Rockingham Speedway Road Course
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.