Back in 2005, I screwed my courage up a few notches, and did a Green Flag track day at Buttonwillow.
I'd had the Bullitt now for three years, and did the Skip Barber Racing School at Laguna Seca just two years before the Bullitt arrived, I just had to run it at the track.
As usual, the new Hawk brake pads I'd purchased a week earlier had not been installed, but I'm thinking, hey, they would go on the night before we left......
Noooooo, too tired to put the on Friday night, but I figured, Hey, I've got half the pad there, those should last two or three sessions..... and of course, I woke up late on Saturday morning...
So we ran it as it was. My son, who was 15 at the time, would video tape me from the race tower, as I ran my sessions (insert FUN here...)
I ran the first session, then sat the next one out to get rid of the "shakes" from nerves (the thought of going off course with the daily driver was on my mind, and how I was going to explain that to my insurance agent.....)
So about half way through the second session, people started pointing at a big truck trailer rig coming into the paddock.
Non other than Vic Edlebrock! We didn't hear anything for a while, then the place shook when the '70 Mustang Trans Am came to life!
My next session happened to coincide with Cammy(?) Edlebrock coming up behind me and passing with that black and gold Camaro. I remember as she went by me that my helmet visor vibrated with the exhaust! Wow!!
Of course the fun part of that day was trying to master the 3 mile course, getting around the Star Mazda hairpin without spinning out, and staying ahead of the M3& M5 BMW's.
At the end of the track time, as I was putting my new Hawk pads on the front axle (as I'd used every bit of the pad and part of the backing plate up), a couple of the BMW drivers came by and asked what I'd done to the Bullitt.... They said they could get close to me, but they couldn't get around me, even in the corners.....
THAT made the day for me!
Gotta go back again soon!