sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Glory is Fleeting (but obscurity is forever)

From the feature film: Patton
"For over a thousand years, Roman conquerors returning from the wars enjoyed the honor of a triumph - a tumultuous parade. In the procession came trumpeters and musicians and strange animals from the conquered territories, together with carts laden with treasure and captured armaments. The conqueror rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed prisoners walking in chains before him. Sometimes his children, robed in white, stood with him in the chariot, or rode the trace horses. A slave stood behind the conqueror, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning: That all glory is fleeting." Sic transit gloria mundi.
That's a long introduction to Saturday evening. Being a generally boring guy, I was out at the Great Western Motor Sports off road track near Reno, NV for the Lucas Oil races at night (race schedule) watching other people race. I have an offer standing to take my Raptor on the track and run it when there is not an active race event here, which I will do. I'll hand somebody my cell phone and hope that they manage to get something worth posting.

Daytime track shot when the races are not being run
Race day shot from the VIP tent looking down on the track,
 bleachers and general admission area. The sun is going down
almost time for the race to begin.
I went last night primarily because of the Pro 4 and buggy races (photos of buggies below). If I can sell enough flying saucers, I will build and race one of these bad boys myself. Will I win? Are you kidding? I don't have Spiderman-like reflexes (unless a radioactive spider bites me between now and then). But I'd just enjoy the ride. After all - Sic Tranist Gloria Mundi (all glory is fleeting).

Buggies

I also went because I know the owners, got in free, hung out in the VIP tent and acted like I was somebody.  And I'm in Reno for business. And it's a weekend. And I'm bored and don't want to spend the night in the hotel looking at the walls. I had planned to go motorcycle riding on a friend's custom scooter, but the person I planned to ride with was arrested for drunk driving and now has a suspended license (sic transit gloria mundi, right?). The Races were my second pick but it's great to have those sorts of options.

All that aside:  I would still like to build and race a buggy.

Cellphone photos from the night race:

Pro 4 race taken from the upper curve as it descends to the straight-away
and the checkered flag.
Pro 4 cars stacked after a yellow flag.


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    1. That's the reason everyone goes.

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  2. I dunno LL. Spending retirement in traction/wheelchair .... that's the reason I haven't bought another motorcycle.

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  3. I wonder if Chenowith is still building chassis??? We ran one of them in the 70's and it was NICE!

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    1. I think that they still are at it.

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  4. That looks like proper fun! You know what you need? A GoPro!

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    1. After watching your adventures with your new fancy GoPro, I think you may be right.

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