COMBINE THE BEAUTIFUL ARIZONA landscape with Audi’s R8 supercar and you have the makings of a spectacular drive event. The Arizona Chapter’s R8 exclusive “Drive to Dine” was held this past October under beautiful blue skies and perfect driving conditions, for one of the most exciting chapter events of the year. This was the first of a planned trifecta of annual R8 events, gathering the chapter’s R8 owners to share their cars and friendship on a fabulous drive.
LOOKING AT SOME OF THE BEST known auto racing dynasties where the motoring passion is passed down from one generation to the next, one can’t but ask if the talent is inherited or developed. Names like Andretti, Fittipaldi, Earnhardt, Allison, and Bell come to mind when fathers, sons, and often grandsons enter and excel in the field of motorsports. And one can’t help but wonder if Dee Ann Andretti, Mario’s wife and Marco’s mother had ever wished that her son had chosen a somewhat safer profession.
2013 WAS JUST THE SECOND YEAR Audi Club participated in Legends of the Autobahn. In 2012, we made a big impression with the brand new RS5, TT RS and S6 displayed at the entrance to the corral. Audi Tradition and Audi of America brought the legendary Audi Sport quattro Pikes Peak S1 from Germany.
MY FRIEND, SEAN, AND I BEGAN dreaming of the ultimate road trip in the ultimate car. We had spoken a long time ago about going on a trip with our wives, a trip that would be about the road, the car and the journey. The idea was born out of two very different paths.
In my last column I recounted how the adage “Old age and treachery will defeat youth and exuberance” was creeping into my daughter Alex and my favorite past time, often labeled as an obsession: performance driving. This fall the opportunity presented itself to once again explore the applicability of these famous words on a racetrack.
IT WAS A COOL EVENING IN MONT Tremblant after a wonderful two-day NEQ track event. Several of us spending a last night in this picturesque setting met for dinner to celebrate the end of another successful Audi driving season. Seated around the table were Greg and Rebecca Haymann, Alan and Wendy Bellavance, Rick Williams, Steve and Carol Blacker and Steve and I.
published in the Fall 2013 quattro quarterly THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER was one of several sponsors of the 17th Annual German American Chamber of Commerce Biergartenfest in Morrison, CO. The festival took place this past July and culminated with a Frühschoppen, a traditional German brunch on Sunday morning. The Frühschoppen was a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet where guests were treated to jazz music, fantastic German food, and (of course) beer.
THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE ADAGE “Old age, experience, and treachery will defeat youth and strength” was many years ago on a shirt worn by a veteran on Memorial Day, depicting a P-51 Mustang next to an F-16. Given back then I was more on the youth side, I chuckled and thanked the gentleman for his service.
Last Summer, 80 drivers got together at Mandarin Hotel in Washington DC to take part in Audi’s TDI Efficiency Drive Challenge. Among the drivers were journalists, scientists, startup entrepreneurs, bloggers, policy makers, and three Audi Club members: Paul Rivera (Southern CA), Matthew Welch (Lone Star), and myself (Golden Gate).
THIS PAST JUNE, Audi Club Golden Gate hosted its annual Yosemite Drive. Club member, Tom Langerquist, did an outstanding job of coordinating the event. Over twenty members met at the Manteca Starbucks about 90 miles from Yosemite National Park to fill up with coffee and pastries before heading out on the highway in one long line of Audis.