This post was originally published on October 18, 2017 on Grand Prix Road Trip blog at MyRoadTrip.net // under the title:
DAY 2: MIATAS AT MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA – THE RIDE ALONG
This year’s event was considerably smaller than last year’s… but the quality in my opinion was outstanding. It was cozier. I think people got their money’s worth for those that paid for track time. I got to work the merchandise area again like last year… showing up bright and early around 7:30am but the highlight of my day was around noon when I helped with aligning the cars for a big group parade lap around the famous Laguna Seca circuit. And best of all I caught a ride around the track with my buddy Daniel from Atlanta, Georgia
My office for the weekend… sold a ton of poster sets, most of the previous year’s t-shirts and we absolutely ran out of all of the current year t-shirts. Great sales day I would say!
I think my favorite car of the weekend…
The Playboy MX-5 Cup cars were literally the reason why I started my interest in Miata’s… and after one crashed into my station at Road Atlanta during Petit Le Mans I knew I wanted to buy one.
Checking out the vendor’s wears on display in the paddock
A Miata celebrity autograph session…
My buddy Daniel’s car sprung a leak after the first session on track, pissing coolant all over the place… I’m amazed he was able to drive it 2,500 miles back to Georgia after racing on track. Craziness!!!
Daniel is running meaty 245 size tires all around… wow! And I thought going to 215 was going wide, lol
Moving off the paddock to the staging area… first customer was from Las Vegas, Nevada
And while I waited for cars to show up to populate our “pre-grid” there was a parking lot of AMG Track Experience cars for me to oogle at… they were parked 11 across and 10 deep… over 100 cars!
That’s a lot of Miata’s… about 350 to be exact
My chariot for the parade laps… a 2008 MX-5 track car I first met in Duluth, Georgia on my trip to Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and VIR in Virginia.
Here we goooo…
We were supposed to do maybe 2 or 3 laps, but that was turned into a full 30 minute session with many more laps than just a few.
Love the way Daniel has his car set up. Great noise from the exhaust. Comfortable racing seats and a good roll cage which I hope he’ll never have to use at his track days.
Love seeing a Miata with diplomatic plates… I’m guessing a child of a Consul to the USA?
Doing some quick shopping at the Laguna Seca Souvenir shop
Wonder why no Fiata’s showed up for this event…
And the day ended with a delicious dinner with a bunch of Miata owners… HUGE thanks to Rick Weldon for letting me be part of this event… I am forever grateful!