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  1. Sixteen and a half years old and had some tlc this year:
    6 points
  2. 5 points
  3. Apologies for only just posting up ..... I've been getting the brake dust off the front alloys ..... the pads and rotors have just stopped smoking ... I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the team at CAT for yet again providing a simply amazing training day on Saturday. The OC was represented by Budbongo and partner, Kim, and myself. The remaining 2 participants were from the Porsche world in 911s. In the course of the day I learnt a lot about the dynamics of rear-engined cars by listening to the sections of the briefings directed their way! The Performance Driver "Track" Day consists of 5 exercises, or disciplines, and as always the instructors (Paul & Steve) flexed each event to suit each driver's aims. Personally, I wanted to learn how to make my car handle and perform using paddle shift where possible, so this was crafted into each exercise. Brilliant! Thank you, Paul! We at nissansportz are indebted to all at CAT (Lynne, Paul, Steve and of course Jo and Colin) for offering such superb tuition to the OC at the special Club rates - thank you! OC members - these courses are fantastic learning days which I commend to you all, irrespective of your previous experience behind the wheel. With best wishes to all at CAT, Jeff-W Not quite as consistent as Blobbish.
    4 points
  4. Hi all, first time Z owner based near Bristol, UK. Picked up my car in February this year and been loving it ever since—it's my first RWD, first JDM, first >2 litre engine, and first two-seater. So ticking a lot of boxes all in one go, and a massive upgrade from my Abarth 595 Competizione previously. She's a black 2007 ‘HR’ 350Z that's just ticked 40k miles at the start of May. It's lightly modified via decats and a full stainless Scorpion exhaust system – absolutely love the sound it makes – plus a dyno tune and selectable remaps courtesy of Abbey Motorsport (all done before my ownership). Otherwise it's stock. Cosmetically she needs some TLC, which is another reason why I wanted the car. I've been steadily getting into better car care and a bit of detailing, and the Z feels like a good car to continue learning with. Looking forward to getting to know the car and community in the months and years to come. 👋
    4 points
  5. Firstly I'd like to thank Scott for allowing Gav to drive his car for most of the day due to a bleed on Gav's front caliper nipple. Top bloke . Morning was mostly dry. but we had a steady rain in the afternoon for the Alpine and Handling Circuit. This didnt deter from the experience and I have to say I had the most fun I think I've ever had in the GTR. The Handling was wet and made of concrete so combine this with the semi-slicks and weight of the GTR and you have for a very slippery track, moderate breaking causing ABS, 4 wheel slids out of corners with moderate throttle...... Nevertheless after a few pointers from Colin I was able to drive faster and reached grip limit on all corners of the circuit. I could have drove that circuit all day, I could feel the car on the limit but felt oddly comfortable with it. It was such a blast. Last challenge of the day is a 5 lap (warmup, 3 timed laps, cooldowm) challenge for consistency. Taking on the skills taught and the pointers from Colin I managed a 0.24 difference between the laps, which won me the challenge and placed me 4th on the CAT leaderboard. It was a great day with great people and great hosts. Mr Consistent. Oh Neil, I asked whats next. Optermisation, then Trackday......... yes a trackday with CAT instruction!
    4 points
  6. Thanks for the warm welcome everybody! I'm very pleased to say, with some prompts and ideas from @Dave G, I've worked out how to select the different maps for my car now. It's a bit counter-intuitive, but you have to hold (literally) down on the CRUISE/SET toggle, then tap the CANCEL button below the number of times to match the map you want. Then, when you release everything, SET on the speedo flashes the same number of times you pressed CANCEL to confirm the map. Just revving at a standstill, the exhaust sounds deeper and more burbly. Very happy. p.s. I also just realised I cited completely the wrong exhaust system in my opening post; it's a full Cobra setup, not Scorpion.
    3 points
  7. Welcome along. Love the backdrop of the photo. I know that aircraft very well as I used to work for BA Engineering. If the group does another micro meet there again I'll try to get along.
    3 points
  8. Well its fitted on the car now, absolutely love it, its nice and quite untill you build the revs, then its bonkers i love the downshift , the quality of the system is absolutely first class and believe me i am fussy. would also highly recommend Tarmac sports, they keep you informed and it was well packaged nothing at all marked or scratched.
    3 points
  9. Latest service completed. Just turned 60k (that 30k since I've owned it)miles and I had to top the oil up for the first time. Ash at SRD kindly washed off all of the pollen Switched to 10w60 and added and engine breather to help with the oil burn This service was a little expensive as the ball joints on the lower arms where completely worn, and Nissan in their wisdom require you to replace the lower arms, but ordered them from Amayama and saved £400. Also needed to replace the y-pipe due to leaks on the flexi.
    3 points
  10. Only 20 miles from me - good company and a brekky, hmmmmmm, I'm in
    3 points
  11. This could work for me. Micro meet and breakfast, followed by a tour of G-CIVB (which I wanted to do anyway at some point - two birds, one stone!), then off down to Frome to drop in on relos. Maybe overnight there and drive home Sunday morning. Edit: Hotel near Frome booked. Looking forward to it.
    2 points
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  13. "the exhaust note doesn’t have the same distinctive character as the old 370Z" - lol The 'old 370z' stock exhaust doesn't have a 'distinctive character. It sounds cr@p. I wonder how much of this article is similarly misinformed.
    2 points
  14. I don't mind that but I tihnk it would look better if the black on the roof stopped at the b pillar and they'd left the white at the back of the car to the sides. We're all individuals though.
    2 points
  15. https://catdrivertraining.co.uk/driving-course/performance-car-club-track-day/ Here's your glory page Mr Consistent 👏 KR Jo
    2 points
  16. Welcome, glad you found us! Great looking 350 in the best colour of course (I had a black 350 previously, just like yours...). I'll PM you about map selection...
    2 points
  17. Welcome to the OC, Pete. It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday at the Kemble mini-meet.
    2 points
  18. Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes (early, on time or late!)
    2 points
  19. Courtesy of Jon at the Classic Z Register I have purchased tickets for this years event, with my car on the Classic Z Register's display stand, as per last year. Jon has kindly supplied me with their Car Club display code. My intention is to be there on the Saturday, but I have purchased a 3 day ticket, as the difference was negligible and this then gives me options for (weather) flexibility. I asked Jon if he'd like me to see if any other nissansportz members would like to join me, to which he replied "the more the merrier". So if you're interested, please post up here and i'll make contact with you.
    2 points
  20. Am I late for the last one, or early for the next one?
    2 points
  21. Thanks guys appreciate the comments. Slightly nicer pic of the rear
    2 points
  22. At this time, John, the weather for 14th looks great - we look forward to seeing you there.
    2 points
  23. Ten o'clock is good for me, my partner Karen is coming so we have six people already 🙂
    2 points
  24. I’d be interested - can you let me know if you agree a location/date please? Always interested in a drive out if there is food and friends at the other end!
    2 points
  25. I'd like to repeat pretty much what Jeff said. Both myself and Kim had a great day there. Found it really useful and the handling circuit was really good fun. Thanks to Neil for organising, and the team at CAT. Cheers Paul
    1 point
  26. Belated Happy Birthday my friend!
    1 point
  27. Well done @Dave Gand Pete with the exhaust maps. It’s always good when the Forum spirit is shared around!
    1 point
  28. Welcome again Pete, great to meet you, and your car, on Saturday.
    1 point
  29. Hello and welcome to the club
    1 point
  30. Well done for shouting out and posting up about the mini meet idea Paul - was a fantastic day, and had a great brekky in great company. Thoroughly enjoyed it and already looking forward to the next one! Here's a couple of piccies I took .......... Anda rather nice Buccaneer decided to do a fast taxi run whilst we were there, so it owul dhave been rude not to take a pic/video or two ............
    1 point
  31. I like your new toy😁
    1 point
  32. Welcome & for sure the z'ds looking great! Wishing you lots of carefree miles[emoji106] Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G991B met Tapatalk
    1 point
  33. Welcome to nissansportz, looks a nice 350z and really low milage too 😎
    1 point
  34. Hi and welcome from Bristol 😜
    1 point
  35. Thanks to everyone who made it to day, sorry about the late arrival 🙄
    1 point
  36. I noticed a knocking when the car was cold, especially when staggering speed humps. My friendly MOT guy let me have a look underneath and pointed out that the bush was worn. I contacted SRD and they confirmed that given age and mileage that the arms were the likely cause, so at the next service I got them to check. I made the decision then to order the arms (i replaced both as it makes sense) which came to £1200 including delivery and import duties versus £1600+ from Nissan. I didnt get them changed until the next service which would have been around 4500k miles, so I likely did 7-8000k miles with them worn. This decision was made from talking to Lee @SRD who said as long as I could live with the knocking nothing much would happen, only concern was it the failed entirely and popped out. Obviously they didnt. As I say I never had an issued driving spirited as the suspension is under load, its generally slower driving over bumpy roads/speedhumps that cause the issue. Personally I would replace both as it saves costs and if one is wearing then so is the other. Oh and you'll need a geo done.
    1 point
  37. Belated Happy Birthday
    1 point
  38. Happy Birthday Dave!
    1 point
  39. Cheers[emoji106][emoji482] Verstuurd vanaf mijn SM-G991B met Tapatalk
    1 point
  40. Just caught up on this, what a fantastic day out John. Looks very 'nice' day
    1 point
  41. You just had to raise the bar...
    1 point
  42. I used Mezerna medium cutting compound for my wing mirror when it got knocked off and it worked a treat on all but the chips where it hit the tarmac.
    1 point
  43. Afternoon everyone i have just spoke to someone from the av8, they don't reserve tables, its based on first come first served, so it is what it is, hopefully some cars will tag along😁
    1 point
  44. I’ve seen/read a few posts on multiple forums of people having a similar issue about the door locks failing and they have to manually lock/unlock the door in order to get in and out of the car...if at all. However I haven’t seen any posts from people on how to go about fixing it themselves and was wondering if anybody out there has? Luckily my car was under the warranty the first 3 TIMES(yeah, that’s right...I said 3 times) my door locks have failed me. Primarily the driver side. It seems to happen to me every 2-3 years. First initial time was a year after I got the car back in 2015 when both door locks failed me. I took it to the dealer and they replaced it, thanks to the warranty. The next 2 times were specifically just the driver side. After the 2nd time I took it to a different dealer to have the work done, and surprise surprise in the 3rd time the part faulted again. (First 2 times happened during colder winter months, 3rd time happened during late spring/early summer...so it’s not a seasonal defect) Long story short, I got it fixed July of 2020 with just a week left on my warranty and now my passenger side is done and driver side is acting up and failing me at random times. My question to all you lovely people out there is: has anyone experienced this problem as frequent as me, and have you fixed it yourself? And if so, how did you go about fixing it yourself and did you use aftermarket parts? (Since the OEM from Nissan keep failing) I've gotten as far as taking the door card off, however i cant get to the actuator because there's these 2 i believe rivets, in the window track and i'm afriad of drilling them out because I don't want to mess up the window. Someone told me they took the bottom bolts closest to the actuator out and bent/cut the metal piece enough to access and get their hand in there. I've been sent the dynamat DIY link and that didn't help on the370z forum. I've posted and created a new thread before and got nowhere on several sites. lol Any help would be awesomely and greatly appreciated
    1 point
  45. Cant do that this weekend but we could aim for it in the future.
    1 point
  46. Dave, your post really is the most exciting thing that’s happened to me today - so well done! (I’ve been rubbing down door frames).
    1 point
  47. As promised, a fuller report, with pics, now time permits. A nice early start saw us arrive for a perfect sunrise. And after the signing in, form filling, helmet hire it was time to have a wander to see any other early arrivals, before breakfast. The safety briefing took place in the pitlane, and it was obvious a wide variety of drivers and cars (95) were taking to the track together, from novices to an ex F1 driver! The theme was "be nice", and i have to say, in my experience, everyone was. So it was time to go out and enjoy ourselves - track time was 9-1 and 2-5, open pit lane, come and go as you please. Somebody didn't stop grinning all day... so off out we went. Approx. 42 laps were completed, including warm ups and downs. I think there were 6 red flags all day, very quickly dealt with, and none caused by me. Box Box, Box Box. The car was faultless, and I loved every minute. I kept a close eye on temperatures, tyres and pressures, and had no issues. I went and filled up when the tank was down to half, at 3.45pm, the petrol attendant couldn't believe i only needed half a tank. He'd been watching me all day, and couldn't understand where else i was getting fuel from! At £1.99.9 for 99ron, I'm glad I didn't need more! And the theme of the day was complements on the car. Other drivers, their mechanics (yes some drivers take their own mechanics), Strictly Come Dancing winners - never a bad word. The guy leaning in to the driver is Kelvin Fletcher, Strictly 2019 winner. He came over to me for a chat to tell me that he and his mechanics had been admiring my car all day. Which considering the variety of cars on show, was a massive complement. And no photo, but there were 6 BAC Mono's, one of which was delivered to the owner that morning at the track. Now that's how to take delivery of a new car! And that was that. We took the chequered flag at 4.57pm, very happy. and if you've got this far, well done...when i say we were happy, one of us was very very happy. Remember that 720S earlier. Someone bagged herself a passenger ride for a hot lap (out lap, hot lap, in lap). It pays to turn up early, get chatting with others. The owner was an ex racing driver, known to the guy doing the safety briefing. What an opportunity, the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in a McLaren 720S driven by a racing driver! Priceless. He left at lunchtime, and let us use his garage space for the rest of the day too. "Be Nice"
    1 point
  48. Looking good was there last week with the Ferrari boys there was an SF90 demolishing everyone
    1 point
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