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Anyone doing this?  I was very intent on giving it a shot until I found out the price. I said come on honey, what's $32K for just the entry fee.  She shot that down very quickly!  Anybody feeling generous!

I'll be 50 in 2019 and my plan was to drive cross country in a Z, so I figured this would be 1 year early and some fun to boot!

http://www.endurorally.com/pages/trans-america-2018-news

 

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1 hour ago, grannyknot said:

You could just tag along in front or behind them and hang out with them at the stops, roads are still free;)

I was wondering about that myself!!  

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1 hour ago, Boris Gruzman said:

Yes I am doing it

Cool I see your name is on the list, have figured out what your driving yet?

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2 hours ago, Patcon said:

Can some one explain to me why this is so expensive?

It is so expensive because it's 3 weeks; 2 people need to stay in hotels, there's a support crew, there's a marshall, a medic, etc.

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2 hours ago, JSM said:

Cool I see your name is on the list, have figured out what your driving yet?

If any of you can help advise me on where to order parts for a Datsun 240Z (because I'm new to this car), then I will drive that. However, if not, then I will probably drive my Jaguar E-Type Roadster 1965 (right).

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8 hours ago, Boris Gruzman said:

If any of you can help advise me on where to order parts for a Datsun 240Z (because I'm new to this car), then I will drive that. However, if not, then I will probably drive my Jaguar E-Type Roadster 1965 (right).

What parts are you looking for? Lots of places too look. EBay, here on the forums online dealers. 

Courtsey NiSsan Online and Nissan Parts Deal. You need to know OEM part number and searching by name sometimes doesn’t help. 

MSA is also very good and they are in LA.

https://www.courtesyparts.com/

https://www.nissanpartsdeal.com/

http://www.thezstore.com/

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3 hours ago, JSM said:

What parts are you looking for? Lots of places too look. EBay, here on the forums online dealers. 

Courtsey NiSsan Online and Nissan Parts Deal. You need to know OEM part number and searching by name sometimes doesn’t help. 

MSA is also very good and they are in LA.

https://www.courtesyparts.com/

https://www.nissanpartsdeal.com/

http://www.thezstore.com/

Mild cam, Springs about 200 lb but long enough to raise car 3-6 in", shocks, comfortable seats for 42 days of driving,  roll cage, skid pads, fuel cell, front guard, tires, rally computer, etc

 

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You got some work ahead of you. Still, likely cheaper than doing that to the jag, plus would you really want to? The XKE have really skyrocketed in price, but since you can afford the entrance fee I’m assuming money is isn’t an issue. ?

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Another thought is contact the guys from the Peking race to see where they sourced some the parts your looking for. I think the hard ones to get will be the longer springs/ shocks. The one guy Chris is from CA too. I thought in northern CA. 

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http://www.endurorally.com/pages/peking-to-paris-motor-challenge-2016-participants

 

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1 hour ago, JSM said:

You got some work ahead of you. Still, likely cheaper than doing that to the jag, plus would you really want to? The XKE have really skyrocketed in price, but since you can afford the entrance fee I’m assuming money is isn’t an issue. ?

Yes, I am Jaguar XKE (E-type) aficionado and have several. You are absolutely right taking $250,000 car to the rally may not be very good idea. I do know Jag extremely well, and restore myself 9 of them, however Jag more at home on a smooth track and not very suitable for rally driving with 50% of of road pavement gravel. Because I  am new to Z car and time is short  I do need help sourcing rally parts. Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.

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Motorsport Auto, zcarparts and thesztore are all the same place.   Down in LA.  They have been in the Z car parts business for years and are very dependable.

By the way,  posting your name and address next to the pictures of your expensive cars doesn't seem the safest.  Maybe you have the best security though and aren't worried.

http://www.zcarparts.com/contact.html

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23 minutes ago, Zed Head said:

Motorsport Auto, zcarparts and thesztore are all the same place.   Down in LA.  They have been in the Z car parts business for years and are very dependable.

By the way,  posting your name and address next to the pictures of your expensive cars doesn't seem the safest.  Maybe you have the best security though and aren't worried.

http://www.zcarparts.com/contact.html

Thank you,

23 minutes ago, Zed Head said:

Motorsport Auto, zcarparts and thesztore are all the same place.   Down in LA.  They have been in the Z car parts business for years and are very dependable.

By the way,  posting your name and address next to the pictures of your expensive cars doesn't seem the safest.  Maybe you have the best security though and aren't worried.

http://www.zcarparts.com/contact.html

I will remove address :)

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On ‎1‎/‎18‎/‎2018 at 6:08 PM, Boris Gruzman said:

Yes, I am Jaguar XKE (E-type) aficionado and have several. You are absolutely right taking $250,000 car to the rally may not be very good idea. I do know Jag extremely well, and restore myself 9 of them, however Jag more at home on a smooth track and not very suitable for rally driving with 50% of of road pavement gravel. Because I  am new to Z car and time is short  I do need help sourcing rally parts. Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.

You make any headway with the Z?

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11 minutes ago, JSM said:

You make any headway with the Z?

Unfortunately no :( which mean that I will be driving  1965 Jaguar XKE.  Sorry Z...Perhaps next event i will be ready with Z

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9 minutes ago, Boris Gruzman said:

Unfortunately no :( which mean that I will be driving  1965 Jaguar XKE.  Sorry Z...Perhaps next event i will be ready with Z

Gotcha.  How much of the rally will be off road?  I was wondering if you really need to do all the suspension mods you had in mind?

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2018 Trans America my guess 40% gravel 60% normal asphalt total driving distance about 6000 miles  , 2019  Peking to Paris 50%/50% total distance 9000 miles.

you could view it on YouTube, Peking to Paris 2016 it will give you good idea about road condition.

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Yeah I watched it already.  I just didn't think US route was going to be as much.

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Sounds like you need to take the Z to someone who can do most of the work, who knows what parts to use and where to source them from. You could work with him/them, knowledge is the thing here, I guess that you want to do this thing in comfort with no hassles. If you were in Australia.............

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Yes, but I am in California :)  Anyway die is cast for Trans America and I will be driving 1965 Jaguar Roadster (wish me good luck ) Love your video thank you. May be for next rally I will building Z

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drool...  I love these cars. My family is from England and I had an uncle with one. Beautiful!

He left the XKE in England but brought his 64 MK II back to play with. It is currently 60% restored and sitting in a garage since he passed away. Maybe one day I will finish it for him.

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6 hours ago, Boris Gruzman said:

Yes, but I am in California :)  Anyway die is cast for Trans America and I will be driving 1965 Jaguar Roadster (wish me good luck ) Love your video thank you. May be for next rally I will building Z

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When she is in her race ware, post some pics up please. Curious how she looks.

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