One word : WOW!
Whatta blast, whatta trip!
Got back late last night. The morning of August 8th, my car had 83511 miles on it. This morning when I pulled into the work parking lot (5 miles from home), I had 88811 on it. That's 5300 miles in 12 days for those doing the math
I have TONS of pics and video to put online (yes, IN CAR video from both the Road Course and AutoX). I managed to come in 4th in modified for both Road Course and AutoX, which considering the car (STOCK powertrain!) I was very happy with. And Les Brown WON the AutoX in my car (a few tenths ahead of me......Les, Harvey, Chuck Spera and I were all grouped quite tight for the entire AutoX battle!) so I know it's the driver and not the car [img]smile.gif[/img]
Trip out and back was pretty uneventful. Tully Gould and I were in a 2 car caravan, basically taking I-80 all the way from San Francisco (Fairfield CA, about 30 miles east of SF) to Gary IN and then getting on I-94 to Detroit.
Did have a couple minor issues with the car, but nothing major :<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>"something" destroyed one of my el-cheapo foglights in Wyoming, bought replacements at the Iowa 80 Truck Stop
and slapped them on the car Sunday Night before the show<LI>Before I left, the passenger Bonny seat had some "issues" and won't go forward/back anymore<LI>On the way back, something happened and the lumbar (air) pump for the Bonny seats died<LI>And unfortunately, the HOT sun did manage to make the Langness spoiler paint bubble a bit on the return trip (it was fine on the way out and looked mint AT the car show, but bubbled in Nebraska/Wyoming on Saturday on the way back).[/list]
Other than that, the car worked flawlessly. Not a lick of trouble whatsoever out of the Meziere Water Pump the entire trip, which is what I was most worried about (being "just installed" and all).
Highest outside temp seen on the trip was 108 in Sacramento on the way out. Lowest was about 60 or so. And highest altitude (lowest was Sea Level at home) was 8600 feet in Wyoming.....lemme tell you the SS feels like a SLUG at 8600 feet!
Here are two "teaser" pics. First one is the trip out, and a pretty cool pic that Tully took of my SS in the rain in Wyoming
Second Pic is of both my car and Tully's car on the trip back. Our Saturday night overnight was in Wendover Nevada/Utah (state line runs right thru the middle of town). Five miles east of town is the Bonneville International Speedway (salt flats) where all those top-speed cars run! We knew a "once in a lifetime" photo op when we saw it (especially considering it was right around sunset and the lighting was incredible!) so we took it. Here is a shot, facing to the North/Northeast
So, I'd like to say a HUGE thanks to MISSL for putting on THE National Event this year (Impalafest is fun and I'll be there, but....). I am extremely impressed by the job done by MISSL, and can't wait for next year at I2K2!