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300twinz
01-15-2012, 12:35 PM
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Please join The Desert Z Association and the ZCCA as we celebrate the 25th year of the International Z Car Convention in sunny Phoenix, AZ Sept. 18-23

ZCON 2012 Tentative Schedule

9-18 Tuesday
Registration
ZCCA Board Meeting
Opening Ceremonies and Pool Party

9-19 Wednesday
Registration
Apache Trail 4X4 Jeep Tour
ZCCA Meetings
Guided and Self Guided Tours
Don Rice Charity Hypnosis Show

9-20 Thursday
ZCCA Car Show
Guided and Self Guided Tours
Dinner Event - Rawhide Western Town

9-21 Friday
Track Day at Firebird International Raceway
Guided and Self Guided Tours

9-22 Saturday
Nissan Test Facility Tour
Autocross at Nissan Test Facility
Pavilions Car Show
Closing Ceremony and Banquet

9-23 Sunday
"Z ya Later"

http://www.zccazconvention.com/conventions/2012/images/hotel.jpg

Nissan Test Facility Nissan will be conducting an exclusive tour of this fascinating test facility for convention goers. The 3000 plus acre, high security compound is located approximately 25 miles south of Phoenix. This is Nissan's only proving grounds located in the United States. This tour will only be available to registered convention goers!

http://www.zccazconvention.com/conventions/2012/images/maricopa.jpg

Official Website:
http://www.zccazconvention.com/conventions/2012/index.htm

300twinz
01-15-2012, 12:37 PM
Hotel reservations are now available. Go to the ZCON 2012 website for the details.

Piranha
01-15-2012, 11:43 PM
Guided tours/cruises will be Payson/Sedona/Jerome/Prescott/Tortilla Flat/Mt. Lemmon/Salt River Valley... these are all amazing roads :)

Bernie (NoVA)
01-17-2012, 12:17 AM
Def. plan on being there - still trying to sort out how to get the car there though.

Nick@Czp
01-17-2012, 12:32 AM
Def. plan on being there - still trying to sort out how to get the car there though.

What's wrong with doing things the old fashioned way?
http://i.imgur.com/jCu4h.jpg

jschrauwen
01-17-2012, 12:58 AM
The GF wants to make the roadtrip to this one. 3,784kms - don't know if it will take 3 or more days to get there though.
I really enjoyed my trip to the 09 ZCon in San Antonio and would love to see more of that part of the USA.

Bernie (NoVA)
01-17-2012, 10:33 AM
What's wrong with doing things the old fashioned way?


3-4 days each way to get there.
a week on site.
= 3 weeks of vacation time used up and a wife left at home w. 2 kids

AZ-ZBum
01-17-2012, 12:49 PM
3-4 days each way to get there.
a week on site.
= 3 weeks of vacation time used up and a wife left at home w. 2 kids

Grow a pair. ;) I do Greenville, SC to Phoenix, AZ in 2 days. :hump:

jschrauwen
01-17-2012, 11:43 PM
Grow a pair. ;) I do Greenville, SC to Phoenix, AZ in 2 days. :hump:In your Z?

300twinz
01-18-2012, 09:49 AM
3-4 days each way to get there.
a week on site.
= 3 weeks of vacation time used up and a wife left at home w. 2 kids

http://transportreviews.com/

Bernie (NoVA)
01-18-2012, 10:28 AM
http://transportreviews.com/

Yeah - looking into it.

bbsalexaz
01-18-2012, 11:13 AM
Its about $780 in gas to drive, plus a hotel stay each way, food, wear n tear. it averages out to about $1300.

Articdragon192
01-18-2012, 10:13 PM
I'm putting away around $1500 myself for the trip.

rockchucker
01-18-2012, 10:33 PM
Hmmm...Definitely going to Branson this year. I will see if I can swing this too. It would be pretty cool. err...hot, but cool.

AZ-ZBum
01-18-2012, 10:38 PM
In your Z?Actually, I don't think I've driven my Z to see my dad there yet. But my other trips to see him in Kansas City or the annual Branson, MO, trip, I've taken my Z.

Its about $780 in gas to drive, plus a hotel stay each way, food, wear n tear. it averages out to about $1300.How do you figure?

EckoInLasVegas
01-20-2012, 05:16 PM
Already gout our room lot reserved. Will be there all week. Hoping our car club will be a lot stronger so we can do a decent showing. We had a good thing going years ago. We will see if it continues soon enough

TheDeadKing
01-20-2012, 05:31 PM
I'd love to see Nissan's proving grounds, but the expense of time lost and money spent isn't worth it to me. I hope those who forfeit the time and coin have a good trip though. Bring me back a t-shirt though Bernie :D

94ttz32
01-23-2012, 12:33 AM
yep south carolina here. It will cost 1800 to ship the z back and forth. Plan tickets, Registration, food, hotel It could be a 4,000 trip. Cant do it!.... although I would love to see out west. Zcon in Savannah was ok for the show lots of down time with nothing to do. Needed more to do on the tentative schedule. It was only 1.5 hours from home but I think z days and znats are much better events!.. But this is just me! I heard other say that z con Savannah was a sucky Z con which was my first. Maybe I just went to a bad Z con!

Piranha
01-23-2012, 11:59 PM
"downtime with nothing to do" won't be a problem here:shades:

300twinz
01-24-2012, 01:18 PM
I heard other say that z con Savannah was a sucky Z con which was my first. Maybe I just went to a bad Z con!

Can't disagree with the less than great reviews about 2011.

Nashville 2010 and San Antonio 2009 were pretty damn good :cheers:

Really looking forward to Phoenix since it will be my first time heading West for one and the guys @ Project Z32 seem to know how to have a good time :pimp:

dirt114
03-08-2012, 11:43 PM
well, looks like I'm going lol

Piranha
03-11-2012, 04:20 AM
Registration is now open!!

http://www.zccazconvention.com/conventions/registration

EckoInLasVegas
03-11-2012, 07:49 PM
Need SinCityZ added to the club affiliation list

300twinz
03-12-2012, 10:00 AM
Need SinCityZ added to the club affiliation list

Clubs listed are ZCCA clubs or affiliates. Sin City needs to be part of the ZCCA:
http://www.zcca.org/downloads/2012/ZCCA_2012-2013_Club_Membership_Rene wal.pdf

www.zcca.org

fxfireball
03-12-2012, 03:11 PM
Got the suite booked and registered. Ready to go..

zinistr
04-04-2012, 01:53 PM
All - fyi, Randy Rodriguez (370z designer) is helping design our 25th ZCON Anniversary poster and will be at the event in Phoenix. :)

Bernie (NoVA)
04-04-2012, 01:59 PM
All - fyi, Randy Rodriguez (370z designer) is helping design our 25th ZCON Anniversary poster and will be at the event in Phoenix. :)

Nice. That's really cool of him.

TheDeadKing
04-04-2012, 02:04 PM
All - fyi, Randy Rodriguez (370z designer) is helping design our 25th ZCON Anniversary poster and will be at the event in Phoenix. :)

That's awesome. I bet the 370z guys will be bring some swag to have signed.

EckoInLasVegas
04-05-2012, 07:04 PM
Thx for the update. posted it on our club site

LuvMyBlue92
04-05-2012, 07:29 PM
I'm pretty darn excited!!!

EckoInLasVegas
04-06-2012, 04:09 PM
Hopefully both cars will be there

toyz
05-09-2012, 01:54 AM
"downtime with nothing to do" won't be a problem here:shades:

I concur. Visit www.arizonaguide.com and request a free tourist guide. This area offers something for everyone!

Also, if you register for Z-CON 2012 by the end of May you get a 5% discount.

yosh300z31
05-20-2012, 08:49 PM
bummed i'll miss this.. gonna be in florida for work .. would have only been a 6-8 hour drive from vegas

toyz
05-22-2012, 12:07 PM
.. would have only been a 6-8 hour drive from vegas

I drive to Vegas from Phoenix twice a month. It is about a 5 hour drive - and beautiful scenery. Perhaps your work schedule will change. It is a very enjoyable drive and Z-Con should be great! I hope we get a lot of NV Z's!

jschrauwen
05-22-2012, 03:02 PM
I can't make this trip to ZCon this year, unfortunatly. Too far and not enough funds.
Just as well I imagine since it seems that most folks I talked to at ZDayZ last week are not going as well. Maybe that's why there were over 700 registered participants at the 2012 ZDayZ this year - most decided to take in ZDayZ rather than doing ZCon this year.
I think ZDayZ has superceded all other Z events as far as registered attendance goes.

I think I heard that the 2013 ZCon will be in the Northeast which means it should be very doable for me. I'll have to wait til then.

zinistr
05-23-2012, 09:07 AM
I enjoyed the heck out of my time during ZDayZ and attendance was close. However, it did miss the ZCON (2010) attendance record by ~30 registrants. We also had a couple hundred non-registrant Z owners show up to spectate that year in addition to the registered folks.

Some folks won't do certain ZCONs just because they move around the country (by design, btw)...and for east US folks, Phoenix is really far away. I believe the majority of the ZDayZ folks were eastern U.S. so that wouldn't surprise me if some folks don't make it. It's much, much easier to hold an event in the same location year after year and get good attendance.

The ZCCA convention (ZCON) is and has been a new event every year though we try to keep part of the agenda consistent. Each year there's a different team hosting, different location, different venues. That's both a big part of the attraction for folks who like to drive their Z's and see different parts of the country...but it's also a detractor as well when folks have limited funds and vacation time. Gas prices certainly aren't going down and for us here in the eastern US it'll be a 3-day drive in many cases (one way).

Personally, I love ZDayZ, but every year I long to see a different part of the country and try new events and see different regions. I skip ZDayZ every now and then for that exact reason (bit of boredom and not wanting to go the same place over and over...). For me, that's where I see ZCON being attractive to those seeking to wear their tires on new roads, test out new tracks and generally just see an area they haven't yet.

The Desert Z gang hosting this year have a great event lined up...HPDE at Firebird Raceway, Nissan Testing Facility (with banked oval laps and skidpad area use for our autocross), a nice casino/hotel for the host hotel and a bunch of other events throughout the week.

This year is also the 25th Anniversary celebration for us so it'll be a special year with the likes of Peter Brock, Bob Sharp, Steve Millen, Randy Rodriguez, John Morton and others from Nissan past and present history there. Rumor has it several folks from Japan and Europe are also coming over to hang with us...

Nissan North America is planning something special as well - Innovation tent display and Project 370z (like ZDayZ) will be there, but we'll also have special car displays and some unique enthusiast offers for ZCON attendees.

Hit up the website - www.zcon.org - and pose any questions to the Desert Z convention team or those of us in the ZCCA at www.zcca.org. It'll be a good time.

zinistr
05-23-2012, 09:11 AM
Forgot to mention...I believe MSA has the record for most cars if memory serves...along with most registrants (over 900).

Piranha
05-23-2012, 01:36 PM
I enjoyed the heck out of my time during ZDayZ and attendance was close. However, it did miss the ZCON (2010) attendance record by ~30 registrants. We also had a couple hundred non-registrant Z owners show up to spectate that year in addition to the registered folks.

Some folks won't do certain ZCONs just because they move around the country (by design, btw)...and for east US folks, Phoenix is really far away. I believe the majority of the ZDayZ folks were eastern U.S. so that wouldn't surprise me if some folks don't make it. It's much, much easier to hold an event in the same location year after year and get good attendance.

The ZCCA convention (ZCON) is and has been a new event every year though we try to keep part of the agenda consistent. Each year there's a different team hosting, different location, different venues. That's both a big part of the attraction for folks who like to drive their Z's and see different parts of the country...but it's also a detractor as well when folks have limited funds and vacation time. Gas prices certainly aren't going down and for us here in the eastern US it'll be a 3-day drive in many cases (one way).

Personally, I love ZDayZ, but every year I long to see a different part of the country and try new events and see different regions. I skip ZDayZ every now and then for that exact reason (bit of boredom and not wanting to go the same place over and over...). For me, that's where I see ZCON being attractive to those seeking to wear their tires on new roads, test out new tracks and generally just see an area they haven't yet.

The Desert Z gang hosting this year have a great event lined up...HPDE at Firebird Raceway, Nissan Testing Facility (with banked oval laps and skidpad area use for our autocross), a nice casino/hotel for the host hotel and a bunch of other events throughout the week.

This year is also the 25th Anniversary celebration for us so it'll be a special year with the likes of Peter Brock, Bob Sharp, Steve Millen, Randy Rodriguez, John Morton and others from Nissan past and present history there. Rumor has it several folks from Japan and Europe are also coming over to hang with us...

Nissan North America is planning something special as well - Innovation tent display and Project 370z (like ZDayZ) will be there, but we'll also have special car displays and some unique enthusiast offers for ZCON attendees.

Hit up the website - www.zcon.org - and pose any questions to the Desert Z convention team or those of us in the ZCCA at www.zcca.org. It'll be a good time.
Great post... Thanks!!:shades:

350Z-guy
05-28-2012, 10:30 AM
I would've liked to attend ZCON in GA, however military commitments over-ruled that one. I've been to ZDayZ 4x and I can truly tell you it's the best of the "mega Z meets". I've also attended Z1 Nationals and honestly, I was expecting more, or different. It was good seeing friends I would only see during ZDayZ. The Z owners I've talked to that attended ZCON in TN & GA say it's a slightly better than regional Z meet. I also like the fact that ZCON does move to different locals and having a new experience each time.

jschrauwen
05-28-2012, 11:01 AM
Forgot to mention...I believe MSA has the record for most cars if memory serves...along with most registrants (over 900).What's MSA?

zinistr
05-29-2012, 07:41 PM
MSA = Motorsport Auto in CA...West Coast Nationals is their annual event.

G35x300zx
05-30-2012, 12:10 AM
So would the innovation tent be at the hotel or at one of the events. Never been to zcon but seriously thinking about it.

zinistr
05-30-2012, 10:45 AM
So would the innovation tent be at the hotel or at one of the events. Never been to zcon but seriously thinking about it.

Not sure the convention team knows that yet, but I'd wager it'll be at the car show given it's the "longest" event during convention week.

Piranha
05-31-2012, 12:35 AM
Innovation tent?

zinistr
06-08-2012, 01:21 PM
Piranha...they have a tent display under which they highlight Nissan technologies, have displays and screens for visitors. At zdayz a few weeks ago, they also had a couple cars in there and kiosks and gaming machines.

EckoInLasVegas
06-14-2012, 05:44 AM
Nose to the grind stone time. Have to get 2 cars finished....wish me luck!

SwayZ
06-17-2012, 06:23 PM
All set for Phoenix. This will be our first time to the West Coast, so excited to see that side of the country.

300twinz
07-18-2012, 06:14 PM
2 months away!

EckoInLasVegas
08-09-2012, 01:16 PM
Getting close as ever. Should have the car up and running in 2-3 weeks!

dirt114
08-11-2012, 06:17 PM
my car's still sitting in my parking lot broke... :wall:

Piranha
08-21-2012, 12:23 AM
I hear that Fowler might be at Zcon this year :pimp:

tobey_maguire
04-12-2013, 01:25 AM
Well I know what is going on my to do list..........