Thursday, February 9, 2017

Articles in the Pipeline, #2

Two recent articles sent, or waiting to send, to the Tracy Press -


Yes! A Ford F250 Super Duty 4X4 Crew Cab with the 6.7-liter Powerstroke Diesel. Was I impressed? You bet. Not a truck for everyone but a darn good one for many.


2017 Fiat 124 Spider Lusso. How'd it stand up and to compare to you know who? You'll have to wait for the full article. Even though the weather didn't cooperate I had fun with it though.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Monterey County Board of Supervisors Approves Three-Year Agreement to SCRAMP for Management of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Facility

After at least two years of drama the Monterey County Board of Supervisors have made a decision to leave SCRAMP as the management team at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.



Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Celebrates its 60th Anniversary
 
MONTEREY, Calif., Jan. 31, 2017 — The Monterey County Board of Supervisors today voted to accept County Staff’s recommendation to provide a three-year management agreement to the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula to ensure a robust 2017 racing season goes unimpeded and planning for the 2018 season may continue. The management agreement confirms that SCRAMP continues as the day-to-day management arm for the Monterey County-owned facility that SCRAMP built in 1957.

“We have been working very closely with County Staff over the past several months to develop a plan that builds upon this iconic facility’s heritage of delivering significant economic impact to the Central Coast,” explained Michael Smith, president of the SCRAMP Board of Governors. “We will celebrate this heritage throughout the year with 60th anniversary celebrations, culminating in a Racing Through the Decades feature at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in August.”

This agreement allows SCRAMP to continue its 60-year mission that is dedicated to bringing world-class events to the Monterey Peninsula to benefit race fans, sponsors, charitable organizations and the community as a whole.

A 2015 study conducted by California State University, Monterey Bay College of Business reported the economic impact of the five major events held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was $62.1 million in direct spending by visitors and produced $5.2 million in state and local taxes. According to the report, “The direct spending included $13.8 million in lodging, incorporating 52,558 room nights in Monterey County; $18.6 million was spent on food and dining; and $12.3 million on retail.” These numbers include spending from non-county attendees only.

The 2017 major event season features Ferrari Challenge, May 12-14; Spring Classic vintage car and motorcycle races, May 19-21; Superbike World Championship, July 7-9; Monterey Pre-Reunion, August 12-13; Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, August 17-20; Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, September 21-24; and the Pirelli World Challenge, October 12-15.  For complete details and information, please visit www.MazdaRaceway.com.
 
Photo by Bob Heathcote.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Grand National Roadster Show - Day Two



Some pictures demand an explanation. This is the engine in a modified Chevy II, an EcoTec 4-cylinder.