It is a gorgeous morning in Belgium at Spa Francorchamps. We haven’t even begun to experience European tracking yet but already our stories are exciting and many.
Saturday evening began with an evening departure from Newark that put us in Frankfurt at 9am. And we continued nonstop until midnight local time.
Our adventures so far included spirited motoring to Nurburg to pick up our track cars. While we waited, in proper American form, we decided to take our transport, a 9 passenger Mercedes Vito Mini Van for a lap of the Ring …. at speed – as much speed as a mini van with 10 Americans can muster.
Then we convoyed our collection of 9 autos (Exiges and Renaults) through the German countryside and into the wilds of Belgium. We checked in our hotel La Source around 5.45pm, in time to listen to the closing dins of the historic races at this fabled track.
This of course encouraged a journey into the quieting magic of the track and paddock. Entering on foot onto the awesome hairpin that gives way to eau rouge, was an inspiration. The excitement and beauty of the vintage cars packing up, the track itself and the surrounding vistas of the Belgium countryside caused me to forget all time and allowed me to immerse myself in the awe of the moment.
And, ultimately, caused me to become locked into the track! Ordinarily a dream come true …. But as my car was not with me a dream with some missing pieces. Thank goodness for the elevation changes as eventually I was able to find a section of fence with just enough space for me to crawl under!
The evening began and ended at the beautiful Le Val d’Ambleve hotel and restaurant…..
Stay tuned for more. Getting ready now for our drivers’ meeting. And watch for tons of pictures and video, including our minivan hot lap at the nurburgring!