Forgive the repetition, but it’s no fun having old cars if you don’t use them – whether it’s for a car show, a track day, a cruising night or a backroads drive, or just a simple errand. So in spite of the ongoing relocation of RustyButTrusty HQ to a colder climate, and winter’s imminent arrival, there are still opportunities to get the cars out for some exercise. In this case, it was to use a gift certificate for a Hooked on Driving track day at the historic Laguna Seca race track in Salinas, CA.
You may know this track from such events as the Monterey historic races, sports car championships, MotoGP for bikes, or curves like the famous corkscrew, Rainey curve, or Andretti hairpin. But the great part about this is that while you might not have the change in your couch or the skill to compete in those famous events, you can take nearly any old car, as long as it meets minimum safety standards, give the man about $350, and get 4 run sessions of 6-8 laps each to run through this famous track yourself. Beginners also get a coach in the car, and for this event they also had (off-topic!) a new Corvette available for test drives. One day helped this driver get familiar with the track and work on the approach to the corkscrew and the Andretti hairpin at the end of the straight, as well as practice driving on a track in the rain. And you can go at any pace you feel comfortable with, and get insurance to cover you if you like. What’s keeping you from going?