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January 2019 Newsletter



So to the first newsletter for 2019 and a big year - a anniversary year for the Zed cars. Lots of events already planned please get your names down and keep an eye on the Events Calendar and newsletter for the highlights and info about signing up - these events can only be a success if we have members attend. The Committee have allocated funds for this year especially for the 50th Anniversary, so there are sure to be a few exciting announcements..

We would like to say thanks to the 2018 committee members and moderators and welcome to all the new Committee members starting in 2019 as well as the trusty team of Mods who stay on. If you have any ideas for the club or the newsletter please get in touch. Finally a reminder now is the time to renew your membership or Join and become a new member, we have a special offer this year for those signing up for 2 years.

This Month


All membership renewals January to December 2019 fall on the 1st January 2019. The club agreed to keep the membership price the same and therefore the cost remains at £24 for full membership and £5 for an extra family member. However, given that this year will include the 50th Anniversary for the Z the club has made the decision to include a second option for membership.

For 2019 as a special offer there is the option to pay a further £6 (£30 full member, £36 family member) for an extra year’s membership (2 year). Paying the 2020 Membership all for an extra £6.

Founding member’s renewal price will be £20. Those wishing to continue to pay the original £30 subs can still do so if they wish.

Full Details of how to pay your membership can be found here.


All membership and trader income is for the benefit of the club. All moderators and committee members volunteer their time and often money for the benefit of the club. The small annual membership fee goes mainly to run the forum and the rest is invested into the club. Some of the benefits of being a full member are

  • Membership Pack, Membership card and Member Status on the Forum.
  • Member only meets (money can not buy events as they arise). In 2016 this included an invite to Spa to test drive the latest GT-R. In 2018 members were invited to the Nissan Design Studio in London and In 2019 we are planning a 'big' Weekend at the Silverstone Classic.
  • Free to member's events during the year in 2019 these included Leeds Castle and the Workshop Day.
  • Access to Trader discounts.
  • Keeping the club alive and having your say as to how it's run, vote for committee members.
  • Access to the whole forum - Workshop area & Members' Clubhouse
  • Ability to post larger images
  • More capacity for Personal Messages.

To Renew or Join for 2019 - click here

The Rebuild

We drop back in on member nacnud to see the progress made in the last month. This major rebuild project on a 350z. This month there has been continued work to area's of corrosion and cleaning up the chassis ready for painting.


John found lots of road grime under the plastic protection cover's at the front corners of the rear wings & after cleaning the grime out he found that the metal underneath was rusty! Well rusty was an understatement, as he pushed a scriber through the metal without any difficulty at all! John decided to investigate & cut out some steel to inspect the inside of the rear corner. Well the pictures tell the rest of the story.


Before moving on to fabricate new sections.


The rear end of the sills have been coming along well having removed all the rust out having stiffened up the jacking points and straightening them the previous owner to John was ham-fisted when it came to jacking the car, so John has drilled a few plug weld holes & welded the lot together also opened up the sills at the rear to let any water out when the car is washed!

Follow the progress of the build here

Nismo Update - January 2019


Nissan joined forces with the other 10 ABB FIA Formula E teams in giving female racers a chance to sample the electric power of the global street racing championship in testing on Sunday.

The test for the female drivers was instigated by the Ad Diriyah event promoter with Nissan actually having two female racers line for Nissan e.dams


Former Spanish GP3 racer Carmen Jorda shared the No. 22 Nissan e.dams entry with Oliver Rowland for a number of runs around the challenging Ad Diriyah street circuit.

At the conclusion of testing local 19-year-old female karter Reem Al-Aboud also got the chance to sample the Nissan Formula E car.

Both drivers prepared for the opportunity today with simulator sessions at the Nissan e.dams headquarters in Le Mans, France.

More drivers will get to climb aboard the machines normally driven by Sebastien Buemi and Oliver Rowland at the next event in Marrakesh.

After the Saturday race on January 12, the annual Formula E rookie test took take place on Sunday. Test and reserve driver Mitsunori Takaboshi was joined aboard the Nissan e.dams Formula E cars by simulator driver Jann Mardenborough.


Other Upcoming Events

Karting - Saturday 23rd March 2019 - Milton Keynes

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Its Back! - a chance for everyone to dust of their racing boots, climb into a race romper suit and head to the track. The club is planning a Karting event on Saturday 23rd March in Milton Keynes followed by for those interested a night at a Hotel close by. Further information will be added shortly, however, early planning is taking place. More details of how to sign up here


Mod Day - Saturday 20th April 2019 (Free to All!)

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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. Click here to sign up.
Chilli Red

Leeds Castle - Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2019.

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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 and to sign up click here.


Kimbolton Country Fayre - Sunday 14th July 2019

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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.

50th Anniversary of the Zed Cars at the Silverstone Classic - 26th July - 28th July 2019 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

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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.

Super Early Bird has now closed but its still possible to register for Early Bird discount - 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.

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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)

23/3/19 - Karting 2019 (EO: ChasGFL) - Register Interest.

20/4/19 - Mod Day 2019 (EO: Chilli Red) - Register Interest

5/5/19 - JapFest (EO: Matty Bacon) - Registration Opening Soon.

11/5/19 (2 Days) - Motors by the Moat - Register Interest.

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


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