December VIR Open-Track Event


We finally got a chance to enjoy all the hard work that went into the cobra this month when we drove the cobra 4 hours up to Danville, VA to Virginia International Raceway.  VIR is a 3.5 mile road course set in a very beautiful area almost on top of the NC/VA state line.  The weather cooperated for our drive up, which took place completely after sunset.  We stayed mostly warm  with multiple jackets, gloves, hoods, and a 12 Volt electric blanket we picked up at a truck-stop travel store.  William had a great time and learned a lot about driving the cobra through classroom sessions and driving-time with an instructor.  Dan Elam had his Spec Racer at the track, and ended up instructing William with lead/follow sessions on the track.   The car ran great the whole weekend  with only a minor park-light wiring issue that needed attention.  It's getting colder now, so the cobra will probably be hibernating for a while until things warm up.  Until next time....


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VIR paddock area

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William dancing his way through tech-inspection

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Dan Elam's Spec Racer.  He was William's instructor.  RacerAl (Al Adkins) can be seen working the Jack.

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Here I am in my cold weather clothes with William.

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FFR was at the event with a couple Spec racers and a Coupe.

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Rick Williams and Rick Burnstin (creamsicle) drove up Saturday morning in Rick W.'s car (wimps had the soft-top on) 

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FFR coupe engine. 

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William getting ready to hit the track.  Note the ultra-high performance 15" tires!! (just kidding)

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William following Dan

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High-G maneuvering

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Dan giving William instruction on how to stay safe and in control. 


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