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NWMotiv inMotion Show & Drift – September 2012

NWMotiv put on a great show and kept the energy high all day, bouncing us between the indoor car show and outdoor drift track and filling what could have been a very long 13-hour day with music, contests and some great rides. It’s been years since a Seattle show was this well-developed, dating back to the Hot Import Nights events circa 2004, so it was really encouraging to see a great turnout and some new momentum for the PacNW car show scene.

My Z was not at this show, unfortunately, as a sensor/hesitation ghost I’ve been chasing kept it home in the garage. I underestimated how odd and excluded it feels to be an exhibitor without a car, and how frustrating and disappointing it would be to repeatedly explain why it wasn’t there. Spending all day second-guessing my decision (“Should I have just driven it anyway?”, “Should I have towed to the show?”, “I probably could have made it this far”, “This is the spot it would be parked in if it were here”, “If it didn’t start at the end people would have helped me”) just meant that I chewed on myself sufficiently all day to prevent ever really enjoying anything. I also underestimated how bored I would be without a car to attend to, despite some worthy distractions. Filling my void of purpose with photography was only partially successful, as although I snapped several thousand shots of the show, the drift event, and everything in between, I didn’t enjoy that very much, either. In the end, there are some shots in here that I’m actually quite happy with, so apparently listless melancholy is a good artistic engine for me.


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2Fast Track Day – July 2011

Dave and Glenn ran in a 2Fast track day at Pacific Raceways and Danielle, Jordan, Aubrey and I went along to watch. I can’t capture the awesome sound of the bikes or the palpable energy of walking the pits, but I did get some great shots of

Glenn:
Glenn
and Dave:
Dave
along with a few other photogenic riders. 😉

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Nascar Kobalt Tools 400 – Las Vegas – March 2011

Cara and I spent an excellent day at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway – my first taste of racing on the huge Nascar scale and part of our epic March roadtrip. Besides being enthralled with the Nascar marketing and promotion machine, I thoroughly enjoyed the fans, the race, the massive sound that immediately follows “Gentlemen, start your engines”, the drama of the occasional wreck, and a day out in the desert sun with my favorite race fan.

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Knox Mountain Hill Climb in Kelowna, BC – May 2009

It was a perfect weekend to cruise over the Okanagan mountains to Kelowna, BC and attend my favorite northwest track event – the Knox Mountain Hill Climb. I originally ventured into the great white north seeking this unique, european-style rally two years ago – with my buddy James Walper – and the event was just as excellent as I remembered it. The drive up there, even more so; please bear with all my out-the-window shots as I was completely enthralled by the scenery along the highway, but there was rarely room to pull over and take a proper photo (plus I never would have made it home). 😉

Although I didn’t intend to bring any souvenirs, I did manage to return with a horrendous allergy/cold/flu (swine?) but had a worthwhile trip despite not being able to hear or sleep or breathe for most of it, and managed to confirm a few things for myself:

  • My Z is a fantastic car. Besides being totally sexy, it is just brilliant to drive (finally getting the new suspension settings where they should be surely contributed to that) and the 700 miles I logged this weekend flew by, bringing me home all too soon. I can sit in that driver’s seat for literally hours without even considering a break, and while there are things I’d love to fix, I’m extremely happy with where it’s at right now. I guess it’s just nice to validate that all the hard work and money are worth it – and they are. 🙂
  • I am good at traveling alone. A few weeks in a foreign country with a lonely hotel room and an expense account have taught me that it’s okay (enjoyable, even) to walk into a restaurant and request a table for one, and I’m resourceful and creative in finding ways to entertain myself in a strange town. Of course, I would have loved a roadtrip companion, but I’m pretty experienced at flying solo and it’s something I do well. I like that about me.
  • I’ve got a crush on British Columbia. There’s a lot of it to love: all the rugged, dramatic, sweeping wilderness that I grew up surrounded by in Montana, but on a larger scale; all the lush cascade rain forests of Washington, but with more sunshine; wide open highways and a driving populace that knows how to “stay right except to pass”; the metric system (it’s easier to use, people). Everytime I’m up there I find another reason to go back, and Kelowna is definitely on the short list of places I’d like to “keep an apartment” someday.

The other thing I learned this weekend is how quickly my dual-battery grip is exhausted running the autofocus on AI Servo… so I didn’t shoot as much of the race as I would have liked to. On the bright side, that left me time in the afternoon to actually just enjoy it as a spectator, rather than through the lens (and halfway up a tree). Next year, though, I’ll have battery reserves for the late afternoon, and two working nostrils so I can stay for Sunday’s runs, too.

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