On the automotive side, son Leif modified an
84 Celica into a stock car, and raced it at the local speedway.
Here is a picture taken at the speedway of Leif
and his "Baby". That's Dan standing in the background under the
umbrella. I provided some technical assistance, but basically this
was his show. He raced in a new class for 4 cylinder vehicles and did
quite well placing fourth in his first race. Our Olds is now used to
tow the Celica as required. Frankly, I dont know which car will
last longer, but my bet is on the Celica!
Additionally, both Dan and Leif belonged to
The Motorsport Club of Ottawa which runs time trials over courses
marked out with pylons in the Corel Centre parking lot. Both did
excellently, but the tire wear on their sports cars is incredible!
Here is a picture of them just prior to the
trials. Dan (standing) owns the green ACURA in the background, while
Leif is at the wheel of his PRELUDE. Lately Leif is using his stock
car thus saving the wear and tear on his sports car. As a Dad, I know
what my sons secretly imagine as they roar around the course. For
Dan, its probably the thought of passing a
Porsche; for Leif, its being ineffectually pursued
by a Ferrari and a Maserati!
The sons "Ice Raced" in winter with their
sports car club, but using the stock car. They really had fun while
Dad got a kick out of watching their efforts. Of course some untoward
things do happen on occasion. This is a picture
of one of them with Leif walking away unscathed. It should be
noted that he wasn't the driver (just a passenger) and that's not his
car! Here is a picture of the two sons and the Celica ,"Slip
Slidin' Away!" Even Judy had a chance to ride as a passenger and
thoroughly enjoyed the rush. Here she is with Leif giving a "thumbs-up"
just before a run. They wanted me to have a go at driving, and
finally I couldn't wiggle out of it. It was a real blast and
incredibly I scored a solid first in my class! Here
I am learning the news. It wasn't until later that my sons
admitted that I was the only one in my class .....
I haven't mentioned that they are also avid
"Mountain Bikers," and usually get out
each weekend, rain or shine, summer or winter, to practice their
Kamikaze sport (from my standpoint). Here is a
panoramic picture of the two taken just prior to another
adventure. You can tell it is a "before" shot as they are still
clean, and no blood is evident!