Pictures from the Palomar Run last weekend

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For those of you SoCal NSXers who couldn't make the Palomar Run... you missed a hell of a trip! 195 miles of switchbacks, hairpins, and abandoned straightaways, empty roads, with NO COPS! There were also a few RX7s, an M3 and a C5.

The white car below is mine, with Dan's black NSX to the right.

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Look at all those S2000s!

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The NSXs were well represented though. Dan was the leader and I somehow managed to keep up with him in second place through hours of switchbacks through the Palomar mountains.
The guy is good and I learned a lot about what my car can do by following him. We screamed through the tight (90-180 degree) hairpin turns and hit about 120 on the straightaways. It was a blast! My navigator screamed like a girl as we bombed through the turns down the mountain. I guess that's a normal response when barreling toward a chasm at 80mph.
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"SLOW DOWN, we're gonna DIE!" he screamed. My response? "Slow down? Hell no. He's (DAN) getting away!" As fast we went, I could barely keep up with him. He is a very, very good driver. I think I did OK for only 2 months of having my NSX. At least others thought so which made me feel good.
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Truthfully, half of it was me mimicking Dan's lines as I followed him.

Unfortunately, no pics of this stuff as I was too busy driving and my buddy had a death grip on the door handle as he was screaming (can we say white knuckles). We could smell burnt rubber and brakes on the way down.
Do you really want to see motion blur as the car powerslides throuh a turn. ok... don't answer that. Next year, we'll mount a video camera and put in some sway bars so we can take the turns even faster!
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The video would have been awesome. oh well.


The S2000s also handle really well. Dan and I blew them away up the mountain because they just didn't have the torque to keep up.
I never took the car out of second going up the mountain (5000-7500RPMS) for about 30 minutes until we reached the top.
But on the way down, 1 very good S2000 driver was right with us behind me all the way down. Those turns were so crazy, I even made myself carsick by the end of the drive. Right when I was feeling bad, we hit a long straightaway at 120mph, and all of a sudden all was well again.
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We had lunch at Pablitos Mexican restaurant. I was exhausted from the drive and was ready to sleep. I let my buddy drive back which was more of a relaxed cruise. We took a spot somewhere in the middle of the pack. This gave me a chance to put my SC film school talents to use. I stuck our digital camera out the window and took pics of the row of cars cruising behind us. Not bad for a moving, blind shot out the window, eh?

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I wish more NSXs could have been there, but I guess they were all saving up for Vegas.
The drive gave me a great appreciation for what the NSX can do. We would have wiped out in almosy any other car doing what we did. I have the utmost appreciation for the great drivers among us. I'll just keep following them and learning everything I can.

Don't go away. More pics to be posted including close ups of some nice S2000s and action shots through the front windshield with all the dead bug splatter you could ever hope for.
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Also,a bonus shot. Ever take a picture of a 25mph sign as you screamed by at 90? Stay tuned.
 
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Sorry..had to put my two cents in--I was the the other driver/photographer in Ilya's car that day. He neglects to mention his own death grip on the door handle as I drafted the RX-7 in front of us, or his whining once I hit 115 on one of the straightaways ("You're losing control--she's getting away from you." Yeah right!)

Kudos to Dan and his crew for putting together an amazing drive though some of San Diego County's most beautiful scenery. It sure was beautiful, albeit sometimes blurry, esp. when we were following Dan.

That being said, I have one last thing to say: thre's nothing funnier than watching the DRIVER of the car you're in turn himself green! Hee hee!
 
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SETH!!!! You BASTARD!
Registering on the forum just to bust my balls.
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Considering that you like to drive half a car length behind the car in front of you, I had a reason to tell you to lay off.
And yes, I did drive so hard I made myself carsick.
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However, you forgot to mention that I park like a girl. I do and am proud of it... proud I say!
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I'm too afraid of scratches.

Here are some more pics. First, we start off with a gratuitous pic of my engine bay.
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More S2000s. Notice the bug splatter on the windshield. I think that big one was a butterfly. They usually leave yellow.

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Here we go. Last batch of pics.

Would you call this a safe distance? maybe it's just me.

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More bug splatter.

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A bit dark. This is the other side of the lot across from the row of S2000s at the top of the post. The observatory at the top of the mountain. That's an Audi TT, a row of modified RX7s, Edwards Red NSX at the end, and the rear end of a C5 before that.

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I hope some of you guys enjoyed these pics and post. A lot of people missed this event and I wanted to put something together so you guys could see what it was like. See some of you on the 20th of May!
 
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Nope, he had a black S2000. I'm bad with names, but he was a good guy. We had lunch at the same table and had some pretty good laughs regarding the drive up. I was hoping he saw me when I broke loose once during a 180 degree turn, but he didn't.
There were a couple yellow ones though.
 
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How did the RX7 guys do? My Mazda handles better than my NSX but I have a Targa. Just curious?

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I'm super jealous, while you guys were cruising around with tops down and windows down, it was SNOWING HERE!
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So I thought this weekend I could at least start my car and get it ready, NOPE it was snowing again! Ahhhh spring time in North Dakota, nothing like it anywhere. NOTHING AT ALL!
 
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As for the RX7s, I didn't really see them. I was up front behind Dan for the trip up, so everyone was behind us. I know they were behind a few S2000s which were behind us. They may have just been cruising. Not everyone was probably comfortable pushing their car in that kind of environment.

Poor Edward though. He just cruised at the back of the line (Red NSX)to enjoy the ride, and somehow he got a rock chip in his windshield. We were tearing through the turns and all we got was a bunch of bug splatter. We felt bad for him. he took a picture of it. maybe he'll post it.
 
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If you want to talk RX7 go to www.rx7forum.com.
These guys are very fun and very helpful.

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NSXBADBOY,
I saw a post on that forum of someone who wanted to see pics of the event. Since you are registered there, maybe you could help them out and post a link to this thread, and the S2000 forum threads about the event. I think they would see how fun it was and maybe more will show up for the next one.
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Hi Ilya,

The BK S2000 following you was me. That was one of the best runs I've had yet. I'm looking forward to the next one. BTW, if anyone wants to get together for a north county run I'm ready any time.
The only bad thing about the meet was that I took a rock to the windshield so it looks like I'll have to get a replacement. Oh well, better a rock to the windshield than my head...

Thanks for posting the pics.
 
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You're not the only one who took a rock. Edward in his Red NSX also had a rock chip crack his windshield.
You didn't get a rockchip when following me, did you? :O

I don't think you need a new windshield. There are ways to fix small cracks for much less.
 
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No, I got it on the last leg. This is my second chip and I don't think this one can be filled. Anyway, my windshield's all cratered with little dings so I don't mind having it replaced. Plus, my insurance pays 100%. The S2000's notorious for having a soft windshield.
 
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