If you live in the Northeast then you know that Mother Nature has been a total bitch this year. She’s nailed us with five snow storms and freezing temperatures that will ensure that we’ll have snow on the ground until April. What that means is that all of us up here in the land of the chosen frozen have nothing to do but look forward to this years crop of upcoming events. For example, car show season is in full swing which is great, IMPA test days are coming up and every now and again we’ll get a day that’s over 30 degrees. For me though, I’m just looking forward to my vacation. Now most people like to spend their time off either at the beach or traveling. Me… I’m a road trip guy, which means right now I’m looking forward to this years 2011 One Lap of America.
This years 2011 One Lap of America will take place from April 30th through May 7th and will feature some of the coolest cars, driven by some of the best drivers from around the country. I ran this event last year and became immediately hooked. Part road trip and part racetrack excursion, the One Lap takes competitors on a 3500 mile journey where participants get to compete at some of the greatest racetracks around. Keep in mind though that this is no leisurely road trip. First off most of the competitors are driving what are basically road legal race cars. That means little sound insulation, harsh suspensions and exhaust systems that will usually make your ears bleed after 50 miles. There is also the fact that you have to carry with you a weeks worth of clothes, tools and spares in cars that sometimes are just big enough for the occupants themselves. It’s no cakewalk, but is, at the end of the week, one of the most rewarding experiences that you can have with an automobile.
If you’ve got a car, have racetrack experience and some spare change lying around then this is something that you HAVE to put on that bucket list of yours. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. For more information just head on over to the One Lap of America website.