Spectre 341 Challenge: Thrilling, Fast & Twisty Uphill Run

Spectre 341 Challenge logo

Although this solitary piece of road in Nevada, called Route 341, is less than half the length of the Tail of the Dragon (which is 11 miles long), it may be just as challenging & runs faster!  This is a twisty hill climb route, 5.2-miles long, that encourages a wide-open-throttle up the Nevada State Route 341.  Here they run the annual event called the Spectre 341 Challenge.  It runs through the rocky hills about 20 minutes east of the state capital of Carson City.

Here’s AutoWeek’s video take on this event:

AutoWeeks' Cadillac CTS-V at the Spectre 341 Challenge

Here’s an excerpt from the first year of this event’s teaser page:

The Speed by Spectre 341 Challenge is a rare opportunity to drive flat-out on some of the most aggressive and challenging mountain roads in the country, without the worry of oncoming traffic or law enforcement. The course is 5.2 miles long with 22+ turns, a 1,216-foot rise in elevation, steep drop offs and no guardrails! Vehicles must be street-legal and registered. Tires must be DOT legal with at least 3/32? tread depth and a minimum 100 tread wear rating.

Nevada's Spectre 341 competitors waiting for their run

Read more about this at AutoWeek’s article.

Spectre 341 Nevada Route Sign

This is EXTREME road racing, not for the faint of heart.  Would this be something you would consider?  Hmmm…  Well, it’s now on the Racing Ready bucket list!  🙂
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Is Today’s Formula 1 Ready for Competitive Female Racers, Like Susie Wolff?

Well, as we speak there are multiple women (Simona De Silvestro, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge, Milka Duno & Pipa Mann) holding their own in IndyCar.  Some race full-time, some are part-time.  Also, consider Danica Patrick who is eking out her racing career existence full-time in NASCAR.

But what about Formula 1?  Is it at such a high level of physical, mental & competitive strain, that women racers avoid it?  Not so regarding  Scottish female F1 development driver for Team Williams, Susie Wolff.

Susie Wolff - F1 Williams Team Development Driver

Here’s a little video snippet of recent history regarding Susie & her challenge to break into the male-dominated Formula 1 racing driver ranks.

Read this latest article from July 19, 2013 – Susie Wolff: Williams driver pleased with F1 test debut

Susie Wolff, Scottish female F1 test driver, tests for Williams

Here’s additional recent news – Susie Wolff says her pace justifies Williams Formula 1 test chance

Long road for female F1 drivers – Susie Wolff

Here’s the opinion of Sir Stirling Moss, 82, who is widely regarded as the greatest driver never to have won the F1 world championship.  (He competed in Formula 1 from 1948 to 1962,  & won 194 of 497 races entered!)

Sir Stirling Moss says women lack mental aptitude for Formula 1

Sir Stirling Moss' opinion on Female Drivers in Formula 1

There were other women racers given the opportunity to compete in as drivers in Formula 1.  But we have heard so little or none about them.

  • Maria Teresa de Filippis – 5 races (1958-69), 3 starts – 0 points
  • Lella Lombardi – 17 races (1974-76), 12 starts – 0.5 points
  • Divina Galica – 3 races (1976 & 78), 0 starts (did not qualify)
  • Desire Wilson – 1 race (1980), 0 starts (did not qualify)
  • Giovanna Amati – 3 races (1992), 0 starts (did not qualify)

I want to quote respected Formula 1 pit  lane reporter for NBC SPORTS Network, Will Buxton (willthef1journo).  Here’s an excerpt from Will’s Buxton Blog :

Will The F1 Journo, of the Buxton Blog

The dated opinions of the past generations on topics such as this should be left where they belong: in the past.  Dragging them up for a quick headline surely stands to do the issue of gender equality in racing more harm than good, merely serving to remind people of an antiquated view which is no longer representative of the modern face of racing, whilst also serving to take a cheap shot at a legend of this sport.

A bit of perspective is needed here.  Stirling’s was not it.  And it was never going to be.

Racing Ready wants to know what you think about the female gender racing with their peers in Formula 1.  Would you want to watch & follow them challenge the male F1 driver status quo?


Autocrossing – the Basics to Get You Started

Autocrossing Basics to Get You Started, by John Kuykendall

John Kuykendall, of the Blue Ridge Miata Club, has put together a detailed & well-written reference article regarding all that you would want to know about getting started in autocross (to access, click the link above).  This article works, regardless of whether you own & drive a Miata, or some other car (even your daily driver).

Blue Ridge Miata Club logo

I am listing the article sections to appreciate that this IS a good read:

  • What is Autocross?
  • How Do I Get Started?
  • What Do I Need?
  • What Will Autocrossing Do to My Miata?
  • How Do I Prepare My Car?
  • What Can I Expect at My First Autocross Event?
  • How Do I Get Better?
  • What Other Types of Competition Are There for a Miata?
  • What Else Do I Need to Know?

John also includes a comprehensive list of references (but some may be out of date) & a good bibliography.

I’d suggest you print this out to review & study, & then review again later.  There is a bit of reading involved, but none of it is fluff.  There is very good content here to get started in (or back into, like me, blush) autocrossing.  Very well worth the read & highly recommended by Racing Ready !