, 2020
Inside Edition - More Nissan Notes
From A Former Nissan Product Information Manager
Enjoy this addition to the LACar ExtravaganZa - an inside scoop on the launch of the 1990 Nissan 300ZX from Mark Adams, former Nissan Product Information Manager.
Nov 16, 2020
LACar ExtravaganZa - The Last Lap
Celebrating all Z-fans and enthusiasts!
As we wrap up our ExtravaganZa, enjoy this final installment, which celebrates the fans and enthusiasts of the Z Car with a special peek into a real Z-garage.