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December 2018 Newsletter So. This is the last newsletter of 2018 and a chance to look back at some of the events from this year. 2019 is going to be a big year for the club and the Zed Cars. Details of joining and renewing membership will be in the next newsletter. Complete with a special 2 year membership deal to celebrate the 50th year. A number of events are already open to sign up too with more following in the coming weeks. Be sure to keep an eye of the events calendar for 2019. Happy New Year! This Month The Rebuild Over the coming months we are planning to keep an eye on the 350z rebuild by club member nacnud as he works to bring a 350z back to concourse standard. Starting from a 2006 Sunset 350z. A mamouth task to uncouple the wiring loom from the engine and remove it all to allow the bay to be painted the same colour as the car. Engine removal is well under way. Wanting to make sure this rebuild is the very best it can be John has had double trouble, taking the engine out of the project car and also the donar car with a swap all the mechanical parts from the 'original' black coupe with only "authentic" 43000km on the clock. With the first of the two engines out. Keep up to date with the progress here. More next month. The 2018 Events Year Over this year - there have been more than a few opportunities for members to meet up and chat. To think It all started back in February with a meet in Coventry. A couple of months of rather dodgy weather including the beast from the East. And we were greeted with a marvelous summer of Sun. The next event of the year was to Silverstone and JapFest. Soon to be followed by a slightly overcast trip to the Castle. A visit to a really Hot Kimbolton. Soon after..... off to the Summer Social and a bit of Karting and a stay away near Milton Keynes. Later in the Summer the club took over a workshop with its ramps for the workshop day. finally, onto Christmas and the AGM Nismo Update - December 2018 30,000+ FANS CELEBRATE NISSAN'S MOTORSPORT PAST AND FUTURE Fuji International Speedway, Japan – While heavy cloud cover meant more than 30,000 fans could not see Mount Fuji, fans did get to see more than 60 years of Nissan's incredible racing history and gain insight into its exciting future at the 2018 NISMO Festival. The annual fan appreciation event featured an exciting day of races, demonstration and fan events with cars ranging from the 1958 Around Australia Trial class-winning Datsun 1000 through to Nissan e.dams Formula E car, which will make its debut in the all-electric street-racing championship in two weeks. Test and reserve driver, Japanese ace Mitsunori Takaboshi, drove the Formula E car. The ex-Japanese Formula 3 champion excited local fans by performing donuts on the main straight before showcasing the power and agility of the "Gen2" car. The demonstration also featured Nissan LEAF NISMO road cars and the new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC electric racer, which was officially unveiled on Friday at the Formula E team's launch at Nissan's Tokyo brand-experience center, Nissan Crossing. Featuring more than twice the performance of the previous generation Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the new electric racers were piloted by Super GT racer Tsugio Matsuda and Japanese actor, singer and race team owner, Masahiko Kondo. Newly-announced Nissan e.dams race driver Oliver Rowland was also on hand to see the Formula E car's debut along with Jann Mardenborough, who was announced as team's simulator driver on Friday. Other track highlights included historic demonstrations, a Z-challenge exhibition race, and the annual NISMO GP which features cars from the Japanese Super GT and Super Taikyu championship. The NISMO GP was won by the No. 23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda. In addition to the 30,000+ fans on site, the entire day's activities were live streamed on NISMO.com and NISMO's YouTube channel—NISMO.tv. The day's activities were completed with Kondo Racing's recently announced Nurburgring 24 Hour challenger revealed for the Japanese fans and a celebration of GTNET Motorsports Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 championship victory in Super Taikyu. Lucas Ordonez Out At Nissan/ NISMO Too First GT Academy winner Hot on the heels of the announcement by Alex Buncombe that he would no longer be a Nissan factory driver in 2019 comes a not dissimilar communication from his colleague and friend Lucas Ordonez. With no European programme in prospect from Nissan in GT racing it is clear that the decks are being cleared – That’s a huge shame after a decade of commitment and programmes that have established the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 as both a competitive prospect, and as a true fan favourite. In his time with the marque he raced in GT4, GT3, Super GT, LMP2 and LMP1 as well as a myriad of other machinery. Nissan NISMO Statement – Nissan will not renew the driving contracts for Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe in 2019 as the brand switches its international motorsport focus from GT racing to the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Both drivers have given incredible service to Nissan over the past ten years, and we thank them for their efforts and wish them the best of luck in the future. They have enjoyed a successful 10-year championship-winning career with the brand with Ordonez claiming the first-ever Nissan PlayStation GT Academy gamer-to-racer competition and Buncombe acting as a key mentor for many of the competition’s graduates. GT Sport Motul Team RJN contested the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in 2018 as a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 customer team with Ordonez and Buncombe as teammates. The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 will continue to be raced around the world by leading customer teams in 2019. RJN Motorsport’s plans for 2019 have not been revealed at this stage. Other Upcoming Events Mod Day - Saturday 20th April 2019 (Free to All!) The Mod day for 2019 will be in April. A Mod day is whatever you want it to be, with a free breakfast. It is a chance to do some work to your car, with a helping hand nearby, or simply someone to keep watch if you are unsure, or you can try the charm and get someone to do something for you. Detailers are on hand if you need help with polishers at the ready. This is always a popular event. More details of how to sign up coming soon - but make sure you add this one to your calendar. Chilli Red Leeds Castle 2017 - Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2019. After the success of 2016, 2017 & 2018, this event returns for the 2019 season. As before, this is a 2-day event and you can decide if you would like to attend just one or two days. Anyone attending will be able to visit the castle and all its attractions as part of their (reduced) entry fee. The castle has a lot to offer and there are places to eat and drink and get out of the sun! More details of how to sign up coming soon. Paul_S Kimbolton Country Fayre - Sunday 14th July 2019 Kimbolton Country Fayre is now in its 28th year, a charity event for the whole family, organised by volunteers from The Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle and The Sporting Bears Motor Club. It is held in the beautiful grounds of Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire, the home of Kimbolton School. This is a free-to-attend event for full club members - with all other attendees welcome at the cost of £10 per car. More details of this event coming soon. LESmo 50th Anniversary of the Zed Cars at the Silverstone Classic - 26th July - 28th July 2019 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) 2019 is a massive year for Zed owners, from the classics of the 240z to the latest 350z & 370z with the many models in between. It will be a single chance for all clubs to get together and work together to celebrate a milestone - to make this one weekend not to forget. So put your names down today, we promise to have more information in the coming months as well as information about accommodation and booking club tickets. However, book time off work and make sure the Kennels know. The club code for Super Early Bird registration will be released shorty - ticket prices have been release for the event and are as follows: Friday / Saturday & Sunday (3 Days) £99 Friday/Saturday (2 Days) £82 Saturday/Sunday (2 Days) £94 Friday £43 Saturday £72 Sunday £60 Two Adult and One Infield Parking on Club Stand Included in Above Price - Includes Paddock Entrance, Open Grandstand Seating, Concerts etc. To sign up and keep up to date with the plans - click here Members only Workshop Day - Saturday 14th September 2019. - Free Event for all 2019 Members - Only a Few Ramp Spaces Left. The Club has again arranged for exclusive access to a Motor Vehicle workshop for the day complete with Ramps and members around to give help and advice. If you have just wanted to get your Wheels off to give them a good clean, wanted to look under your car or undertake that small task without squeezing under the car - this is the event for you. There will be a mandatory Health and Safety briefing by the on-site staff prior to commencing any work. For more information and to put your name down - click here. The first 10 names to request the Ramps get them a reserve list will also be opened for any ramps which become free. This Event is open to Full 2019 Members Only - so please sign up if you intend to renew your membership in 2019 Club Events Calendar 2019 (.... So Far) 20/4/19 - Mod Day 2019 (EO: Chilli Red) - Registration Opening Soon. 5/5/19 - JapFest (EO: Matty Bacon) - Registration Opening Soon. 11/5/19 (2 Days) - Motors by the Moat - Registration Opening Soon. 5/6/19 - Jap Show (EO: Matty Bacon) - Registration Opening Soon. 14/7/19 - Kimbolton Country Fayre (EO: LESmo) - Registration Opening Soon. 26/7/19 (3 Days) - 50th Anniversary of the Zed Cars at Silverstone Classic (EO: Paul_S & LESmo) - Register Interest 11/8/19 - South Bedfordshire Classic Vehicle Show (EO: LESmo) - Registration Opening Soon 14/9/19 - (Members Only) Workshop Day 2019 (EO: LESmo) - Registration Interest Key & Colours: · (EO - ...........) = Event Organiser - name · Green Planned nissansportz event or participation - National · Red Planned nissansportz Local event or participation - Regional · Black Third-party event with possible nissansportz club attendance Other Related Items nissansportz are On many Social Media Platforms - Check us out. 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