May 2002 S2000 event at TWS
After an event at Texas World Speedway sponsored by John Eagle Honda on May 18 and 19, 2002, I was asked to drive a couple of demonstration laps for a video. Problem is that the air temp was still over 110, the surface temp was over 150, and over the course of the very long weekend I’d already done way over 300 laps (3.1 miles each) in my own run group, driving other people’s cars in their run groups, and instructing my two sets of students in their own cars. That’s 4 out of 5 ~22 minute run groups, repeated 8 times a day, for two days. Needless to say, there wasn’t anything left of me by Sunday night! I was dead tired.
But what the heck… one last lap or two. Onboard is a videographer from the “Temple of VTEC” website, who edited this film and – unfortunately – added the music overlay.
We did two laps after the event ended. The S2000 was flawless (as always) and wasn’t adversely affected by the temperatures. However after a very long weekend of well over 500 laps I’d had enough!
Image: my car going over the start/finish line earlier in the day. Shadowed by a bizarrely taped up S2000 on a very low line (who must of had a Miata instructor to teach him that line).
Video: the finished product – unfortunately without the original in-car sounds. The wonderful scream of the F20C engine bouncing off it’s fuel cutoff at 9000 RPM is certainly more enjoyable than the lame teen-angst overlay that was added. But if you haven’t seen the track yourself, this shows the way around. It’s a great place and with the new owners has an even better future.