As I sit here writing this on my way to Kansas City, 39,000 feet in the above ground in a tube made of various metals and composites, traveling a good 550mph, I struggle past my exhaustion in an attempt to coherently transcribe my thoughts from this past weekend. It’s interesting how my perspective on our local track events has changed over the past couple of years. Perhaps it’s because I’ve become a little more open minded (perhaps even a collective change in outlook amongst my peers), or have had the good fortune of befriending many of those involved, but I no longer view them the way I did (unnecessarily arrogant so to speak).
I was talking on the phone with a friend of mine yesterday and the topic of ‘community’ came up. Getting ready to move out of the small town she is currently living in, she mentioned that she was really going to miss the sense of community she feels there. In an attempt to empathize with her, I mentioned that, while I don’t get that particular feeling living in a large city, I do feel it at the track events I attend; familiar faces, working towards (often times helping to achieve) similar goals, relishing in others successes and sharing the enjoyment of competition that comes along with a communal endeavor. While that’s a rather specific example, it does a good job of exemplifying the importance of being part of a community.
I don’t know how these things happen, perhaps it’s just an unconscious priming of thought or some sort of passive expectation, but the next morning, literally just having had a discussion about community with Kayla the previous day, I had a similar discussion with my friend David, who lives in Seattle, over Facebook. He solidified my thoughts by mentioning that the community we have at the track here is actually visible to an outsider (even off the track; i.e. online groups). It’s not particularly common elsewhere, and I think that its new organizations (and those behind them) like VTEC Club that are drivers of my newly acquired viewpoint. I highly encourage anyone who wants to track their Honda, but is possibly apprehensive about the experience, to look to VTEC Club as a starting point.
VTEC Club held its fourth round this season at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, and thanks to a handful of friends I was able to make it out to drive the track for the first time. I have to thank Adrian for lending me his truck, as well as our neighbor Jacob for always being generous with the use of his trailer. While my car is registered at the moment, it definitely doesn’t belong on the street. I didn’t really want to risk the 3.5 hour drive to CVR in a race car. Jay was kind enough to accompany me for the drive, and to help me load/unload the car onto the trailer as it’s not the easiest trailer to utilize. Because of the distance to the track, a couple of guys from the shop decided to get a hotel outside of Indio to lessen the burden of travel. We left late Friday night and arrived to the hotel about midnight.
Which leads me to introduce Phillip Robles. A person I have been waiting to meet for awhile now, and who was gracious enough to not only lend us the shade of his trailer, but supplied us with plenty of water throughout the day. I’ll have a closer look at his EG in an upcoming post, but I want to take this time to extend my gratitude to him for the weekend. Truly a good dude, and someone I know that pretty much all of NORUSH looks up to haha.
Justin took me out for a couple hot laps towards the end of the day to show me correct lines for a complex I was having issues in. It’s incredibly apparent my car needs more power hahaha and my driving needs improvement as usual.
Justin and Dom headed in after their last session.
Loaded up. Wish I could have stayed for Sunday, but I needed to get home to pack and take care of some stuff before heading out to Missouri on Monday. My poor car is just sitting in the shop now, dirty and trashed.