After 1600 miles and two full days on the road, we made it into Great Bend on Friday afternoon, giving us time to sit and relax in the hotel parking lot. I had brought a pair of Hoosier drag radials to sell to another racer, so we enjoyed the sunset while we waited for him to show up for the tires. I knew this would be the calm before the storm, and boy was I right!
These parking lot gatherings turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the trip. It was great seeing all the cars and meeting people from all over the country. It didn’t hurt that I was running with two of the most beautiful cars in the whole event – Corey Thompson’s 7-second Chevelle, and Ryan Saiki’s masterpiece of a Camaro. I really felt out of place in my beater ‘Benz.