I confess-here at The Garage, Gary and I haven’t been exactly shy about our admiration of the Nissan Z, especially in its current 370Z and more potent NISMO Z iterations. Does it help that the current Z is dynamically, and aesthetically at the top of its game? Absolutely. But the Z is much more than simply a great sports car. There is a culture, centered around strong club support, that allows you to enjoy your Z however you prefer-show it, tour in it, or track it.
My admiration of the Z goes back to my childhood. My neighbor had a silver 1981 Datsun 280ZX that never had a speck of dirt on it. I was thrilled anytime he’d let me sit in the driver seat, looking over that long, sleek hood. I am a former Z owner myself. Back in my college days, I owned a navy blue 1986 300ZX Turbo with T-tops. As a guy used to four cylinder VW’s and Alfa Romeo’s, the 300ZX was a revelation, and I have many fond memories of late-night blasts on rural Lancaster County, PA roads with the t-tops off. [Read more…]