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24H at COTA (w/ SCG)

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  1. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    Thanks, Mods, (Yin, if it was you) this was indeed a fun time with SCG, but there's LOTS of stories in this series, which seems to be a rival of IMSA?
    Or at least, an alternative!

    So, I was wandering up for a better view, and the Track TV was not yet on.....THIS happened in an eye blink!

    I think it was in T12, the end of the back straight and all of a sudden the nose of the LightSpeed car was smashed and ready to be thrown in the trash!
    Well, not the trash, as they had to salvage the NACA ducts out of it, and asked that I leave it, until the end of day Sunday.
    Then I could hang it on my wall.....

    I agreed.

    Someone else stole it!
    I offered to run to NAPA for some yellow paint, 3M Fine Line Tape, tape and work all night, as the replacement was off color.

    Mr. G. smiled, and said "No, we will take care of it...thanks, though!"

    He just was SO calm all weekend, never a raised voice or thrown laptop, nothing....quite the change, from my normal Texas team!
    :D :D :D
     
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  2. BigTex

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    Brief Aside:

    My son gifted me a red COTA track outline, like used on the First Place trophies, above.
    Quite the nice piece, not sure where he found it.....
     
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  3. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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  4. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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  5. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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  6. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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  7. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    There you go, Mr. G in his famous hat, and right hand man Sal, in profile!
    That's a keeper right there....(as you see I just shot everything, kind of a throw back to my film photography of other sports, sort it later!!)
     
  8. BigTex

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    I later asked: "Where ya' been???"

    "Baja, pre running........"

    That is a WHOLE 'nother story!!
     
  9. BigTex

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  10. BigTex

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    ..The day went on, and more adjustments made, another main goal was data, it was interesting to see the various ways the teams set up the Command Center, some inside the pits, others at the Pit Doorway, against the Paddock Building.

    Mr. G. and maybe one or two others (Aston Martin, for sure) took a note from Formula 1, and parked it squarely against the Main Straight interior fence!
    So that little blue box there, is "Jim's House, for the weekend, four seats for himself, his Crew Leader and top Techs.
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  11. BigTex

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    Everybody is so busy!!

    "You want me to paint that nose???"
    "No, Alan......you don't need to paint the nose!"

    "Okay, then"

    I find the Caddy, and fire it up, head back Downtown!!
    Where the action is..... LOL!

    The SCG Cadillac sets a nice time, down Kellum Road, again!!
    I even use the Toll Road 71......got the bill, today...
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  13. BigTex

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    Now the good thing about Austin is the diversity of entertainment....you can start early at 9PM, at the Broken Spoke for some dancing, and still make it back to South Congress for the final band sets at places like C Boy's, or the Continental.....

    The Derailers were holding court at the Spoke, sounding great as always....
    The Spoke is of course missing Genny White, daughter of the founders, who is having a real rough time in the hospital....
    So the cold beer and a whiskey shot was mixed with thoughts of her recovery, and of her husband and two boys...Get Well soon!!!
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  14. BigTex

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    Pretty tough facing the Holidays with your mom gone....
     
  15. BigTex

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  16. BigTex

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    Friday dawned a perfect day, temperatures up from the earlier weeks lows, sunshine, the pace picked up, and now it's ShowTime!

    Ok, as I enter the Paddock , a young lady is walking out, and as Jim would later tell me, "This place is huge!"
    So, I asked where she was headed......she wanted to see the Observation Tower, carrying her big camera.

    "Well, it's a long way around, I will give you a lift!

    Climbing in, it became obvious she spoke NO English, and I spoke absolutely no French!
    But as we turned right leaving thru Tunnel 1, there was the Main Grandstand, with the new karting track in front of it.

    "Go see this??"
    "yes!!"

    But, the ghost town eeriness continued.......up the stairs to Velocity Lounge.....empty.
    Not a soul....

    Ducking into the Elevator Lobby, we headed up to the VIP Suites......
    Not a soul.......

    Wel, I guess it's down to me!
    "Hi,. I'm your personal COTA Wayfinder, and these are our VIP Suites, let me show you one!!!

    Door locked
    Door locked
    Door locked
    Door locked

    "No, let's go this way, instead!"

    Thru the lobby again, to the north suites....

    Door locked
    Door locked
    Door locked
    Door..................OPEN!
    :D :D :D :D

    "Here we are, take a look!"

    The view of course was amazing, looking back into all the Pits, at the Paddock Building across the Main Straight.






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  17. BigTex

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    ....I later found her lens cap in the car, and returned it!

    On around to the Main Entry Plaza, to find....no one there!
    Well there was a crew from some Chinese Circus, putting up decorations everywhere, but not for 24H!

    Avoiding that activity I wanted to show her the Stage Area, and the Tower being behind it, we ducked up into the T15 Grandstands.

    From there you see T12 the end of the back straight, the entire infield complex, and you can even look back and see Turns 1 thru 3!
    Good view she liked it!

    The other point is that here the cars are going slower, giving my iPhone half a chance to center the shot!
    Well......sometimes!
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  18. BigTex

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    .......found this...

     
  19. stibbett

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    Awesome cars. I was driving in the BMW in the garage stall next door. I loved looking at these things and talking to Mr. Glickenhaus.
     
  20. BigTex

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  21. BigTex

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  22. BigTex

    BigTex Seven Time F1 World Champ
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    The NACA ducts you note have been moved to the replacement piece, which was lacking them!
     
  23. BigTex

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