For more than 70 years the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) has lead the effort for grass roots road racing across the country. While it does promote professional racing, it is best known for making racing somewhat affordable to all who want to race.
The Alliance Autosport team is based on the west side of Columbus in a nondescript industrial park building (on the outside – inside it is great). On this cold Saturday they were holding a ‘Tech Day’ to get ready for the upcoming season and hold an open house to encourage others to check out racing.
Alliance Autosport offers ‘Arrive and Drive’, the ability to rent race cars, thus avoiding the high cost of ownership. Their collection of cars were neatly stacked on pallet racks
Most of the cars they have run Spec Racer Ford Generation 3 engines. The theory behind these engines, and the car setup in general is that by prohibiting modifications it makes all the cars equal, as well as keeps the cost down.
A couple of the cars were down on the floor with their covers off for closer inspection…
While the racked ones gave an interesting perspective. Everyone at the event were passionate about racing and very welcoming for a couple of people wandering in to check it out. It’s time to go racing!
Since we have ran out of things to do in Ohio, we are now revisiting some of the better events, including the Piston Powered Show in Cleveland.
Held at the million square foot IX Center, this event features ‘anything with a piston’ including cars, boats, planes, motorcycles, snowmobiles and others.
A custom bike
Surf’s up on Lake Erie!
A chopped Beetle.
As noted, the place is huge – with the airplane being dwarfed by the indoor ferris wheel.
Some artists were customizing on the spot.
Lanterns on an antique fire truck.
The Cleveland Corvette Club.
Customized 1950s Ford pickup truck.
Clearly a winner.
With a day to spend in Manhattan with nothing special planned we wandered the city and checked out some of the non tacky tourist spots (i.e. Time Square)
Bryant Park Ice Rink and the Main Library
Entrance to Rockefeller Center
Statue and Flags at Rockefeller Center
Central Park West View
A stop at the Met.
Ornate apartment building on Fifth Avenue.
Where do they put the prisoners?
Having the opportunity to spend a week in Bangalore and Hyderabad India I took the opportunity to get some photos of the everyday life on the streets of the cities.
It should be noted that while it is very different from North America and Europe in terms of driving/walking ‘protocol’, it seems to work for India. I saw amazingly few dented cars despite the constant tight traffic.
Why take the walkway when you can dodge traffic.
Home Depot was apparently out of trucks.
The random high rise cow.
In 120km of riding around the city I saw 1 traffic light, which can explain some conflicts at the intersections.
Hang on buddy.
The no horn sign is easily the most ignored sign in all of India.
What is the record for people on a scooter, why 4. Although the 3 on the other scooter is a close second. It should be noted that they have a helmet law for drivers – but not apparently for children or adult passengers.
Drive thru fruit stands.
I was amazed at the side saddle riding balance.
The Columbus Zoo was sponsoring a car show, which seems a bit strange, but then again they do commercialize a lot of things.
The cars were quite nice, and with the water park and other amusement rides providing interesting backgrounds, it was a good day for a car show. Plus there were animals later.
Harold LeMay made his fortune hauling garbage in Tacoma, Washington, but his passion was cars. At his death he owned a record 3000 cars. Today the collection is split into two separate museums.
The first is housed at a formers boys school with a number of buildings.
The gymnasium make a great setting.
The had cars stacked 3 high in some places.
The second museum was in downtown Tacoma and was more formal.
A Rambler with a Ferrari engine.
On a monthly basis a group gets together at various venues around town to show off their high end cars, while providing pastries and coffee on Saturday mornings. This Saturday it was held near Nationwide Arena, the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.