Last weekend we went on a tour of the Ohio Wine Country with the NORPCA. For those of you not in the know, Ohio does have a number of vineyards. Some people do not link the wine, calling it fruit flavored cough syrup. I was surprised at the prices - way more than I expected. The drive was wonderful. Les set up a great drive down through some very pretty country roads. I only made one mistake in following his directions, but that was easily remedied. We had lunch at one place, a tour of another and a stop at a third. Over all it was a really nice day.
That was surprising because both Duff and I were slugs that morning - neither of us wanted to wake up. And once we did get moving we were sniping at each other over every little thing. We finally looked at each other and said "We are going to enjoy this trip - DAMMIT." That fixed it. We both backed off and started just having fun with it.
Wow, no posts in September. Just a quick update on the car and what I have been doing with it.
I have been autocrossing fairly regularly. Mostly I have been taking 2nd in my class. I have been within shouting distance of 1st, but it has not been a real neck and neck contest.
Most recently I made it to the last IRAC event our local PCA groups held. It was out at Beaver Valley PA, so I got a nice long drive in first. On the Turnpike trip I ran into Les Chescel and his 914-6. Les has the nicest collection of Porsches. I LUST after all of his cars. He has a 356 in a very lovely butternut yellow color. He has a newer 911 - actually fairly close to brand new 911. And he has the very rare 914-6, in a great bright orange color. We drove together into the location.
The event was held at BeaveRun track. They have a great autocross area and I am STUNNED that the PA group does not have weekly autocross events out there. BeveRun is also host to a SuperCar event, where for a few thousand dollars you get to drive a Ferrari, a Aston Martin, a Lambo and a 911 turbo on the track, all day long.
I - once again - took second. I take solace in the fact that the guy who beat me trailered his car in, but, truth be told, he simply drove better than I did.
The one time that I did have a neck and neck with someone was great. We were trading the best time back and forth with each run. Then, I hit a wall. I could not get the car to go faster than 67 seconds. Trying to go faster was actually making me go slower. I was over driving the car. I backed off and tried to get back into a rhythm, but it was no use. I need to work on that.
Duff and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this year. I am taking her to Luray VA for a long weekend. We will be staying in a great little B&B down there. We will go caving, hike trails, see a waterfall, watch the leaves turn, and drive on Skyline Drive. I hope we enjoy this as much as I expect to. If you have any experience with Shenandoah Valley, Luray VA, or Skyline Drive - please let me know what is fun.