Well, I'm not a TCS rookie anymore.
My son and I had a great time last weekend at Trackside. The environment at the race was awesome - family friendly, fun, and helpful.
The pre-race line-up of all the cars (well over a hundred) was a sight to see. Scotty Ernst calling the races was top notch. And when we weren't racing, we got to watch some of the area's best drivers. The F201 and mini classes were cool to watch just cuz it's not what we see every weekend at the club races. Trackside also had a rally class on their dirt track that was just a hoot to watch. Especially in rally, the focus was on fun.
I think there were 25 heats on Saturday for qualifying. Three rounds of qualifying made for a very long day. Sunday moved much faster.
I raced in GT3 with I think 26 entries and finished 4th in the B main, about where I deserved to finish.
My son raced in Spec class with a total of 16 drivers. He made it into the A Main, and finished 6th.
But our finishing position did not determmine how much we enjoyed the weekend. It was a great time for me to spend hours and hours playing with toy cars with my son. What could be better?
I learned several things about how to break in these Mabuchi motors, so I'm hopeful that we'll finish stronger next year.
When my only complaint is we spent too much time at the track on Saturday, you can probably understand how great of a weekend this was.
I almost felt guilty that this whole thing was free (other than the hundreds of dollars I've spent on the Tamiya cars and hop-ups).
Can't wait till next year.