BLOWING ROCK – An 18-year-old event is coming to Blowing Rock for the first time, featuring “Olympic” events such as the Trike X, Club Cabin Crawl, 3-on-3 slip-n-slide Hockey, and both singles and doubles disc golf. And oh, by the way, it is a car show.

ZDayZ is planned for May 20-23, 2021, hosted by Chetola Resort. As the name suggests, its focus is around Nissan “Z” cars, their Datsun predecessors, and other related “hot rods” and roadsters. It is a chance for many owners of Z cars to mingle and show off their respective prides and joys – and if history repeats itself, there will be a crowd of them.

Last year’s ZDayZ was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, but from 2004 when the event was first organized near the Great Smoky Mountains at Fontana Village when there were some 75 cars and a little more than 100 people, to 2018 when there were more than 1,000 people and more than 700 cars, ZDayZ has grown in popularity.

It is a car show at Chetola, where many car shows have come and gone before. They will be cruising the streets of Blowing Rock, rollin’ down the Blue Ridge Parkway and more than likely visiting the likes of Grandfather Mountain, Banner Elk, West Jefferson, and so many more sights, sounds, and flavors of the region the weekend before Memorial Day.

The ZDayZ folks are bringing their cars – and it is a great excuse to play slip-n-slide hockey, too.

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