Mission Raceway Park
be a Poser. A poser wouldn't bring that car.
After the Water
Jam 2K2 car show my then three year old raised a good question. She
asked, "When are they going to race the cars?" After all the cars were
all tricked out and polished. Why not see how fast they go.
I knew that part of the Great Canadian Volkswagen Show coming
up the following weekend was Friday Night Street Legal Drag Racing. A
chance to race your street car down the track under controlled circumstances.
"Well maybe next weekend we can race ours", was my answer. And
The Mission Drag Strip and I go back quite a while. I used to drag
my father there a couple times a month in the summer. Get the Pit Pass.
Take in the sites, the smells, and the SOUND.
When I was old enough to have been hanging around the track by
myself, it was closed down and a fiberglass plant was built on the site.
Being closed didn't stop me from making my first and only run though.
Before the track was torn up I found a way on to it for a late night run.
Now twenty years later I was heading back. And the Christmas Tree would
Sneaking up on the
up on the finish.
Now taking a nearly stock
Fox to the track is pure folly. I was terribly flattered when the Tech
Inspector asked if I would be turning 15's. (He must of thought I had a
screaming 2 litreunder the hood and knew what I was doing.)
But the experience has made lasting impressions.
I remember hearing an interview with Paul Tracy. He was saying that
nothing you do on the public roads compares in anyway to anything you do
on a track. I got a sense what he was talking about. Just looking out
on the track from the prestage area, seeing 1/4 mile straight ahead, purpose
built for only one purpose. Wow. Nothing like driving on the streets.
The adrenaline rush... the heart pounding... (and hey when you're
slow the rush lasts longer!)
I'm hooked. I want to go back. I want to go FASTER! (Well okay I'll
settle for quicker.)( I just need sticky tires, a close ratio transmission,
a short throw shifter, and a bit more power.)
April 25, 2003 - It is a new season with a new head. And a new personal
Knocked more than half a second off my previous best. Now to get more
runs in - Practice Practice Practice. I'm sure times will drop as I learn
May 17, 2003 - A run with no wheel spin, shifting early at about 5000
RPM, and lighter - less gas in the tank. Still have to try to remember to
July 11, 2003 - No spin. Shifted at 6K. 25.5 lbs in the tires. Car felt
quicker than the clock said. Go figure.
|Apr. 25, 2003
|May 17, 2003
|July 11, 2003
|Aug. 15, 2003
August 15, 2003 - This was a terrible night at the track. The First run
was OK. A nice quick drive but no new record. The second was awful. I got
tripped up in the lights and the run didn't get better. I stayed for a third
run just to exorcise the regrets. Figured it would have to go better. Wrong.
Bogged down at the start, pulling my worst 60' time. Spun the wheels going
into second. But wait. I'm actually ahead of the car in the other lane. And
I hold the lead. I get the win. By .0713 seconds. I had been wondering what
the little light meant at the end of the track. Now that it was on in my
lane I knew. When I got back to the pits, my 4 year old daughter came running
out of the stands screaming, "Daddy! Daddy! You won!" Sometimes even a lousy
run feels really, really good.
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