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23rd Nissan Z Car Convention – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Nissan North America headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee played host to the 23rd Annual Z Car Convention this past weekend. While we missed out on Friday's autocross and drift challenge action, we were on hand Saturday morning for the car show. Owners from around the country rolled out their pieces of Z history, from the 240Z to the 370Z. Nissan itself pulled a few heritage models out of the mothballs and parked them on the lawn for all to enjoy. Talk about tasty.

There were even a handful of vintage machines with nary a Z or Fairlady badge in their bloodline on display as well. We were particularly smitten with the blue Patrol poised to go where no 240Z had gone before. Likewise, there were a bevy of cars from the Z's racing history nestled at the foot of the Nissan tower. No matter how hard we begged, the Nissan crew wouldn't let play with the East African Safari 240Z in the open fields around the headquarters, but they did trot out the refreshed 2011 Rogue crossover, and more to the point, they were kind enough to let us have a peek under the fiberglass of Paul Newman's Bob Sharp prepared 1981 Datsun ZX Turbo. That'll do.

Photos by Zach Bowman / Copyright ©2010 AOL

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Two big thumbs up for the vintage racing cars, and the Nissan Patrol.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Which one is the patrol? The light blue one?
      • 4 Years Ago
      sniff, makes me miss my dad's old 280ZX Turbo (complete with T-tops). Heck of a ride for a 7-year old
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow.. I had no idea this existed. Next year, me and my Z33 are going!!! :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      Red Datson 2000... best car in the lineup
        • 4 Years Ago

        i was going to say the same. Nice looking car
        • 4 Years Ago
        Crazy talk.. clearly the black gold 280zx is the standout.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome pictures!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      300zxs and 350/370s are neat cars, but I can't handle the typical owners. You know the guys. Tanning beds. Tribal tattooes. "Yah brah, where's the weightroom!?" If Brucie from GTAIV were a real dude, he'd definitely drive a nissan 300/350/370.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hrm... you obviously can't spell, and you're disagreeing with me. Let me guess, you drive a Nissan, bro.
        • 4 Years Ago
        if you so hung up on who drives them then your prabably just a big of a d o u c h e r

        simer down guy...you know what i mean mon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish I could have been there. I used to go to the Motorsport Auto show in OC every year. My name is derived from my restored dark green metallic 1977 Datsun 280Z I used to own. I loved that car and had so many good times in the nine years I owned it. But in the end I had to let it go as i got older and needed a car with more space and a back seat. Some of my other favorite Datsuns I owned over the years:
      1981 280ZX Turbo, automatic black with gold honeycomb wheels (really should have kept this one)
      1983 280ZX Turbo, 5 speed blue and grey (a blast to drive)
      1971 240Z 5 speed
      1966 SPL-311 roadster
      1967 SPL-311 roadster
      • 4 Years Ago
      would love to get me a 240z and a 300zx tt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I miss my 1967 Datsun 1600 :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have owned a non turbo Z32 and currently own a Twin turbo Z32.

      Easily the best performing Z out there for the money and the best looking. Lamborghini thought the headlights were sexy enough to put on the Diablo.

      Iron block
      Decent stock turbos
      Bullet proof rear end
      Great chassis
      Strong transmission

      Stock turbos can be brought up to 430whp on pump. 500whp on race.
      a clean one can be bought for 10 and if you were to put another 25G's into it (the price of a new 370z) it would be a monster.

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