Monday, July 7, 2014

26th Annual Pacific Northwest Historic Races

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I attended most of the races on Sunday and it was great.  It's fun to see the old cars flying around the track.  Photos hardly do the cars justice.  It's great to be there in person to hear, and smell, them too.  Best of all was that the ticket proceeds support Seattle Childrens hospital.  More photos and videos below.  Enjoy.  Cheers.




(If you cannot see the slideshow above, the photos are here.)












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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Exotics at RTC - Ferrari day

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There was a great turnout today at Ferrari day!  Despite the slight rain the center area was practically, if not, full.  The normal meet area had quite a few cars too.

Ferrari of Seattle as well as many oweners brought out their cars.  The local Ferrari club was there also to answer questions and sign up folks.  Enjoy the photos.  Cheers.




(If you can't see the slideshow above, the photos are here. )

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ferrari 458 Italia test drive

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Today, I was thankful to have the opportunity to test drive the Ferrari 458 Italia.  Above, is the car that I test drove.  I liked that the car had an understated paint scheme.  I believe that the official color name is Grigio Titanio Metallizzato.  Anyway, when I first saw the 458 I wasn't completely sure about the design but it has really grown on me over time.

You can play around with the various options and colors here.  White looks great also.

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What is it like to drive?  Well, let's just say it was much better than I expected, and I only had a short route to drive on.  The dual clutch transmission is very smooth in sport mode.  In race mode, it gives you a little bit of a kick and the shifts are quite fast.  Also, in race mode the throttle response is more sensitive.  Accelerating onto freeways for instance is quite fun and fast.  It doesn't take long to get up to 60.  The quoted 3.4 seconds seems about right.  The steering is quite precise.  The car feels planted.  Apparently, in sport mode it only allows 7 degrees of drift before correcting.  Race mode is a bit more permissive and if you know what you're doing you can turn off all the aids, but you better really know...  The exhaust notes in race mode are something else!  I could really get used to that sound...  The interior is quite nice.  The seats were comfortable leather with sports seats with carbon fiber backs as an option.  Carbon fiber accents were throughout.  I've heard complaints about there being too many buttons on the steering wheel but it really seemed quite manageable.


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Thanks to Craig Harges from Ferrari of Seattle for taking me on the test drive.  He was very knowledgeable and helpful.  Cheers.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Olympus Rally 2014

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Stage one of the Olympus Rally was great!  It was exciting to get close to the action, even if I did get coated with dust.  There were a wide variety of cars there from new to old.

More entrants should be back next year since the rally will be part of Rally America again.  So, you might see Ken Block or Dave Higgins next year.

It was fun to see DirtFish Rally School's E36 M3 at Parc expose and service too.  Cheers.


(Photos are here if you're not able to see the slideshow above.)


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Exotics at RTC - 5/24/14

There was a great turnout for E@RTC yesterday. They had a lot of cars in the center area of the mall which is much better for viewing and photography.  Enjoy the photos. Cheers.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Exotics at RTC - 5/10/14

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Despite the weather, the turnout today was actually pretty good.  It was fun to check out the cars and visit with people.

Check out their web site - exoticsat.com - for future events.  Cheers.








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Monday, April 28, 2014

Ferrari club drive



On Saturday the NW Ferrari club had a drive to Cle Elum and the surround area.  About twenty of us cruised up I-90 on the way there.  The weather looked a bit iffy in Issaquah before we left but it was great on the other side of the mountains.



The lunch spot was Smokies Bar-B-Que .  Food there was great, if even a little bit expensive.  The customer service was a bit lacking though.

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After lunch we took a drive to some of the great back roads nearby.  It's quite scenic there with the farms, windmills, creeks, etc...  Some of the roads were very smooth and had little traffic, but some were a bit bumpy and felt more like a test for the struts.  Overall though it was a great place for a club drive.

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It was hard to beat the mix of cars.  Even though it was a Ferrari club outing, there was a 993 Porsche, an Aston Martin, two McClarens (a 650S and a 12C Spyder), a NSX, four different colored 458s, various other Ferraris, and my humble FR-S.

People in the local Ferrari club seem like a good bunch.  If you're interested in joining the club, this link has more information - http://www.nwrfca.org/join/index.htm.  Cheers.


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P.S. A few more photos can be found here - https://www.flickr.com/photos/apexrally/sets/72157644388601463 .

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