Just got to the Motel 6 on a foggy evening. Considering that I left Milpitas at 17:00, it took me over 3 and a half hours to my luxurious pad in Colusa county. I must say that I was quite pooped after driving through the fog and the traffic jams but I made it in one piece.
As I'm savoring my most excellent Famous Star from Carl's in my room, I'm thinking about Saturday and how unlucky one can get. The weather has been really nice for the past couple of weeks and is supposed to remain nice for at least one more week. But like since last October, the week-end that I am to go to the track (Thunderhill) the weather turns to shite. Frustrating.
I enjoy driving in the rain but, because over the winter I added a few tasty bits to the car:
- APR Canards (here)
- G-Pan (here)
- 5 Element diffuser (here)
- 2 way, adjustable Nitron shocks (here)
- Quick Release hub (here)
- Personal F1 steering wheel (here)
Since October, I haven't been able to really try out those goodies because I've had to drive in torrential rains (OK, I'm exaggerating a little here but after all, that's my blog so I do what I want :)
Thunderhill Raceway, Willows CA. Saturday, January 29th; 06:57.
I just arrived to the track and I found a spot under one of the big canopies. Took my cooler (filled with ice and Gatorade) out and removed all the stuff from the boot of the car.
It's cold, there is some fog but it's not too bad and it appears to be low clouds rather than actual fog. No rain in sight, which is good. I go to the registration and attend the ensuing drivers' meeting.
HOD is a very nicely ran organization. They always host very nice track days and while they tend to be a lot more expensive than a bunch of other organizations, I like them a lot. The seat time is on par with most as we get 5 sessions of 20 minutes per day.
As usual my group (Group C, which is the advanced group) gets to go first and basically dry the track for the people that are next, so we have to be on track a little after 08:00.
Did I mentioned it was cold?
So, yes, it's cold (50F or so) and the track is wet. The paint on the kerbs is super duper slippery and I learned to avoid it in these conditions. I did get my wheels on a painted part in turn 14 and it was like driving on ice, uncool.
|Thunderhill Raceway (Satellite view)|