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Old 31st October 2010, 09:19   #31
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and pix from turn 6.
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Old 31st October 2010, 09:29   #32
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turn 6 pix...cont'd..this was one of the best spots for pix..
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Old 31st October 2010, 09:33   #33
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and i'm not done with turn 6 yet...
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Old 31st October 2010, 09:41   #34
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That is one hell of a track day man! This is one of the few circuits not to have any serious curves. Just flowing corners everywhere. Great to see all sorts of cars there. The CTS-V seems to be the only one on the track.
What has been done to the CTS-V's lights?
this is a high speed circuit. the Lemans series cars' reached close to 180mph on this track.

the CTS-V is my friends. it has a Corvette engine in it!!

the headlamps have tape on them to avoid stones chipping off the surface. most cars had it.

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Wow... amazing thread and awesome pictures there. I stayed in Atlanta (Alpharetta to be precise) for few years and never knew about this track. Expecting to see the pictures of your camry burning some rubber :-).
this track is very famous. its on I 85 N. Its a distance away from ATL. maybe that's why you never came across.

camry..burning rubber...hmm..we'll see...

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Fantastic report dude. Some of those parked cars look like they're in transcendental motion.
Wonder when Indian car manufacturers will pick a leaf from their global counterparts.
Or should enthusiasts like us, take the wheel into our own hands?
thanks mate.

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You are one lucky guy!! And those are some really nice shots with a 18-55.....great job!!!

I maybe jumping the gun here but if the F1 track opens up next year, and manages to survive, such track days will soon be a reality.
thanks for those compliments.

as for track days in India, I don't see one going this far..
the track day in chennai...I was dissapointed coz all they did was drags..I expected they'd all race around the track.

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amazing amazing amazing
Lovely panning shots and so many Porsches at one go.. WOW

I think there is one more track day in the coming weeks at Tallegada

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Track day @ talladega? naah..it was NASCAR race and that's history now..

refer this thread..http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intl-m...rthikeyan.html (..and I meet the FASTEST INDIAN in the world-Narain karthikeyan)
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Old 31st October 2010, 17:06   #35
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I then moved onto turn 7 which is very slow corner after all the speed carried through the essess and turn 6.
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now just after turn 7 is the fastest part of this track..the back stretch..
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i think those ferrari's were doing 140 mph..my friend in his cadillac did a 110 on this part.
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That AC Cobra looks fantastic! I'm sure it's a kit-car though. Must have sounded incredible nevertheless! I don't see that red Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale anywhere on the track! That's a little odd, isn't it? But I'm not complaining. These Pokers look very tasty!

I particularly love the light-yellow Carrera 3.2 CS, the blue 993/black 993 - both with the aero-kits and that lovely red 964! I see some interesting Carrera Cup cars on top of the page as well.

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That AC Cobra looks fantastic! I'm sure it's a kit-car though. Must have sounded incredible nevertheless! I don't see that red Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale anywhere on the track! That's a little odd, isn't it? But I'm not complaining. These Pokers look very tasty!
I was at the wrong part of the track when the 360 stradale was on track..next day's pix have it..will upload soon..I'm posting sequentially.

the AC Cobra is a kit car with a ford V8.
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Excellent report! loved all the pics of all those lovely racing cars. Totally drooling over them.

One question: These cars seem to be doing pretty high speeds, then why do they have their front windows rolled down? Does it not create a drag?

Thanks!!
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Excellent report! loved all the pics of all those lovely racing cars. Totally drooling over them.

One question: These cars seem to be doing pretty high speeds, then why do they have their front windows rolled down? Does it not create a drag?

Thanks!!
they were doing pretty high speeds..true..but since this was not a race as such, slower cars had to let the faster cars go and they use hand signals for that.
that's the reason for the open windows.

@deky, good observation
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Track day @ talladega? naah..it was NASCAR race and that's history now..

refer this thread..http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intl-m...rthikeyan.html (..and I meet the FASTEST INDIAN in the world-Narain karthikeyan)
Yea i remember seeing some Porsche event in the calendar, may it was this
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...to take all the above pix , I had parked up on a hill which was close to the essess and then walked around turn 6, 7 and the back stretch. while doing all this, I did not realize that time was running out..we were approaching the closure of the day..just then, I got a call from Adam " hey av, the last group is almost finishing , you may want to take pix at turn 3 coz the event photographer was perched up there.."

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I had to make my way there..which I did..took the in roads and reached the spot..I parked close by and guess what..silence..utter silence..damn event closed for the day. that indeed was a good spot for pix and I had to make my way back..while driving back, I pass by an exit on to the track..

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this is the path recovery trucks use to take damaged cars away..the marshals who were sitting there made their way out..the 1st car pulled into the track..now ..wait a minute..onto the track? why ? wasn't he supposed to drive on the in-roads and get back? no ? another marshal was still there..I pulled up and with no time waste I asked " aah..I need to get back to the paddocks...can i drive back on the track ? I just saw him pull out (pointing to the other marshal who drove off ).." ..he said " well, I didn't see you go by..just have your flashers on .."

booyakasha !! I was on the track !! on a freakin' race track used only a few weeks earlier by Lemans series who drove by at 180 mph..what speed could I be doing ? now my car is not particularly pepped up for such a drive..its a camry..it is only meant to take people from A to B in reasonable comfort and give trouble free running and good FE..did it know what a track is ? hell no..!!
but now was the moment..
suddenly only one thing pops in my head..speed..i need speed to have some fun around the high speed turns..oh btw , my car is an automatic and therefore the only control i can have is the throttle..and all I did was mash the throttle..the V6 in my camry immediately responded and gave me my due g-forces..all that was worth a few seconds..
The esses told me that a camry's spot is the highway..not the track..I shat bricks when my car seriously understeered and almost pushed me out of the track..****..
..backed off a bit from 80-70 and hit turn 5..this time , I almost got it right..lift off a bit into the turn and got the car back in line but the body roll was excessive and made it highly uncomfortable and felt dangerous..that is what a higher speed and soft suspension does..then came the high speed turn 6..I was determined to do it right..now remember this is the 1st time I've ever driven on a track..well, apart from go-karts..
Turn 6 looks good from the side of the track but being in a car at speed..no way..I shat bricks again..my car is definitely not a confidence builder.it behaved skittish ..turn 7 is a slow turn and I had to brake hard..ABS kicked in and bought me back from the possible lock up..car still understeered and hit the kerbs on the outside..that's it..I had it..the next part was the backstretch which is high speed and this follows into a dip and down the hill is a sharp left hander chicane..I knew that and I did not want to risk it..insurance guys will laugh at me if I go to them for a claim if I busted my car..

shut up and drove like a drive around the country side..stayed at 55 mph..it was slow enough to take this video !!



went back and sighed a huge relief and then, ended my day..drove back to ATL with one more achievement down my belt.

Adam and Russell stayed back coz they had a Porsche Club dinner meet..I was out of there by then.

and that ended my Porsche Track day @ Road Atlanta.
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