ZDayZ 2015 will be May 14-17, 2015

ZDayZ 2014 was EPIC-er-er-er...

Registration

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.

Visit Central Florida Z Club   Visit Florida Panhandle Z/G Community   Visit Mid Atlantic Z Owners' Club   Visit Palmetto Z Car Club   Visit Z Car Club Of Northern Virginia   Visit Z Car Association of Richmond

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.

ZDayZ BEER-lympics

by Visit Alabama G & Z Club and Visit Inappropriate Motorsports
ROFL, what the Bama guys and gals pulled off for an inaugural event was epic, not only was it entertaining to participate, it was also inappropriate enough to watch.
Winners
1st Place: Team Chug-a-Lug
2nd Place: Team Juice
Lite Weights: Team Gaines



Friday Recap

Second annual 5/10k run/walk

What can I say, another excellent turnout for the America's Fund 5/10k.   Dave Winter of DXD Racing Clutches was waiting on me this year with , a free DXD Racing Clutch kit as the prize.   And you, the 72 runners, limpers, walkers and volunteers, that choose to get up and endure the cold and undoubted the hardest 5/10k out there; thank you.   There were plenty of antics, but as usual it was hard to beat Trevor and his shenanigans for the costume.   We had raised ~$2000 directly from the race.   $129 was raised from the poker run where extra cards were drawn.   We passed the hat on Saturday for America's Fund and you donated an additional $1362, THank you for that.   And because of all that, we are going to send a check $4,000 for America’s Fund.

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.

Winners
Place Male 10kFemale 10kMale 5kFemale 5k
1stDerek Brown
40:31
Michelle Bachand
66:56
Austin Smith
25:36
Stephanie Looney
25:46
2ndDominic Booth
40.42
 
 
Kevin Kribs
25:58
Leslie McBride
31:27
3rdAl Abertson
47.17
 
 
Chris Story
28:13
Monica Oliverio
33:53
         

The massively popular Droptop CruiZe

was buzzinezz as usual.  The group stayed nice and tight as they crawled all over the place.  Kevin and Teresa Brown of Triangle Z Club of OWNED this event since its inception, and this year is no exception!

ZDayZ Putt Putt Tournament

Well we tried...   Not sure if it was the weather or people would rather just hang our or drive, but we had 4 players for this activity.   Probably not scheduling this activity for next year...  
Winners
1st Place: Gregg Westall
2nd Place: Mary Story
3rd Place: Chris Story

ZDayZ Poker Run

Was the single largest improved activity from 2013 to 2014.   Last year after ZDayZ Middle Tennessee Z Club, MTZC, approached us; they stated they wanted to own the poker run.   True to form and exceeding all expectations MTZC blew our socks off.   Not only did they own it, they did most of the retooling, and all of the leg work.   My humble gratitude goes to MTZC, thank you.  
Winners
Best Hand
Jerrit Tyler
  • FOUR
  • FOUR
  • FOUR
  • FOUR
  • ???
2nd Best Hand
Alex Ridenhour
  • FOUR
  • FOUR
  • FOUR
  • NINE
  • NINE
Worst Hand
Dylan Myers
  • TWO
  • THREE
  • FOUR
  • FIVE
  • TEN
Most Memorable Stop
TIDEWATER ZSNOW DOGS
Big thanks to:
Visit Middle Tennessee Z Car Club    Visit Carolina Z Club    BRINGING NISSAN AND DATSUN Z CAR ENTHUSIASTS TOGETHER    Tidewater Z Car Club of Virginia | Your Home for Z-Cars in the Tidewater VA Area    Visit Z Car & Roadster Owners Club   

ZDayZ Disc Putt Putt Tournament

We had four players, I think we will can this activity.

Winners
1st Place - Gregg Westall
2nd Place - Mary Story
3rd Place - Chris Story

Partners, partners, partners

Please show some love and reach out to each and every one of our partners that helped us with ZDayZ.  In alphabetical order:

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Partner Clubs

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:



The Welcome Dinner

This was the first time for ZDayZ that we all could get together to talk and eat.   Per our tradition we brought all of our veterans on stage so that we could thank them for their service, and response was AMAZING!

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.

The Z1 Deck party

was amazing.   Don James was spinning and everyone else was dancing!   Lots of great covers in a unique style.

Saturday Recap

ZDayZ/Nissan Car Show

Morning rain always puts a damper on any car show but like a wise man once said; if you ever want it to rain, simply wash your car)...   Seriously - large kudos go out to Z Atlanta Staff, and the voluntolds, who grew webbed feet and dealt with the rain, muck and weather to get the car show on track and running at full speed.   Out of ~160 cars registered for the car show, we still had over 100 cars parked for the show.   On the bright side, we finished judging in record time!



The Corn Hole Tournament

had extremely low turn out, again.  Consider this activity gone.

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.  

The ZDayZ Exhaust Competition

was sponsored by Dynosty and Fast Intentions and all of the sweat equity donated by the Great Lakes Z Club.   Fontana Village will forever be known as the Bermuda Triangle for all things electronic as far as Lee Helpingstine is concerned.   Last year Fontana Village ate his Mac Book, and this year the server just wouldn't run, so back to old school voting again.   This year I heard a few complaints that hybrid Zs are winning and there should be an asterisk associated to the exhaust soundoff, I'm listening, what say you?  (

Best Sounding Exhaust, winning a trophy and the distinction, as the best sounding exhaust at ZDayZ (which is a TOUGH sell!): Traland Tomlin

Worst Sounding Exhaust, winning a $700 gift certificate from Fast Intentions as well as a few grimaces and head shakes as he drove past the crowd: Steven Quimby

And the unofficial prize for the most pathetic attempt on a two stroke goes to Bryan Settle.

ZDayZ Awards Dinner

has a reputation of capping off a great weekend and starting an even better party night!   This year was no different.   Preceding the infamous After Party, the ZDayZ Awards Dinner on Saturday evening brought the participants together for one more dose of shenanigans for 2014.   This year there were more door prizes, more inside jokes, and a long line of raffle prizes that kept everyone smiling from ear to ear.  

Mad Mike, took the microphone and almost didn't give it back.   Mike then introduced Tetsu-sama from Japan, and we gave Tetsu a ZDayZ flag singed by all of you, for him to hang in his awesome garage Japan.



Of course you can’t have an awards dinner without having awards!   We handed out lots of accolades to the Corn Hole winners, the winner (and loser) of the exhaust contest, and last but not least the Car Show winners!   Ever been to car show awards and always wondered which cars won?   We got you covered!   See below for pictures and names of all the car show winners.

Car Show Winners
Partner Class 1st Place
Ty Webb
Partner Class 2nd Place
Lou Fusz
Extreme Class 1st Place
Peter Gataric
Extreme Class 2nd Place
Bryant Tonkin
Extreme Class 3rd Place
Andrew Titus
S30 Mild 1st Place
Pete Haussler
S30 Wild 1st Place
Herman Carrick
S30 Wild 2nd Place
Steve Waller
S30 Wild 3rd Place
Mitchell Smith
S130 Stock 1st Place
Asby Fulmer
S130 Wild 1st Place
Steve Patterson
Z31 Stock 1st Place
Asby Fulmer
Z31 Stock 2nd Place
Asby Fulmer
Z31 Mild 1st Place
Blake Russell
Z31 Mild 2nd Place
Cameron Harris
Z32 Mild 1st Place
David Dischler
Z32 Mild 2nd Place
Dawn Thomas
Z32 Mild 3rd Place
Robert Leasure
Z32 Wild 1st Place
Sammy Byars
Z32 Wild 2nd Place
Mike Twitty Sr.
Z32 Wild 3rd Place
Tim Peters
Z33 Stock 1st Place
KellieStevens
Z33 Mild 1st Place
Michael Pail
Z33 Mild 2nd Place
Andy Barclay
Z33 Mild 3rd Place
Maggie Wilson
Z33 Wild 1st Place
Ray Bearden
Z33 Wild 2nd Place
John Price
Z33 Wild 3rd Place
Josh Mecimore
Z34 Stock 1st Place
Paul Swanson
Z34 Stock 2nd Place
Joshua Graver
Z34 Mild 1st Place
Petr Pakosta
Z34 Mild 2nd Place
Jim Lyme
Z34 Mild 3rd Place
Allison Hernandez
Z34 Wild 1st Place
Asby Fulmer
Z34 Wild 2nd Place
Jonathan Malloy
G35 Mild 1st Place
David Deford
G35 Mild 2nd Place
Aaron Kollmeyer
G35 Wild 1st Place
Johnny Allgood
G35 Wild 2nd Place
Sandy Myers - Berry
G37 Mild 1st Place
Nicole Weld
G37 Mild 2nd Place
Lee Vermont
G37 Mild 3rd Place
Michael Nicastro
G37 Wild 1st Place
Nick Gomez
Skyline Mild 1st Place
Edwin Giang
GT-R Wild 1st Place
Tyler Heinzelmann
Other Nissan 1st Place
Erin McGehee
Diamond in the Rough
Anthony Garcia
Best I.C.E.
Brandon Ennett
Best Roadster
Chad Williams
Best Track Car
Chris Hendrickson
Best Engine Bay
Brian Taylor
Best Travelin Tape
Aaron Yovan
  ...And You Spent too Much
Brian Kleeman
#becauseracecar
Best in Show
Asby 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:

Once again, thanks to our partners, we had some absolutely awesome stuff to give away, and unfortunately we only have room to list the AWESOMEST stuff here:

Raffle Prizes
Vendor Prize Vendor Prize
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  

Teh After Party

was uncorked as usual.  I only remember parts of it, so someone else needs to write the recap of the after party.

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