Welcome to our second edition of On Track Today. This was my first visit to a lapping day organized by the folks at 6th Gear. A lapping day is just a lapping day until someone takes the human element into account. If you’ve ever been to a true Italian restaurant, where the owner is on the floor mingling with guests, ensuring that everything is just right, then you’ll have an idea how participants feel at a 6th Gear day.
The day begins with a continental breakfast, complete with fresh espresso in the most amazing kitchen that I didn’t even know existed in what used to be Mosport’s Formula 1 garages. The lapping is casual and newcomers have access to experienced instructors like our old friend Vito Scavone who has been racing in Canada for many years. The afternoon begins with a sumptuous lunch of assorted grilled meats, salads, pastas and even grilled eggplant that Nona would approve of. Participants both new and returning are welcomed the same as if they are arriving at a family BBQ.
That level of comfort and support is born out by the quality and range of cars lined up in pit lane to head out on track. Street stock Ferrari, Corvette and Porsche models are well represented, along with race prepared version of all 3. There was a V6 Cosworth powered Ultima in attendance and even the original “Budget Racer”. In today’s world a notable Shelby GT350 is hardly a budget racer, but it sure is a treat to watch on track.
6th Gear has one more event left on the Fall schedule, when they visit Mosport again on October 6th. To learn more or register, visit 6thgear.ca