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    Default New here from South Africa

    Hi from sunny South Africa,

    HS30-H was refering on hybridZ to this site often enough for me to make move. Somewhat this site fits my interests more: my nissans are fine just the way they are...

    I wonder if there are other members from black continent (no pun intended)?

    Martin
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    Hello, and welcome to the club.

    I love the wheels on your Z. What are they?
    .


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    Alan says those are Kobe-Seiko 14" front 8J rear 8J - narowed from 9J, that how I bought them.

    On skyline those are also Kobe-Seiko 14" magnesium rally rims wide.

    Martin
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    Nice Z, welcome here !
    Cool car you got there mister, is it yours? Yes i build her ground up....

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    sorry my computer is lagging =/
    Last edited by Surfsup; 03-02-2008 at 09:58 AM.
    73' 240z in the works..

    currently: On 4 jackstands. interior is out. nearly.

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    Welcome ! pretty cool z and c10...


    QUOTE=29pgc10;246942]Hi from sunny South Africa,

    HS30-H was refering on hybridZ to this site often enough for me to make move. Somewhat this site fits my interests more: my nissans are fine just the way they are...

    I wonder if there are other members from black continent (no pun intended)?

    Martin[/QUOTE]
    73' 240z in the works..

    currently: On 4 jackstands. interior is out. nearly.

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    Alan pops in and out of here as well.

    In a nutshell, if your content with your car in the OEM configuration, as opposed to V-8 transplants, then yes, this site is better suited for information than Hybrid Z. As their name implies, they've modified their Z's for higher performance. While we also have a cadre of modified vehicles, most of ours are "stock".

    But welcome and please post pics. You might also share a bit of South Africa with the rest of us so that we're not so uninformed.

    Enrique

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    I have few "projects" so I will need help of HybridZ members, it seems like they done it all.
    Certainly ClassicZcars archives are great source of historical information, which I am busy exploring.

    Regarding South Africa... sunshine most of the year, great back roads - hence not very popular with cops, huge distances. Simply great motoring country. Surely we have not so good press - mainly beacuse of the crime - but I am not seing my self going back to europe any time soon. Oh I forgot: on Highveld the cars DON'T RUST!!!

    Picture: my first 240Z chasis 001250 sometime in 1999 on the way to Cape Town.

    M.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29pgc10 View Post
    I have few "projects" so I will need help of HybridZ members, it seems like they done it all.
    Certainly ClassicZcars archives are great source of historical information, which I am busy exploring.

    Regarding South Africa... sunshine most of the year, great back roads - hence not very popular with cops, huge distances. Simply great motoring country. Surely we have not so good press - mainly beacuse of the crime - but I am not seing my self going back to europe any time soon. Oh I forgot: on Highveld the cars DON'T RUST!!!

    Picture: my first 240Z chasis 001250 sometime in 1999 on the way to Cape Town.

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    WoW no doubt great motoring country
    Great taste in cars also, I especially like the stance on the Green one !
    And Welcome.

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    Martin;
    Yes, the Hybrid Z guys are known for many upgrades, changes and innovations to their Z's.

    But don't sell us short, you may find that even some of their members come HERE for answers on the BASICS before they tear into and modify.

    While they are the knowledgeable ones on V-8 transplants, upgraded disc brake conversions from other models / marques, and how to modify the Z, you'll find that we'll be able to help you decipher much of the mechanical, electrical and basic performance issues with the Z's....aside from the History, Legends, and other information. You have to know how it works before you can re-design and re-engineer it.

    We're like two sides of a coin. Neither one necessarily being better than the other side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EScanlon View Post
    Martin;
    But don't sell us short, you may find that even some of their members come HERE for answers on the BASICS before they tear into and modify.
    ...
    We're like two sides of a coin. Neither one necessarily being better than the other side.

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    And that is exactly why I am on both of them. Chosing one would be like chosing Easter over Christmans... or Christmas over Easter...

    Here I hope to contribute information from my southern perspective. Like the Gr4 240Z raced here by Geoff Mortimer in 73. Or Ewold & Minota van Bergen TSK 33 SA 694 240Z at '71 Monte. Both topics of little interest to most HybridZ readers. Although Ewold van Bergen should be honorary HybridZ member. Actually anything that has to do with Nissan Competition should mention him here ot there. In the past I have forwarded info about him to Carl, Merlin but it did not pass through the censorship.

    So I am not trying to shot myself in the foot. I am lucky to have two zeds: one will be HybridZ - but I will not make it look like R8, other rather Classic.

    Ps.: The last picture was from a "race" on gravel at about 70km/h. Only in Africa.

    Regards, M
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    Welcome to the club. I hope to see and hear from you in the future. If there is anything you need to know about your Z , someone on this site has been there and done that. Make use of the search and you will find a wealth of information. Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29pgc10 View Post
    In the past I have forwarded info about him to Carl, Merlin but it did not pass through the censorship.
    Hello Martin:
    Good to see you here. I am sorry that you felt the information you sent me, about Mr. van Bergen was "censored" by me. The word "censorship" carries a connotation that I do not believe applies in this case. To the best of my knowledge, no one (Merlin nor myself) is attempting to stop information about Mr. van Bergen from being published... ie censorship.

    The truth of the matter is that while I personally found it interesting from the perspective of Datsun/Nissan history - there was very little information related to Mr. Van Bergen and the Z Car, ie. the main theme of "the Z Car Home Page". So I didn't really see much Z content to publish there.

    TSK 33 SA 694 - I believe that van Bergen had the lowest finishing position of any of the Factory Teams running Datsun 240-Z's in the 71, 72 and 73 Monte Carlo Rally (10th OA in 71), so at the time, I couldn't build a story around that, without a lot more information.


    FWIW,
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    Hi Carl. Bad choice of words. Sorry.
    By the way van Bergen retired form motor sport and from Nissan Japan in 71, so could not compete in Monte in '72 or '73.
    The reason for their retirement in '71 was blocked fuel line.

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    Hi Martin:
    There was an interesting article about Shekhar Menta in the Fall 2007 edition of NISSAN SPORT Magazine. Titled: "UNSTOPPABLE - Remembering teh remarkable life, of arguably the greatest East African Safari Rally driver ever: Shekhar Menta".

    Perhaps you could review that article - then put together an article of equal detail, that covers Mr. vanBergen's years with Nissan/Datsun - based on your research, your interviews with him and the photo's etc. you have collected.

    http://www.nissansportmag.com/

    I'm sure NISSAN SPORT would like more coverage of the International Rally scene, and you could get the word out to a fairly broad base of Nissan Enthusiasts. Contact NISSAN SPORT if you don't have that issue - I'm sure they would send you a copy of the article about Shekhar for reference, layout and content expected.

    FWIW,
    Carl B.

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    Here is an obvious question - do you guys drive on the left side of the road? I saw your reference to "HS30-H" in your first post, but then one of the cars has the steering wheel on the left side like we have there in the US. Just curious. Welcome!
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    HI

    Welcome to the club!! Nice cars, I have a friend that has a car that came from Africa, it is a 1970 car with very low VIN.

    Hope you enjoy here and you can get lots of information also.

    Filipe Azevedo

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    We drive on left here. My LHD is originaly from Germany, judging by the stickers... This one will be "Classic" and when I am done with it, she will reside at my parents place in Poland. There is so many classic events to do in Europe. M
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