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It shouldn’t be a secret that I love road course driving and racing. One of the best things about where we live (other than the total lack of fear over having our cars stolen) is that there’s a lovely 2.5 mile road course about five minutes from us.
Sadly, even though I’ve lived so close to this track for two years now, I have yet to get out on it as a driver. I have driven on it for an autocross event, but not as the road course it actually is. Going out to the second track day here for me, seeing how the event is run and getting a better feel for it, made me realize one thing — I REALLY want to get out there!
So I will — regardless of circumstances, I will be going as soon as I can, which I believe is at least August. Which is nice, as I can then sorta plan for it as best as I can and all. But the S2000 and I will be hitting the track this year. Guaranteed.
Like I said though, it was nice to get out to one again (the first track day I went to here was last September) and see how it was run. Oh, and check out the cars…. Duh. Like this SL55 AMG. :)
The BMW CCA is huge into racing here, so it’s not a shock to see fully built BMW race cars like this one.
This Audi Chump Car had a LOT of character!!
I love seeing pretty 240Zs, even better when they’re pretty race cars!
While way more common in the sport of drifting, the 240sx is actually a very good track car as well. So I was and wasn’t surprised to see an S14 out there.
I posted a photo of this beautiful, pristine 1991 NSX with 9,000 miles on Instagram. She came out to play after this gorgeous Lotus Exige was put away from a morning of play. Sadly, the NSX ended up going off the track towards the end of the day, not sure what the issue was but her brakes were overheating badly too. She came out of it okay, she just got dirty!
There was a nice Boss 302 Mustang out — which I later found out is number 25 of 50 factory race builds from Ford. Yup, another rare car that I got to see. (The owner managed to get his hands on one probably only because he owns a Ford dealership — but I just see that as a GREAT job perk!!)
Then there was the real treat…. This fully prepared Cayman S with a Cayman R engine swap. This, according to her owner, is his “slow Cayman,” yet she’s only 3 seconds off the times that his prepared GT3 Cup Car that runs in GrandAm lays down.
It was awesome, because they put in a passenger seat and he gave people rides. Naturally, I absolutely said yes to the offer! :D
It was hard to imagine her being the “slow” Cayman, as she was ridiculously fast and her driver clearly very, very, very talented. It was my first ride in a full-blown race car like that with an actual professional driver. And, if you ask me, EVERYONE who loves racing should get to do it at least once!! It changes the way you look at a track entirely.
When I say this Friday was a good day, I mean it was a VERY good day!! And I can’t wait to get out on the track myself…. The S2000 and I are gonna have a ton of fun, I just know it. :)