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.

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

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

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

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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….

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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!

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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.

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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:

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Later, Don returned with their GT-R:

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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!

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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.

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A few more pics from the day:

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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 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 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. 🙂

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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.

So what are you doing on August 16th? ZROC is hosting their 2nd annual Summer Evening Rally. Last year’s rally was an incredibly fun scavenger hunt. Ernie rode with me and we had a pretty good time. My favorite item on the list was “What is Ms. Judy’s phone number?” We found it on a billboard for a psychic. Meeting up after the ride, everyone was talking about who was spotted where. Steve and Jim did a great job organizing the drive and creating the list of items to find which included the home of the original fried baloney sandwich (ick) in Waldo.

So I am ready to do this again and need a navigator for the ride. Your job will be to read the map and help us stay on course. Oh, and you’ll need to hang on. Waddaya say? Wanna take a ride with me? I’ll drop the T Tops if it isn’t raining and we’ll get our hair messed up!

While I was at the Arthritis Foundation’s Auto Show, I got to talking to Tim Davis about my car and how it was running like crap. I have been chasing down little vacuum leakd for a while now and was getting just a little tired of it. Tim suggested I talk to Brett from Ramey’Z about bringing the car down to his place outside of Cincinnati to put it on the smoker and find all the leaks at once. So I did and the next day (Sunday) found me traveling to Brett’s shop. He tested the car and only found 2 small vacuum leaks. So why is it running so bad? Tim showed up about that time and the two of them started asking me questions about the car and the work that had been done recently. Brett decided to check the timing and found it to be way off. A few more questions and their thoughts were that the timing belt may have jumped a tooth. So the remedy is to do a timing belt change.

Tim tore into the car and you wouldn’t believe what he found. The picture is what’s left of my timing belt tensioner.

Missing a few bearings there?

Missing a few bearings there?

It’s hard to tell from the picture but the tensioner is missing about a third of it’s bearings and the front seal was gone. Littered around the area of the timing belt were ground up pieces of what used to be bearings. I was very close to owning nothing but a parts car. Having the tensioner go or losing the timing belt would have been catostrophic to the car. As luck would have it, Brett was working on another 300ZX timing belt that day and was replacing the tensioner in that car so I got custody of the old one which was still in fairly good condition. A new timing belt went in and my car was running like a top! On the drive home, I noticed that the car had it’s power on acceleration and I also had my great gas mileage again. I usually get over 30MPG on the highway when the car is well tuned. No bad for a 6 cylinder 86 engine. I felt so relieved and confident in the work that Brett and Tim did, I took the scenic route home.

I highly recmmend Ramey’Z if you are in need of work for your Z. They specialize in the ’90-’96 300ZX but know there older models as well. Oh, they’re also responsible for most of the “Bling” you see on the turbo 300’s in my flickr photos.  If you need to have Ramey’Z work on your 300ZX, call them at (513) 348-6517 to make arrangements. When I finally get a decent job and can afford it, I plan on having Ramey’Z do the mods for my car.

The ZROC crew participated in this years Arthritis Foundation Auto Show. Jim Corbett from ZROC took 1st place in the Nissan – Datson class. Congratulations Jim! The rest of us had a great time talking to the show visitors about our cars. We may have picked up a couple new members among the guests. As usual, we brought our canopies and coolers showed how ZROC rolls! I can’t tell you how much fun it is just to be around such a great group of Z enthusiasts.

Because it was for a good cause, I cleaned up the Girlie Z and entered her into the show, knowing I wasn’t going to win anything. My car is what I call a work in progress and is pretty far from being in arms reach of a trophy but getting there is part of the adventure. It was nice to meet some other female Z lovers while I was there. I had a wonderful conversation with a woman that onced owned an 86 300ZX like mine. She said she loved to drive it and really misses it. Maybe after today she will consider another Nissan. If you live in the Central Ohio area and you have the Z sickness, please join us! We would love to have you!

Me with the Girlie Z

Me with the Girlie Z