Yesterday dawned cold & blustery, but that did not deter at least 82 Mazda enthusiasts. We gathered at the newly rechristened Mazda Raceway at Harris Hill to meet fellow Mazda enthusiasts.
There was a great variety of Mazda daily drivers & racers in the H2R parking – everything from an early 70’s vintage RX-3 to the new, surprisingly hot & fun-to-drive Mazda 2.
I found out about this event last month & blogged about the invitation. Upon registration in the clubhouse, we were greeted by Mazda dealer & corporate staff. They also had new 2012 Mazda 3 car models & information promoting their new SKYACTIV Technology (click to enlarge for details!).
This was the first event of what promises to be a great partnership between Harris Hill Road & Roger Beasley Mazda of Austin, Texas. This partnership has been in the works for many months & had just been formally announced recently. The event was coordinated by MazdaMovement.com, facilitated by regional rep Ryan Whitt, from Killeen, Texas. Unfortunately, MazdaMovement founder Heath Patterson was not able to attend. He promises to be at the next event being planned for next Spring – can’t wait!
Bo Rivers, H2R President & owner, conducted the initial safety/instructional “things you need to know about track driving conduct” class. After provided coffee & donuts, we were to start the day doing enthusiastic “parade laps”. Below you see me piloting Karlino, my trusty Mazda Miata steed!
These are laps of the track that start out at about 6 to 7/10ths of optimal racing speed. Due to these slower speeds, we were not required to don helmets. These laps were conducted in a lead-follow format, lead by an instructor & followed by 3 guest/wannabe racers like me!
After having worked up an appetite with all that at-speed activity, we were treated to a full tilt Texas BBQ, catered by Milt’s Pit BBQ. Coming in from the cold, we all enjoyed the good food & fixin’s…
In the afternoon, participants watched the crazy activity of drifting cars around the track. It was entertaining, to say the least, but my opinion about drifting is, what’s the point? In addition, those of us who wanted more were able to partake in Right Seat Track Rides. This was a full-on passenger experience, on the track at full speed. Upon the exit from each car, everybody had a WIDE grin on their face.
Racing Ready enjoys these uncommon events for the common man. We look forward to future events of this type of fast fun from the folks at Mazda Raceway at Harris Hill!