30 April 2017 Kent, WA – The first of three visits to Pacific Raceways for 2017, SOVREN started off with their Spring Sprints event at Pacific Raceways.
It Began Friday with a practice day for all and a Novice instruction session. Saturday brought qualifying in the morning and race number one for all classes. There was just a couple short of 90 entries for the weekend of racing with nearly 30 in group 2. With twenty minute sessions for each group everyone gets two races in before the 5:00pm cutoff.
Sunday brought racing all day. Running thru the pits and starting area counted over 35 makes and models of “vintage” race cars that could be seen and heard reliving the heyday of these fine race cars.
Images are broken down into four albums, by day, and sessions. Click here to go to the main event page for all the albums.
They will be back the end of June so make some plans to come out and enjoy some fine racing.
09 Apr 2017 Kent, WA – Filling the grounds with cars and people at Pacific Raceways normally comes the first week in August. Coming in second and growing bigger each year is the HondaFest NW. The trio of a car show, lead/follow and drag racing bring the people and vendors to this annual event.
Rows and rows of all kinds of show cars and most all of them daily drivers filled the paddock area as SpeedFactory set up in their favorite spot next to the staging lanes.
Leading off the day on the 2.25 mile track instructors from ProFormance Racing School do what is called “lead/follow” with a group of three to seven cars. It is 100% follow the leader but that “leader” knows the fastest way around the track. No fooling around here as the last car in line has a radio and you can’t out run it. You get out of the spirit of the day you will be booted out of line, Safety First.
For those that follow the “drivers” meeting rules you get to push your car a little more than “normal” driving and doing it “safely”. This part of the day is also growing as near 50 drivers took part with a few doubling up.
All this time the “drag crew” is prepping the drag strip for the afternoon of side by side running of all kinds of cars and trucks.
Leading off the action the ultra- fast Honda’s from SpeedFactory in a mix of testing and checking the latest setup put down some impressive numbers as noted by the crowd and crew reactions.
A great day put together by NWMotiv and Pacific Raceways will again look to grow the program so make a date for next year’s event.
Lots of great images from all over the facility – click here to go to the photo album. As always thank you for your support and purchases!
15 July 2016 Kent, WA – For all those that enjoy putting out on the track what is built into a production Porsche these are the days they mark on the date book. This time of year the track has the favorable weather to put the pedal down on the dry surface and test your driving skills. Add those that put the improvements to get even more running on pure race tires have to enjoy it even more.
Not having to run “rain” tires though they work well it is just not the same, either way it is just fun. This day had that wide range of members and their Porsche modified or not just having a great time behind the wheel.
Lots of great images of these amazing machines are now available – click here to go to the photo album.
22 May 2016 Kent, WA – A new event has been added to the 2016 goings on at Pacific Raceways. The TSL has new legs and is just getting off the ground. It displays a combination of cars on the paddock with a lead/follow on the road course with ProFormance Racing School owner Don Kitch leading the way and ending with the drags on the strip.
NWMotiv was on the grounds recording the event and promoting the new event. It is patterned after other events that use Pacific Raceways entire grounds – and this idea will take off in the future. The social media aspect that is ingrained into the generation that is popularizing the Toyota line of autos will spread like wildfire and like the other’s will bring many people who feel the same about them.
I can see next year’s event learning from the first to bring bigger and better into the future, plan for it.
Images from all venues and angles are now online – click here to go to the photo album.
15 May 2016 Kent, WA – Oh how the weather can change, last weekend was sunny and warm with record temps and this weekend it was back to the” northwet”. Such is spring in the northwest and really what makes this area such a beauty. Like planning for your vacation months in advance you never know what the weather will give you.
This weekend IRDC and their volunteers gathered at Pacific Raceways for a weekend of racing on the legendary 2.25 mile track. There were nearly 150 entries in the six main groups with a “Novice” race along with the NWMECS race.
Those grey skies covered all on Saturday and did not change, so it was a dry track and race tires on.
But it was a whole new game for Sunday as the drizzle would not stop and the “rain” tires graced the race cars.
This is true road racing; you deal with what “mother nature” gives you and be pre-paired for it. There is an art to racing in the rain and it’s on display with IRDC says general manager John Ramsey.
Great race cars and great drivers put on some very close side by side racing in all of the groups. IRDC is back in July for more great racing though the odds give “sunny” weather though you never know.
Two Albums break out both Saturday & Sunday’s action – click on the links below for the two albums.
Saturday – May 14th, 2016 Photo Album – Click Here
Sunday – May 15th, 2016 Photo Album – Click Here
01 May 2016 Kent, WA – Spring is in the air when the fine and some pretty expensive rare autos converge on Pacific Raceways. The American and European race cars that take part in the SOVREN races are quite a sight, and the sounds were fantastic of what racing in the past was like.
Walking the pits to get a closer look at these vintage cars and the care that the owner’s give can only be appreciated by watching them. Their baby or pride and joy are as evident as the love that is given to their children. Yes, these machines are raced and driven as back in the day but with great care not to bring any harm to them or their competitors, as I mentioned these are rare and quite pricey.
Check out the SOVREN web site for racing in the northwest and the next event at Pacific Raceways over the 4th. Of July weekend.
The images are broken out into two albums, one for each day of activity.
For Images From April 30th, 2016 – Click Here
For Images From May 1st, 2016 – Click Here
27 March 2016 Kent, WA – For some people that come to Pacific Raceways it’s future plans and to some the aspiration of doing it and to others it’s a bucket list. No matter the thought process the class at ProFormance Racing School is a must.
The experience of Don Kitch and the instructors who teach you will pass along what together would I think total 150 years of combined and diverse experience. The wealth of knowledge that they have lets the students be themselves and learn in a very comfortable setting. Normal to all is a little nervousness when attempting something for the first time.
This goes away quickly as Don has a way of putting you at ease so you can learn and soak up the knowledge he is passing along. For two-day long class and track time you will gain the paper work for you to enter as a novice in many of the conferences around the U.S.
And always the innovator ProFormance brought in three PRO3 drivers and their race cars to run with the students in the mock race at the end of the second day. To all those involved it turned out to be a great teaching tool for the students as the PRO3 drivers pushed just enough to encourage the students to take advantage of what was in front of them.
Way different than racing against your classmates only. For Don and the staff what they saw in this combination was how well it worked and is something that should be included with the class. Keep an eye on the ProFormance website for the next class for your experience.
Over 330 images from several vantage points are now online and available – thank you very much for your support and purchases! – Click here to go to the photo album.