Trials & Tribulations of the Trophy Run
Today we received our first taste of what is to come over the next week.
We started out our day bright and early by meeting at our “Fairlady” , 6:45 a.m. sharp to be at breakfast by 7:00 a.m. We had selected a local restaurant last night, Amore Breakfast, because a woman was passing out the menus with a 20% off coupon for Great Racers, (remember poor college students). We all piled in and enjoyed our breakfast, the highlight for Jake & Tony being their corn beef hash, which was homemade. I didn’t have that, but according to them if you are in town, stop by Breakfast Amore for some of it. After our friendly breakfast we saw the woman who had given us the flyer, Leanne. She was very happy to see us and wanted a photo out back with us and Eliza, so of course we did. Free publicity!
After fueling ourselves we attended the mornings meet up to get our instructions for the day and to attend a couple of conferences before we headed off on the trophy run. After some quick calculating through lunch we headed on to the speedometer calibration run, because there is one each day. The meeting proved useful because we used a formula to find out exactly how much to calibrate our factor by. We turned out to be 26 clicks off. At first we thought that was a heck of a lot, but a fellow racer said that the first time they calibrated they needed a little over 100 clicks. Whew! What a way to make a first time racer nervous!!!
We snaked our way to the starting line, which was just a road full of cars on either side waiting for their assigned time. Finally our time came up, 3:00p.m. , though we all knew this was merely a practice run, we were all a little nervous. Our team started off with a strong start. For a good chunk of the run Jake & Austin were at the helm. It was evident that we all needed to adjust to how we needed to operate when we are in the race, because there was chit chat, confusing directions, & and a little backseat driving occurring. It was kind of amusing when there was chiming in and a little stressing out. I merely sat in the back taking notes and pictures.
A few notes along our route were beautiful scenery, seeing all of these neat cars driving along these back roads, & the street names. Within the first five minutes of driving we passed “Hourglass Lane”, how ironic right? Other notable ones were “None Such Road”, “Not a Road Private Lane”, “Poor Farm Lane”, & “Swampman John”; Small tidbits of humor to relieve the stress. It was also interesting to see some of the tribulations that our fellow racers encountered. We had some racers just blow by us, meaning they took a wrong turn at some point and desperately needed to catch up. We saw that someone had lost their hubcap and was looking for it in the woods. We were also behind someone who blew past where you were supposed to turn. We never saw them pass us, so we are unsure of what happened to them.
Nearly ¾ of the way through our team had the opportunity to switch out allowing Tony & I to take the reins. We had some issues filling up our tank, because our payment methods were not working. When they finally did work & we finished filling up and we realized that we had a little more than five minutes to get to our new starting point. Luckily we made it with 50 seconds till we had to go. Not a moment too soon. We saw the 1940 Ford Coupe that was supposed to be a minute before us leave as we pulled up.
We definitely had our share of bumps as well. At one point we were stuck behind traffic and needed to catch-up on time. Unfortunately we had to turn before we could finish it up, so we had a little guessing to try and get what we believed to be on time. Eventually, we made it to the end. We were happy to be done, though we know that we need to prepare and come up with a game plan for tomorrow. The funny part of the course was that we ended back to outskirts of Ogunquit, where we started our calibration run a few hours ago. It sure did not feel like that though, but welcome no less.
While we were heading back to the hotel to go to the Hagerty cocktail party, Tony saw an abandoned house, which was agreed upon to be a good fixer upper. We parked Eliza in front for a impromptu photo shoot. After her pinup shots we headed off to the party.
It was a quick three minute walk from our hotel, to the event which was nice. There were plenty of Hors d’oeuvres to be had, but the most peculiar thing was something I called a “mashtini”. It was two scoops of mashed potatoes served in a plastic martini glass, with an assortment of toppings available. It was good…but odd. After talking to the other racers for a while we headed back to rest up for tomorrow.
Tomorrow begins the first real day of the race, and the first day of our great journey.