I received a text the other day from my neighbor, one half of the Wilde brothers, to come and check him and his son out at Adams Motorsports Park on Saturday. Now I haven’t ridden in Dave’s car since he boosted the motor and got everything dialed in just over a year ago. Well it appears that he has been practicing his drifting and working on lowering his track times all while driving the tread off the tires… literally.
My Saturday was free and I couldn’t miss this opportunity. After getting the O.K. from my wife, I drove out, paid the fee to get into the pit area and strapped on a helmet. Now down in the pit area everyone was either cooling down from a run, prepping to hit the track or watching other drives on the track. I saw 3 Miatas lined up and I made a beeline to join up with Dave and his son. As previously stated it’s been a while since I’ve rode shotgun in this little red Miata, let alone on the track with him. And right about now I’m thinking, what the h3ll did I just get myself into?
Doing the best I could to mask my fear, I manned up and fastened the strap on my helmet. Once buckled in I hit the record button. So with one hand holding the phone and the other gripping the onto the car for dear life the turbo spooled up and I felt my neck snap back! We were off!!! We were 3 Miatas deep on the track and all running crazy fast times. The racecar/racetrack vibes were in full effect at this point. The sound of the turbo spooling and tires squealing give such a visceral feeling that is hard to describe but you can see from the video how hard the Miata was getting worked. With 265whp and a feather-lite 1800 lbs of stripped down Japanese weaponry, we had a blast! I recorded the complete session and tried to capture Dave working the steering wheel with the ferver of a Formula 1 driver the best I could.
We got a little squirrelly at times but not like the guy behind us who spun-out towards the very end of the video. Also if you look closely you can see the brakes sparking on the Miata in front of us under hard braking, but no crashes and everyone finished without injury. Although a bit sweaty after the session, we all had HUUUUUGE smiles on our faces.
Another adventure in the books for me and Perks Garage.
Thank you Dave… until the next time.
A little drift demo.