I'm just a guy that loves anything with wheels that is fast or slow.
If it looks cool, it's probably something I will definitely like.
I decided to start this blog to as an avenue for me to be able to post about some of the fun things that I do from time to time. It could be a Car Show revue, what I did on Vacation, what I like about this or that automobile, my experience with a photo shoot, what I have in my Automobilia collection, or whatever I think of at the moment. I hope you like it! All feedback will be appreciated.
So why am I calling this one "Ferrari Racing Days Chapter 1"? Well I am because I can! But, seriously though, I am because I will be attending the next event in a few weeks at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. That chapter will be told when I attend that one. So for now, on with this chapter.
I have been looking forward to this event for months, and today the day has come and gone. It was an awesome day to say the least. I got up around 6:30 am and got myself ready to go. On my way though as usual I had stop to make. First stop was to take my wife, Cristy, to her friends house. They were spending the day in San Francisco. Then I headed out and got fueled up the car, stopped to grab a mocha and a cream cheese bagel, and a little cash for the toll bridge and into the event. Finally! The event was here!
I got to Infineon Raceway about 9:30 or so, and since I was alone, I started to get some pictures of the Horses in the Stable. Some mighty fine examples were there too. Several 458's, 430's, a few 360's, 355's, 348's, 308's and more. Only thing though, there was not the crowd that is normally at the event. Only about 50 or so cars. I didn't mind it though. Less crowd means easier opportunities to take some pics. I then met up with an acquaintance (Brian) and headed over to check out the garages. I then met up with an past workmate (Fernando) that I hadn't expected to see there. Only because he was to go on Sunday. Plans changed I guess! It was good to see him. Then I saw the stables. It was such a beautiful site to see. A much better example of horses filled the temporary stables. About half a dozen or more 599XX's, 3 FXX's, including the Black #30 that used to be owned by Michael Schumacher. Apparently he was forced by MBZ to sell it when he signed on. HIS LOSS! Besides those beauties, there were four fine examples of Ferrari Formula 1 history sitting there quietly waiting. A Gerhard Berger F189 Chassis, an F310B chassis, an F2001, and to top the lineup, an F2007. I had the opportunity to first meet up with the owner of the F310B (Bud). This nice gentleman was there with his wife at his side and loving every bit of it. Then another past workmate popped up (Danny). The cars were then put through some test runs to get ready for the track. OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CHORUS IT IS! Then they were off for a run to stretch the legs of these beautiful horses.
F310B Steering Wheel
Once back in the stable, I met up with the F310B owner once again. I also got to meet the gentleman that owns the F189. While hanging around admiring the F1 beauties, Fernando came back around, so Danny, Fernando and his 2 friends, and I pretty much hung out for the remainder of the day. Fernando then realizes that he recognizes one of the drivers. It just so happened to be Marc Gene, the Ferrari Formula 1 Test Driver. So we go together with Marc and got a group shot. Now just to get that pic from Fernando. Marc was there to drive the F2007 chassis. After drooling for a long time in the stables, we then decided to get lunch. After lunch we stayed to one area of the track closest to the garages to get a great view of the cars hitting the breaks and running through the hairpin. After a while we went back into the stables to see the 599XX's and FXX's get ready for their run. ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL CHORUS! Then off they went. By this time Danny had left us, so Fernando, his 2 friends, and I went back to the hairpin. Fernando and I decided to stop in the empty garages and get some pics and video of the cars as they hit the breaks and go through the hairpin. Oh the site of glowing breaks! Oh so nice! After a bit we did actually get back to the end of the hairpin. That was where we stayed for the rest of the afternoon. We had too! The F1 cars came back out at 4:00. Well at least two of them did. Some not so good things happened to the other two in the earlier session that were not fixable today.
By the end of it all, I was rather tired. Being in the sun a good part of the day was a drain. But man was it all worth it! I ended up getting nearly a thousand shots in one day. So to end this chapter, the day ended up being an awesome day. Now to wait a few weeks for the next chapter. If you want to see all my pics form the day, here is my album page - http://razzi.me/speedtrap73/albums
CIAO! For Now!
OH WAIT! I forgot! there were other cars at the event as well. The F430 and 458 Challenge cars. I'll talk about them in the next chapter. I will be there for 3 or 4 days, so I will have a lot more to talk about at that time. But, for now here's a pic.
Well on Saturday morning I had to get up earlier than usual. I woke up around 4:00 am and got on my way around 4:30 or so. In order to be able to do so, my wife and I had to stay over Friday night at a friends place. We needed to do this so that my wife would be able to do the things she needed to do on Saturday, and I would be able to go and do what I needed to. I had to head down to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday for my SCRAMP volunteer orientation for this year. It was a long drive, but I've done it enough times to have it not seem to take so long. The orientation is more of a moral boost for the organization to get together and to introduce the new volunteers to what they are to be doing, how things run, as well as a tiny bit of a history lesson. Afterwards we get to hang out for a Bar-B-Q and chat until we decided to head out.
After eating I headed over to the souvenir store to get me a pair of Piloti Shoes. I found a great pair. After that I left with a few others and went over to Al 1's place for a little chat time. I'd never been, so I decided it would be cool to hang a bit longer. Well a bit longer ended up being a few hours. I kind of had to to get my Camera batteries charged up. I was hoping to hit a few places on my way home to get some Car shots for my Basic Photography class final project. But, as luck would have it, I ended up leaving to late. The places I wanted to drop into were closed before I was out of Salinas. Oh well! Tough breaks are the usual life for me anyways, so I just headed home. But i need to go back to my early mornig before I continue on with the rest of what I have to say.
Part of the reason I decided to leave so early in the morning was to get there and get some pictures for my Basic Photography class final. My final is based on a Self Portrait aspect. Not realy any pics of me per say, but of what I am passionate about. Well since cars a passionate part of my life, I thought it would be a somewhat easy task. Boy was I wrong. I was hoping to locate some certain cars to hopefully pull into why I ended up so passionate about cars. I posted some information in hopes of getting some help. I didn't get but 1 reply to that. Now back to the track - I took advantage of having to be at the track on Saturday to get some pics of the track and the facility with my Film camera in Black & White. Of course I also used my Canon 40D to get some shots as well. It was rather peaceful at 7:00 am to get a few shots of the track, the paddock, and some random stuff. I think some turned out pretty well. The best ones are without the cars. If you want to see what I managed to get, here is the link - http://www.razzi.me/albums/471-mazda-raceway-laguna-seca
Now to help get the word out for this years events.
The SCRAMP crew has 7 events to work this year and I am looking forward to having a chance to work at all of them. Specifically, for me as an avid Ferraristi, I can't wait until "Ferrari Racing Days" kicks off this years menu. From May 20-22 Ferrari of North America will be bringing the Ferrari F430 Challenge cars for their time to play. But, to top that off, they will also have the FXX Program, 599 XX Program, and the F1 Clienti to the West Coast. For July 8-9 there will be possibly one of the longest named events I've yet to see. The "Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered By Mazdag Featuring Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series". WHEW! I almost didn't think I had enough room to write that title. This is possibly one event I may end up missing. It all depends on if I can re-arrange my schedule or not. Also, July 22-24 there will be the "Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix" and AMA Superbike Championship races. A spectacualr weekend. For August, to kick off "Monterey Week" on the 12th, the "Pre-Reunion" will once again be a public event as it was for the first time last year. Then of course the Follwing Friday, the 19th-21st will be the "Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion". This is hands down my favorite event of the year. Seeing so many classic racers all at one time is an overload. Jaguar is the Marquee this year. Of course as usual I will miss Friday of the event in order to attend Concorso Italiano. It's not an event at the track, but I refuse to miss that. Then for September 16-18 there is "American Le Mans Series Monterey Presented by Patron". An event I have grown into a having a large liking to. Then to finish off the year is the Rare Treat of "Porsche Rennsports Reunion IV. I didn't know much about this event, but it only happens every few years and that it will be our treat to host it at MRLS. I'm not a big fan of Porsche road cars, but being able to see the Historics Racing Porsches and drivers in 1 event will be quite cool to see.
ON TO SUNDAY!!!!!
Not too much to say, but I did get up early once again and took a run over to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds for the Stockton Car Show and Swap Meet to help finish off taking the film shots for the class final. Of course I did a little shopping at the swap meet first to find some cool items. Picked up a few collectibles and some books to ad to my collection. I then walked around to get some shots of a few nice classic rides.It was funny having spectators look at me wondering why the heck I was laying on the ground taking pictures. I did however manage to get 3 photo shoots out of the day. I asked one gentleman about getting together to shoot his 1948 Chevrolet Panel Truck. We tarded info and I moved on. Then not even 10 minutes after that I was approached by a young gentleman about shooting pics of his super lifted truck. Of course I gave him my number. I want to build this hobby up! Then a little later after shooting pics of a beautiful 1968 Chevrolet C10 Short Bed, the owner asked me a few questions. I let him know what was up and he asked about getting some of the pics I had taken. I gave him my information and then asked if I could set up a shoot to get some more shots. He accepted the request. Now to actually set up a time. He then said he could hook me up with some other friends to shoot their trucks. SWEET! I might start going somewhere with this hobby. I then looked around a little longer and finally got out of the show around 1:30 pm or so. It wasa good fun weekend! Here's the link of the Stockton Car Show and Swap Meet - http://www.razzi.me/albums/492-stockton-car-show-and-swap-meet-04-10-2011