Mike Foreman - Prezident
It all started when I bought my first Z after a world cruise on the USS ENTERPRISE in 1990 in all expenses paid vacation courtesy of the US NAVY. It was a 1982 280ZX 5-speed slick-top coupe. I loved that car. Drove it back and forth across the country and was that car you look back at when walking away after parking it. You know what I mean. My passion for Z cars continued to grow and went to my first ZCON in 1992 in Knoxville, TN. Shortly after that and meeting ‘Mad’ Mike Taylor; I started a Z Club in Virginia soon after that. I moved down to Charlotte area in 1994 with my 72’ 240Z built 2.8 12:1 compression, FI and lots of goodies for the time and a 1979 280ZX-R. I joined CZC in 1995 and became president the following year. Hard times with the cancellation of the Z in 1996 but we press on. After a few years away from the Club with work and other life events, I jumped back into the club in 2007 after my 8th Z Car. A 2007 350Z “Stella” …another one I still look back at and smile at. I became more active in the club and since then I’ve served as Secretary and Treasurer over the course of 6 + years. Somewhere in there I built a track 240Z with a LS6 swap you may have seen online…CZC, ZCON ZNATS, ZDAYZ and more…it’s an amazing community across this country that I love to be involved with. I look forward to meeting the new members and building a bigger, better Carolina Z Club.
Bryan Settle – Vice President
I was invited to ZdayZ 2004 by my long time friend, Andy Morris. At that time, I was driving a 2003 Ford Lightning F150. I had no idea this event was a "Z" event. When I arrived at 2:00am I met Morris Morgan for the first time. After chatting until 3:00am it was collectively decided it was time to go to bed. While eating breakfast I was told about the Dragon. Andy hadn't mentioned anything about driving, cool! Well, let's just say that set the hook. I went from Drag Racing to Road Racing. For the next two years I spent enough on that Ford that I probably could have purchased a Ferrari, but alas it was an Engineering exercise.
The next two years were interesting times, you see, no one road courses a pickup truck, and most of the custom pickup trucks either go rock crawling or mall crawling. I wasn't into either of those activities, I liked driving. Z car people drive their cars. The Z community never shunned me because of my ride, and quite honestly the Z community is the best part of the car, and it is the reason I own a Z car. I digress.
My hobbies are High Performance Driving Events (HPDEs), my Z, and ZdayZ. I quit counting HPDEs and track days a couple of years ago, but I have driven Road Atlanta, VIR, Roebling Road, Barber, Rockingham, Heartland Park, Mid Ohio, MAM, CMP, Atlanta Motor Speedway, and I keep adding to the list each year. I currently instruct for THSCC, PCA, BMWCCA, AV, and looking to potentially hookup with NASA just for more time at Road Atlanta. If you asked me if my Z has been modified I would have to reply a resounding "YES!" There are only a few bolts that I have not had removed off of the car, but I think the only original equipment pieces left on the car are the drive shaft, one half shaft, the steering wheel, and the fuel pump.
2013/14 now brings the RHD conversion to the 350Z, as well as an LS3 swap with a T101 transmission..
James Case aka Jim Billy – Event Coordinator
Jim Billy here (aka James Case). It all started with Hot Wheels and neon colored posters of German and Italian exotics. If it had four tires and a steering wheel, I wanted to be a part of it. Whether working on my Infiniti G35, playing Forza Motorsports, or shopping around for my next project, I guess you could call me a "car guy." I'm excited to be taking on the role of Event Coordinator this year, and have some great ideas about how to share our love of the automotive machine. The Carolina Z Club is more than just a car club. It's a chance to fellowship with friends who are more like family who share a mutual love. Stay tuned for a list of fun upcoming events, and if you're not a member - what are you waiting for??
Jeremy Owens– Treasurer
I have a convertible G37 and I love to drive and have fun.
Michelle Settle– Secretary
Hello, my name is Michelle Settle. I got involved with the Carolina Z Club through my husband and business partner Bryan. I have found the Z community to be a huge wonderful family and wanted to be a facilitator for those enthusiasts by accepting the invitation to run for Secretary this year. Bryan and I are recent owners of a 2003 G35 and I have been a marginal contributor to the new beast 350Z race car he has spent the last 5 years building. I enjoy going to track and working behind the scenes at ZdayZ, ZNationals and Tar Heel Sports Car Club. My goal this year is to help the officers carry on the vision of this club and to start a track program.