A Few Videos

28 10 2009

Well it is the dawn of day 2 here at the MPG Track Day and I am still a bit overwhelmed to say the least.  Day 1 was so much fun and ended perfectly with a very nice banquet and afterparty at the hotel.  I will be doing a driving impression wrap-up of the afternoon vehicles of day 1 this morning while I eat breakfast at the track.  In the meantime, I have started uploading a few videos to youtube.  I have been taking videos in every car I have driven so it will take a bit of time to get Everything uploaded.  But big thanks to Ramon Casas of Wolf Productions (http://www.wolfpro.net)  for lending me one of his awesome camera mounts. Make sure to watch in “High Quality”

Roush 427R

370Z Nismo

Lancer Evolution MR-Touring

Civic Si 4dr

John Cooper Works Mini Convertible

Lotus Elise Supercharged



27 10 2009

Just drove the new Z4. Bleh. Goes from horrible understeer to a super floaty rear end. Fast in a straight line though.

The Day So Far – Civic Si, Mazdaspeed3, Genesis Coupe, Nismo Z, and Lamborghinis.

27 10 2009

It’s lunch time here at Cali Speedway so I figured it was a good time to update on how the day is going. I started off the day right by riding in a Lamborghini LP640 with an Indy driver at the helm. All I can say about that is wow is it fast and wow does it understeer.
Following my ride along I immediately jumped in the special edition Balboni Gallardo for a street drive. Amazing car, beautiful interior, and an exhaust note that curls your toes in extasy (even more so in a tunnel).
First track drive of the day was the Mazdaspeed3. Lots of power, good handling, crappy tcs.
I followed that with the genesis 3.8 grand touring. Decent auto trans, fun handling dynamics, and good brakes – but a way too intrusive tcs.
Next was the civic si 4door. This was by far the most fun I had on the track. If I had to chose one car to spend all day in it would be the Civic Si. Very fun and forgiving car. Buttery smooth gearbox, peaky engine, lsd all add up to a great driving experience.
Final car of the morning was the Nismo7 – the catfish. Holy crap was this thing good. But its best feature by far was its brakes. Stop on a dime power and the ability to take abuse over and over without fading. Handling and power were also astounding. Biggest suprise on it was its TCS. It actually let you have fun. I was actually hanging tail through turns. Lunch is over and it is time to get back on track. Next up – Evo MR Touring.

Pre-dawn at the track

27 10 2009

It is 6:45 am and light is just braking over the grandstands. Needless to say I am quite excited. Followed the new Audi S4 to the track from the hotel and really can’t wait to put that through its paces.


I have arrived!

27 10 2009

After 2 hours of grueling traffic on LA’s craptastic freeways I have finally arrived in Ontario.  Luckily I have a nice room with a huge bed and a flat-screen TV.  Now to meet some friends for dinner and some drinks before the fun of the next 2 days starts.

My Room

So nice to have a huge bed.

On the way!

26 10 2009

Heading out to Ontario/Fontana for the Motor Press Guild Track Day. Stay tuned for updates over the next three days.