Z Car Reborn
In the late 1980s, Frisselle received an unexpected telephone call with the caller telling him he had come across Frisselle’s old 240Z. Getting the information, Frisselle investigated and despite the car having been extensively modified in the ensuing years, it was indeed his old 240Z. The car was purchased and then underwent a year-long restoration to bring it back to the same configuration as when Frisselle raced it. He entered one vintage race event at Palm Springs but found the racing was too sedate so he “retired” once again. For the next couple of years, Frisselle loaned the Z to the Briggs Cunningham Museum and then the Petersen Museum to be put on display.
The car changed hands and was eventually acquired by Bruce Canepa in the late 1990s. According to Canepa, “the car was in excellent condition when I received it and only required maintenance to all the systems and race preparation.” In August 2007, Northern California vintage racer and longtime friend of Canepa, Mark Mountanos, bought the 240Z describing the car as, “in beautiful condition, it needed nothing.” Over the next 18 months, Mountanos raced the car with the Classic Sports Race Group (CSRG) and at the Monterey Historics. However, even though the car was fun to drive and handled well, it lacked the power of his other racecars so he made a deal with Canepa and returned it.
Canepa had the 240Z in his inventory for about two years until another long-time customer, David Martin, acquired the car in 2010. Martin had a background with cars influenced by his father who worked at a Ford Dealership, in their native Alabama. As a teenager, Martin and his friends would drag race at an old abandoned Air Force base and run laps around homemade dirt ovals, racing a variety of cars.