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Below is a recounting of various car events I've attended along the years, from car club meets, autocrosses, track events, and enthusiast drives.

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2011/07/28 Coworker Organized Track Day at Thunderhill
π 2011-07-28 00:00 in Cars
Some of my coworkers organized a track day for us at Thunderhill, so I could not help but sign up and go have fun with coworkers. The only little problem was that I was also supposed to go to Oshkosh EAA Airventure that week too. In the end, I settled for going to the track, flying myself back to Palo Alto, getting my stuff and taking a Red Eye flight out of SFO to Chicago and then Oshkosh.


Since I was not doing too well with sleep and almost got sick, I ended up flying the evening before, since I didn't feel like getting up around 05:30 and deal with IMC weather the next morning (pretty solid overcast and the previous morning even had ground fog).










this is what I found outside :)
this is what I found outside :)

So who was the fastest of the 2?
So who was the fastest of the 2?

One of my coworkers was nice enough to swap cars with me for a session, so I got to drive his GTR. Annoyingly, I was a good 5 seconds faster in his car than mine, and that's with not driving it as well since I wasn't used to it. I could likely have shaved off another 2 seconds pretty easily. Ok, so the GTR kicks about everyone else's ass, the new one on top gear was faster than any Ferrari, a Veyron, and matched a Zonda F. Crazy!



As for the aftermath, the new set of Trofeos didn't do that much better: the front right tire is ruined just as much despite my keeping a precise 32psi in there. The brakes held up for the day, but that's about it, there's not much left in them (maybe not even one more session).


I guess track miatas were cheaper :)

I was battling being tired and borderline sick that day, but caffeine, 5 hour energy and adrenaline allowed me to get through the day. Thankfully I was able to keep my whits through the flight home too, which was about as uneventful as it could have gotten.




2011/07/10 Thunderhill Track Day with Golden Gate Lotus Club
π 2011-07-10 00:00 in Cars
My last track day with GGLC ran a little short after I came out of the first session with a nail hole in one of my tires. So, it was time to try again. I used the opportunity to also try some new Pirelli Trofeo tires that were supposed to be more sticky than my Corsas.
First, getting there was interesting since the weather was borderline IFR when I took off. I was able to find a hole in the clouds to get on top, and flew across the bay VFR on top, which is always a nice sight :)




GGLC is always fun for the interesting Lotus cars you get to see:



One car locked up a brake and tire, went off the track, and the track got red flagge as a result. The flagger wasn't happy I took a picture of her even though all the cars were stopped.



The new tires, were, well, they seemed grippy for a short while but didn't last the day and one even got corded:. Note, tire went from brand new to corded in one day. That was a bit disappointing if I may say so:


The way home, I thought by then the clouds would be gone, but no, most of the north bay was covered with clouds from Oakland down to Stanford. My first plan was to duck under at Oakland, but since they were IFR, they did not allow me to do that. Instead, I was vectored into SFO Bravo and past 101 out of their way. From there, the clouds eventually subsided just before I got to Palo Alto





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