Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Snow and Sleet September 30

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Oliver had a good birthday. Saturday was apple picking. Sunday was first day of swimming lessons, first round of present opening, and first cake (ice cream). He got a Razor scooter and a Playmobil Egyptian Pyramid. Monday was Jeepers (like Chuck E Cheese but better) for lunch second cake (train) and second round of presents. he got a remote control Oliver Gavin race car.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Happy birthday to Oliver!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Blue Angels are in town for the Redding Airshow. I saw some of Friday's show from my office (and made some sad attempts at having phone conversations: the office is on the airport and was getting some pretty frequent low altitude fly overs). I watched some of the airshow today from my veranda and got some pictures:

The high today was given at 111F at the airport (part of the reason I didn't go to the airshow), but I don't believe it was really that hot (RH: 2%). Tomorrow is expected to be also in the triple digits and Rachel and I will probably go up to Whiskeytown Lake for some swimming. Fall should come next week with some predicted highs in the 70s.
Yay Road Atlanta. It was wet and the mud was red. We got to the track around 7:45 and the paddock was very busy with teams getting ready. The Van der Steur trailer was gone, apparently IMSA fined him $500 for a mix up with his daughter's hard card. So he took his toys and left.

14 or so teams will be testing/observing the Lemans Prototype Challenge test at the track tomorrow, this is the car.

Made it out in time for morning warm up (which was delayed for about an hour due to incredible rain here when we woke up.) Saw many sad and wet tents when we arrived. The Jetta TDI Cup cars were first out on track and they had an amazingly clean race.

Cyndy caught the Peugeot team during morning warm up.

For a good hour all three corvettes were in a row and producing a tremendous noise.

Watched the start of the race from the stands on the front stretch.

Moved down the esses for the remainder of the race.

It was really up hill both ways.

The grass was super slippery from the morning rain and was not forgiving to the drivers.

And then it rained causing rivers of water to flow across the track.

And it rained.

So we got brave enough to enter the Patron Tequila tent, about half a dozen people took the "Patron Club" title a little too literally making it a bit weird. But they had a scoring monitor and a tv screen showing the streams of water on the track.

We moved the car to the bottom of the esses and waited until they gave up. Nearly 5 hours of really good racing, and the rain today was much better than the heat yesterday.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Yay Road Atlanta. Lots of people camping everywhere there was a patch of ground not on a 45 degree angle. But they are all way calmer and more normal than Sebring. A very Lime Rock type crowd (unlike mid-ohio was). The only downfall was it was real hot, sunny and humid and everything is uphill both ways.

First race, ancient Integra Touring car.

Highcroft racing at about 11:00 AM (2 hours into the build of a complete car from the ground of after Scott Sharp threw the thing away on Wednesday) The tub was flown in from HPD in CA this morning. The earliest the expected to be done is 1:00 AM Saturday.

Ben Devlin talking about the Mazda.
It's too easy, spikey haired Risi guy.

The Drayson racing cars looks awesome.
I agree.

The REAL GT2 Corvette, not the (lou's words) bailout motors racing team. He was real excited to be there and was real excited to have his car start on the front row.
There it is, not racing, it ran a couple demo laps today. Saw baldy infecting the paddock.It does exist.



LG and Lizard

According to RLM the Peugeot is a lot louder for this race suggesting they less restrictive particulate filters and they saw soot coming out of the car for the first time. It was noticeably louder than the R15.
SWC GT race from the bottom of the esses on the spectator mound. Tony Rivera finished 4th after finally passing Boris Said. Said pushed him in the dirt every other lap he tried to get by. At the end of the race he said that he lost a childhood idol today.

Star Mazda

Cyndy captured some of the highlights away from the track.
This guy.

This guy (or girl, or both? I don't know how they work)

On our way to Sonny's BBQ (had Chick Filet at the track for lunch), Sonny's didn't catch on fire, but memorable none the less. The sign says "SOUTHEASTERN LLAMA CHAMPIONCHIP SEP 26&27" We could see them in the arena and it sure did smell like llama chips.

It looks like tomorrow we are changing heat with rain.

Socks that Rock

Fall in the Adirondacks

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cyndy going.

Hendrick Museo

Dinner at Ikea (waffle house lunch)


Cyndy supporting Dyson Racing (bio-butanol didn't seem to be available)

Greenville SC