I guess I get to be the 1st Z8 post. Saw the car pictures from the Tokyo '97 car show and and got a press kit. Put a deposit on what was being called a "Z07" at Classic BMW in Richardson, Tx. in May of 1999, based on rumors in the auto magazines. Deposited $2000 and agreed to pay sticker, an unknown amount at the time. In late '99 got invited to a private sneek preview of the James Bond movie "The World is Not Enough" featuring the car, by then known as a Z8. Also got a nice 1:12 scale model, posters, etc. In the spring of 2000, first saw one in person at the Dallas Auto Show, and later that year, saw a press car when Sports Illustrated was at the Nurburgring doing a story on the BMW driving school during my 5th trip to the school. (The story ran Jan '01, about a dozen pages - no swimsuits.) My car (serial number ...596) was delivered on the vernal equinox in March of 2001, after nearly 2 years of waiting. Tracked it once, at Motorsport Ranch (three 20 minute outings). It ran fine with the big dogs (Lambos, Vettes, Ferrari 360s, 911s, etc.) I've never had it above 145. The main BMW Z8 test driver and one of our 'Ring instructors told me it will go right up to 186 (300kph) with the software limiter removed and the hard-top on. Motor Trend March '01 cover story says it will do 0-60 in 4.2 sec., and Car & Driver the following month says it out cornered, out-accelerated and out-stopped the F-360, which was the benchmark criteria promised to the BMW board by the designers. After 7 years and 2 months, I'm at 40,000 miles. Wrote the original article in Wikipedia - now heavily edited. Personalized plates "Z ACHT". Never had a major problem - just lots of little stuff like failed radio, a/c condensation leak, detached seat backs, broken glovebox door latch, and one burned out neon tail light ($1,900 - warranty). Only mods are a UUC short-shift kit and swapped the positions of the Speedo and Tach. Keep it shod w/run flats so that I'm never stranded, I get royal treatment at the dealer, based on a special book BMW NA published internally called "Service Guidelines for the Z8" (and becaues the fact that Classic BMW are good guys anyway. It's good to be the king. On the evening of August 8th, myself and 7 others will have their cars loaded out of Classic BMW (now in Plano, Tx) for the Pebble Beach / Monterey car weekend. We'll fly out, pick up the cars at Peter Pan BMW in the Bay Area, and join ~34 others for gar-guy heaven. Come join us for the send-off. American Driver magazine will be there for the photo-op, before they head out to California themselves. Just remember: 8 Z8s at 8/8/08 at 8:08:08pm.