Who knew that Ettore Bugatti and Ace Hood would have so much in common?
There are only two things I will miss sleeping in for on weekends: track days or football. Ok, getting up early for Omega Motorsport’s No Fly Zone 5 wasn’t that bad as I was riding shotgun the entire day, but, everybody knows weekend Z’s are the best part of weekends.
That and not having to hear your co-workers trade jokes in meme speak for 8 hours: “Y U NO SHUT UP AND TALK LIKE NORMAL HUMAN BEING??”
Actually I lied, getting up for track days/racing events isn’t much of a sacrifice at all. Because as soon as I gain consciousness on those blessed mornings, even in complete darkness, I know I’m just hours away from getting the mother of all car-junkie adrenaline rushes, or what my hero Doug Hayashi coined: “hitting the go-fast crack pipe.”
And as No Fly Zone 5 was going to be a go-fast crackheads dream come true with it’s A-list lineup of exotic machinery, Car Crazy Dan had to get his fix.
I had the privilege of being invited to the event by my good friend Frank, also know by his YouTube alias: ice1cube. His quick-spooling, E85-fueled single-turbo MKIV Supra would be my press box for the day. Putting down around 600-900rwhp depending on boost settings, his derpy Killer Whale-faced weapon of choice held the capacity line-up against just about anyone and make for an entertaining race.
….or an ego-crushing one as I have personally witnessed Frank’s ride embarass $100,000+ machines like they were Car Crazy Dan on a blind date.
The premise of the event is simple: you have a wide, 1/2 mile long airstrip at your disposal for the day and you race whoever you want. There are no wanna-be street racers here, everyone is about safety first, speed second.
In what was an amazing day, three particular moments stood out:
1. Getting up close and personal with a Bugatti Veyron
The guy who brought the Veyron brought that AND a Porsche Carrera GT on a trailer whose floor looked cleaner than a computer science major’s social calendar. He reminded me of Dan Bilzerian except with no beard, no guns and no silicone entourage.
2. Capturing an epic race between Frank’s Supra and a brand new, Lamborghini Aventador
Me: “Hey, what color is that??”
Aventador owner: “I don’t even know!”
So far in my 30-years of existence, the most baller thing I have ever heard someone say.
3. Getting a ride along in a 1000+whp Nissan GT-R
Let me tell you, I’ve been in some fast cars, but this was just straight dumb. I really hate trying to describe the sensation of speed in words, but I’ll give it a shot because I love you guys:
It’s like when you go to light speed on the Star Tours ride at Disneyland, except instead of R2-D2 bleeping some shit only C-3PO can understand, you hear me laughing hysterically.
May the Force be with you on all your adrenaline seeking adventures, my friends (cue Star Wars theme).