First Vaccine

At the end of 2020 there were rumblings of 2, possibly 3, vaccines that were in development. The Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The first 2 require 2 doses a couple of weeks apart. the 3rd on required 1.

My concern was how rushed this vaccine came down the pipeline. This is the exact premise of how the Zombie Apocalypse or the end of humanity begins. Oh sure, this vaccine prevents you from contracting the Covid Virus that strange enough affects everyone different no matter what age or shape you’re in. But whose to know what the side effects are 1, 3, 5, 10 years from now could be?

Are we witnessing the origin of something devastating in the next 5 – 10 years??

Regardless, I made the decision to sign up. At the time, the vaccine had been given to front line workers and the elderly. Then a new wave opened up with some pretty interested qualifications. From being a care giver to being a parent of a child who has a condition to just having a BMI of over 21, which is everyone.

I had dinner with a friend of mine, 40 and in great shape, and said he received his first dose and he said he was a caregiver. They didn’t check to see if his role was true or not. He also told me a friend of ours signed up to be on a list of “excess” un used doses. Apparently, they have shelf life and if they don’t have enough people to receive it they have to throw it away so instead they give it to anyone who wants it.

I asked him to send me the site where he signed up. The Site was MyVaccineGeorgia.com. Which I found it a little tough to navigate through but when I did find a provider it sent me to a scheduling page where I figured out I had to constantly refresh until there was a time and date available. And when I did find it when I went to click on it the appointment had been taken.

I searched through a neighboring neighborhood FaceBook page on posts that contained people helping people to sign up. I found a post where a nurse who offered to assist anyone with signing up for the vaccine

I contacted her and she was able to get my girlfriend and I an appointment on March 19, 2021 and she was able to get us an appointment on March 26th.

We gave her our names, cell numbers, emails and availability. She asked us if we were willing to travel and the answer was, yes. She booked us 2 appointments with a Drive Through facility in Clarkesville, Georgia about an hour and 20 minutes from Atlanta.

We received and email with a questionnaire to fill our which ultimately gave us a QR code for us to show when we arrived at the facility

We arrived at the facility and navigated through cones where people were checked through by FEMA and some Military personnel. Very OutBreakish feeling.

My first Track Day at Road Atlanta

My journey of driving fast through the twisty road of the mountains has led me to finally gain the nerve to take my car to the track. With the help of some friends that I met through a FaceBook group I registered for a Track Day at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

You just can’t show up and take your car through their 2.54 miles consisting of 12 turns.

The best way is to join a group that offers Track Days. The group basically rents out the track then sells individuals similar to how a promoter will pay a group then sell tickets.

There are many groups that rent out tracks all over so you have to check their website to see when and where tracks are available along with their procedures and requirements to participate in their event, these are the ones that I know of:

My friend Drew Fausnacht introduced me to Just Track It. I went to their website and found an available date and time (they fill up quick) and registered for their Friday, March 5th event which was the only one that I could register as a Novice and with an instructor. The other levels you could register are: Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, and Advanced.

THE COST

I registered for the event on January 14, 2021 and the cost of the event was $299.99 + $50 for an instructor for the day. The instructor basically barters his time to help Novice drivers in exchange for a free track day. Not a bad deal. I opted for everything they had to offer;Vinyl Car number set, Apex Pro and OBD2 sensor so you can nerd out on technical data of your run. I did not install these on this go around, Lunch time touring laps, Professional photo package, and an instructor

My instructor was Tom Crookston, an older gentlemen who tracks his Porsche 924 with his best lap time of 1:40. The track record is 51 seconds set by a Formula 1 Ferrari F2003.

PRIOR TO RACE DAY

JTI, Just Track It, did an amazing job at making sure you knew what to do prior to arriving to the track.

First and fore most you need a SA2010 or newer Helmet. I chose a full faced matt black helmet from Bell that costs $469 that I purchased from the Shop at Atlanta Motorsports Park. I probably could have found it cheaper online but I needed to make sure the helmet fit properly and I couldn’t just go and try it out an not buy it from them.

The second and third crucial thing is to make sure the car you’re taking is safe by having a professional auto shop inspect and sign off along with using high temperature brake fluid. I took my Porsche to EuroFed in Decatur, Georgia who works on Porsches and other European cars.

They recommended Motul RBF 600 instead of their sponsored Liqui Moli brand brake fluid. I thought it was an upsale but after doing some research they indeed sold me on the better fluid.

REGISTRATION AND THE DAY AT THE TRACK

I showed up the evening before the event to register, turn in my Tech form, and get instructions. When arriving to Road Atlanta, they did a temperature check then directed me to their in field Paddock where I went into a Blue trailer, gave them my name and they gave me a lanyard with the times of the sessions, a wrist band, vinyl decal numbers, and my Apex Pro and OBD sensor which I did not use.

Prior to arriving to the track, at 7:30am, I made sure to fill up with 93 octane fuel because I knew I would go through at least 1 tank before the day ended. In fact, I ended up having to go and refuel after my 3rd session.

I met up with my friend Drew, who has an awesome corvette and is a hell of a driver, with his girlfriend Angela where they set up a tent toward the back of the paddock.

The drivers meeting began at 8:30 where 2 instructors led us through a series of safety protocols, flag designations, track turns, passing lanes, hand signals, Corner Worker locations, dos and don’ts, and many other helpful information to make sure I maximized my time, enjoyment, and safety for the day.

In the lanyard they gave us was this super handy schedule of our day including heats, classroom, and lunch break.

Unfortunately, when it was our turn to go out, there had been a wreck prior to our session. Which caused a delay and reduction of laps. All good, because the Road Atlanta team made sure the person was safe, the vehicle was out of the way, and the track was back to ideal conditions.

Video just before the crash at Road Atlanta before the Novice group came out.

TRACK VIDEOS

The following 5 videos are from a GoPro camera suction cupped to the top of the windshield which give the best clarity.

IN CONCLUSION

I had the best time! Being on a track with ideal conditions made this one of the best car experiences I have ever had. I had a fantastic instructor and good friends.

Looking forward to doing it again!!

Atlanta Porsche Enthusiasts

Mark Lamarsh has created a Face Book group of Porsche owners/enthusiasts and had his first mountain drive this weekend. Small circle of Porsche owners but it was good to see old friends and meet new ones. I took my 2013 991.1.

We met at Perimeter Mall and caravanned on 400 North and met at the usual Chevron on S Chestatee then went to Suches.

MDGA then Wolf Mt Vinyard

Mountain Drives Georgia is a group led by Travis, Tyler, and Cameron dedicated to provide a safe group outing for drivers with any car model.

They alternate between Saturday and Sunday Mountain Drives. They are very well organized and encourage/sell/provide radios so drivers can know when there is a safety issue or be alerted to the next turn, etc.

Prior to the rider Seyhan had invited a small group of us to go to Trip Campbell’s luxury garage man cave located across from Road Atlanta. There I met, by coincidence, TJ Vogt, Vice President of Caffeine and Octane. Caffeine and Octane is the largest car gathering meeting the first Sunday of every Month at Perimeter Mall in Atlanta/Sandy Springs, Georgia.

The purpose of the watch party was to look at the first episode of Sam Low Car Show that was filmed at Trip’s man cave/garage airing on Motor Trend

Seyhan, Sean, Alex and I decided to stay at Trip’s Garage instead of going with the group on their spirited and well organized run.

We left Road Atlanta to have lunch at Wolf Mountain Vinyards where TJ had arranged Karl Boegner to show us his Porsch Collection. Karl’s garage has been showcased on Caffeine and Octane’s TV show airing on NBC SN and interviewed by the Worlds 3rd Porsche Enthusiast Magnus Walker

Mountains Drives Georgia Group

Seyhan introduced to this group. Met Tyler, and admin, at the Quiktrip off 400 at Exit 12b. then met up with the rest of the group at the Chevron, our usual spot.

Tyler sold me a radio for $40 with plenty of accessories. Clutch when riding with a group. Then Cameron, Tyler, and Travis went over the safety protocols as well as the groups.