I was invited to do the prestigious Cap City MotorTour and I brought a Corolla
You could say the Corolla and I were like guests of honor
Over the past weekend, Corrie and I had the pleasure of taking part in the California Automobile Museum’s Cap City MotorTour. If you’re not aware of who Corrie is, she’s my 2013 Toyota Corolla and the reason why I’m on DRIVETRIBE today. The Cap City MotorTour is a yearly event that takes drivers on a tour of Sacramento to pre-determined stops around town. This time around I was invited by one of the directors of the museum to come along and boy was it a hoot! Let me tell you how it went.
The first obstacle for me was waking up. If you know anything about me, then you’ll know my slumber usually ends around 10 or 11 AM. Since the event started at 10, I had to wake up at 9:10. It was a tragedy of immense proportions. The second obstacle was presented by my gas gauge. I had forgotten to fill up the day before and the needle was slowly creeping towards E, which I think translates to “not full.” There wasn’t enough time to get some cheap gas at Costco so I was forced to pay 10 cents more at a station close to the event. Not only that but I had 5 minutes to pump and speed my way to the start line. With palms sweaty and my heart racing, I jumped back in the Corolla and made it to the event with a couple of minutes to spare. Crisis averted.
The tour started at the local All American Speedway, which is a legit NASCAR-approved track. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Corolla got to drive on a track. Below 10 MPH, yes, but it was a track nonetheless. I guess you can say I drive a race car now! You should've seen that four-cylinder beast surrounded by a Ford GT, a Porsche Carrera, and dozens of other cars worth ten times as much. I didn't stick out like a sore thumb at all!
We all got maps showing the different stops we were supposed to go to and a bingo-type card with spots that were supposed to get punched out at every stop. Now if I had a co-pilot, I would follow the directions on the map. But since KEVIN was TOO BUSY WITH WORK, I was left to my own devices and by devices I mean my Google Pixel 3XL. That meant punching the address into Google Maps and hoping for the best. Even with the digital assistance, I still got lost once which goes to show how incredible my navigation skills are.
Image courtesy of @SingleLensNet/Car owner @mikeywerks
The route took us from Roseville to McClellan Park, down the famous Fulton Avenue, through Diamond Autosport, past Sutter’s Fort and the Capitol to the California Automobile Museum. From the first stop to the last, it was a 24.3-mile drive but when you’re enjoying the sights and not rushing from one place to another, it seems much longer. One of my favorite stops was the Bill McAnally Racing Napa AutoCare, a repair shop that deals in everything from basic repair jobs to restorations, and NASCAR race cars. Every stop gave us a different souvenir that represented what that business is known for. It was kind of like an Easter egg hunt except I was in the car the entire time. By the end, I had a bag full of trinkets, a cup of ice cream, and a lemonade mint smoothie. Let’s just say I didn’t end up eating breakfast that day.
Overall, this was almost like a bonding experience between me and the Corolla. I didn’t achieve anything incredible but just enjoying the nice weather and pleasure cruise alone with my car was a surprisingly relaxing experience. It was almost like Kyle’s road trip except in a much newer car and much shorter overall. I know this is gonna sound stupid to some of you, but spending that time alone with my car just exploring the city made me love it even more. It’s that connection between man and machine where you’re both working as one. Basically, I had a great time.
I’d like to thank Jeff and Mark for inviting me to take part in this event! It was really cool driving alongside cars that were worth ten times as much as mine and of course, free stuff makes everything a better experience ;).