Saturday, June 11, 2011

Boys And Their Toys

The adventures of Colin continue.  He has routinely made mention of  those that own, “purpose built” toys that never use them for their designed purpose.  It was a foregone conclusion that Colin’s Ducati was going to find it’s way to the race track eventually... and it did.

Colin By The Map

The Ducati Owner’s Club organizes select track events during the riding season.  Carolina Motorsports Park was too close to pass up.  At 4:30AM Colin packed up the trailer with all the necessary bits and pieces and out he rolled (I followed at a more sensible hour).
The Ducati club is very safety conscious with a terrific track record.  Once both Colin and his bike had passed tech inspection, it was time for the riders’ meeting and to start the fun.

Putting the Ducati through its paces at the speeds it was designed for was an absolute adrenaline rush for Colin.  When he would pit between sessions, the smile was ear to ear when the helmet came off
Photo Taken By Jackie

Safety First by Jackie

Riders Together
Colin Track Day2 Sharp

There were so many great racers to learn from at the track day.  I snapped this picture of Colin alongside US Desmo club president, Jim Calandro, who was kind enough to take Colin on a few hot laps to show him where he could get even more speed.
Student Remains the student

After 6 or 7 sessions on the track and a pair of well-worn Pirelli’s (that were installed a day before the event) the day came to an end. 
Race Tire

We had an absolute blast and made a lot of great friends in the process.  This will not be our last track day…. and I can state honestly that more track events are not a bad thing.  Thanks to everyone that made this event so perfect for both Colin and me.

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