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Do you/have you commuted in the Z

Discussion in 'General discussion' started by Bobafett, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. Bobafett

    Bobafett Forum User

    Sun was out today, and being dry thought I would take the Z for a mundane commute to the office. Turns out it was an enjoyable experience, with other drivers giving me the thumbs up (more recognition being boring office hours?)

    My first today and won't be the last. Excuse was to bed in the new four pots. ;)




    Certainly looked small next to the Z's modern counterparts! :eek: Then again helps, with parking bays so damn small!
  2. Russell

    Z Club Member

    I have on occasion in the summer but park it far away from other cars that could swing doors into it.

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  3. Stockdale

    Z Club Member

    Commuted for many years during the 1970's and early '80s in 240/260Z's. They were unusual even then. In design terms a standard parking bay measurement was then 2.4x4.8m. The bay size remains unaltered in modern planning terms even though modern cars are now huge! The frequency of door dings and grazed quarters by Chelsea tractors is a not unsurprising consequence.
  4. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    Good to see you getting use and enjoyment out of the zed. I often use one of the cars on work days whenever possible.

    The audi driver considered the spaces too small so chose 2 instead!
  5. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    Yes and I can understand it especially with a wall at the side. The spaces are too small these days and caused me much anxiety when I had my pristine 370Z.

    Have you ever spent time in a car park waiting for your wife and witnessed what goes on?

    One of my lads works at a supermarket and he has seen it all (usually women).

    Another thing I just can't understand - why do people (usually women) go to great lengths to squeeze into a space near the shop when there is lots of room 20yds away. I just stand in amazement sometime watching whilst they shunt backwards and forwards trying to fit in when they could have parked really easily and walked in less time! And then when parked they have a real struggle to get out of the car (usually German).

    Every car on your picture apart from your's is German too.

    Yes I know this post is sexist but is stating fact sexist?
  6. status

    status Active Forum User

    That’s why most of em are fat and lazy rob and they are usually in their 4x4 and can’t reverse into a space like most,must be a generation thing when it comes to parking,I like watching em struggle to get out,women in a 4x4 round the country lanes are deadly,when I take my Zed to Tesco’s I park right out of the way at the back of the car park,your post is not sexist rob it’s a fact and nuts to all the political corrective stuff,say it as it is,nothing wrong with German cars just good quality compared to some of the French rubbish we have here

    RIDDLER New Forum User

    Used to commute in mine all the time when I had it! After a hard day in the office, knowing that my Z was in the car park waiting for me to drive it home made the day worthwhile. I wasn’t even bothered if I was stuck in rush hour traffic – I was in my Z, and I was happy!
  8. jonbills

    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Committee Member

    I don’t think any of the facts there are sexist Rob, only the unsubstantiated opinions about women drivers are.
  9. Jon_Flynn

    Z Club Member

    Commuted a few times in the summer in mine. Pain it being a left hooker and trying to get in the work car park though

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  10. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    I have commuted to work in Coventry many times. We had a 'lock-up' garage in the basement of a multi-storey car park so security was ok.

    I used to take the long twisty route (Anstey, Coombe Abbey) each way and look forward to it. Those were the days before I rebuilt the car and it smoked really badly on the over-run. Not good for city air quality.

    Are you ok in Liverpool re 'low emission' limitations?

    RIDDLER New Forum User

    I only commuted into the city for a short while in my 260Z because I then launched my own home-based business.
    But prior to that I drove an XJS for four years and a Capri 280 for five years and commuted in them every single day to Manchester (a 25-mile round trip) in all weathers.
    The cars never let me down, were never damaged in the car park, and did not rust away.
    I am always amazed that people are so reluctant to use classics as every day cars.
    I suppose it boils down to whether you see your car as an investment (so you want to keep it wrapped in cotton wool and only use it occasionally so it doesn’t lose value) or whether you own your classic for the sheer joy of driving it.
    If (like me) it is the latter then surely you would drive it at every opportunity you can - including to and from work?
    I would add that despite using mine all the time and putting 50,000 miles on the Capri, 40,000 miles on the XJS and 33,000 milesnon the Z, I never sold any of them for less money than I paid for them!
  12. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    That is a very good advert for Classic Car ownership.

    What I would add is that you have owned good, standard cars and had them maintained well to avoid issues.
  13. istoo

    Z Club Member

    You must stay somewhere warm!
    My drive has been frozen from r the last 9 days and had snow on it for the past 3!

    As soon as first gritter is spotted the 240z will be snuggled up!

    I do commute in mine, in summer, sorry, I meant when there is more day than a Oh ****** it sort of way.

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  14. Mr.G

    Z Club Member

    Nice to see but you are a very brave man with the salt spreading that is going on at the minute... but I guess if she's properly rust proofed you may not mind.

    PS. Your car looks great.
  15. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    Today at a Garden Centre. My X trail parked away from the shop and there was lots of space - the blue car :eek:

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  16. jonbills

    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Committee Member

    So... was it a woman Rob?
  17. Paul_S

    Z Club Member

    What winds me up is people who park on the hatching at the end of the rows at my local Tesco. The whole point of the blinkin' hatching is that you can see if anyone is driving or walking along. As soon as some plonker parks there you can't see unless you pull out (not so good when you have a long bonnet...)

    Rant over. Sorry!
  18. Arkwright

    Arkwright Arkwright Committee Member

    don't forget to check your insurance. Many classic policies now specifically exclude travelling to and from work and carrying tools of your trade.

    RIDDLER New Forum User

    Another one that gets me is when you park in a virtually empty car park and then someone comes along and parks right next to you. Why???
  20. yellowz

    Z Club Member

    Easier to hide from Chelsea Tractors - safety in numbers!

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