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Seeds of a future Alfista are planted.

First question from Angelika was why do we have to keep looking at the back of Roger's head? When are we going to get to go on the track???

Her response after the power side in turn 2 was Wooaha! I better hold on!

Just got back from a long after dinner walk where Angelika held three imaginary track session racing her #76 Hello Kitty razor scooter..
 

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Great weather, fun cars and friendly people, but where was the crowd? I took a rough count on Sunday, at about noon thirty, and there were maybe 250 people in the stands. Add in the Porsche & BMW people in their corrals, the pit crews, dozing vendors (especially the woman selling ... wait for it ... bed sheets!) and a few hot rodders, and you'd have a normal crowd at VooDoo Donuts.

A depressed track worker said the Corvette club and other Chevy-oriented clubs declined to participate, despite Chevy being the featured marque. Chevy and Chevy dealerships were also notably absent as sponsors.

There were three Ferraris, no other Italian exotica, and no Jags (at least that I found). There was, however, a Siata Spring and some guy autocrossing a go-cart all day.

This was my first time to PIR. Why isn't this vintage race better supported? It's a wonderful venue.
 

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This was my first time to PIR. Why isn't this vintage race better supported? It's a wonderful venue.
I attended at least 9 of the past 11 years and attendance has declined each of the past few years. Just my point of view, but seems PIR is less helpful and friendly and with higher costs every year, a function of government. Getting to be a pain to get to the infield and back. Brother wanted me to go with him again this year, but not worth about a hundred bucks for the two of us, with parking and all. Was much cheaper back when I belonged to AROO, and may return next year. With fewer vendors and racers because of the Obummer depression, the Historics otherwise look much the same every year:p.

Last weeks OMRRA bike races and OVM 'show' at PIR was a ghost town! Not worth the gas to get there. The loud PA announcer was unbearably annoying. The city completely ruined the April swap meet with restrictive and costly parking and if Portland keeps it up, even the free "cars in the park" type events may be more trouble than it's worth to pay to park a target for the druggies. Much the same with the Black Powder shoots I use to go to, where use of "public" land is getting rediculously restrictive and expensive. They are also way down in attendance, and I'm not going to bother with any more of those events this year either. I wont be going to any of the Washington parks either, because of the new parking BS that state is using to restrict our use of our own land in order to pay for State employees we do not need. Still, I look forward to things picking up in a couple of years.
 

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I thought the 3-day ticket and corral price of $45 (for two people!) was terrific.

But why no corporate sponsors, only modest club participation, and not even a simple race program so we could know who and what were on the track? The announcers did a lot of chatting and joking, but they didn't offer much detail about the cars or who was driving them.

At the Monterey Historics, you get there early or sit in miles of traffic. The roads are clogged with wonderful cars of varying ages and price ranges. There's an energy you can feel. At Portland, we showed up early and nearly had the place to ourselves.

Wonder if the car clubs could get together and figure out how to revitalize this event? It would be a shame to see the track turned into apartment houses.
 

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I thought the 3-day ticket and corral price of $45 (for two people!) was terrific.

But why no corporate sponsors, only modest club participation, and not even a simple race program so we could know who and what were on the track? The announcers did a lot of chatting and joking, but they didn't offer much detail about the cars or who was driving them.
You can't support events of this size without getting the public out, and that goes double for corporate sponsors who won't show up if attendance is not likely. The public won't go in a depression while costs are high and attendance declining, so it becomes a latino stand off. $45 for insiders is great, but the same thing for the unwashed masses is $95 with more restrictions or less benefits than are enyoyed by "participants". The 'spectators' are also next years club members, so maybe clubs can help by bearing a greater cost, even taking a short term loss to bring in more people until the ecomomy improves.
 

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A weekend pass, with parking, was $55. If your car has a large trunk, you can get two in for that price, the way some senior citizens used to do at the drive in movie. :)

Not confessing mind you, but you'd be surprised how much room there was in a '57 Plymouth.
 

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A weekend pass, with parking, was $55. If your car has a large trunk, you can get two in for that price, the way some senior citizens used to do at the drive in movie. :)

Not confessing mind you, but you'd be surprised how much room there was in a '57 Plymouth.
I couldn't fit a dismembered midget in the trunk of the 72 spider, especially with the trunk rust where it would fall through, so I traded it today for a proper American car with two right wings and a huge solid steel trunk! :D

Going to the drive in soon, if I can find one. Say, does this qualify for the historics?
 

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