How Far Would You Go (Part 2)

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When I was very young (I’m told by my parents) that I was obsessed with cars. I was always intrigued with how they worked.

I was 12 when I got my first car. It wasn’t much, but it allowed me to learn the mechanical and electronic functions of the car. Once I understood what each part was and its functions, the first thing that came to my mind is how can I make it better or faster.

It wasn’t until high school that I learned how difficult racing is. No one had a real sense of knowledge in the sport. I remember asking my shop teacher about it, and he had pulled me aside and asked me why I had an interest in racing. I explained to him that it captivated me and I wanted to get involved in it. Not much was said after that.

After that I would talking to classmates about racing and racing events. I found that most, if not all, the classmates that I talked to didn’t race or had any interest in it. I was on my own.

It wasn’t until I was 18 when I attended my first Autocross event. Understanding the cars behaviour and making the changes to improve the performance and efficiency is what drives me. After 4 years of Autocrossing, I had to put racing on hold and concentrate on my business.

After a long absence and closing the business, I got back into it. I started to compete in the SoloSprint Series. This is my second year with a new car, new people, and it’s exciting!

I had a few mechanical set backs with the car but I’m on track to finish the season.

Stroking my own ego

I’m on a road test today in a mildly modified 350Z, with the customer in the passenger seat when he says “so….what kind of racing do you do?” I was a bit taken aback and said I hadn’t raced in years, but had driven a performance rally car and solo 1. Why do you ask? How do you know I raced? His reply: “because I’ve never driven with anyone who shifts so smoothly when driving fast”.

I think I’ll take that as a compliment.