Hotshoe and I have come to regard our club's Indoor Driving School as the official advent of spring. Members are incentivized to "work" it with conga line laps in our street cars behind an experienced wheel-to-wheel racer (in his street car). That's a chance to recalibrate our brains from snow and ice to normal braking points and heel-and-toe downshifts. It has become our tune-up for our spring Tail of the Dragon run. And a chance to reconnect with our gearhead buddies who race or work race events.
After 16 laps of Blackhawk Farms, speed-limited to 50 m.p.h. but with the corners taken at 7-8/10's, I returned home to catch the last four hours of live-streamed Sebring. It's a reality-check to push your own street car (and yourself) hard and then watch GTLM BMW's, 'Vettes, Ferraris, and Porsches corner dead flat at over twice your speed. Long before I joined this sports car club, Sebring was the signifier of spring for me. For some, it's baseball training camps. For some, it's Daffodils or Dogwoods. Once a gearhead, always a gearhead, I suppose.
|John Saccameno, Scott's co-presenter in the morning session, holds forth to the assembled multitude (about 30 newbies).|
John is also an excellent journeyman driver who's lovely Alfa GTA/GTV has appeared in this blog more than once.
|Run Whatcha Brung I: a sample of the daily drivers owned by people who show up at the Indoor School, interested in|
High Speed Autocrossing: a late-model Mustang, a BMW Z, a Chevy Cobalt, a Porsche, and all manner of Japanese
|Run Whatcha Brung II (not the trucks...).|
|Run Whatcha Brung III: a C 3 Corvette, a Chevy Vega-Cosworth, and a Miata.|
|Ahead of its time: if the Vega-Cosworth had been done right in the specification and assembly quality departments, it|
could have preceded the Golf GTI as the First Hot Hatch.