The weekend is over and damn if it didn’t go by in a whirlwind. Now it’s Monday morning and I find myself once again sitting at my desk with my big Houston coffee mug in hand trying to get a handle on what I have to accomplish for the week – not a fun task. Up here in the northeast the winter has finally come to an end, the flowers are starting to bloom and all those automobiles that have been hibernating for so many months are once again being brought out to roam the streets. Nowhere can this better be seen than at the racetrack.
Yesterday I was up at Pocono Raceway in Blakelee, PA doing a little track instruction. What’s nice about a track like Pocono is that there are multiple courses present, which means multiple events, which means a wide variety of cars. I drove up to the track in my Dodge Magnum SRT8 and while not the most nimble thing it does have the ability to surprise a few people if the moment allows.
There were Porsche’s of all years from vintage 356’s to GT3’s. We had a few Alfa Romeo’s, a wicked cool Lancia Superleggera and even a V-twin powered chain drive 1923 Morgan. There was also a slew of Corvettes present which is no surprise as quite honestly they are probably one of the best cars available out of the box for track duty.
The day was busy with run session after run session taking place. Students and instructors alike were ripping it up, and in the process having a grand ole’ time on a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon. Tracking a car is a great hobby, and one that not only serves as a great outlet, but the people and vehicles you encounter are generally top notch. There is a sense of camaraderie at the track that binds drivers together, and a love for the automobile that can’t be matched anywhere else.
I know there are those of you out there that have a car in the garage and have always wondered what it would be like to drive it on a real race track. It’s not as difficult as you think as organizations exist everywhere to help you do just this. Up here in the Northeast there is NASA/PDA, SCCA and Hooked on Driving just to name a few. So if you’ve ever wanted to try your luck at track driving but have been a bit timid, now is your chance to get that car out of the garage and onto the track. No excuses people… no excuses. If you have questions about tracking a car then shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll see if I can help ya’ out.