What a fantastic weekend! The weather was perfect, and the people (as always) are beyond perfect! Running with the AROSC is like going home to Mom and apple pie with a dash of 100 octane. Thank you each and every one of you!
The online sign-up, and the new tech are a huge improvement.
We showed up Friday evening in time to see a few GTVs being offloaded and walk the track.
Saturday dawned bright and gorgeous without the threat of heat that is so often a hallmark of this track.
Since my car (Joker) is a track only car with virtually nil ground clearance, trailering it is a royal pain. BR Racing takes the pain out of that along with many other details.
It was nice to see the usual blend of street and track cars. A newer Saab.
Joker has had shakedown issues for the last 4 events I've tried to use it. Saturday morning was no different, with the clutch master sticking and not releasing the clutch when the pedal was released. That resulted in a surprise spin in turn 3/4 as I went from 4 to 3 when the revs rose, but the clutch never re-engaged in 3rd. Thankfully I could get it going and limped back to the garage. BR immediately set about replacing the master (we brought along a spare that looked suspiciously like an Alfa unit). I never even lost a session. Great going guys!
Meanwhile I cruised the pits.
A couple of BMWs that never made it to Bimmerfest in Pasadena.
And Santo's garage brought along an impressive collection of personal and customer cars. Wow!
A couple of transaxle cars.
Nizam had a little off, and was blown clean by compressed air.
The sun slowly sinking we dug out the marinated lamb chops and brined chicken for a trackside bbq.
As the light faded, we set out for questionable comforts of Motel 6, 10 miles away. Man! We'd gladly pay a bit more for a softer bed, fluffier pillows, and towels that didn't scratch. Makes camping look attractive!
Sunday morning featured dramatic 'Top Gear' clouds with showers looming. Nizam was his usual bubbly self - me the morning grouch.
If anything, the Santo garages were even more impressive!
The ultimate touch was the Sunday inclusion of a real unrestored Alfa TZ. What a treat. Originally more exclusive and expensive than the Ferrari GTO, it's now worth more than both our Ferraris combined! Great to see it out on the track!
Larry's monster GTV with a 12v V6 stuffed under the hood and looking like it belongs there.
Loved the boots.
The new and old.
Our nephew came by and posed in the car.
A few on-track pics by Steve, the official Buttonwillow photographer.
A friend broght his cat to the track, and our R32 became a cat house (lol).
Finally it was time to load the cars and go home. Another memorable weekend with the AROSC. Hopefully Joker is now fully debugged and I can get better acquainted with the car. Can't wait for the next event!