Thursday, May 13, 2010
Rather than trying to sneak our rental cars onto the track, we have reserved Lotus Exige S 240 track cars for the day, and we will be joined by Brian and Jan. Ron Simons, Director and Chief Instructor for RSR Nurburg (http://www.rsrnurburg.com/) worked with us to set up the day and the picture above is from his web site – it’s the famous “karussell” and one of the more challenging parts of the track! Ron has a Lamborghini Gallardo available and it was a close call but after visiting the local Lotus dealer and checking out the Exige, it’s going to be a day that will not be forgotten!
The changes we are making are not being undertaken lightly. We don’t change our cars all that often. Recently, however, we have come across deals that we simply found too hard to walk away from. Changes to our track car, on the other hand will continue but scaled back a lot from what we did earlier; now it’s just one item at a time. A situation that’s a lot more manageable and where we can quickly assess the benefits provided.
Margo and I are coming to the realization that track days will not become central to our lives as there are so many other things we want to do, but we are happy with the progress we made over the past three years. We wanted to be able to drive our cars a lot closer to their capabilities than can be achieved on highways, and we are doing that. We wanted to experience world-class tracks, and now we are doing that as well. The mantra at NASA has always been to drive fast! safely! have fun!
And there’s no way either one of us can deny that we have done all three and because of that, we will always find some time each year to pay down a couple of more laps. Somewhere! Anywhere! And among friends we would have only met in pursuing this pastime.