The Long Road in Between

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

Greetings from H4H, the time since my last post has been expansive to say the least. The reason for which being smatterings of life, searching for jobs, school projects, and certainly not the least of which, problems involving my domain name, now more complicated and lengthy than ever before (www.wordpress.com/hungry4horsepower).

Despite all of the above, I’ll be returning soon with some hopefully fun and exciting new material and cars that fresh to the pages of H4H. I’ll be delving into my first foray of motorsport where I’m behind the wheel, reviewing some more exotic flavors of automobile, and maybe even playing around with some classic Americana.

In the meantime please enjoy some of the archives, and look forward to a new episode of Hungry4Horsepower, and above all, pardon the ridiculously long URL.

-Colby

 

 

If Nissan makes you tingle this video will make you blush. I know I did. From GT cars to bluebirds, this video has some nice variety that will put you in high gear for today’s touring as well as walk you besides nostalgic stages with pedigree-laden racers of yesteryear. Turn up your sound and enjoy.

It All Ends With ‘Z’

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Classics, Vehicles
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I will start out by mentioning the obvious: it’s been a long time since H4H’s last post. Due to the complex nature that is sometimes referred to as “life,” I have not found myself writing much in the past few months.

That being said, I’ve had a few nice chances to take some cool cars out and also attend a couple nice events since then. I suppose being that it has been a long time, I will make a comeback with something else that has been resting for a long time but is back in the game.

This middle-aged cat is none other than one of my favorite classic Japanese cars, the Datsun 240Z. Manufactured in the last quarter of 1970 and sold as a ’71, it is a series one S30 chassis Z, and also happens to be burnt orange, which is quite possibly the best looking color on a Datsun, period. There is something so catching about an orange Datsun, something that tickles your nostalgic armpits.

It may be that it is so period correct, or it may be that no other car has ever been able to pull such a color off quite so well since, but there is something undeniably seventies about the color that makes it fit so well. Shag rugs were made in the same color, Velma, Daphne, or Shaggy from Scooby-Doo wore it (be it sweater or hair color) in the popular Hanna-Barbera cartoon series. It could be a color dyed into a zoot suit and shown off on the disco floor.

Either way, the color is right at home on the timeless styling of the Z’s lightweight frame. Granted, the Z is not quite as light as its boxy brother, the 510, but it’s still lighter than any newer variants of the Z since, starting from ’73 onward. The North American market S30s became bulkier, heavier, and also less attractive as the years wore on, largely due to increasing safety and smog regulations. But the series one has really stood the test of time on a styling level.

As for performance, the Z is no screamer compared to cars of modern time, and can’t even come close to touching performance figures like that of its youngest brother, the 370Z. However, the 240 has really got it where it counts: character. It’s a thoroughly involving drive and keeps the driver connected very directly. There’s no power steering, ABS, radio or A/C (at least not anymore), ECU, differentials, or driver aids of any sort to get in the way of you and the road. It’s really just driver, car, tires, and tarmac.

That sense of contact with the road is what makes this Z shine from behind the wheel (not to mention the cherry stained wood grain of the steering wheel itself). And for being 40 years old, this particular Z also is very much original and intact, boasting all original body work and interior, with the quilted leather even holding up without ruffling or tears. Under the hood also sits an original L24 that has been stroked to 2.8L and features a more aggressive cam with valves and springs to boot.

Having spent the better part of this past decade in a garage in Orange County, the Z has undergone a good amount of work to ensure that it runs strong. It’s received a new alternator, clutch hydraulics, belts, hoses, gaskets, and of course, all new fluids. It is a middle-aged car still, and needs the occasional check up. But much like Dos Equis’ most interesting man in the world, while it is aging, it keeps its charm, good looks, and game without so much as a slouch.

Good times, Mr. Block, good times.

Those are the words I’d say to him if I were to sit down and listen to Ken Block recount Gymkhana 1-3. Maybe I’d give him a high five for that third installment at the Autodrome in France. Each one was vastly impressive, though just so pure in fun factor that they call for something bro-tastic, like a high five with an enthusiastic “yea-heah!” or a slap on the butt and a grin.

With Gymkhana 4, Ken Block takes his Ford Fiesta beyond pure car-nage and ups the ante for sheer outright entertainment at where better a location than …. that’s right, Universal Studios backlot. There are sharks, fire, apes on ladders, and even the crew from YouTube’s best culinary channel: Epic Meal Time.

That being said, less chat, more hoon. Video below: