[TrackChasers] Happy New Year
Get your final 2007 track additions in if you haven't already done so.
I'll be updating the site at the end of the week.
Although I don't agree with Allan's Mission Statement, it won the vote
by a large margin and thus I agree to follow it.
I hope everyone a very happy and healthy year in 2008.
- Greetings from your breadman,
I spent the last few days of 2007 in GA and FL. I went to 1 NBA
game and added 2 FL kart tracks in the process. A 3rd race in GA on
the 29th was cancelled on the 27th in typical southern promotional
fashion. I did manage to squeeze in a visit to my in-laws in FL
between kart shows. Some would have you believe my travels are driven
entirely by the quest for NGD points. Nothing could be farther from
the truth. The illusion of such did give me many moments of
satisfaction, as it drove it's creator nuts as he traveled far and
wide in the quest for the Holy Grail he invented to motivate himself
while attempting to satisfy an enormous ego. Here's hoping
the "little bird" that feeds him "inside" information passes on
my "sincere" congratulations on this "awesome" victory. I'd do it
myself, but this person still blocks my emails. Now on to my trip.
On Dec. 26 I flew from Philly to Atlanta on Air Tran. It's a
nice airline that still treats it's customers like they should. I
obtained a Dodge Calibre from Thrifty and drove to the Omni Hotel in
downtown Atlanta. This is next to the CNN Tower that you can walk
through to get to the Phillips Arena where the Indiana Pacers played
my favorite NBA team, the Atlanta Hawks. The Omni is an upscale hotel
with valet parking, bell men, concierge and opulent lobby. My king
size bed had 10 decorating pillows on it that shoved unceremoniously
to the floor. Before the game I had dinner at Thrive, an upscale
restaurant 2 blocks east. Tasty food presented in a decorative
fashion. That means that the arrangenment on the plate was more
important than the volume. On to the game where $65 garnered me a mid-
court seat in the mid-level seats. The game was good with multiple
lead changes before my Hawks won out.
The next day I drove to the Volusia Speed Park Kartway where
they were having a money race prior to a 2-day WKA event. I arrived
at 3:20pm hoping I hadn't missed the heats. Champkarts were the 19th
scheduled class and I hoped to catch their race and head for my in-
laws in Sarasota. I didn't miss the feature. I didn't even miss the
10 of them qualifying. This meant I would be in champkart Hell for 7
more hours as their only race of the day checkered at 10:20pm. By
then it was too late to drive to Sarasota, so I settled for the
Orange Bloosum Inn in Deland. This was the complete opposite of the
Omni, and I can only reccommend it as a last minute option.
There were no races on the 28th, so I enjoyed a leisurely
breakfast at Doug and Lil's Potato Patch in Deland. Good breakfast at
FL prices. After that I drove to Sarasota for a visit with my in-
laws. I have good ones, and strangly enough, my travels find me
visiting them more than Suz does.
My original plan on the 29th was to watch the champkart heat on
the paved track at Crossroads and then head to Swainsboro, GA for
crate late models. That show was cancelled 2 days prior, so there
wwas no pressure to get out of Crossroads, which I still consider the
best karting facility I've visited. The 4 champs were the 9th
scheduled class, and they completed their feature at 3:30. I drove
through rain most of the way back to Atlanta from which I flew home
the next morning.
Thus ends my 2007 season where I amassed an all time high of 58
new tracks that were located in 22 states. The new season begins this
Sunday when I hopefully join the Eckels for a trip to Mototown. It
was truly a pleasure sharing the experience with all the trackchasers
I encountered during the year. I must give a special thanks to Mike
Knappenberger who gratiously drove me to many of those tracks. Thanks
also go to all others that provided transportation and commaraderie.
My 6 weeks of vacation have long been picked for 2008, and only 3 of
those weeks will be devoted to racing. The rest will be spent with
Suz who had her last radiation session yesterday. There are still 2
more months of chemotherapy that we hope will lead to a full
recovery. My time with her can never again be taken for granted,
hence we are planning some trips together. Adios.
Happy 2008 to all of my friends in this group
Nice to hear that we have two full cars out on the road already on the first weekend of the year...Mike Knappenberger, Paul Weisel, Brian Hickey, and myself are heading to Atlanta and Rockingham for some Legends road course racing...Bruce Eckel, Pat Eckel, Gordy Killian, and Will White are heading to Connecticut for some indoor action...Anyone else going racing already?
Good to see friendship and comaradarie starting out strong in our group in the new year...Let's keep it up
By the way, I discovered a track yesterday that I did not know had anything countable...Woodleaf Speedway in Woodleaf, NC is running a money race tomorrow and Senior Champ Karts is one of the classes that is supposed to be in competition...That's for any last second travelers out there...Will tells me that the track is now listed on the Tobias Slingshot roster of tracks, so maybe there will be a Slingshot race there this year
For NY ice racing fans, AMEC has canceled for this weekend...CNYIRA is also scheduled to race, but they haven't updated their site since December 10, so I doubt they are really racing
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Subject: Re: [TrackChasers] Happy New Year
Anyone else going racing already?
No new tracks available over here at present but some good race meetings.
This Sunday sees a big Banger show called Heavy Metal Classic at Standlake
Arena. The booking list was closed at 250 cars, split into two classes of
Bangers, both full contact and should see some good action. The weather
forecast is for cold but sunny and clear so fingers crossed.
The following Sunday will see the annual Civil War Banger show. This is a
teams meetings with North v South UK teams. The cars race in three classes
Light Infantry, Infantry, and Tanks.depending on the car size, Tanks being
Unlimited size and engine capacity.
Should make for two good race meetings.
As far as I can see March 2nd may be my first new track of the year with the
opening Rallycross of the season at Croft in the North of England, a
possible visit to Holland Racing Expo may get the indoor live arena in late
Happy Chasing Guys
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