Dime Quarterly ending

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RayJohns
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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby RayJohns » 16 Dec 2017 19:23

okayfine wrote:DQ's esteemed proofreader and contributing editor Mr. Fant linked me to this thread. I thought I'd pipe in since DQ is a topic near and dear to my heart.


I only ever read a few issues of DQ, but always enjoyed them. Sad to see them go.

okayfine wrote:
DQ ending is nothing like FTA's end, or even the first "sale" of FTA. Ray got bored and moved beyond 510s, so he decided to dupe his then-editor to "buy" FTA. I've done everything to avoid a repeat of FTA's lack of quality, lack of timeliness, lack of content, and lack of notice regarding the end. If there were enough people still contributing content to DQ, this wouldn't be a topic of conversation.



Just to set the record straight...

Nobody dupped anyone. What happened was that Danny - who I had hired and who was working as our editor at the time - called me one day and threatened to quit if I wouldn't sell him the club. He told me, "I'm doing all the work and you're collecting all the money". I told him yeah that's how it works when you are the owner; I was starting another business and burned out on running the 510 club, so I took him up on his offer to buy the club.

Nothing against Danny. I think maybe he underestimated what it took to run the club and perhaps was also going through some difficult personal stuff in his life. But he certainly wasn't dupped into anything. We agreed on the terms, drew up a contract and he purchased the 510 club - simple as that. He made an effort to pay me what he owed for buying the club, but after a while the checks stopped coming. When I called to ask why, he bascially said he's not gonna send any more checks; he's gonna become a long haul truck driver and someone else is gonna run the club.

At that point, what he did with the 510 club wasn't really any of my business any longer. Yes, technically he skipped out on our original deal, but I didn't have any reason or desire to hold his feet to the fire over it. My other business had taken off, so I just marked the whole thing off as a tax loss on a bad debt and moved on. At least he published a few more issues than I would have been able to at that stage in the game, so that's something to his credit.

Danny was a good guy and we always got along fine. Please keep in mind I was a lot younger back then (and a bit hot headed) when I started and ran the 510 club. I might not have always been the easiest person to deal with at times, but I brought the 510 club back on-line after Rex out of a legitamate love of the Datsun 510.

Say what you will, but I have nothing but fond memories of running the club and publishing the 510 Again newsletters. I still have an entire set of them in the drawer downstairs - I felt we did an admirable job with what we had to work with and I know many of our members very much appreciated our efforts.

Anyway... long live the 510 and all that

Ray Johns

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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby icehouse » 17 Dec 2017 21:55

Dang!!! I didn't know you guys still mailed them out! I would have for sure signed back up. Used to get them way back when.

I'd offer to write some stuff but I'm sure you've read enough of my post to realize it would require to much work to make it understandable. haha
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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby icehouse » 17 Dec 2017 22:48

Have to add one opinion about the new generation of 510ers. You gotta remember a 510 is about 10x more money then it should be for what it is. So many fun RWD options that are cheaper and handle light years better out of the box. O and they don't try and kill you with exhaust fumes and gas smell. I love my 510's but going to the track it's amazing what cars you can get for cheap and with very little money they car really tear it up.
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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby obrut » 18 Dec 2017 15:56

"You gotta remember a 510 is about 10x more money then it should be for what it is. "

I just bought my first 510 a few months ago and your statement is spot on.
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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby datsunfreak » 19 Dec 2017 08:13

obrut wrote:"You gotta remember a 510 is about 10x more money then it should be for what it is. "

I just bought my first 510 a few months ago and your statement is spot on.


Well, now they have "collector" value added... :P

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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby Colbino » 19 Dec 2017 12:59

I thought this ended years ago.
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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby qwik510 » 22 Dec 2017 04:49

Might be gone but never forgotten.

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510s Forever!

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Re: Dime Quarterly ending

Postby bertvorgon » 22 Dec 2017 07:06

While the 510 Club of B.C.'s newsletter likely did not have the same exposure as the others, it was done by a group of true enthusiasts for almost 20 years. It was a wealth of information, stories and other 510 related topics.

One of my retirement projects is to try to put a complete set together and get them scanned into the Web also. There are enough core members left that we should be able to do that.

We also did some very nice calendars over the years, would be kinda neat to scan those pictures in also.

Here is a small sample of some of them.
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