Made it to ZDayZ again this year. I have a few pictures:

Interesting body kit on this roadster. I’ve never seen one like this before.


Z cars and a few GTR’s every where you look!


Check out the paint job on this 370Z. Looks like a map of the Tail of the Dragon!


A few ZROC folks took a ride up to the Cherhola Skyway. Look at that view!



A few of the ZDayZ organizers got giant ZDayZ stickers for their cars. Nice, I want one this big. We did get small ones in our swag bags though. This is Bryan’s tricked out for the track Z. Still haven’t been able to get a ride in it though. Someday….


We had quite a few accidents this year. A few too many people testing the limits of their driving abilities out on the turns. The staff at ZDayZ has made it very clear that this is not the place to push your limits or your cars limits and still people do it. I’m not sure what it’s going to take to get through to folks. It seems like this year there were more mishaps than in previous years. Not sure if that’s true or not though.

The good stuff: Jim’s awesome pie, ZDayZ staff and organizers (best bunch of people you would ever want to meet after ZROC), Riding with Terri in her brickyard 350Z, chatting with David Muramoto from Nissan Sport Magazine (very friendly guy), Hanging with the ZROC crowd, Seeing a bunch of folks I only see once a year and chat with on the forums or on Facebook the rest of the time and riding not only on the Tail of the Dragon (with Ernie) but checking out some other twisty roads as well.

One of the ZDayZ staff I met this year was a man named Glenn who worked the registration desk pretty much the entire weekend, while the rest of us were out having a good time. Glenn, thanks you for all your hard work! Finally, Thanks to all of the other ZDayZ organizers for a great time. Lots of fun things to do this year. We’ll Z ya next year!


Saturday was a perfect day to kick off the ZROC driving season. Beautiful blue sky day and lots of Nissan Z cars to enjoy. We started the day at Buckeye Nissan. The ZROC crew rolled in and by the time we were ready to roll out, there were 30 of us representing the heritage of the Nissan Z.


When we left Buckeye Nissan and headed up 270 to Nissan North, it was quite a site to see. Nissan Z cars four wide and six deep on the highway. No I didn’t take any pictures of it. I was busy driving!

Don and Joyce came out in their Roadster:


Later, Don returned with their GT-R:


Nissan North treated us to a cook out. Thanks folks! Always great to see you all! They also hung out a banner welcoming the ZROC crew! Awesome!



After lunch, a few members left for home as they had “honey do” projects waiting for them and the rest of us headed out to Germain Nissan for the last stop of the tour.


A few more pics from the day:











That’s enough for today. The sun is out and the Z is calling. I have an oil change and a rear brake job to do today. I’ll Z ya later!

I spent the day washing, polishing and waxing the Z for tomorrow. The first ride of the season is a tribute to the heritage of the Nissan Z car. The ZROC gang will be visiting all three Nissan dealers in Columbus. We will gather at Buckeye Nissan, in Hilliard, between 10:00 and 10:30 am and hang out for a few hours before we leave enmass to Nissan North on RT 23 north of 270. We will stay there through lunch and visit with the staff and show off our cars. Finally, the crew will head over to Germain Nissan in the afternoon for our last stop. If you are out any where near these three dealers, stop by and say hello.

I will be twittering and blogging from the sites as well as taking a few pictures. No, I won’t be doing that while driving. I might even get a couple of videos in if I can. Until then, I’ll Z ya later!

I made a slide show of the ZROC Crew at the Columbus International Auto Show. It includes some pictures of the 370Z and GT-R from Nissan’s display. I hope you enjoy it.

I got into the convention center before the doors opened this morning. I came in early just to see if they would unlock the GT-R for me so I could get some pictures. The staff working over at the Nissan display are a really great bunch of friendly, accomadating folks, so I will have some pictures for you tonight or tomorrow of the GT-R and more of the 370Z as well as our club cars.

This morning has been pretty busy and we have been enjoying some great stories from other current and former Z owners. A lot of the older folks go for the Datson Z’s with that far away look in their eyes. Most of them recalling their youth and their first Z car. The younger set naturally gravitates to the newer cars. They’re more attracted to the idea of twin turbos and four whell disk brakes.

Last night, Jim and I watched a man from several yards away, walking towards the ZROC area with his eyes fixated on the Datson Roadster we have on disply. He was aman on a mission. Jim and I joked about it while we watched him approach. There are Z lovers and then there are those of us who freely admit we have the sickness. At ZROC, we understand you. Hope to “Z” you here sometime today. We would really like to hear your stories. You can also follow me on Twitter (@merrycricket) I will be posting a few picks through out the day.

I have a ton of pictures. These are just a few of them. All of the cars pictured here belong to members of the Z and Roadster Owners Club (ZROC). I have pictures of the new Nissan 370Z and the GT-R for you. If you check my flickr pics in the sidebar, you will find a picture of me in the 370Z. I think I look pretty good in it even if it isn’t my favorite color. 🙂



That’s enough for tonight. I’ll have more tomorrow. Plus I will be at the show all day tomorrow. Stop by the ZROC area right beside the Nissan display along the north wall of the convention center. If you have a Z story, we want to hear it.

At the auto show, the ZROC club is displaying multiple Z cars that best cover the history of the Z car. In 1984, Nissan issued a special edition 300ZX Turbo to celebrate 25 years. One of our members, Todd, has his on display. Todd is here tonight along with his car. Stop by and talk to our club members.

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