One day you have snow, the next you have 60 degree weather, but that never seems to dampen the enthusiasm of a true Rocky Mountain race car driver. We’ve already had two great events this spring, SCCA RMSolo and NASA Rocky Mountain.
I remember having a hand at Solo racing with my TR-4 back in the 70’s (we called it autocross back then), and I recall the intensity of the moment when I was on the course. I gave it everything I had which was usually too much, as I typically ended up outside of the cones…or into the cones for that matter.
That same intensity is evident today.
The Rocky Mountain Solo group had a terrific turnout on March 30th, from seasoned veterans to first-timers. The cars ranged from the exotic, purpose-built racer with really sticky tires, to the daily driver with street tires that scream like a…well, you can fill in that blank. It was truly a “run-what-ya-brung” event.
The majestic Pikes Peak in the background and the gorgeous weather, ignited everyone’s enthusiasm for this challenging temporary parking lot course. SCCA Rocky Mountain Solo runs a professional and safe event, which showcases a traditional grassroots love for motorsports.
You’d never have guessed that April 6th was the first event of the year for the NASA Rocky Mountain racers. Close competition and a few banged fenders proved that some were on a mission for a championship year.
NASA sports a wide variety of car classification, ranging from a Porsche 997 GT3 to a Fiat 500 Abarth. While there are several very competitive classes, the HPDE (High Performance Driving Event) walks the beginner through 4 stages of performance driving. Whether you are planning to be a race driver or desire to just be a safer driver you can learn the necessary skills in a supervised and safe environment.
These two events have sufficiently kick-started my season of photographic adventure. I like to capture the “threading of the needle” on a tight Solo race course as well as the flat out door banging competition on a true road course.
I’ve put a couple of galleries together for your enjoyment. See you out at the track.
SCCA Rocky Mountain Solo – March 30, 2013
NASA Rocky Mountain – April 6, 2013