There are lots of cars that have a “following.” Cars that certainly have fans who are enthusiastic to that particular make and model. Cars like the Subaru WRX, Honda Civic, etc. Then there are cars that have “cult followings”. These cars have rabid, extremely devoted, perhaps even devout fans that will snarl and fight tooth and nail to defend the honor of their coveted vehicle and derive great joy from owning said vehicle. There are really only a handful of true cult cars in the world and the Datsun/Nissan Z is definitely on that short list.
The Z was originally created by Nissan (Datsun in America back then) to compete with the current European sports cars of the time from Jaguar, Porsche, and BMW. The President of Nissan Motors USA Yutaka Katayama, known affectionately by Z enthusiasts as “Mr. K” saw the potential impact that Nissan’s sports car could have in the states and was responsible for bringing the Z to America. The rest as they say, is history.
Several iterations and generations later the Z is still beloved by hundreds of thousands of fans today. Be it a modern 370Z or a classic 240Z, each generation has its throngs of dedicated fans. Serving those fans is famed Z shop, Motorsport Auto. For 30 years Motorsport Auto has been the “go to” shop for anyone looking to modify or restore a Z from virtually any generation. Once a year Z fans all gather together at Motorsport Auto in Orange, CA for the annual “Z Bash” meet, which is essentially the mecca of Z. Despite the rain, hundreds of people came out from far and wide to check out beautifully restored classic Z cars, built modern Z cars, buy, sell, and trade Z parts, and just celebrate all things Z. When I say “far and wide” I really mean it too. Plenty of people came from out of state but some people even flew in from other countries. In fact, there was a guy who came all the way from Amsterdam! I went to the event and was completely overwhelmed with the amount of cars on hand so I instead focused on the cars that caught my eye the most. Just click the thumbnails for larger pictures. Also stay tuned to our Instagram at @MotorworldHype for more pictures that aren’t in the gallery. FYI: all the pictures are in HD resolution!