Sunday, October 23, 2016

F1 Austin 2016 viewing party at FOS

Ferrari of Seattle hosted a viewing of the F1 race in Austin at their dealership.  It was a fun event.  They had a big screen and speakers setup for the race.  They also had plenty of food and drinks on hand.  Thanks to FOS for hosting!!  Cheers.

F1 Austin 2016 viewing party


Saturday, October 22, 2016

E@RTC - British Car Day 2016

There was a great turnout for Exotics at RTC's last event this year which happened to be British car day.  There were quite a few British cars but some friends of other nations were there as well.  The weather turned out great and it was fun to chat with folks there.  Enjoy the photos.  Cheers.

Exotics at RTC - British Car Day 2016


Thursday, October 13, 2016

911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition unveiling

Bellevue Porsche hosted a great event for the 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition unveiling. It was fun to see this limited production car.  The blue color looked quite nice on it.  I liked the lines and the design elements.

Two representatives from Porsche were there to discuss the car and some of its design details.  The atmosphere at the event was nice.  There was live classical music, appetizers, and wine as well.  Cheers.

  911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition Unveiling


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Red Bull GRC Seattle 2016

Red Bull GRC Seattle 2016 was wet but a ton of fun!  NBC even aired the race this morning!  It's great to see rallycross and rally get more attention in the USA.

I was only able to attend the races on Saturday but I hear that Friday was exciting too.  Saturday was a bit wet but that made for some interesting racing in the gravel and dirt.

The heats up to the semi-finals were great but unfortunately some dropped out due to car or other issues.

Against all odds Scott Speed, made it to the finals.  However, it was Tanner Foust who was first across the line in the tough 10 lap, and 10 car, battle for the win.  Two Red Bull / Honda drivers Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman brought up 2nd and 3rd.  Scott Speed who had crashed into a Subaru driver earlier in the day had managed to still come in 4th.

If you'd like to watch the racing action yourself check it out here - , or you can try the NBC web site or app.

Enjoy the photos.  Cheers.

Red Bull GRC Seattle 2016


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ferrari California T test drive

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to test drive the Ferrari California T!  It is quite the GT car!  It is quite comfortable and performant as well.  It can rocket you onto the freeway with a 0 - 60 time of only 3.6 seconds.  The double clutch gearbox is quite smooth too.  You don't need to lift off the throttle when shifting.

I drove it on the roads need Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington.  The car weighs roughly 3800 pounds.  However, you might not know it by driving it.  The steering is very precise.  Acceleration and braking are great as well.  It'd be interesting to see how one would do at a track day.  I really liked the convertible hardtop.  Typical convertibles do not look very nice with the top up in my view.

Overall it seems like a great car.  I'm a bit partial to the 458 myself.  However, if one was looking for a GT car this would be one to consider.  Thanks to Ferrari of Seattle for hosting the event.  Cheers.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

Formula Drift Throwdown 2016

Practice and qualifying for Formula Drift Throwdown on Friday was exciting.  It started out a bit rough for Vaughn Gittin Jr.. During practice he had an accident and sustained a fair amount of damage to his car. Thankfully, he was not hurt and his awesome team was able to get his car going again.

For full qualifying results checkout the FD news page.

It was a lot of fun hanging out there watching the action.

FD Throwdown 2016 Qualifying

Race day was yesterday, Saturday (8/6), and there was a lot of action.  There is so much to see at a Formula Drift race from the races themselves, the paddocks, vendor areas, and the car show.

The race itself seems a bit unpredictable.  Of course there are the favorites, or points leaders.  However, mechanical issues, point deductions, or accidents always add an element of surprise.

Formula Drift is very accessible for a race series also.  If the drivers or mechanical team are not busy you can chat with them.  I had a chance to chat with Tanner Foust and Fredric Aasbo.  One of Castro's mechanics told me about their car setup also.

Enjoy out the photos and videos below.

FD Throwdown 2016 Races

For full race results checkout the FD news page.  Cheers.