Fond Memory at Road Atlanta When I Was a Child
- Published: Wednesday, February 20 2013 17:17
I am going to date myself here ... However I have a very fond memory at Road Atlanta when I was a child...
This story is pre turn 10A and 10B when the "dip" was still a major factor in how drivers took on Road Atlanta. My Dad at very early age got me involved with SCCA crewing for a family friend on his Triumph TR-7. At the time this car was extremely competitive and won a couple SCCA PRO-IT championships. In PRO-IT the rules stated that cars had to have a passenger seat. PRO-IT cars were/are former street cars turned to racecars.
This particular fall weekend SCCA was holding ride-arounds in these racecars. Our family friend Scott Holton was doing drives with his TR-7. At the time I was probably between 10-12 years old. I climbed in the car very excited to take a couple laps around the track that I had grown up around. Scott started out slow and progressively began to pick up the pace. Lap two we start going down the back straight and Scott starts pointing to the passenger side floor board - Unfortunately, I was not able to hear anything he was saying however he continued to point to something in the floor! He continued the ride and we flew down into the dip and as we hit the bottom of the dip - I flew up and hit my helmet on the roof! Being 10 years old and riding in a race car it was not until later that I realized the head ache that developed!
When we returned to the false grid ... Scott turns off the car and says, "I am sorry you hit your head on the roof - I was trying to tell you to HOLD ON to the roll cage!"
This is just one of the many fond memories I have of Road Atlanta, a true World class facility.