As most of you know, I do a lot of traveling to various track events up and down the east coast as part of my job working for OG Racing. I meet and occasionally race with a lot of interesting people which is one many great things about working and playing in the racing world.
I have been lucky enough to be seated in the room when Brian Redman told a story about the first time he drove a Porsche 917 at Spa. I met Randy Pobst when he was walking around the paddock at the Sebring PCA race a few years ago looking for a ride in the Sunday enduro, and one of my track friends invited him to co drive the D class 911 SC he was driving that weekend. Unfortunately a mechanical issue with the car cut the race short.
Since December isn’t exactly full of track events in the Mid Atlantic region, I ventured out a few weeks ago to a local Cars and Coffee in Charlottesville VA where I live. Several of my local Porsche Club friends are regulars at this event so I decided to check it out. I was happy to see my old 1986 944 present. It’s undergone a semi restoration since I sold it in 2010 and looks fantastic. There were also some neat classic muscle cars, a 1963 Corvette Stingray Coupe, a 73 Camaro Z28, and even a vintage fire engine. There was also a nicely kept chrome bumper MGB, a couple 911s, and some more modern and modded Subarus and Mitsubishi EVOs.
I got to talking with the owner of the Z28 about cars in general. Turns out her Z28 is her daily driver. She then tells me she drove it over 11K miles recently on a book tour. Turns out I was speaking with Maggie Stiefvater who happens to be the author of the Shiver Trilogy and among other books, the Scorpio Races. Her husband and children were the ones who rolled up in the fire engine. Maggie is a certified car nut, and in addition to her Z28, has a hot rodded EVO, and her father is into Porsches. She expressed interest in getting one of her cars out on the track so we talked about the various car clubs that have HPDE programs. She was also kind enough to give me a copy of her book, the Scorpio Races, autographed personally for my son. So you never know who you could meet at a Cars and Coffee.
As we head into 2016, there is lots going in the racing world. Porsche finally decided to build a factory racecar out of a Cayman. Look for them to debut it this week at the Roar before the 24 test at Daytona this weekend. The cars will also be raced in the GT4 Cup Championship at the major PCA races. Ford will be returning to LeMans with their latest iteration of the Ford GT to mark the 50th Anniversary of Ford’s win at LeMans. Renault is back in Formula One as a constructor. The new Dominion Raceway is set to open by summer and it is apparent based on the photos circulating around social media that there will be cars on track this year.
So 2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year in the road racing world. See you at the track.