SITE: Carrollton, GA
If you build it, they will come. No, we’re not talking about a mysterious voice in the air or a random baseball field in the middle of an Iowa corn field. We’re actually talking about the dream that has become known as Z1 Motorsports (z1motorsports.com), located in Carrollton, Georgia.
Opening its doors a decade ago, Z1 Motorsports has been very active in supporting and advancing the Nissan Z community through various Z car events across the country. As a way to give back to the community, Z1 began playing host to one of the largest Z-car gatherings in the world; it’s an event that could bring together all things Z in one location for a weekend of cars, motorsports and enthusiastic almost Z-crazy owners.
In its sixth consecutive year, the ’10 Z Nationals was an event of much anticipation well before the gates opened. Various Z forums, including the event partner 3ZC.com, were buzzing months prior to the event with excited attendees discussing caravan routes and other arrangements in preparation. Trekking across the country, and even around the globe in a few cases, the event weekend started as early as Wednesday for some enthusiasts who traveled from such locales as California, Canada and even Peru and Argentina!
Beginning on Friday, the itinerary called for a full day of road racing at the nearby Talladega Grand Prix racetrack. As in past Z Nationals events, a wide array of Nissan Z, GT-R and Infiniti G35 models participated in the track event, which yielded continuous action for drivers and spectators.
The highlight of the weekend’s festivities was Saturday’s open house car show held at Z1 Motorsport’s 7-acre, 15,000-sq/ft facility. Cars lined up outside the gates early in the morning, and by afternoon a thousand people and hundreds of Zs had entered the facility. The warm picturesque day was further enhanced by the symphony of exhaust notes from the dyno competition and the distinct smells of race fuel, car detailing chemicals and BBQ provided by event partner Gwinnett Place Nissan.
With multiple class titles up for grabs, including the bragging rights for Highest Horsepower Z, Z1’s in-ground Dyno Jet Dyno saw a never-ending precession of cars. Another highlight was the historic #76 IMSA GTS Nissan 300ZX road race car on display inside of Z1’s showroom, representing the pinnacle in Nissan American racing. The day ended with a group dinner and awards banquet. While attendees socialized over dinner, more than $30,000 in prizes and giveaways were awarded along with trophies honoring the various car show and dyno event winners.
Z1 Motorsports and the Z Nationals partner sponsors look forward to making the ’11 Z Nationals another record-breaking event. Stay tuned for updates and information on the ’11 Z Nationals event by checking out the event’s website (znationals.com) over the coming months.