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Old 08-28-2006, 10:29 PM   #1
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Cool Scott_SVT tours the SouthEast!!

Well, last thursday I had to drive up near Richmond VA, and since I had a few extra days, I decided to take the 'roads less travelled' on the way home.

I drove through southern VA heading southwest, into North Carolina. I stopped in a place called Roxbury on Friday night. They had an 1/8th mile dragstrip, so I gave it a few runs. I didn't do so well, but I had street tires on, a fully loaded car (luggage, cooler, spare tire, tools) and very little nitrous left from 'testing' a bit with a few cars that wanted to play on the highway during the trip up 1-95. I ran into a guy running a Zx4 out there, but it was mostly stock.

I ran a best of 10.1, which is a far cry from the 8.849 I've done here locally on our track. But it was fun to meet racers from another area, and see how they did things (wet t-shirt contests at a dragstrip?? who'd have thunk? Someone should suggest that to the O-town guys)

After that, I headed out again. I ended up cruising over near the Blue Ridge Mountains, so I decided to run the car on the "tail of the Dragon" on the NC/Tenn border. That was fun, I ordered some pics from dragonslayer.com, if you are interested you can find them on the Saturday Aug 26 page19 and 20 of the cars. I wil probably order some from killboy.com also once I see them on wednesday.

While I was out there, I drove the Smokey Mountain Parkway, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, and then used US129 to get out going south, which is a great drive by itself.

My car really got some cornering time, I've pretty happy with the way it handled itself. Only one near mishap, and that was my fault, I came into the 1st switchback on the Dragon a bit too hot, and almost tipped the car (two wheelin!!) I was able to correct the car and put it back down and still pull through without leaving the road, but it was a bit unnerving. I had just forgotten how some of those corners have banks that hinder instead of help and this was one of them. It isn't as noticable on a bike, but I remember noticing it when I was there last time on my little suzuki.

After that I basically just hit back roads all the way to Macon, GA. Then I was running low on time, the GF was gettin mad at me taking so long to get home, etc... So I hit the interstates the rest of the way.

I only saw 2 Foci that looked modded, a white zx3 with a body kit and big rally style fogs on the front, I played with him at some decent speeds on 1-95 between Daytona and St. Augustine on my way up, and then in Murphy NC I saw a saleen N20 Focus at a rest stop, but the guy was headed to the toilet, and I didn't feel like waiting around for him to return.

Anyway, it was a fairly entertaining trip, I'll get some pics put up soon.


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Old 08-29-2006, 12:22 PM   #2
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Sounds like you had a great trip Scott
One of these days Ill go and run the Dragons tail, but only after I install my new suspension.
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:54 AM   #3
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macon, ga.. man you were only about 20 min north of me. and im assuming you hit i75 the way down which shot right past Warner robins, where im from.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:40 AM   #4
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damn, that does sound like a lotta of fun. glad you came outta that one ok
oh, yeah, u should have made it farther down on 75 i could have gotten on the highway, i know how it is not having decent foci round ya, its cold air intake land over here!!
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Old 08-31-2006, 02:18 AM   #5
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sounds like a fun trip...where's the pictures!?
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Old 09-07-2006, 07:41 PM   #6
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my computer is now officially dead... boo..


I'll have to get pics up later, sorry guys... I'm not allowed to crap up my fiance's comp with all my digi-cam stuff.

I didn't use 1-75 much, I shot across I-16 to I-95 instead, I like I-16, there's never anyone on it!
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here's a link for the slideshow I have...

http://www5.photoreflect.com/scripts...99&t=1&b=10207
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