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  1. ewand

    ewand Feb 16, 2018

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    A few weeks ago, I went for a drive with some friends, that involved several passes through a (for southern England)long, narrow tunnel :)
     
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  2. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Mar 2, 2018

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  3. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. Mar 2, 2018

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  4. jetkins

    jetkins Apr 13, 2018

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    Another day at the track today. It’s a dirty job but someone’s gotta do it.

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  5. Flatfoot

    Flatfoot Apr 14, 2018

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    Back in January, My oldest son Greg asked me to come out from Connecticut to California to drive a track day with him. I quickly accepted. On Friday, March 30th we co-drove his 2012 Boss 302 at the Laguna Seca circuit near Monterey.

    I flew out of JFK on Thursday morning, arriving San Francisco early afternoon. He picked me up with the car all track prepped and ready to go. Warm sunshine and lots of greenery were a treat to see after the snow and fog of CT.

    A short drive southwest of the airport toward Monterey put us on Skyline Drive, which is a scenic drive which winds its way along the top ridge of the Santa Cruz mountain range. Greg had selected this route to allow me to drive the Boss for the first time and get an overall sense of the car before hitting the circuit early the next morning. The road is loaded with lots of tight, cambered corners and lots of elevation changes, and simply a riot to drive. The smell of the eucalyptus growing on that ridge was very pleasant and wafted through the car as we motored along. I know of no road quite like it back east for its engagement of both the driver and passenger.

    We stopped for dinner at a brewpub in Santa Cruz, walked around the town a bit and caught up with each other's goings on. Later, after rush hour traffic had let up, a short drive on straight, less adventurous roads got us to Monterey for the night.

    The Laguna Seca circuit is located 15 minutes from Monterey, and positioned in a large bowl perched upon the top of a huge hill. It is a fairly technical track with lots of highly cambered corners and elevation changes that mimic the corners we drove on Skyline drive to a degree. The camber adds a lot of grip, and I'm sure the lateral load was approaching 1.2 G's in several of the turns. It is a really engaging, fun circuit.

    We ran in two run groups which allowed us about 20 minutes between each of our sessions , which made the turnover of the car easier than if they were back to back. I rode with Greg on his first outing to have him show me the circuit, flag stations an various favored lines through the corners. He has driven Laguna Seca 5 or 6 times before, but this was the first time out with the Boss on this circuit for him as well.

    The car ran like stink, and we had zero issues with brakes, tires, handling and overall balance. He had the car dialed in really well, having made a tire and brake pad change since his last outing with the Boss at Sonoma. Aside from messing with tire pressures, all we had to do was figure out how to drive smarter, quicker and drop our lap times. My inner car nerd was dialed up to 11. Fabulous stuff.

    Greg's girlfriend MacKenzie joined us Friday afternoon and took a later session riding with Greg.

    Greg and I "played well with others" while out on the circuit - it is a drivers event and not a race- and were then invited to drive the last bonus sessions of the day. We each got a total of just about 2 hrs of track time each.

    The three of us had dinner in Monterey Friday night. Before dinner we wandered about downtown Monterey,and several shops had some nice watches on display in the windows... but I took a pass on stopping in to check them out. We had a really fine dinner at the Flying Fish, and enjoyed the generous pours of wine that they served. Saturday, we had breakfast at a cool local restaurant which appears to double as a car club/ biker joint hangout in Monterey. Following that, A drive back to SFO, taking Route 17 for a portion made that ride entertaining. I caught my late morning flight, and was back home in CT late Saturday night.

    Attached is a photo of Greg and I taken Saturday morning at the dunes near Monterey.

    I also found a second photo taken in July of 2000 when Greg had just turned 18 and attending his first track day with me at Watkins Glen. Greg was driving the M635 CSi, and my old racing buddy Doug Winner ( how appropriate) and I co-drove the '65 Mustang on what was its first outing since restoration.

    The watches worn for this? I had my dad's 145.022 69 ST "Speedy" on my wrist, and Greg was sporting his "rough duty" Seiko 7002 SuperMod diver.
     
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  6. OmegaRookie

    OmegaRookie Apr 14, 2018

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    What a great experience with your son! Congratulations!
     
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  7. chunkythebulldog

    chunkythebulldog Apr 14, 2018

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    Test drove the new BMW M5 today. Performance wise absolutely unbelievable but looks wise doesn't do anything for me, a bit too understated for an M car for me.

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  8. OmegaRookie

    OmegaRookie Apr 14, 2018

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    It looks silly because the steering wheel is in the wrong side! ;)

    Have you ever tried an F-Type R?

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  9. chunkythebulldog

    chunkythebulldog Apr 14, 2018

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    Very nice. I’ve taken the SVR out for a drive but it didn’t fit the wife, 2 kids and a dog in it.
     
  10. OmegaRookie

    OmegaRookie Apr 14, 2018

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    That is an issue.......
     
  11. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Apr 16, 2018

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    D25F63DC-DF4E-4B7E-B474-2733D023C5A6.jpeg Washed the SC on Friday to prepare for a weekend drive that never happened.
     
  12. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Apr 20, 2018

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  13. Flatfoot

    Flatfoot Apr 20, 2018

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    I rather like the more understated “fly under the radar” look of the new M5. Well..., as understated as any M5 can be.:thumbsup:
     
  14. Flatfoot

    Flatfoot Apr 20, 2018

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  15. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Apr 20, 2018

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    I suppose when you drive something like this, the choice of which Omega to wear on the drive matters.
     
  16. vbrad26

    vbrad26 Apr 23, 2018

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    Not really, seeing as how I only have the one hah.
    Was going to try to make it out to my local cars and coffee on Saturday but that didn't happen either.
    Maybe next month....
     
  17. davy26

    davy26 Limited comebackability is his main concern. Apr 23, 2018

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    Lydden track day, Saturday:
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  18. Vausa412

    Vausa412 Apr 23, 2018

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    That's alright. That car would make a $5 digital Casio watch look classic.
     
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  19. Foxy100

    Foxy100 Apr 23, 2018

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    I was out for a drive on Thursday, via Goodwood to a friend's house in Sussex, south of London. Back again on Friday, again via Goodwood. Lots of miles in the hot (for England in the spring!) weather, no horses spared.

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  20. X350 XJR

    X350 XJR Vintage Omega Aficionado Apr 27, 2018

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