Gingerman 10/20/2001

Sunrise (25k)
Another sunrise at the track.

On October 20, 2001, Saturn Performance Club members, guests, and spectators once again gathered for open lapping at Gingerman Raceway in Southhaven Michigan (see my archives for other visits to this track).  Gingerman is an 11-turn 1.88 mile road course.  With lots of grass and no concrete barriers next to the track, it is safe and enjoyable for the first-time driver.  You can read more about Gingerman Raceway HERE.

Gingerman map (10k)
A map of Gingerman Raceway, click HERE for a larger view.

Our day on the course was sponsored by SpeedTrial USA and was again considered a 'Driver's School' - a learning event where we were able to push the limits of our cars and improve our driving ability.  Lap times during the event are not recorded, and the cars are not actually competing against each other.


The SPC was helping out with trackside services for the day which included vehicle tech inspections (for proper maintenance & safety) as well as providing ride-alongs with beginners, as many of us have driven hundreds of laps on this course in the past.


Drivers' meeting (30k)
The morning drivers' meeting.

James (17k)
Instruction by Saturn racer James Walker of Team scR


Saturn owners & club members attending the event included Deebs, Tapp, Lane, Bill H & Jane, Alex P, Jason P & his dad, Brian J, and Dave V.

The temperature in Southwestern Michigan was around 65 degrees and cloudy, making it a perfect day at the track.

After a recent motor swap and more tuning, Deebs & Tapp were dying to get the SPC project car back out on the track.

Click the link below for some in-car video from the passenger seat of the SPC project car.

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SPC project car video


Nice SHO (16k)
Dave's nitrous Taurus SHO.

Some of the other cars that joined us included several Subaru Impreza WRX turbos, a supercharged Ford Ranger, Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Corrado, Isuzu Impreza 2.5 RS, a nitrous Ford Taurus SHO, Lotus Espirit turbo, Chevy Camaro, Toyota MR2, Pontiac Trans-Am, Mustang Cobra, Chevy Corvette, Honda Civic Si, Porsche 924, Porsche 944, Mitsubishi Eclipse turbo, two Panoz cars, several Acura Integra Type-Rs, Honda S2000s, Mazda Miatas, and a Honda Prelude.



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