Atlanta Historics – Road Atlanta, 20-22 September 2103
Southern hospitality abounded this past weekend as we made our second 2013 trip to Road Atlanta, and we came away with our first overall win in Saturday’s Feature Race!
Jim Matthews(’59 Porsche 356, 2nd place), me, and Richard Taylor (’64 Triumph TR-4,3rd place) . Our first podium! (John Hendrick, Hendrick Sports Photo photo)
[Video at end of blog if that’s what you are looking for.]
Returning to Road Atlanta was not on the original radar screen, but when we thought about some of the trappings associated with the Savannah Speed Classic (i.e. unable to stay at the track and the cost of Savannah apart from the race) we decided that going back to one of the nation’s premier tracks was a better decision. The Mitty had been a great learning experience and I wanted to see if I could do better a second time out. Right off the bat I was able to better my best time of the Mitty.
HSR once again put on a class event. Despite the fact that there had been over 400 cars there, the folks from HSR remembered us, and were extremely welcoming. I cannot say enough about how they treat folks who race with them.
Late September is beautiful in the south for a northern boy. Friday was hot, good for a couple practice runs and ‘seeing’ those blind corners and the off-camber downhill run to the start-finish line that Road Atlanta is known for.
Race Coordinator showing Race Engineer her next car at Friday night’s BBQ …
… hosted by Lucky Dog Motorsports, directly across from the track, a real man cave.
…looked Ominous …
… and it turned out to be a bit damp on Saturday (David Farrington photos)
Stacey Schepens’ ’64 4/4 twin cam Morgan was fast. I couldn’t keep up. (David Farrington photo)
Jonathon and Bonne Foulds with Bonne’s Bugeye Sprite paddocked right next to us. We shared some wine, some beer, some food and made some great friends. (David Farrington photo, left)
Moments of Relaxation – Joy Perry, Sue and David Farrington
Here’s what the P and B Motorsports Crew Chief, who’s playing Interim College President, missed. A couple of BMWs, one almost like one at home in the shed.
I sometimes wonder if this is amateur racing …
Jon Briggs from our Yahoo 1800 forum came by to do a little work on his ’65.
Here’s a short video compilation of the weekend.
So, is this it for the 2013 season? Seems like Joy wants to us to do the Midwestern Council Looooong Race in late October. I expect the B20 has one more race in it before we do a transplant and have Motor B freshened by our Competition Specialists friends …