To start any event there is always the paperwork, piles and piles of paperwork. And for us registration is where ZDayZ paperwork starts. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to the following clubs for all of their help and support of our event and their hand in getting things started off right. Registration is NOT a glorious gig, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is absolutely necessary and we cannot thank them enough. If you or your club helped during the registration part of the ZDayZ weekend, we offer you our extreme gratitude.
Forged Performance's 6th Annual ZDayZ Top Dawg Airstrip The event was even bigger and better than all previous years. We would like to thank the many spectators and participants who came out to enjoy the day at the Hendersonville Airport. Without you, it wouldn't have been such a huge success! Just short of 20 cars, of all makes and models, made runs down the 3000 foot airstrip reaching speeds in excess of 150+ mph, while onlookers enjoyed the sights and sounds in the beautiful afternoon weather. Fast Intentions used the event to unveil their stunning Twin Turbo kit for the 370Z, while making a couple dozen passes down the airstrip to fully demonstrate its capabilities. The final contest would feature the Alpha 10 of Forged Performance, vs. the Alpha 12 of TopSpeed Motorsports. With both cars producing north of 1000whp, it was the closest margin in ZDayZ Top Dawg history, but as we say each year, there are can only be ONE Top Dawg...and this year we congratulate Andrew Sweet for being named this year’s TOP DAWG. We hope to see you all next year! -- Reid Traylor - Marketing Associate, Forged Performance
The ZDayZ ‘Partners’ Arrive:
First – please find your way to the comprehensive list of the ZDayZ Partners on the ZDayZ Event Partners page. Please know that the ZDayZ Partners do not ‘sponsor’ ZDayZ, but that they are Partners with the ZDayZ Organizers in producing this near legendary event. Many of the great stories & good times of the past 11 years are rooted in our Partners efforts & antics! If you wish to support ZDayZ, each of the ZDayZ Partners should be the place you start for your Nissan Performance Platform needs.
In the months/weeks/days running up to ZDayZ, our hearts and minds leave for Fontana Village long before we do. This applies in total to the ZDayZ Staff and for sure nearly all of our fellow attendees. However, for our ZDayZ Partners, the approach of ZDayZ adds the edge of really having your ‘stuff’ together when that middle Thursday in May rolls around. The Partners attend as part of the ZDayZ community – they are as much us, as we are them - and they drag a great deal more baggage to FVR than what fits in Z, G or a GT-R. That baggage may be stuff for us to admire or go home with, or an idea and/or activity to entertain us. The ZDayZ Partners are all ‘Voluntolds’ in a somewhat different degree (and they get screwed as to the shirt).
ZDayZ Thursday morning marks the arrival and set up of the ZDayZ Partners with on-site presence. There is always a level of anticipatory excitement with this as we get to see what our friends have brought for our titillation. ZDayZ saw that display step up again, running the gambit from jaw dropping eye candy, to massive stopping power, through awesome track & street machines, and many solutions for spinal cord disintegrating power & performance!
Nissan’s participation this year was as impressive as last year's JUKE-R; but way more global. Nissan’s 18 wheel car hauler snaked its way into FVR and deposited a gorgeous 2015 370Z NISMO, and then proceeded amaze us all with the GLOBAL reveal of it. It was so global that ZDayZ was on yahoo.com, autoweek.com, topgear.com, jalopnik.com, autoblog.com to name a few.
America’s Fund America's Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Since its inception in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $91 million in support. As injured heroes from different branches of service are treated side by side at our nation's military hospitals, requests for assistance to all branches have continued to grow. Today, their first priority is providing family support grants. These enable families to spend time at loved ones' hospital bedsides, free from the financial pressures of travel, temporary lodging and lost wages.
|Place||Male 10k||Female 10k||Male 5k||Female 5k|
|1st||Derek Brown40:31||Michelle Bachand66:56||Austin Smith25:36||Stephanie Looney25:46|
|2nd||Dominic Booth40.42||Kevin Kribs25:58||Leslie McBride31:27|
|3rd||Al Abertson47.17||Chris Story28:13||Monica Oliverio33:53|
|Best HandJerrit Tyler
||2nd Best HandAlex Ridenhour
||Worst HandDylan Myers
||Most Memorable StopTIDEWATER ZSNOW DOGS|
Winners 1st Place - Gregg Westall 2nd Place - Mary Story 3rd Place - Chris Story
Please show some love and reach out to each and every one of our partners that helped us with ZDayZ. In alphabetical order:
These are the people that put in the sweat equity to make ZDayZ run as smooth and efficiently as it does. Without the support of our partner clubs, ZDayZ would be much more quaint affair and certainly not as fun. In alphabetical order:
Once again we kicked off the weekend with a massive round of door prizes provided by our partners, and this year we gave away over $15,000 of goodies!!!! All we can say is WOW. Please take this opportunity and visit our partner page, and please take the time to visit each of our partner’s sites/social media pages and thank them. It would also be a great idea if you spent a little (or a bunch) of coin with them and drop our name with them as you do it. Every year our partners take great care in making sure that the ZDayZ participants get some great swag, and 2014 is no exception as they exceeded all expectations. We ask a lot of them and they never flinch or hesitate to step up to the plate for us and for YOU.
Keeping the cheers going we also gave club plaques to the following clubs in appreciation of all the hard work they do to help ZDayZ, we simply couldn't do it without them. This is just one more example of “For Enthusiasts, By Enthusiasts.” Our club participation never fails to amaze us. If you are interested in your club helping staff an event in 2015 please do not hesitate to ask Bryan Settle how your club can help.
Finally, the past couple of years we have had a special, and highly coveted, award for the clubs - The Club Spirit of the Dragon Award, and this year’s earner was Z Atlanta. Z Atlanta is one of the newer clubs at ZDayZ, Adam and crew have done an amazing job of instilling enthusiasm and a launching point for the Atlanta based Z enthusiasts.
Winners 1st Place - Better Halves: Caroline Malloy / Kacie Minter 2nd Place - Better Late Than Pregnant: Chance Donahue / Alex
The ZDayZ Dam Foto was called off in lieu of serious weather.
|Car Show Winners|
|Partner Class 1st PlaceTy Webb||Partner Class 2nd PlaceLou Fusz||Extreme Class 1st PlacePeter Gataric||Extreme Class 2nd PlaceBryant Tonkin|
|Extreme Class 3rd PlaceAndrew Titus||S30 Mild 1st PlacePete Haussler||S30 Wild 1st PlaceHerman Carrick||S30 Wild 2nd PlaceSteve Waller|
|S30 Wild 3rd PlaceMitchell Smith||S130 Stock 1st PlaceAsby Fulmer||S130 Wild 1st PlaceSteve Patterson||Z31 Stock 1st PlaceAsby Fulmer|
|Z31 Stock 2nd PlaceAsby Fulmer||Z31 Mild 1st PlaceBlake Russell||Z31 Mild 2nd PlaceCameron Harris||Z32 Mild 1st PlaceDavid Dischler|
|Z32 Mild 2nd PlaceDawn Thomas||Z32 Mild 3rd PlaceRobert Leasure||Z32 Wild 1st PlaceSammy Byars||Z32 Wild 2nd PlaceMike Twitty Sr.|
|Z32 Wild 3rd PlaceTim Peters||Z33 Stock 1st PlaceKellieStevens||Z33 Mild 1st PlaceMichael Pail||Z33 Mild 2nd PlaceAndy Barclay|
|Z33 Mild 3rd PlaceMaggie Wilson||Z33 Wild 1st PlaceRay Bearden||Z33 Wild 2nd PlaceJohn Price||Z33 Wild 3rd PlaceJosh Mecimore|
|Z34 Stock 1st PlacePaul Swanson||Z34 Stock 2nd PlaceJoshua Graver||Z34 Mild 1st PlacePetr Pakosta||Z34 Mild 2nd PlaceJim Lyme|
|Z34 Mild 3rd PlaceAllison Hernandez||Z34 Wild 1st PlaceAsby Fulmer||Z34 Wild 2nd PlaceJonathan Malloy||G35 Mild 1st PlaceDavid Deford|
|G35 Mild 2nd PlaceAaron Kollmeyer||G35 Wild 1st PlaceJohnny Allgood||G35 Wild 2nd PlaceSandy Myers - Berry||G37 Mild 1st PlaceNicole Weld|
|G37 Mild 2nd PlaceLee Vermont||G37 Mild 3rd PlaceMichael Nicastro||G37 Wild 1st PlaceNick Gomez||Skyline Mild 1st PlaceEdwin Giang|
|GT-R Wild 1st PlaceTyler Heinzelmann||Other Nissan 1st PlaceErin McGehee||Diamond in the RoughAnthony Garcia||Best I.C.E.Brandon Ennett|
|Best RoadsterChad Williams||Best Track CarChris Hendrickson||Best Engine BayBrian Taylor||Best Travelin TapeAaron Yovan|
|...And You Spent too MuchBrian Kleeman#becauseracecar||Best in ShowAsby Fulmer|
To state that we enjoy folks from all walks of life would be redundant, but what is amazing are some of the great lengths our participants will go to join us! Such as:
|AMS||Z33/G35 DE SS Equal Length Headers||AMS||Z33/G35 Adjustable Camber arms|
|CIN Motorsports||Stage 1 6 Pot Big Brake Kit||Dynosty||ARP L19 Head Studs for VQ35DE|
|DXD Racing Clutches||DXD clutch and flywheel kit||Forged Performance||Cobb Access Port for R35|
|Forged Performance||Competition Clutch Kit||Inappropriate Motorsports||Ultimate Tailgate Package|
|Mad Hatter Concepts||Apple Pie Moonshine||Mad Hatter Concepts||Apple Pie Moonshine and Hat|
|Jim Wolf Technologies||Dual Pop-Charger 09+ w/Heat Shields||Motordyne Engineering||HR Intake Plenum|
|Motordyne Engineering||ART Pipes||Motordyne Engineering||Sway Bars|
|SOHO Motorsports||SOHO Single Exit Catback Exhaust||The Powder Coater||$400 Gift Certificate|
|Tidewater Z Service||S30 Toyota 4 Runner Big Brake Upgrade||Z1 Motorsports||Z Nationals package, includes track day at AMP|
|Z1 Motorsports||2 piece Akebono or Brembo Front Rotors||Z1 Motorsports||HJC Racing Helmet|
|Zpowersteering.com||S30 complete conversion kit|
ZDayZ Beer Pong was won by the OGC, Ohio G Club.
And if you read all the way down to this line of fine print, congratulations – you’ve reached the end of the internet!
We are doing a few new things this year as well as repeating some of our greatest hits. That said the events and activities calendar is being populated, we encourage our partners to help us develop the ecology of the event. We should have all of the details sorted out by the end of January, but this much is confirmed:
Each year more and more people are coming earlier and earlier, we decided to put together a white water rafting trip for those that would like to go. The rafting trip will be late Wednesday morning for those interested, please check the box on the registration page. This will give us an idea of how many people are interested. The group discounted rate comes to just under $45, and that will be paid directly to Natahala Outdoor Center. This is an approximately 3 hour trip, with 1 hour commuting and a 2 hour float. Details for Water Water Rafting
The Top Dawg Challenge. You think you have what it takes to run with the Big Dawgs, or are you too scared and want to stay on the porch? Every year the Top Dawg Challenge (sometimes referred to as the Airstrip Event,) sponsored by Forged Performance, is a chance to see some extremely powerful cars battle it out on an airstrip. Registration for this event is at Forged Performance's Webstore. The registration has been limited to 40 participant this year. Spectators are of welcome at no charge.
Based upon the HUGE success of the 5/10k race last year we are going to do it again. Last year we had almost 100 participants which blew us away, we totally didn’t expect that. We were able to donate $3,000 to America’s Fund, and we would love to double that in 2014. America's Fund 5/10k Race Details
We are retiring the Disc Golf tournament this year, and replacing it with a Putt Putt Tournament.
Beer Pong Tournament registration is an option this year during your ZDayZ registration, in the past this has been a separate registration with another individual, we are just slip streaming into ZDayZ registration. Beer Pong Tournament Details
And the last BIG change for 2014 is a winter cruise. That’s right a big boat in the Bahamas, in November. This idea was brought up by one of our friends and we liked it. The dates are 11/7 to 11/10/2014 and we will be departing from Port Canaveral, FL. Pricing starts at $622 per person to be paid t the travel agency, not ZDayZ. Selecting the Bahamas’ cruise in ZDayZ registration only commits you to get more information, that DOES NOT commit you to the cruise. Separate reservation and arrangements will have to be made via the travel agency. Bahamas Trip Details
ZDayZ is a rain or shine event