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Cannonball Z Run 2013 / 2014

Please read initial post on page 1 of this thread for updates as to status of this event, also please cast your participation in the poll.  

25 members have voted

  1. 1. Please read initial post on page 1 of this thread for updates as to status of this event, also please cast your participation in the poll.

    • Melbourne
      6
    • Victoria rural
      5
    • Victoria on route
      1
    • Sydney
      2
    • NSW rural
      0
    • NSW on route
      0
    • Launceston / Hobart
      0
    • TAS rural
      1
    • TAS on route
      0
    • Brisbane
      3
    • QLD Rural
      1
    • QLD on route
      1
    • Adelaide
      2
    • SA rural
      0
    • SA on route
      0
    • Perth
      0
    • WA Rural
      1
    • WA on route
      0
    • Darwin
      0
    • NT rural
      0
    • NT on route
      0
    • ACT
      2
    • NZ
      0


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hey Guys I am keen I have been very busy on my Z I think It will be on the road by then,,, and I'll just wait till you get here and hop on the end:)

Linton

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hey Guys I am keen I have been very busy on my Z I think It will be on the road by then,,, and I'll just wait till you get here and hop on the end:)

Linton

 

This is what I mean by this being a great potential event, members who are so remote from some of the centers where the majority of us reside will get the chance to not just meet one and other but actually join in the convoy.

 

Linton, by hook or crock I hope this goes ahead.

 

Cheers

 

John

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Note:  It could be worse, I could put you guys in the same basket (case) with the crow eaters  ;D

 

I heard that  :P

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;D STRUTH !!!!!, what a great idea. Sadly my "COOK" is not well so I can't go & play. But if you Fella's visit SYDNEY will gladly throw 50 bucks into the basket.

 

                                                                      Regards: Alan.  :D

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Look like I have another holiday with out the wife planed  :o just got to get a jab in the mean time to pay for it.

 

get a jab to pay for it?? so you work on street corners do you  :o

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Sorry, Must have forgot to press the "post"button at the bottom. Do it all the time and then can't remember what the hell I was typing anyway. 8)

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Was it what you posted last in my build thread?

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I knew I put it some where. Thanks John. Checked distance from Brisbane to the Alice and there seems to be two options both about same distance. Will have to tell the wife about this so I don't forget. ;)

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Hopefully the stuffed roads are fixed by 2013/2014. If not we get a chance to vote for another government. State and Federal. Hahahehe.... ;D

Don't know how the rest of you are, but since the big wet here in Central Qld, roads are fairly stuffed. And we (Qld) don't have insurance for repairs - go figure  :o

 

Love the idea and I'm in. Plus we need support vehicles (just in case) so non zed drivers can participate and haul some back up gear. Just the "what's needed to get things moving or towed". Yeah I know, it sounds a bit negative but things do happen. Kangaroos and other wildlife can stuff a car pritty good.

 

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I don't know where I'll be in 2 years time, location wise. However I'd definitely consider taking time off and coming back to Australia for a couple of weeks to take part in this. Don't think my 240z would be ready for it, since it's been sitting for a few years now and I'd need to do a lot of prep work for a trip like this, but if someone has a spare seat I'm in!

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I don't know where I'll be in 2 years time, location wise. However I'd definitely consider taking time off and coming back to Australia for a couple of weeks to take part in this. Don't think my 240z would be ready for it, since it's been sitting for a few years now and I'd need to do a lot of prep work for a trip like this, but if someone has a spare seat I'm in!

 

Lend me your Zed Gav and I will keep it in working order over the next 2 years so that you can participate in the event. ;D

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As far as opening it up to all Datsun marques, I'm personally not for it, and its just my personal opinion, please don't get me wrong and I have a number of reasons for it which I'm happy to go into if asked.

 

Cheers

 

John

 

If you don't mind I'd like to know why you are not a fan of having the other groups along? If you are afraid of a public prosecution feel free to email / pm me about it. Personally I think other marquee's could make it epic!

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If you don't mind I'd like to know why you are not a fan of having the other groups along? If you are afraid of a public prosecution feel free to email / pm me about it. Personally I think other marquee's could make it epic!

 

Hi Gav

 

Nice to hear from you, I have no quams sharing some of the reasons with you and the rest of the forum at all, and once again these are my personal feelings and not a mandate because I came up with the idea of this run, this forum decides how when and who participates should it go ahead not me.

 

The reasons are many and varied, but in the main they can be broken down as follows.

 

Marque:

 

As Rev suggested, this could be a great vehicle to raise funds for a great cause as a result of a bunch of enthusiasts getting together, for that reason the spectacle of an all Z event would draw more attention than an open event, this may sound rather vain but from a marketing perspective it has merit, the other reason supporting this is that behind the scenes I have already started to gauge interest in if the media would be interested in doing a documentary of the event and route and mixing non Z vehicles would diminish the appeal.

 

Logistics

 

A number of forum members have indicated that support vehicles would be needed, the reason being that we would need to anticipate generic breakdown possibilities, I'm sure that each member could stock up on a number of emergency parts for their own vehicles, i.e. water pumps, brake hoses, etc  however having a cross section of other vehicles and not knowing the preparedness by the drivers could put a strain on the events time schedule should multiple breakdowns arise.

 

Uniqueness.

 

This forum is unique as it caters for the Z community, if you wanted to open this up to all models the Nissan family then why not just make this a Datsun / Nissan forum? the idea of running this was to get the Z community together, if the S13-15 boys wanted to do this run would they invite us?

 

This is an opportunity for Z enthusiasts across the nation to get to know one and other and their cars as opposed to just the nett, and I don't see why we would need other marques their as a distraction.

 

I apologise if these views may seem narrow minded to you, and in the end if we are serious about moving ahead with this as opposed to just postulating on this forum then it can be put to a poll, either way I'm fine with the outcome and will still participate, its not my decision.

 

I get the impression that perhaps you think that this is a pie in the sky thread, all I can say is that everything I decide on doing Gav I do, and this is no exception, maybe if it does go ahead we may get the time to spend some quality time together in real life as opposed to just traded posts via the forum and gain a deeper appreciation for one and other and our cars.

 

Cheers

 

John

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Including other Marques would take from it's uniqueness.

Personally, I'd like to see it finish at Ayers Rock rather than Alice.

There is a greater variety of accommodation available, a shot of Zeds all lined up with the "Rock in the background is the most appealing aspect of making this trip.

 

Be prepared for gravel....might have the Rally car ready by then.....

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Hmmm interesting concept. I could be in. Mind you it is a long way so I won't be doing any detours for twisty roads. Lurch I can tell you these roads aren't that boring. Infact I love the drive. I did it last year and was awesome.

You know the best time of year is around July/August. And the paved roads were all good when we did them.

You could almost coincide the trip with the annual Speed run on the salt flats in SA. That is something I have always wanted to do. Would generate even more interest. Even if we didn't participate but checked it out for a day or two?

Are you coming to the next Vic meeting where maybe we could discuss some options?

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There is no gravel roads to or around Ayres Rock. I agree the event needs to finish there. There is nothing at Alice Springs. It's a whole. The Rock is slightly closer and has fantastic accommodation options. Beside I am sure if you went to Alice almost everyone would make it to the Rock anyway. So might as well cut out A/Springs. There is nothing to see in there.

 

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You could almost coincide the trip with the annual Speed run on the salt flats in SA. That is something I have always wanted to do. Would generate even more interest. Even if we didn't participate but checked it out for a day or two?

 

I think that would be a great idea also, and this is something we have the opportunity to discuss at the next meeting, could we make it a bit more concrete as far as making it a topic of discussion during the night rather than just passing chat?

 

Including other Marques would take from it's uniqueness.

Personally, I'd like to see it finish at Ayers Rock rather than Alice.

There is a greater variety of accommodation available, a shot of Zeds all lined up with the "Rock in the background is the most appealing aspect of making this trip.

 

Be prepared for gravel....might have the Rally car ready by then.....

 

There is no gravel roads to or around Ayres Rock. I agree the event needs to finish there. There is nothing at Alice Springs. It's a whole. The Rock is slightly closer and has fantastic accommodation options. Beside I am sure if you went to Alice almost everyone would make it to the Rock anyway. So might as well cut out A/Springs. There is nothing to see in there.

 

 

No problems with that either and true, a rising sun in the background with the Zeds parked in front of the rock may make for a great postcard shot to send back to Nissan Japan.

 

It may be an idea that we use our cars and some of the money raised to send back to the Japan devastation fund via Nissan?

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I think you with an event like this you should be looking at getting 50 Zeds to the Red Centre.

You will probably need to contact members on here from each state and get a direct comittment. You really need a minimum of 6 from each state to make it a truley national even. Oh and for all those guys who's cars aren't on the road, you will need to add them to the list and maybe's only. As you know the deal with 4 weeks to go a flood of emails will come through "oh I know I said I would be coming but my Zed doesn't look like it will be finished in time". Despite a mid 2013 recommended date.

Once you start firming up numbers and logistics. Only then would I start adding the complication of raising money and sponsors etc. Basically that all sounds nice. But you need to firm up the event / Numbers etc before seeking out side sponsors and raising money. As as soon as that happens the pressure really starts. I know!

Good luck and happy to help out if needed.

Cheers Craig

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Craig

 

That was the whole idea of raising this and setting a date 2 years from now, so as members could get their heads around where they and their cars will be, and to initially get some feedback as to routes destinations territorial info etc.

 

If on the 6th we can firm up some commitment from the members attending that this is a viable run then the next step would be to cement the run in as an event and start getting some commitment from all members in all states.

 

I agree also that this would need to be at least a 6 car per departing location event, not to mention the cars joining in during the route like Linton for instance who has already put his hand up.

 

So do we close the poll and change it to a State poll now to see how many participants we may have in the mix from different locations so as to gauge how viable this may be?

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Yep totally agree John.

Yes the poll really needs to be by state now I think.

Then we would probably need to contact users direct and or other Zed car clubs to generate some more interest. As you won't get 50 old Zeds through this forum alone. But it might be possible if we lift the profile which I am sure was your plan anyway.

But to me it sounds like a great idea and could work. Hey if we can get 20 Zeds to Thredbo from only a few states then why not 50 to the big rock?

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New state by state poll now listed at the start of this thread, please review.

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