This weekend is the Arthritis Foundation’s Classic Auto Show & Cruise-In and ZROC, of course, will be there. I finally got my rear brake calipers rebuilt last week so I will have the Girlie Z there. General admission is only $10.00 and children under 12 are free so it’s not a bad deal for the family and you will be supporting a worthy cause.

I will be twittering and possibly making a post or two from the show. Feel free to stop by and say hello!

I was pretty busy last month working on PodCamp Ohio and so didn’t really have a whole lot of time to post here, but the bonus is I was gifted with a Kodak Zi6 as a thank you for my work! You can look forward to better pictures of events and video! Woo Hoo!

Now, a note about those rear brake calipers….

I own four (count them FOUR) repair manuals. One of which is the official service manual for my car and NONE of them tell you some fairly specific information you need to know when working on the rear brakes for this car. First is getting the parking brake disconnected and subsequently re-connected. Second is putting on the new piston seal. Need to know these things? Email me and I can walk you through it.


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 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. 🙂



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!

Oh my poor Nissan Z buddies I have englected you lately haven’t I? Not to worry, I have some updates for you. First off, If you want to know what else is happening in my life, go to my other blog to find out.

Now, on to Nissan Z talk: ZROC will be part of the fun at the MidOhio Vintage Grand Prix this weekend! Well we will probably be most of the fun! Last year was my first time at this event and I had an awesome time! ZROC folks now how to create a party where ever we go and this year won’t be any different. We will get into the mood with our annual party at Mitch Mercer’s house on Saturday June 28th beginning at 6PM. Sunday morning, we will meet to caravan to MidOhio where our club will have a spot on the Concourse. The club will be serving food from City Barbeque again this year. Join us or at least stop by to say hello.

In July is the Arthritis Foundations Car Show and Cruize In. Clean up your Z and come on out. Don’t have a Z? Come out anyway. Meet the ZROC crew and see why I talk about them so much. Lots of cars to look at and it’s all for a good cause! I’ll be taking pictures at these events and posting them in my flickr stream in the sidebar to the right. Some day, when I get a job, I should be able to buy a video camera and can bring you even more action! But for now, if you want to see the action, you’ll just have to join us! If you come, look for the Girlie Z and say hello! I will probably be twittering from both of these events as well.

If you are planning on coming, click on the comments in the title bar above to drop me a line to let me know so I can look for you. Or, you can tweet me! I’ll Z ya later!