- A happy track event participant, just flinging a Jag into the corner.

ARE YOU REALLY A PETROLHEAD, IF...? SERIES

In the third installment of this series, we will ask this question, Are you really a petrolhead, if you have never been to a track event?

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T​HE ARGUMENT FOR THE "NO" VOTE

For the purposes of our question today, let us assume a "track event" really represents any kind of motorsports event where you are the driver of a motorized vehicle. It doesn't matter if its drag strip, dirt track, road course, rally circuit or karting event. There are so many different ways for a petrolhead to participate in these events, how could you not? Most organizers and event venues will cater to participants at all levels of experience and host events at different price points to increase the overall participation. These events can help teach everything from the techniques needed in motorsports to getting the most out of your own speed machines to just improving one’s everyday driving skills. A petrolhead wants these skills and respects those that have them. They can use these track events to obtain new skills or improve their cars. and Sometimes you just have to walk the walk, if you are going to talk the talk. Is there really any better or safer way to enjoy an automobile to its fullest than to seek out one of these events. Sure, you may not have the time, money, or car now, but if you’re a petrolhead you crave your time at the track and you're just waiting for an opportunity to come.

An air-cooled Porsche 911 putting in some laps.

An air-cooled Porsche 911 putting in some laps.

T​HE ARGUMENT FOR THE "YES" VOTE

Well, there are any number of reasons you have for not going to one of these track events. Obviously, there are the logistics of getting to one of these events. Not everyone lives near a track and then there are the costs. Event entry costs alone can be as much as a house payment and then there are the track inspections, insurance costs the wear and tear on your vehicle. Depending on a number of factors these machines can sustain anything no damage to catastrophic mechanical failure or even worse a crash. How could anyone that really loves their car want to risk that kind of damage. Sure, you can enter events where the cars are provided for you, but do you really want to beat around the track in a 7-year-old Miata while every Mustang, Corvette, BMW M, Porsche, Ferrari, and Lambo sucks your doors off as they lap you over and over again, I think not. Do any one really need to be pushing the envelope on a car to really appreciate it. Some once might own a new BMW M5 Comp 617BHP and never break 80MPH and still love and appreciate that car. Does a petrolhead even have to drive at all to really be passionate at cars?

One can admire the beauty of this old Jag without ever taking it to a track.

One can admire the beauty of this old Jag without ever taking it to a track.

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  • I think you can be a petrolhead without attending a track event, but your example of not wanting to be in a 7 year old Miata getting lapped by Lamborghinis shows you might want to spend a day at a track event even if you don’t drive your own car. There are plenty of Miatas at track events because they are fantastic track cars. And they do get lapped by faster cars (not so many Lamborghinis and Ferrari’s since exotic owners don’t often track their cars) but more often Porsches and Corvettes. So what if you get lapped? Better to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow.

    Miatas are relatively cheap to buy and, much more importantly for track events, much less expensive for replacing tires, brake pads, and rotors, ie the wear items which become the biggest expense for track days. So, if you want to get into tracking on a budget, get yourself a Miata, take the top down, and have some fun!

      5 months ago
  • I'm a teen with pretty much no money. The money I do have goes toward my future career in aviation, and not track days. You can totally be a car nut and not do that stuff.

      5 months ago
    • Will, I think your right. I love cars and I have yet to make it to the track. For me though, I really want to do at least one track day the next opportunity I get.

        5 months ago
  • I live next to a racetrack as well and interestingly from what I have heard they are still holding events. Also even for amateur drivers they are allowing laps without the instructor in the cars.

      5 months ago
    • The tracks are open in Florida with some social distancing rules in effect; I tracked my car at Sebring yesterday. Tracking a car is a relatively solitary activity, its done alone in a car, it’s outdoors, and there’s plenty of space. With...

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        5 months ago
  • So many things to consider, cost, availability, preferences, ability, and age. Maybe more things, these are things that quickly come to mind. I personally have not driven anything in the track other than Go-Karts :). It's lame to exclude people from hobbies due to trivialities.

      5 months ago
    • Serhan, thanks for sharing. I agree, I haven’t even done karting on the track yet. So, I would have to vote “Yes”on this one. On the other hand though, I have always wanted to do some of those events. Now that I am part of the DriveTribe...

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        5 months ago
    • I would like to attend a racing event too, especially now that I have tracks close to my house, but the way the world is, I won't be attending any event any time soon :)

        5 months ago
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