Spike & The Impalers at The Chalet

02 Feb 2019 Enumclaw, WA – Built over 100 years ago the Chalet once again hosted Spike and the Impalers for a Saturday night of live rock and roll. This northwest band founded on January 1st,2002 has seen their followers grow many-fold.

Fronted by former local radio DJ, Spike O’Neill has seen a number of members in and out of the band. Jeff Kathan on percussion and Lynn Sorensen on base there from the beginning forming the beat of the band. Joining the band on guitar and keyboards Steve Hanna, Scott Adams with his saxophone, Susan Kendall Morals brings her incredible vocals complemented by the very scorching guitar work Manuel Morals who rounds out the members who now have been performing together getting past five years.

Akin to a well-oiled machine the band rocks out a twenty song play list that gets many of the packed house followers dancing up in front of the band.

With 99 percent of the 460 seats filled at the start of the show when Kermet Apio started his comedy show, and yes he does pull his name into some hilarious comedy. If you have not seen Spike and his band go to their web-site and find an upcoming date and check them out they put on a great show.

Images from a great night are now online and available for purchase – click here to go to the photo album.

LO 206 at PGP Motorsports Park

27 Jan 2019 Kent, WA – Packing the grounds with a near record number of entries for a non-paying race produced some great kart racing. Though foggy all day the thing it did best is kept the racing conditions the same thru practice, qualifying and the three-heat race.

The commonality in the three group 206 class is a Briggs and Stratton crate motor and a minimum weight for each kart then boils down to driving abilities. With colorful badging from the different manufactures and even home built with lap times less than two seconds apart which produces side by side and nose to tail racing around the 0.850 mile track at PGP.

In the main final the fastest lap came from the second place kart trying to chase down the winner was 1:09.967. Not bad time there now let this sink in, the fastest lap in the Jr. class also the second place finisher trying to chase down the winner turned in a lap of 1:09.305.

Also, to note the Jr. winner turned in a faster lap time then the winner of the main. You gotta watch the next generation coming up as they soak it all in with youthful enthusiasm.

Get on the internet and find PGP Motorsports Park and join in on the fun. The Jr. winner was Trey Amzen and the main was Kevin Janders with William Evans in the Heavy class.

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AM Skills – Novice HP & PM Lapping at ProFormance Racing School

26 Jan 2019 Kent, WA – It was a classroom full of students and a paddock loaded with lappers out to take advantage of the great winter driving weather at ProFormance Racing School. For the students sitting in the classroom at the Performance Racing School the unknown is about to be pointed out with discussion and charts.

Owner and instructor Don Kitch will guide you thru the four exercises you will be doing and the correct way to navigate the 2.25 mile track at Pacific Raceways. Going thru the class will open your eyes to the things that you may and will confront out on the hi-ways and bi-ways and how to safely navigate thru them when it happens.

Young drivers, seasoned drivers and even bucket listers praise the program at the end of the day. Contact Performance Racing School and learn what they are talking about.

Images from all three sessions today are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Lust Punch at Louie G’s

26 Jan 2019 Fife, WA – In and around the greater Seattle the venues to take in live music are aplenty. Place that hold thousands and just a few hundred – live music can be found. For the local up and coming bands the couple of hundred fans and followers are great to practice their craft. Up close and personal band mates and fans enjoy the closeness of these venues.

One of these bands, Lust Punch and venues Louie G’s in Fife got together as the opening act on a three-band night of live music. Hundreds of followers and newcomers alike are finding out how good these trios of musicians are.

Made up of Nick Knight on lead guitar and vocals, Retten Steincipher on drums and back-up vocals and Jessica Gittings on bass and back-up vocals preformed their 32 live show to a packed house. These three musicians jamming thru their set with bitching guitar work by Nick crafting his sound and a thumping bass from Jessica’s talented fingers and a drum solo by Retten pounding on those skins and metal that just has to be heard to understand his talent with feet and sticks.

Their music is hard and refined a testament to their skills both alone and together. Find them on the internet and give them a listen at their next show, you too will become a follower to a trio combined to make up “Lust Punch”.

Images from a great night at Louie G’s are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Holiday Classes at ProFormance Racing School

15 Dec 2018 Kent, WA – Tis the end of the school season for Performance Racing School and 2018. To all those that went to school this year, Great Job, to all those that have not you are missing out on becoming a better and safer driver on the hi-ways and bi-ways.

Knowing and feeling what your auto is doing when turning and slamming on the binders will tune you into what to expect and how to react when doing so is just one portion of what Don Kitch and his staff of instructors teach you in a day long session.

Want a great X-Mas present for a loved one or even for yourself? Sign up for a class after the holidays at the Performance Racing School web site and start the new year by becoming a better driver.

Images from all the sessions today are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Toys For Tots – NW Toy Drive at Pacific Raceways

02 Dec 2018 Kent, WA – Each December the Pacific Raceways property plays host to some very generous people. The annual NW Toy Drive benefiting Toys for Tots, is sponsored by Lexus of Bellevue.

Thousands of folks brought their un-wrapped gifts or cash donation for the Marine Corps Reserve program.

Combine this with holiday music and vendors covering the many cars out for the car show gathering. Out on the 2.25 mile track a “lead/follow” run was overseen by ProFormance Racing School giving those who take part an idea of what it feels like to drive a road course.

In the house, Santa and his helpers were on hand accepting gifts and posing for pictures, also on hand was Ed Troyer from the Pierce County Toys for Tots program. Every year that I have covered this event it has gotten bigger and bigger thus proving the generosity of the NW to those in need.

This year exceeded last year’s total when combining cash donations and boxes of toys and those taking part in the lead/follow is growing in popularity. Great job by all those involved as it takes many to help bring it together each year.

Till next year Happy Holidays to all.

Images of all the fun, and Santa too are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

AM Skills, Novice HP & PM Lapping at ProFormance Racing School

01 Dec 2018 Kent, WA – Word continues to spread from the students that have gone thru the ProFormance Racing School program and how you should make time to take yourself to school.

The newer cars are becoming more and more controlled by what you don’t see. Testing these controlling parts will tell you thru the seat of your pants what your car feels like when doing so. Anti-lock brakes when put into action while going 50 mph all the while putting steering input to avoid a collision will get your attention.

When done as instructed by the crew of very experienced drivers themselves you feel it and you get it after done a few times.

This just one of the exercises the school puts you thru with in classroom and on the grounds teaching by Don Kitch.

Your new car is a big investment, help yourself and your investment by going thru the school, contact them on their website and book a date.

Images from all the courses today are now available – click here to go to the photo album.

Full Day For ProFormance Racing School

10 Nov 2018 Kent, WA – Chilly and damp air from the fog bank that surrounded the area greeted the students for today’s ProFormance Racing School class.

Mother Nature and her ways in the northwest had the last classroom of students going thru the exercises in the rain, today nothing but dry pavement and sunshine. To this it makes no difference the weather the teaching is the same though Don Kitch will tell you the rain will help some grasp what is being taught a little easier.

If you could be on the same page as “Mother Nature” going thru the class in both sunny and dry and wet and rainy you would have covered 90% of the weather driving conditions in the northwest.

For all those new drivers and those driving a new auto to them will gain mostly thru the seat of their pants with some visual ques what to do and, how to re-act when confronted with out on the hi-ways and bi-ways.

Lots of great images today – click here to go to the photo album.

Contact ProFormance Racing School for your class to better driving.

Final Test-N-Tune of the 2018 Season at Pacific Raceways

20 Oct 2018 Kent, WA – The end of the season for the dragstrip at Pacific Raceways is a test and tune/gambler race, and as always weather permitting. This day started at daylight with 100% humidity and visibility less than 1/8th mile and the sun no where in sight until the fog lifts.

The previous few days this was the pattern between 9 and 10 am then the fog was gone and things warmed up nicely to the 60’s. This day however “Mother Nature” had other plans for the 175 plus racers and the area around the dragstrip, though just a few hundred feet in elevation it is sunny and warm while here it is, see your breath chilly and you can see barely a mile.

Track temps now in the 60’s with “street” tires only running the track and little by little warming the surface as the sun is now peeking thru the fog aiding in the process to prep the track for cars with the “slick” tires to make runs.

With the sun out nicely and everyone having made a run, it was time for the “Gambler”. The race is one run only and the “best package” takes the cash.

Two “winners” emerge, electronic and non-electronic, each earning a “GIFT” package of Bardahl products provided by sales representative Renea Berger who shared the winners circle with the electronics winner Mary Burckhard and drag strip manager Ed Garfield.

Taking home all the way to Mission, BC in the non-electronics class is Chris Stone in his ’68 Dart laying down a 0.040 package. Congratulations to both winners and see you sometime mid-March for the next TnT.

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