Event: Raceline Track Day at Willow Springs Raceway

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This last weekend, Super Street held the annual FF Battle at the Streets of Willow at Willow Springs International Raceway.  Where is Willow Springs? It’s in the outskirts of the city of Rosamond in Kern County; basically in the Mojave Desert.  I’m not positive, but it may be the hottest location in California.  That same day, Raceline also had an open track day for intermediate ‘Level 3’ drivers.  The week before my friend hit me up and asked if I wanted to register with him and his boss for the event.  I hadn’t tracked my car for quite awhile so I thought it’d be fun, despite my engine setup being complete garbage.  My friend Joel was nice enough to make the drive from San Diego to act as our pit crew and support vehicle.  It was a good thing too because I ended up having a some brake issues on the drive home as a result of the beat down I gave my car throughout the day.  I had a great time and as usual I got to meet some really good people, and see some familiar faces.  I apologize for the lack of pictures but I was really concentrating on the drive that day.  Not to mention I forgot my zoom lens at home.  Click past the break to see the event.

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In the days leading up to the track day, there was quite a bit of stuff I had to get done to my car to ensure that I’d be able to drive it back home at the end of the day.  Of course I waited to the last minute to take care of stuff, and ended up doing most of it Friday afternoon/evening.  I didn’t even have a chance to get the car aligned to spec.

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I didn’t take any pictures of the drive there because, well, I was driving.  That and I really didn’t want to be doing anything but sleeping at that point.  It was 5am in the morning, and the night before we had driven out to LA to see an old friend and ended up going to sleep around 1am.  Needless to say I was tired.  We set up under the million pound Driftspeed canopy I lugged there in my car.  Seriously, that’s the heaviest canopy ever built.  It’s like carrying a two car garage around in a bag.

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History was made that day as the FF Division of Driftspeed was revealed to the world.  Oh, the irony.

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Kodi broke his shifter completely in half on the first outing on like the second lap.  I think he ended up fixing it with some borrowed duct tape and a little Chinese voodoo.  Savvy.

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It was good catching up with Mike, and really cool to see his Prelude out on track.  He had Novak driving it for the FF battle, but despite the skill behind the wheel, the car ended up suffering from some mechanical issue and didn’t get to see the last couple sessions.

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This TSX was also competing in FF Battle.  I don’t think it’s a stranger to the track.

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This S2000 was running in our class and was very quick throughout the day.  Check out that sweet mismatched Fit in the background! (Looks like Kid’s Racing and Volk 4’s ^^’)

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This is about as close to the action as I can get you.  I shot this with a 50mm from just outside the hot pit during one of the FF Battle sessions.

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Although far away, I kind of like this shot.  Maybe because of the nice background, but more than likely because of the mismatch wheel color.

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S2000’s were the obvious popular choice among the drivers.  Evasive was there with their Time Attack S2000 with the Voltex street bumper – which was very cool to see in person.

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This FC was competing in the FR Shootout I think, and was very fast.

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Hmmm…something doesn’t fit in here…haha

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Junkhouse dog fighters and the miracle single slammer.  I’m watching the Spanish Grand Prix now so this post is going to take…much…longer…than…I…thought…

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Let down of the day was during the middle of FF Battle’s 3rd session when Yuta came back to the tent and said he thought something had broke.  Joel took a look and saw his that his alternator belt, that you can see at the bottom of the pic, was sheared off.  Unfortunately, that was just a side effect of a bigger problem.  Seems like his B18 had spun a bearing and would need to be towed home.  He mentioned it was probably because he didn’t have his NDF team sticker on his car.

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Random S2000 in our class.

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said Joel.  Grease included.  I flew out to Minnesota to see this guy get married.  I think it was Minnesota…

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My helmet with my time blessing Max Orido sticker that Orido-san himself gave me after a little chat we had at Tokyo Auto Salon. I realized I have failed to bring you pictures of all the FR-S’s at the track that day.  There were a few really cool ones including one from Cusco.  Seems Toyota (?) also flew out a Super GT driver to take a couple around the course for comparison.  I’m a little bummed I didn’t get shots, but my mind really wasn’t all there.

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All in all it was a good day back at the track.  Raceline is a really organized…organization, that knows what they’re doing.  The entire day went really smooth, other than a couple people in our group who paid a little less attention to their rear view mirrors than they should have.  Our class was ‘point to pass’, and as a result of this lack of attention, I got held up in traffic in 2 or 3 of my sessions.  My car ran great, except for a random misfire, the entire day.  It was on my drive home where I had my fair share of issues.  You can’t see, but this is on the side of the 14 and it was about 900 degrees and my caliper decided to come off and shear the inside of my wheel at 80 mph.  Good thing Joel was there with the other car – good thing I went to his wedding too.

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Rob let me borrow his suction mount for a session and I managed to catch a little dog fight between Kodi and I.  You can watch it here.  Cheers!

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