SCCA Autocross every first weekend of every month. PCA Time Trials every second weekend of every month. SCCA national events in the summer. A humongulous 3.5mi track layout for PCA’s signature spring and fall events, with a potential for 30-45min practice lapping sessions. Hanging out afterwards at BJ’s Pizza or Shook’s Garage. Good times?.. Maybe the best.
One May we ran a PCA course layout (clockwise) which joined the the two main runways into one long ‘curved straight’ where I could shift my piddling GTI into 5th gear at 115mph right at the apex cone (white dot is in the picture). That was a wild event. The real track cars were passing me going 30mph faster at times.
Every December meant a Toys for Tots event.
Flag instruction by the monthly event chairperson was always inspired.
The full 3.5mi track configuration (also clockwise) was definitely my favorite. Only running it twice a year made it truly special. Over three years I managed to bring my lap time down by 17sec, with better summer tires and a strut bar as my GTI’s only real modifications. Oh, and the wonderful smell of 90W gear oil soaked into the sound-deadening material in the spare tire well from a buddy’s drain pan. Such a wonderful stench in 100deg Texas heat, lol.
One of my favorite cars to drive on track, ever. Right up until that oil return line let go...
Saw one rollover, one guy went into the trees, but never had an incident so bad that someone had to take an ambulance ride. Of course not everything came away unscathed.
We’re still asking him ‘how much torque do you want’ when he bends over, lol.
More track layouts at this wonderful facility can be seen here - http://www.gdecarli.it/php/circuit.ph…
Those were truly the days.
Long gone, but never forgotten by those who reveled in summer’s sweat, winter’s winds, and the spray of fresh rain. Behind the wheel, no matter what.
In memory of Jak Schaefer, Tom Helton, and other Friends who are gone. We remember.