Results 1 to 12 of 12

Thread: Winter fun

  1. #1
    Administrator thegunguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    2,704

    Winter fun

    Well, it's about twenty degrees, and it's been sleeting all day here in TX. Perfect weather for a romp in the Z8. Darn, the Quaife is still in a box in the garage.
    thegunguy

  2. #2

    Makes it the perfect time for doing all those mods!

    When the weather turns bad that's the best time to turn your attention to making those little changes that keep everything fresh for the next driving season!

    I've been working on some pedal sets with Rob over at Ultimate Pedals. They'll be an awesome addition to our cabin both visually and operationally, as they will close the gulf between throttle and brake pedals for easier heel/toe work. That's just one of several little projects I've got on the go. Winter is always a good time for that, but here in SoCal winter is actually our very best driving weather, until the rains come in late Jan/Feb.
    Andrew Macpherson

    Expert Z8 Inspections, with full support for both Z8 sale and purchases.

  3. #3
    Administrator thegunguy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    2,704

    Pedal set

    Let me know when you finish your pedal project. I'm definitely interested in a change from the OEM pedals. They're a bit too far apart for my taste and narrow foot.
    thegunguy

  4. #4
    Sport Button On - DSC Off mollyshark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    104
    Well, right now the Z8 is happy in the garage, but the Z4 is sitting at the bottom of the hill on Tiger Trail...along with a school bus, a Camry that got a little squished when a Yukon rolled backwards into it, and heaven knows what else by now. Guess we'll see tomorrow if it thaws.

    Ahhh Texas.

  5. #5

    OK, I guess my geography isn't as complete as it should be....

    but you guys are quite a ways south of us, LA is about in line with Amarillo, so how come you have this mad cold weather down there?
    Andrew Macpherson

    Expert Z8 Inspections, with full support for both Z8 sale and purchases.

  6. #6
    Sport Button On - DSC Off mollyshark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    104
    It's Texas, Mac. Particularly this area. We're kind of dead center of everything. We get the hot wind from Mexico, the frigid stuff from Canada, and any storm blowing east from the Pacific. It was 80 last week. It is 17 right now. Will be 30 today, 40 tomorrow, and high 50s during the weekend. We generally get 1-2 ice storms a year and they are just that, ice storms. You rarely see anything like it anywhere else. The sky turns black and ice falls. It's not hail (which we also enjoy greatly). It's sharp pieces of ice. As newcomers to the area say "what the hell?" Yesterday's was mild. Ice drizzle. But it does leave a nice sheet of it on everything and until the black sky leaves and gives us sun, you don't go out. It isn't that most of us from up north can't drive in it, it is that the natives are dangerous as hell when they get in a car on ice or snow. It's not worth trying to avoid them. "Oh look, an icy bridge...better slam on the brakes." Look out world. December is pretty early...normally mid January or so. But hey, normally the weather is pretty nice here and we smile a lot when it is 60 in February and watch the evening news about our friends in the midwest and back east. But every now and then.............

  7. #7
    Sport Button On - DSC Off Z8-NL's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Posts
    128

    pedal set

    Quote Originally Posted by macfly
    When the weather turns bad that's the best time to turn your attention to making those little changes that keep everything fresh for the next driving season!

    I've been working on some pedal sets with Rob over at Ultimate Pedals. They'll be an awesome addition to our cabin both visually and operationally, as they will close the gulf between throttle and brake pedals for easier heel/toe work. That's just one of several little projects I've got on the go. Winter is always a good time for that, but here in SoCal winter is actually our very best driving weather, until the rains come in late Jan/Feb.
    Andrew,
    I would be very interested in a upgrade on the standard pedal set. Let me know how things go and whether they could produce more.
    thanks
    Klaus (Z8-NL)

  8. #8
    Sport Button On
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    41
    My Z8 is sitting under it's cover in my garage too, awaiting warmer weather. My new 650 coupe will get tested today, as we're expecting 4-7 inches of snow in Hoosierland. Off to St. Barth's on Sunday, where I'll be driving a Suzuki Samurai for a week - the contrast effect will be huge. Would also be interested in the pedal set, since my baby has most other mods (Quaife, Dinan suspension, 20" HRE's, Brembos). Happy holidays to all. Oh, and just a note to all our fortunate West Coast Z8ers - to us folks in the hinterland Santa Fe ain't "the middle."

  9. #9
    Sport Button On - DSC Off mollyshark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    104
    Metz: Curious to hear all about your 650. We're contemplating one next fall when the Z4 goes back. Want something a little bigger since the Z8 is here as the toy.

  10. #10

    Pedals and 'middle-ing'

    Once the pedal set is perfected it will be available for all, I'll certainly post pictures, and a direct link. We're already on Mk ll here, and I'm still not happy with them. Thought they look very nice they are too generic, but I am very excited about the plan for Mk lll, they should be the ticket, but it is always possible that we'll go one more round before they're ready for the world.

    Metz, I know that Santa Fe is no where near the real middle, but the idea was born of a Texas - California conversation on the old board, thus it's in the that middle! When I moved west from NYC in '96, I drove my then very simple life west in fully loaded Land Cruiser. I always remember that the driving really got good once I reached NM, so I've always wanted a reason to go back and have a more leisurely drive around the area.

    Love to hear about St Barth's when you get back, it's one of the few islands I haven't made it out to yet, and I hear it is pretty great, and has great food & wine, being French.
    Andrew Macpherson

    Expert Z8 Inspections, with full support for both Z8 sale and purchases.

  11. #11
    Sport Button On
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    41

    Talking

    We've been St. Barth's regulars for years now. Went first after an old Carribean hand told me: "Don't bother going anyplace else. If you can afford it, St. Barth's is simply the best." He was right, so far as I can tell. A tremendous place if you just want to kick back, enjoy the beach and great food and wine. What's to like?

    1. It's small - 8 square miles - but about 50 restaurants, and most are very, very good.

    2. No high-rises, casinos, condos, golf courses, cruise ships (harbor in Gustavia is too small for the big guys - small ones occasionally bring small boats in for the day).

    3. Rugged terrain - driving around the island is sort of like an amusement park game.

    4. Lots of great beaches. Our typical day is get up, have a croissant & some coffee, then hit the beach in front of our hotel (Les Islets de la Plage). Then decide what to do for lunch. Then decide what beach to hit in the afternoon. Then decide what to do for dinner. Then walk on the beach before going to bed.

    5. No crime or racial tension. This place never had a plantation economy, and the natives are descendants of Breton & Norman fisherman who had the island to themselves prior to WWII (with the exception of the Rockefellers & Rothschilds, who had places at opposite ends of the island).

    What's not to like?

    1. expensive - being a starving academic, I now go in the "shoulder season" before the Xmas holidays, when it's less crowded and much less expensive (our room goes up 200 euros per day the day after we leave).

    2. hard to get to - the airport is tiny, and no landings after dark, so trying to make it in one day, even from where we are, is a low probability bet - we did it once (beginner's luck) and got stuck every time thereafter. Now we just plan on staying the night on St. Martin (within sight of St. Barth's) and taking a puddle jumper over the next morning.

    3. not a lot to do if total relaxation isn't your scene.

    I don't know anyone who has gone who didn't think it was super, so I'd highly recommend it to you.

    Mike

  12. #12
    Team Z8 tomfakes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Posts
    358

    Z8 weather today

    Its sunny today (and for a few days to come). The Z8 will be out and about later.

    Where is this paradise where you can drive with the roof down* in December?

    Seattle!

    (We had 2 inches of snow on the ground last week)


    * Although the roof will be down, the heater will be full on and we'll be wearing every item of warm weather gear we can find