Well, I had the most amazing and enjoyable time at the GS Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky and to think I almost didn't go - Briz had mentioned the Nationals when I first arrived back in the US but as I wasn't expecting to still be in the US at the time, I forgot all about it. Thankfully PBR400 mentioned it in a Post to me on Wednesday afternoon so I had time to attend.
It was an excellent drive from Madison in northern Florida to Bowling Green - perfect weather that continued through-out the event.
I expected to be on the sidelines watching the racing so was surprised at the suggestion that I join in the fun and race in the Electra!! And I am sooooo glad I did! What a blast! Highly addictive! By the end of Thursday I was looking for a spare NO2 cylinder to help along the 16.6 sec 1/4 mile times!!
Looking back over my life, I have to say that this sits right up there in the 'Most enjoyable' category of my life experiences and made made so not just by the racing but also by the immediate welcome, hands of friendship and never-ending camaraderie I was shown from the moment I arrived and through-out the event.
Thank you Bryan for suggesting I race; thank you 'Carbi' Dave for so willingly working on my Q-jet (as it sorely needed it); thank you to Starc and Jim and Pete and Briz and Gary and Bubba (and Bryan and 'Carbi' Dave) for all the suggestions on how work with the tree and on how to improve my times - your support was enormously appreciated.
In the larger picture - thank you to the organizers of this event and all those who volunteered and made it run so well.
The only negative - having to wait another year to do it all over again.
If anyone has some pictures of my racing would you let me know and I'll ask you to email them to me.
Thanks again, Stephen
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Mike B. (Red 68 GS400)
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Stephen! It was great meeting you & was glad to help in anyway. I loved seeing you smoke the right rear tire passed the 330 mark but that didn't help make
your best times. You could see you were enjoying it & that's what the GS Nats are about.
Hope to see you next year.
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I'm glad you were able to make it (especially on a day's notice) and experienced the GS Nationals in their full WOT glory. I don't think it could have worked out any better. It's something special--more than just the sum of the parts.
Stephen that is friggin awesome!
Im so jealous!
I thought this might be the year Id get to go but, had to get back home again for other reasons
I say, maybe next year, but your description of the event makes me want to go even more!
2004 Pontiac GTO (Sold!)
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE UK TO EVERYONE IN V8 BUICK FORUM LAND - IT'S BEEN A THE PLEASURE MEETING, OR TALKING, WITH PEOPLE OVER THE PERIOD I'VE BEEN A MEMBER OF THIS FORUM. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE ADVISE AND HELP I HAVE RECEIVED OVER THAT TIME.
I HOPE 2017 IS A YEAR FULL OF NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW POSSIBILITIES AND NEW ADVENTURES FOR YOU ALL (AND THE OCCASIONAL NEW BARN FIND THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE!).
SO AGAIN - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Happy New Year! I hope you are able to come back to the USA again to see the sites that you wanted. Don't be a stranger here. You are one of us now!
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Thanks, guys - as Arnie would say "I'll be back"!!! I'm currently in central Denmark having some quiet time in a meditation center there. Will let you know when I'm heading stateside again.