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Auto Crossing inOakland, CA 10/3/98
this time. Seems like everyone wants to drive Vic's car!
he was doing 60-70 mph along this stretch.
some cars were kicking out at various
locations on the course, the turn that seemed most likely to break
loose the tail ends of the most aggressive drivers was the last
turn just before the "hard brake" finish line. Although some
feel that the modern Corvettes really have the power to dominate
many events, it still takes a skillful driver to maintain the control
that wins an autocross. Here you see what happened to most
of the aggressive drivers at the last turn.
(Vic is in the background
just starting one of his runs)
Z'ers, here's the moment you all can be pumped about. Here
you see Vic Sias,
the event winner, in the same turn, rear tires doing the
smoking sidewalk, but look where he is relative to where most of the
other car tracks are? Front wheel's got it all under control
while Vic hangs close on the inside
of the turn with the hammer still down. Very slick to
watch. Congrats Vic, on your win that day.
Aside from Vic and
Josh, no other 240Z's were competing with the
big boys other than this fellow, Jens Evling. I only spoke to him
for a brief moment so I can not tell you much other than he was
running a modestly setup auto crosser and was having a bit of
trouble keeping it all planted on the pavement when pressing it.
Since the other
track photogs were working the finish line "spin-out" turn, I went
off to do my backlit pan trip. You guess how fast Jens
Next, you see Jens Evling in the same turn, smoking his rear tire a bit as he tries to keep from going more sideways than forward. Right after the drivers power-blasted into this turn they had to haul it all down to a quick stop only a few feet beyond where you see Jens' car now.
With all the talk &
speculation about what the next Z
car will look like I think I may have a news scoop.
Could this be the "NEW Z CAR" ?? Notice how similar the body lines are to the early 300ZX? Probably easy to work on and customize on a budget also. Unfortunately, this little sucker was so fast I could never catch up with the owner to get the low down. I did find out that this amazing little streaker was running the track at times as fast as Vic Sias' car. That's Truckin' The image above will give you some idea of how fast #7 was moving. Those are parked cars in the background.
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