Warren John Halliday's 1973 Datsun 240z
I've actually lost track of how long Auszcar has been running, I do however remember our first official meeting back in the summer of 2004.
This would be the first time I met Warren John Halliday. A silver 240z had turned up and a tall fella got out and introduced himself quietly as Warren. We all moved from car to car opening bonnets and checking out interiors. Warren was quietly inquisitive, keen to see what the other members of our small but eager group had driven to the meet in.
From that first meeting it was clear to me that this was a man that had a pretty clear idea of what he wanted from his Z, but had a humble and warm quality of listening to anybody that had an opinion on the Datsun Z car and its quirky traits. It was a good day and I'd like to think Warren enjoyed himself as much as I did.
We unfortunately lost Warren unexpectedly in September of this year (2009). It is an understatement to say that everyone in the club is very saddened at Warren's passing and wish Kay (Warren's Wife), Craig (Son) and Amy (Daughter) all the very best and our condolences.
In the years that followed I met Nicole, my now beautiful wife and we bought a house just around the corner from Warren and Kay in Kensington. Since the first Summer meeting some years had passed and Warren had started on some body work patiently preparing his 240z for the panel shop where it would receive an original shade of silver.
Luckily Warren owned a 350z so when the 240z was shipped off to the panel shop, Warren would still show up to meetings in his red 350z.
The 240z was at the shop for many months (keeping restoration costs low) but I bet it was worth it as it returned shiny and new ready for interior work that was next on Warren’s list.
There was some focus on the engine to get it running smooth playing around with the distributor. Next Warren, installed a set of reconditioned triple DHLA40 Dellorto carbs, later getting them fine tuned by Maureci Motors - a family business largely dedicated to racing Alfa's.
As you can see from the images Warren put a lot of time and effort into restoring what became a great example of a clean and classic looking 240z.
Warren didn’t always own a Z, in fact his first car was a Mini! A funny choice for such a tall guy, but nevertheless a classic. From there Warren bought a 1971 Datsun 1600, which had bits such as spotlights and bulbar black rimmed wide wheels and even a stereo (luxury and style for the 70’s). As a member of the Austin 7 car club in Adelaide he went on car club runs and took the Datsun around Adelaide International Raceway on speed runs.
Cars certainly didn't define Warren, they just added another dimension to what was his very full and happy life. After asking a club and family members, here are some of the words people used to describe Warren.
"I met Warren at one of our quarterly Z Car meetings. He was a quiet unassuming fella who always took the time to listen to everyone's opinion on what they had done to there car. I dare say he was taking it all in and evaluating what was a good idea and what was not.
Warren often contributed to these conversations with thoughtful ideas with out going over the top like some of us do. My fondest memory of Warren was when we traveled to Thredbo for our 4 day adventure. I was struck by what a kind, gentle person he was despite his tall stature.
He also showed a lot of attention to his lovely wife Kay. Something you don't often see in marriages which have done a few miles. But they held hands on there walk up towards Mt Kosiosko and seemed genuinely close. Something I envy and am sure many married couples would. Having said this it would make Warren's loss to Kay and family even more devastating.
I can only hope they look back at the many fond memories they have had together and hope that over time the pain fades to pleasant smiles as he is remembered."
Lochlan (Lurch) Fowler
"I first met Warren during an early get together of AusZcar (around 2006), at which time he was having his Zed painted. I found him to be affable & reserved when discussing Zeds, yet he had a strong passion for the cars that clearly came through.
I enjoyed his company on the - all to few - occasions we caught up. He will be sadly missed – for someone that still had more to experience & to give. R.I.P. my tall friend."
"Warren was a true gentlemen – humble, intelligent, caring and someone who will inspire me to always remember what life is about.
Despite having a big job and I’m sure the demands that come with it, Warren never seemed to waste precious time worrying about it. It was obvious from the happiness in his eyes and ever present smile on his face, Warren spent his time where it counted; with the people he loved – namely his soulmate Kay, and working on things that he was passionate and curious about – usually his car.
It is so very sad that this time was so short. Sulio and I feel privileged to have known Warren and hope as time passes Warren’s family will be smiling again."
Warrens cherished 240z has now been passed on to his son Craig who resides in South Australia. We hope to see more of him around the site and hopefully club meets from time to time.
Words By: Sulio M (Toecutter)
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