Today, I took the car to Buttonwillow for Redline Time Attack’s (re)opening event. It rained last night and periodically during the day. Which made for a fun, slick track, even when it was dry. So time’s weren’t all that great, but driving in the rain isn’t something you get to do much in SoCal. This lap had some imperfections, but was good enough for 3rd.
Turn out was good. Looked like about 100 cars between the competitors and the “xtremespeed” track day attendees. I think there were several people like me, who had run with Redline in their prime, and were curious to see what this event would be like. There weren’t a bunch of high profile cars – mostly grassroots guys and a couple shop cars. To me, that was refreshing as its where time attack began. I’m a little over the big vinyled up crazy evos, stis, S2k’s and NSX’s. To me, for the health of time trials / time attack / solo or what ever you want to call it, organizers need to focus on getting crowds like this out to the track. It was a mix between track regulars and some that likely wouldn’t have come if it was called something less likely to be sponsored by an energy drink. These tracks and locations are never going to attract big spectator crowds, and print media that has covered these events in the past matters a lot less now compared to years ago. If today was any indication of what next year will bring, there is hope yet for time attack in the US. Results should be up soon at www.redlinetimeattack.com .
Check out the video. Make sure to watch it in Hi Def as the default resolution isn’t that great. The data overlay was done with the Harry’s Laptimer app available in the App store, and video was shot with an iPhone 4s using an Igloo Case. Available for $59 on www.igloocase.com
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