Visor down. In the zone.

And we’re back! First day of timed competition. It’s weird waking up still tired from the last day of autocross and remembering that you are about to do it again… Two more times.

The day started out with some special words from a few veteran autocrossers who met and raced in Nationals many decades ago. Forming a lifelong bond through motorsport. They were proud to see the traditions continuing in all of us. The slaloming spirit is alive and well. It was great to see those veterans tear up the track along side us.

Veteran racer in veteran machine.

Veteran racer in veteran machine.

The next surprise was Joe. We had an announcer! With music! I’ve seen him work his hostly magic before at a ATTS Gymkhana event. He’s always great. Always makes events feel like more of an actual event if you know what I mean. He played Lady Gaga at one point. But even that won’t make me hate him. Joe is the best.

The course was the best too. Fast smooth and fairly open. I had lots of fun just keeping my foot to the floor and threading through the cones. What was previously a run downhill to the finish, was now a horseshoe type corner where the apex was at the bottom of the hill. Keeping your speed up was crucial for that momentum was going to carry you up the steep hill. This weekend was all about the faster stuff. Faster slaloms, faster sweepers, faster chicanes, downshifting was never really an option (unless you messed up) and spending this much time in the upper regions of second gear was awesome.

Visor down. In the zone.

Visor down. In the zone.

I managed to keep ahead of my class competitors. But scores are accumulated over two days. So this wasn’t over yet.

But now it was time to go to the mid weekend banquet and go partying!


Link to video

To see all the runs I recorded that event, head over here.