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XHawkeye
February 21st, 2015, 04:21 PM
@BertelSchmitt - Nissan Executive Known as 'Father of the Z' Dies at 105 - @ABC:

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/nissan-executive-father-dies-105-29122458

FaultyMario
February 21st, 2015, 05:00 PM
Such a young man, I bet he was left with lots of things he still wanted to try.

RIP

speedpimp
February 21st, 2015, 05:15 PM
105 is one hell of a run.

KillerB
February 21st, 2015, 06:10 PM
:(

Godson
February 21st, 2015, 06:58 PM
I wish I could do a burnout in his honor...

XHawkeye
February 22nd, 2015, 08:12 AM
Wish I still had the first car I bought, a white '72 240Z

samoht
February 22nd, 2015, 09:45 AM
RIP, a true car enthusiast who made the Nissan suits understand what Americans wanted, and then got Americans to buy Datsuns.

Good recap of his life here
http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2015/02/21/rip-yutaka-katayama-1909-2015/
and video interview here
http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2015/02/21/video-the-life-and-times-of-mr-k/

lostnight
February 22nd, 2015, 11:56 AM
One of my buddies has a nice '78 280Z I hardly see him drive any more. I gave him my condolences.

Godson
February 22nd, 2015, 04:58 PM
Something to think about of him.


He lived during WWI, the great depression, in Japan during WWII when America dropped the Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Korean war, Vietnam, both Gulf Wars.


He also witnessed cars go from the big and wild designs of the 20s and 30s, to the streamlined and "rocketship" style of the 50's, the oil crisis of the 70's, the electronic age of the 80's.


He literally watched the world completely transform in his time.

KillerB
February 22nd, 2015, 05:02 PM
We should all be so lucky.

Fogelhund
February 23rd, 2015, 06:44 AM
Great life, great contributions to the automobile. Thanks for that. RIP

XHawkeye
March 1st, 2015, 04:35 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-gh6pnYXGQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrPTeKf6k1E


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFtOetr2FuU

Freude am Fahren
March 1st, 2015, 04:55 PM
Current Blipshift for you Z fans!

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0166/4148/products/mr_k_detail_grande.png?v=1424983300