Archive for November, 2012

300zx Z32 Island Dragway Quarter Mile 1/4 Mile Track Day

What’s the best way to christen a new ride you ask? Take it to the track of course! Feeling satisfied with my new purchase (and with the unusually high temperatures on what would have normally been a cold November Sunday), I couldn’t resist the temptation to head down to Island Dragway in Great Meadows, NJ for the last Test n Tune of the season!

Since purchasing the Z, I’ve been making good progress chasing down lots of little issues that come with owning a car of this age, and have most of the major ones resolved. Yes, I know the entire car will be ripped apart for the Twin Turbo/5 speed swap come spring, but I needed to drive it while my arm healed, so I wanted to make sure it was in the best possible condition.

The other reason… I just plain love driving a Z! Like I said in my previous post – after a year of setbacks, it feels so good to be driving a Z again, even if it is a non turbo automatic.

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300ZX, Z32, JSWORKS, TRACK BUILD, ROAD RACING, SSR TYPE C

As always, it’s been tough to find the time to update the blog. I really left you with quite a cliffhanger in my last post, so I thought I’d drop this quick teaser shot of the new Z (!) and update where the project stands.

The good news is my stitches are out and I’m healed enough to be back to work professionally (and personally with the build). I’m still not 100% – but every day my arm heals a bit more and I’m almost back to business as usual. The few weeks of mandatory rest were a welcome break from the [self imposed] insanity, and really allowed me to put a lot into perspective. I’d like to say thank you to all the people who reached out to me through the blog and various forums after my Escalation of Commitment post, your words of encouragement and advice were much appreciated.

I decided fairly quickly that I would continue with the project in some form or another, but initially planned to take the winter off – pay down some debt – and wait till spring to decide where to go from there. With all the down time (and boredom that ensued), I inevitably started scanning various online publications for Z’s, and quickly became discouraged (again) with what was out there.

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