Track days are a blast – especially when Gridlife is involved
This past weekend, myself, Wooley & Mike along with some friends went to AMP for the Gridlife Spring Special. For those of you that have not been to AMP, it is a very tight, challenging track with sudden elevation changes. This makes for some interesting racing & time attack sessions. Here are some highlights we captured over the weekend – enjoy.
Paddock & Pits
I got to the track at around 8:30 – most folks weren’t even up and moving around yet.
Everything was still covered with dew and rain from the day before.
Everything was definitely eerily quiet the morning of a track day.
However, as the sun came up, everyone began to pull their cars out of their trailers and prep them for the day.
There was a diverse mix of cars between old & new, nice & thrashed.
Of course, there were a few that stuck out from the crowd entirely.
As the morning went on, the paddock got progressively louder. Engines roaring into life, crowds showing up – good stuff.
Finally, it was time to go racing!
Racing & Time Attack
First cars out in the session were greeted with an obviously still damp track.
Still, it wasn’t too long before the racing line dried up enough for some full throttle action.
This absolute hero wrecked his car the day before and got it to pass tech the next day.
These guys know how to party.
Our friend Justin is definitely one of the coolest cats around and races for a good cause.
THIS guy… I mean, who shows up in a Ferrari Portofino and willingly lines it up next to a bunch of Miatas? (no offense, obviously)
I can’t remember if the Miata was making a pass, or if the Accord was. Both of them were definitely getting it the whole time.
I’m pretty sure this seemingly stock Ford Fusion was out at the same time as the Ferrari. Looked like it was straight from the rental car center. In all fairness to the driver, they seemed like they knew what they were doing.
Every time this Miata flew by us, it was screaming.
Speaking of screaming, there is a noise limit at AMP. The quickest car out there was this GT2RS, but he was black flagged for being too loud down the front straight. Note the turn downs at the exhaust tips.
There were several CTR’s in attendance.
Even a McLaren showed up to the party.
This G sadly wrecked into a barrier shortly after this photo was taken. It was SO clean. Luckily, the driver was okay and the team was in good spirits. Good luck on the rebuild, guys.
This CRX owned by a friend of mine was being temperamental all weekend – but that’s part of racing. Still cool to see and hear nonetheless.
Overall, good times were had. The location might not have yielded the best photos compared to other tracks in the region, but still, everyone had a blast and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to cover it. Shoutout to everyone that said hello over the weekend and thank you to Gridlife for hosting.
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Text & Photos by Ben Battles