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Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, Connecticut Sept 2017: the Italians

The Italians at Caffeine & Carburetors in New Canaan, CT this weekend came out in force!

Instead of yapping I’m just going to share pix… I have a new found love for Alfa Romeo’s and Lancia’s don’t know why, but I’ve started noticing them more and more. Of course the Lambo’s and Ferrari’s came out in abundance too. I was especially happy to see the Dino GT and the Miura present.

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Cars & Coffee at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake New Jersey July 2016

Best thing to do in the summer time, check out a bunch of awesome looking cars on a beautiful Sunday morning. This Cars & Caffe was held at Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake, Northern New Jersey. Lots of cars coming in and out. Good variety. Pretty neat experience.

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Oooh… spotted another Miata and moved mine over next to it. Went into Panera Bread to pick up a chai late and another MX-5 joined us!

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C’est fini! See you at the next one 😉

Fascination Nürburgring – 24 hours of Passion (Gran Turismo TV)

The official Gran Turismo TV channel on YouTube has published an 11 minute video from this year’s 24h of Nürburgring where I had the amazing opportunity to be interviewed. I’ve blogged about my top ten favorite events and top ten favorite circuits, but thanks to this video forget the Singapore GP or Malaysian GP, forget Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi; the 24h of Nürburgring on the incredible Nordschleife is my #1 favorite event and circuit, bar none!

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The world’s most grueling touring car race; the Nürburgring 24 hour race was held again this year from Thursday May 14th to Sunday May 17th. At the race hosted for the 43rd time this year, a speed limit was introduced due to some heavy accidents that occurred on the track in March. With the level of the top teams brought closer together due to the cap in performance, the competition was more furious than ever before. In the race final there were multiple accidents due to heavy rain on random parts of the track, and the victor was only decided after 35 race interruptions, the most number of interruptions to be seen in years of racing on this spectacular course.
This video is a documentary of the fierce battles that took place on the tarmac, reconstructed through the voices of the people at the Ring including drivers, team staff, course marshals and spectators.

Have a look and listen to that wonderful commentary. I love how the folks at Black Monkey Media (facebook.com/blackmonkeymedia) integrated driver interviews along with spectator interviews and sprinkled in a little bit of marshal interviews into the mix. What an amazing concept, and a great and accurate overlook of the event as a whole. It doesn’t get any better than that!

For me personally, to be in the same video as Sabine Schmitz or Jim Glickenhouse is pretty awesome – in a goosebumps and chills down your spine kind of way. I’m so glad I didn’t stutter or eat words during the interview itself and the level of excitement I wanted to express for the event actually came through. They quoted me twice in the video which is freaking cool!

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My first appearance around 1:30 minute marker where I comment on how this is one of the best tracks in the world: “For sure!”
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And another appearance during some amazing slow-mo race footage of the beautiful machinery including a field GT-3, GT-4, etc. My comment is about how N-ring squeezes a bunch of cars into the available garages, often mixing cars from different teams in a tight space 6+ cars per garage.

Of all the events to consider for next year, I want to go back to N-ring the most! Special thanks to my Belgian friend Pol for helping me organize this trip for the past few years. Thanks to Patric my post chief for allowing me the opportunity to work on his team. And big thanks to all of our Belgian and German fellow marshals that I’ve had the privilege of working with and sharing an amazing time together at Post 120 in Breidcheit – Adenau. What an incredible venue! Can’t say enough great things about it!

Mazda MX-5: visiting Gotham Dream Cars

If my car had feelings it would probably want to be social, and social cars go out and meet other cars…. Yes! This is a pointless post where all I’m going to do is post some pictures of the damn Miata… but also give a little preview of a project I’m working on that my buddy Rob Ferretti was kind enough to give a hand with.

This is the second time this week that I’ve brought out the Miata in a car show/car cruise type setting. The Cheesequake to Sandy Hook cruise was fantastic, and so was my visit to Gotham Dream Cars in Englewood, NJ.

I would love to do a Marshal Podcast as I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, and instead of trying to figure out everything from scratch myself I asked Rob Ferretti for some advice. Rob has been doing YouTube videos for years now with his Super Speeders channel. So it was nice to see what he’s doing and how he’s doing it.

But checking out the cars was a nice thing also, and even with an inch of dust on my car that has accumulated since the last time I washed it just before the Jersey Shore cruise on Sunday, the cherry red comes through nicely under the artificial light of the warehouse.

Enjoy:

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As you can see Rob’s collection is quite extensive, from his personal cars like the Acura NSX, BMW M3, Lambo Murcielago, Porsche GT3 and a very turbocharged Toyota Supra to the rental cars like the Ferrari 458, the new Lambo Huracan, a bunch of Bentley Continental GT’s, a Maserati Gran Turismo, and others.

For those of you marshaling…. all the cars you’d already see on the race track just in a civilian form… with all the interior bits typically surrounded in leather instead of carbon fiber 😉

Stay tuned for the podcast.