Today is Respect for the Aged Day, a Japanese holiday that honors the elderly. With the introduction of a new Z, one of original models that changed western perceptions of what a Japanese car could be, it seems only fitting to consider the predecessors that have made our hobby what it is today. While the Z might be an obvious choice, one could argue that its little brother, the humble 510, put more Japanese cars in driveways. There’s no right or wrong answer, and it probably depends on what your modern favorites are.
What pivotal Japanese car made our modern favorites possible?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s your fondest Nissan Z-Car memory?”
We shouldn’t be surprised at the diverse stories, as the Z has touched so many lives, but it was still heartwarming to read them all. Whether it was Ellis sharing a Z experience with his dad in New Zealand or Banpei falling in love with the Z after seeing one in an obscure Dutch TV show, we had stories from all over the world.
There were stories we could all identify with, like My_Fairlady_ZFG picking up a well worn project (named “Eliza,” get it?), or Jeremy A. showing up to his first day of high school in the baddest 280ZX in town (in 2002!), or F31 Roger inheriting a pair of unregistered Zs from a shady character.
We even heard from Datsun royalty like Kathy whose father Pat Daily was a well-known racer back in the day. Geoff‘s Z got a thumbs up from Yoshihiko Matsuo himself (but thanks for the Touge shout-out as well!) and TheJWT got to tear a Z down the New Jersey Turnpike while working for the Classic Car Club Manhattan. And, we were happy that we were able to help teddy get his Z stamps from Japan.
It was ridiculously hard to pick just one winner, but this week it goes to Mike Bonanni and his tearjerker of a story involving his grandfather’s gold Z31, which launched him on a long career racing Zs.