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Submitted by jertoothsaver on Tue, 2022-07-05 08:07
Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 08:00am to Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 08:15am
North Carolina

Rockingham Speedway Road Course

28-29 May


No, we didn’t plan it that way, but track availability conspired to compress the schedule.  All three tracks have well known names.

Virginia Section hosted the 28-29 May event at Rockingham Superspeedway. This 1 ¼ mile banked oval has a challenging infield road course of close to a mile.  It is more challenging than it looks on paper, and it had not been repaved since I raced there in 1979.

Virginia Section President Don LaBar got about 40 cars together, including several Mercedes-Benz.  There was even a GLE towing a Corvette race car.  The Corvette lost its clutch, so we suggested he continue with the GLE.  He declined that, but he did join MBCA.

I made the mistake of telling my students that I was able to take the banking with no braking at full throttle in my showroom stock AMC Gremlin all those years ago when I noticed everyone braking for the oval turn.  My second student was able to accomplish this is spite of the bumpy surface.  I was a bit tense, but he was at about the same speed I was 43 years earlier.  Of course, the right seat feels like it is 20 mph faster.

Everyone learned a lot and had a great time.  No one crashed and no Mercedes-Benz had a mechanical problem except mine which needed a new battery. 

When I drove 22 miles up the road to Aberdeen, I realized the Pinehurst concours was in progress.  We need to combine these events next year to give our members a more varied event.