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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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2018/09/09 Getting My First Taste of Rally Driving at Dirtfish by Seattle
π 2018-09-09 01:01 in Cars
Going to Dirtfish had been on my todo list for quite a while, and my upcoming trip to seattle was a good excuse to make it happen. The Dirtfish staff was great all around, starting by making me a spot for a private class when they were otherwise already booked out for the dates that worked for me.
I showed up bright and early the first morning to get a quick tour of the premises and start with my classroom session:


my car for the day was waiting when I arrived, a nice rally prepped WRX STI
my car for the day was waiting when I arrived, a nice rally prepped WRX STI



great collection of rally memorabilia
great collection of rally memorabilia


the playground
the playground

the car I got to drive
the car I got to drive

No lift brake turn here :)
No lift brake turn here :)

The first day didn't have rain, so they made their own :)



On the first day, I learned the very basics, including trying to stop myself from the urge to countersteer when I was sideways (essential for RWD, but counter productive for AWD).

On day #2, we made a lot more progress with my new instructor for the day:




I got the car suitably dirty :)
I got the car suitably dirty :)

During a bit of downtime, I got a quick tour around the grounds that are famous because they were used for the show Twin Peaks, as well as the garage where they work on cars:





They even threw in professional pictures, very nice of them:


Needless to say that I had a hell of a lot of fun. I sure didn't turn into a rally expert in 2 days, but I improved a lot from the total rookie level I was at when I started. It'll definitely be fun to go back.

Here's a video of one of my last laps on the mixed course I was running in the rain and on a mix of gravel and tarmac. It even included a hand brake turn :)


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