NASA Racing – MSR Cresson March 2013

Spent last Saturday checking out my first day of NASA racing at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, Texas. Thoroughly enjoyed the near perfect (if windy) weather, along with some tight action from the Camaro Mustang Challenge (CMC), American Iron, and Spec Miata racers.

NASA events also feature Time Trial classes for cars built to specific rules to run against the clock, along with HPDE (high performance driving education) classes. Needless to say, except a break for lunch there is always something going on track.

I used the Sigma 10-20 around the paddock, and Canon 70-300 IS for the on-track shots. On to the galleries:

Thoroughly enjoyed the day, I’ll definitely be back.


GS550 Cafe: Coming Back to Life

It’s all about the process, right?

That’s what I keep telling myself each time I realize it’s been a month (or months) since I touched the GS550 project. It’s not like I forget it’s there. I mean, it takes up substantial space in my already small garage, and I walk by it every day. It’s just that some days it looks completely overwhelming (horribly pessimistic), while others it seems like I could order a few parts and be riding next week (heinously optimistic).

With the help of several parts that ended up under the Christmas tree and a new calendar year, actually getting it finished has seemed like a more attainable goal the past few months. My last few free weekends have been spent tackling the wiring, which is inching closer to being tidied up and tucked away.

With things pared down and everything that’s staying on board connected (I hoped), I decided it would be wise to crank it up before I set about looming up and tucking away the remaining wiring. The video above is the result I arrived at after 45 minutes or so of tomfoolery. Good feeling for me, not so much for my neighbors, most likely.

All-in-all, I feel better about this thing than I have in a while. It might, someday, maybe, go down the road again.


A photo tour of the forward progress made in Lucky 2013




My Ears Are Still Ringing

Today has been marked on my calendar for a while. Each February, North Star hosts the Torques CC Texas Thaw. The original plan was to bring the truck in its new shop truck guise, swap out the slicks and do a little racing. Best laid plans..the truck is rocking mismatched wheels and still has no shop lettering, but I drove it up and had a good time spectating and picture-taking nonetheless.

This is one of the biggest events they have every year at the track, and definitely attracts the widest variety of cars. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, purpose built 5 second drag cars, polished out street rods, patina’d hot rods (don’t call them rat rods) that look like they could be sitting at the wrecking yard next door, several of them housing force-fed LS engines – there’s always something for everyone.

I have around 250 pictures to weed through, but I couldn’t resist cutting up the video from the 4 car Cackle Fest first. The 60D continues to amaze me. I’m still only using the internal mic, and it did a phenomenal job of capturing these brutally loud cars.

So, crank up your speakers (or headphones if you want to respect your neighbors), and enjoy a little nitro:

Pics to come shortly.