STL Gateway Z History

1976 was a very good year. 1976 saw America celebrate its’ 200th birthday. 1976 saw a 14 year old drummer in Ireland post a flyer looking for some musicians to make a band, and U2 was formed. Hollywood gave us Rocky AND the Rocky Horror Picture show. On April Fools’ day in 1976, two guys named Steve founded a company called Apple computer. Another company called Hair Club for Men was also founded. The car industry gave us the first Chevy Chevette (It’ll drive you happy), and the Laborghini Silhouette (no catchy marketing tune needed). And in 1976, Michael Breeding gave us the Gateway Z Club. Mike saw something in these cars that he knew would last for multiple generations of people, and multiple generations of cars. His vision led to the formation of the Gateway Z Club, the 6th oldest Z Club in the US. Mike died unexpectedly in 1995. Below is what appeared in the monthly newsletter of the Z Car Club of Colorado:

IN MEMORY OF MICHAEL BREEDING

PRESIDENT OF THE GATEWAY Z CLUB

I recently received a call informing me that Michael Breeding died of a heart attack. News of the death of a friend is always difficult, but Michael’s life was cut short at age 45.

In 1989 while in St. Louis, I met Mike for the first time. He and four others visited me for coffee and I asked the group about the size of the Gateway Z Club. Mike looked at me and said, “…this is pretty much it.” We all laughed but little did I know just how much enthusiasm there was in that small band. Under Mike’s leadership the club produced the 1993 Z Car National Convention. You could always recognize his 300ZX by its license plate, “Z Prez”.

He was an important member of the Z car “family” and he will be missed.

Ben Millspaugh, President, Z Car Club of Colorado

Ben was correct. Mike was an important member of the Z Car “family”, and he is missed. It says a lot for Mike that he was known nationally in 1995, long before the internet. Despite Mike’s untimely death, his passion for Z’s has been imbedded in the DNA of the Gateway Z club members, and it lives on today as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the club.

The activities and participants of the early years of the club have mostly been lost to time. From 1976 thru the mid 1990’s, we know that Mike was the president, but not much else.

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