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  1. Sixteen and a half years old and had some tlc this year:
    7 points
  2. 6 points
  3. Having just got back this evening and driven approx. 2,400 miles, I have to say that it has been truly epic. One of the best (even to the point where Mrs N said so too!). The route included: Reims, France (and the historic start finish straight from the race track) - there may have been some fast pass by video's so rumour has it Dijon, France Grenoble, France Rapallo, Italy (taking in a few glaciers in view on the way and soem epic roads) Pisa, Italy Florence, Italy (on the way the next day, we stopped at the Mugello race track for a quick piccie) Bologna, Italy (on the way to the next destination we stopped at the Ducati Offiicial shop and the Lamborghini factory and museum) Innsbruck, Austria Bad Herrenalb, Black Forest Germany (including some unlimited Auto Bahn of course) The German Police stopping us with 2 cars! (more to tell on this later), on the way to Brugge, Belgium I tihnk we went through more tunnels than ever before as well but I'll give a bit more detail of all the above in the next couple of days along with some pics etc. Thankfully though, aside from having to change the brake fluid on one of the guys Audi RS5, it was an incident free trip and everyone got back safe and sound with some amazing memories.
    5 points
  4. I was very lucky last weekend. Left via Folkestone on Friday and there had been a nasty crash on the M20 a couple of junctions before the Eurotunnel. I think it must have happened only 10-20 minutes before we went through as they very shortly afterwards closed the motorway. Whilst queueing for the tunnel the Air Ambulance landed on the motorway only 50 yards from us. We were delayed by 2.5 hour as a train had broken down in the morning and they had to turn the electric off to recover it but those behind who got stuck when the motorway closed were part of the ones delayed by 14 hours then then went up to 21 hours over the weekend. Not to bad on the way back, just a half hour delay. Was all worth it to see this amazing place though
    5 points
  5. A group of Zeds from a 747 upper deck - now that's a rare sight!
    5 points
  6. My Zed is 18 years old in a couple of days! I have had her since new. She is my daily driver currently. Just had an MOT; no advisories!! 186,000 miles.
    5 points
  7. Morning all, great to meet you all yesterday. I'd do that again at Kemble, possibly in September, so give it a thought! I was up at 05:00 this morning and left the hotel at around 05:30 and enjoyed a rather spirited drive home seeing as there was nothing on the roads to speak of until the M3. I was on my driveway in less than two hours. So for now, just a few of my photos from the morning.
    4 points
  8. And the reverse angle, cos I'm biased Great to see everyone!
    4 points
  9. Good to see you folks again, and to meet ZN. Great breakfast and chat time.
    4 points
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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"
    4 points
  14. Rubbish UK roads, unforgiving suspension and the occasional mildly painful twisting of the back whilst entering and exiting had prompted me recently into looking for a different weekend fun-mobile. A bit more upright and comfy, shall we say. For the last two weeks I've looked at alternatives, some older and cheaper and some newer and more expensive, plus had a couple of test drives. I'd decided on a late model Mk 7.5 Golf GTI Performance or R - both brilliant cars, more practical and cheaper to run (not that that was part of the requirement). Fairly common of course as well. BUT, also very 'sterile' and 'quiet' compared to the Z with its big 6 cylinder up front and refined, but very audible, exhaust with the HFCs. Decision day had to be today and I just couldn't do it, not just yet anyway, maybe in another couple of years. I knew I'd miss the Z and the attention it attracts with it (yes, I'm a tart 😊). So, she stays, I'm pleased and relieved to say - just needed to put this 'out there' - and to gain assurance that I've done the right thing....
    4 points
  15. Hi all Been ages since I was active on here but life got in the way. Short version of the story is I tended to use my lunch break to lurk on here and post every now and again. It gave me something to do for an hour and I enjoyed (and still do) catching up with goings on. Having had a couple of promotions recently, things like lunch breaks all but disappeared which meant my regular 'slot' is no longer there. Being busy at home with kids and dogs at the weekend meant I just got out of the habit of visiting here and no longer made the time. However, I'm determined to change that and be on here more. I've got a ton of stuff to update everyone on relating to the 370 so I'll endeavour to do so over the next few weeks. Whetting your appetites... I diagnosed and fixed my persistent alarm going off for under a tenner (how-to on it's way) I've had my car tuned at Abbey I had problems with the standard cats after the tuning work Had high flow cats fitted Now having trouble with MOT.... I'll add more detail to the topics soon and may reach out to ask for help with the failing MOT, I'm at a loss at the moment so need to decide what to do next. Anyway, good to be back and hello to anyone who has recently joined up! More soon Dave
    4 points
  16. First Saw this in Solihull few weeks ago but only got a glimpse as it drove past , and then today , there it was parked up , I really love the look of this 👍🏾
    4 points
  17. its actually my birthday that weekend ( 18th ) i would be very interested to be there and good to meet you guys if that's possible , hoping to have an Invidia exhaust on my Z by then as well.
    4 points
  18. Thanks for the warm welcome folks! Sarah, ye i found you, and i'll go ask the question about the reverse camera in the 370 discussion forum, and hopefully Paul S will respond! As for the back pain, well ive come to this from riding sports motorcycles, and its certainly better than they are. But ye, just getting in to such a low car, isnt easy when your old frame is as seized up as mine is - hopefully surgery will rectify soon! As for the car, ye its a stunner. that pearlescent white with the anthracite alloys is gorgeous. Im not gonna do many mods to it. ive done the 1st stage remap, but aesthetically, i'm not going to touch it, i just think its gorgeous as it is As for power, 350bhp is plenty for riding the twisties up in the highlands so stage 1 is good for what i'll be driving. Hopefully i'll get to know some of you, and as my experience improves, then hopefully sharing advice wont be quite as 1 way as it will be to begin with. Thanks again for the kind welcome! Dave B
    4 points
  19. Thought i would add 4 new 20mm wheel spacers to my Z roadster today, i think its a marked improvement ? I bought them from Wheel parts Direct, they are really good quality and very reasonably priced at £25.00 each ( £100.00 Set ) They are Cnc machined billet Ally / black Anodised and 10.9 high tensile studs Zinc plated, i can confirm that is correct as i am a qualified Engineer by trade. put some copper slip on the back of the spacer and back of the wheel, blur Loctite on the studs that clamp the spacer on and torque them up to 88ft/Ibs / 110Nm test drove it and re torqued them up. took approx. 2 hours and that included polishing the inside and outside of the wheel and the callipers. https://wheelpartsdirect.com/products/spacers/202/nissan/370z/original
    4 points
  20. I went out in the Zed today to get some petrol and warm it through. Chose to come home via Market Square and saw this: Not only is it a 16-plate 370Z, but it is also Daytona Blue (admittedly, it’s as dirty as mine but you should see the roads around here!). Furthermore, it’s got Invidia Geminae exhausts! So now I know there are more of this rare colour on the roads. I carded it, naturally.
    4 points
  21. Took the car for its MOT today. Surprisingly, I've only done just over 2,000 miles in the past 12 months. Went to collect it and was a bit nervous when the tester asked me if my sequential LED Z side markers were original equipment or not. I told him they weren't and he said, "Wow they're really nice aren't they? We decided they were probably OEM. Really like them." The car passed - no advisories! Looks like I've found a good MOT centre, who like their cars. Breathes another sigh of relief for another year!
    4 points
  22. This isn't a club supported event but Longy, who is well known to quite a few members, organises what is typically (barring Covid) an annual road trip to Europe. This years event starts this weekend as we head to Reims in France on Friday to start the tour on Saturday morning from the old historic race track. After that, the destination is unknown to us participants and only Longy knows the destinations for the following week (we get to find each days destination the evening before or over breakfast normally). There will likely be some silly challenges and some fairly spirited driving on the way but I'll report back after the event. In the meantime, this years chariot is all ready to whisk Mrs N and myself around whatever mountains, switchbacks, tunnels and autobahns we may visit!
    3 points
  23. Well not much to say really, a bit of a shootout, then high speed pursuit to the border.... helicopter gunships, guns, Police dogs, Tigers etc....a bit boring really!
    3 points
  24. Thanks Jeff currently driving around northern Spain. There are some epic mountain routes here highly recommended.
    3 points
  25. How about a Datsun Fairlady roadster from the early 60s. Would have to be imported as they didn’t sell them here. Have yet to even see one. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datsun_Sports
    3 points
  26. Great day on Thursday! I only have one pic but I'm sure more will be posted soon...
    3 points
  27. Treated the old girl to a new exhaust 😎 Renewed the MOT for another year.
    3 points
  28. "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.
    3 points
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. Only 20 miles from me - good company and a brekky, hmmmmmm, I'm in
    3 points
  32. Excellent! You won't be disappointed. From your photos, it looks like they sent you the one that sounds like a lawnmower. ...some lawnmower!
    3 points
  33. well it finally arrived yesterday, and in perfect condition , i have to say dealing with Tarmac sports, was a real pleasure they keep you informed all the way through the process and packaginf was spot on ive attached some photos the exhaust comes with 3 sets of bolts and 3 sets of gaskets, but i wanted new bolts and gaskets for the join onto the cats so ive ordered them as well, will be fitted next week.
    3 points
  34. Looking good was there last week with the Ferrari boys there was an SF90 demolishing everyone
    3 points
  35. Weather doesn’t make us cancel 😊
    3 points
  36. First one I have ever spotted on the road parked up in Alderley Edge this afternoon. Very nice!
    3 points
  37. That's not a garage, that's an industrial warehouse! Looks awesome and loving the tiling - I am in no way jealous.
    3 points
  38. What fab weather today down South. Wall to wall blue sky. Gave the Nismo a good wash and detail earlier and went out for a blast afterwards! Backdrop is Outwood Mill in Surrey.
    3 points
  39. Good News, I can make it on the 15th 👍
    3 points
  40. We’ll be there - thank you to our kind hosts - however, before folks get carried away with the news that the Detailing Team will also be there, may I just point out that DT activity is sensitive to prevailing weather conditions! Jeff & Joan.
    3 points
  41. Old? Old? You youngsters have no idea..... I still havent got over Rationing....
    3 points
  42. A few images from last night. The lap starts at Brooklands, the lights start at Maggotts, end at Abbey, and you exit at the loop. The vale chicane was not the F1 route. I was not the only driver hitting every apex (even at 5mph haha). We were also not the only ones to take a good long look at the Verstappen wall at Copse! Enjoyable evening, and without doubt, my slowest ever lap time haha.
    3 points
  43. Merry XMAS from the Cazza and me and the sleeping Nismo
    3 points
  44. Looks better than the last time I saw pictures of it. But £10k? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/275060847330?mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&siteid=3&campid=5338496959&toolid=10001&mkevt=1 £10k really is that what they are going for - I sold it for just over that £10k in 2011.... Also it has been smashed into a wall by the person who had it after me.....
    3 points
  45. Never have I been more happy to receive a letter from the police concerning a collision I was directly involved in!!* I do hope the other driver received one today too! *just to clarify this is my only one...
    3 points
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