1991 Acura NSX: Trackside Support
April 02, 2012
Photo guy Kurt Niebuhr and I had a little role reversal this weekend. Normally, I'm the guy behind the wheel, and he's behind the viewfinder. On Saturday, this all changed.
Kurt had signed up to drive our long-term Miata in a track day event at Buttonwillow Raceway, which is about two hours north of Los Angeles. He asked me if I'd able to show up and take some photos and maybe help out in the pits. How could I say no?
I managed to snag the keys to our NSX for the weekend, and it performed admirably as a track support vehicle. I loaded the car with my track bags, helmets and tools (just in case) the night before and it all fit without any issue.
The early morning drive (I left L.A. at 6am) was a piece of cake. I ended up averaging 25.4 as I climbed up and over the Grapevine (a long stretch of Interstate 5 that leads you into the San Joachin Valley). As I approached the Tejon Pass at 4,160 feet above sea level, the windshield started fogging up, but the defroster had little effect. I had to turn it up full blast to finally get a clear view again. Teeth chattering, I was finally able to turn off the defroster once I reached the valley floor.
The track day itself seemed well organized and fun for all. Well, everyone who was driving on track, anyway. I felt like a puppy on a leash in a dog park, but that just convinced me that I need more track days in my future -- probably of the two-wheeled variety. Kurt will have a post on the Miata's day at the track later. Until then, here's a shot of him tearing up Buttonwillow. Go Kurt!
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 53,560 miles