Weekend update- We've been having some terrific weather on the front range of Colorado. Today I stopped for lunch in the busy LoDo (lower downtown) district of Denver. Parked my '03 track on Larimer street and walked across the street for lunch. I noticed a late model GT-R parked in front of the Denver Central Market and went over to check it out after a fine meal. I know my R35s and this had to be a '14-16 Black edition in Regal Red. Problem is, was hard to tell the color due to the heavy deposits of road grime on the flanks and stern of this particular supercar. Worse yet, the Rays forged alloys were caked with brake dust, and looking through the black spokes it was easy to discern heavy brake wear. Those humongous Brembo rotors were deeply dished and probably at, or past, the 2 mm wear limits.
Now, I'm the last one to say you shouldn't drive your R35 HARD and use it the way it was designed to be driven! But it was clear from the dried-on deposits that this GT-R had been driven hard and put away wet far too many times. I looked across the street at my (relatively) pristine Z33, with clean paint and relatively polished BBS wheels, and felt a twang of pride. Certainly, after 14 years and 94K of driving, there's been plenty of washing, cleaning and detailing to do. It's been a pleasure to keep a shine on the Z and I can't imagine it wouldn't be any less a pleasure to wash and wax that poor GT-R.
On the ride home on I-70, there was a plethora of cars on the highway. Predictably, there's an older flat black Eclipse who blasts past and wants to race. I ignore the idiot and his plastidipped ride. After awhile, my cruise takes me past a yellow and black '73 Mach I Mustang and I admire the spotless chrome and paint on that classic model. I take a glance over at the driver and predictably, it's an older enthusiast out for a drive. And while it wasn't quite an epiphany, the thought does occur that clean, well-maintained Z33s are NOT an ordinary sight in my town. Maybe in SoCal or Florida, but not here. As more of them get crashed, cut-up or just plain abused, ALL of us should realize the pool of good, clean and well-maintained Z33s is shrinking. In the meantime, I'll be on the lookout for a smoking' GOOD deal on a well-used red R35 that could use some TLC.