River City Run

When it comes to cyclic groups, they don’t continuously circle the Loop like the Running Man in Neo Tokyo. Many times they venture out. Just as us Runner’s didn’t just stick to our loop. As Kei Miura once said in an interview: “On weekend nights the touge, expressways, piers and downtown streets were like racing circuits.” Indeed they were.

Around this time of year I always end up watching throwback races on Guia Circuit. Rewatching them made me reminisce of a time when I was still living in Sacramento, and PVT Matt’s distributor blew while exiting Q street. I drove out to him while he waited for his tow. As we stood there I thought to myself how dope it would be if there was a road course like Guia Circuit out here.

Later that week I plotted the course out in my head. Here is the layout of the track.

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Start/Finish line will be on Q street and 3rd.

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The following photos will be of the turns (Follow the circuit on Google Maps if you like. IF you live in Sac, go drive it!):

Left onto 5th Street, and you’ll fly by Matt’s old apartments.

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Left onto Capital Mall and over the tower bridge.

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First left onto Riverfront.

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Sharp right onto Mill.

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Sharp left onto 5th/South River Road

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Right onto Business Loop 80

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Then back onto I5 North to exit Q Street to the finish line.

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I cruised this route before in the past. Without all the stops, it would be a dope course. It doesn’t have as many turns as Guia, but River City Run is all along the Sacramento River, just as Guia is along the coast. When driving this course, you will pass some monuments and great views. Give is a drive if you’re a local, you won’t be disappointed.

Oh and by the way, it’s also beside something else…

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[2:21AM]

Reflecting Back

Man, we used to do some crazy wild shit.

Me and @Tougel1 did a lot of Highway Loop runs in our home town of Sacramento. No one was doing that shit at that time. Though we would mock a kanjozoku highway course, we had to play it safe. Not only because we were doing something that was dangerous and illegal, but because our cultures and laws are different, as I mentioned before in a blog post years ago. To touch more on that post, I mentioned sometimes cars would follow us a few laps. Reminiscing about that made me think of this:

Exactly. Code of ethics is key when it comes to us looping the highways. At no point were any of us wreckless nor drove like a douchebag. The legendary Team Mid Night main code of ethics was not top speed and skill, it was the safety of other drivers. We followed that code as well. If anyone decided to participate in a run, we would to make sure to be smart about it. There were many times I paid no mind to someone trying to flex on me because of the way they were driving. It came off like they would just run me off the road. I had a few encounters like that and the funniest was when I would decide to run them. I would end up getting the jump on them and they couldn’t keep up, even if they had a more powerful engine.

But as you know, us Runners never cared about winning or losing. As a matter of fact we just cruised the highway majority of the time because we enjoyed how the city looked from that view. When mashing, we were wildin’; when cruising, we were free; when roaming the streets, we were ghosts.

Sacramento at Night

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Back then I would say “Live like you’re already dead. Haunt the streets.” but as of lately I have been saying “Live like you don’t exist. Bless the streets.” And indeed do so, especially if you left humble memories and a foundation there for others to remember. Peace.

[1:05AM]

Macau: Guia Circuit

Guia Circuit, the home to the Macau Touring Car Race, GP & Moto GP. Background info found here.

Thoughts:

Whether you’re watching Kazuhiro (Osaka JDM), Joe (Car Make Across), Temple, the Sharks of NGR or members of Zero Fighter 555, you can see the kanjozoku spirit in their driving. With no street circuits in Japan, I can only imagine that street circuit racing like this is what the kanjozoku’s dreamed of back in the golden age of Japanese car culture. Of course they eventually made Loop 1 their street circuit.

Seeing that this circuit is in China, I feel that it was these type of races on street circuits that inspired HK movies like Off Track (1991).

When I watch races on Guia circuit, I find very similar mannerisms of a kanjozoku; the erratic and abrupt maneuvers to over take the opponent. Just watching the starting grid is like watching a bunch of fighter planes about to take off, and soon after take off is when the dog fights begin.

Disecting Guia:
The first turn on Guia

Leading onto the first straight away.

Turn 2, Mandarin Corner. Many take this turn at high speed so that they can over take at Lisboa.

The infamous Lisboa corner… Watch any race on this circuit. There will be either spinouts and/or pileups on this turn.

San Francisco Hill, an up hill stretch. I always liked the name because if you ever been to the city of San Francisco, CA, there are many steep hills such as this one (even more steeper actually).

A good exit speed and torque is your best friend here.

A down hill look of San Francisco

After San Francisco is a S-turn that leads to a 90 degree right hand turn

Then it’s a down hill stretch

Which leads to a series of turns that get narrow and as slithery as a snake.

Just wide enough for two cars… Leaving little to no room for mistakes.

Melco hairpin

Rules state, absolutely no passing at this hairpin… But I swore I seen people pass here before ๐Ÿค”

Supposedly it’s only during Moto GP races that passing is allowed at this section.

Fisherman’s Bend, second to the last turn of the track which leads to a medium length straight away.

R- Bend, the last turn before the finish line.

Final Thoughts:

Even though many different divisions race here, I feel this is where Touring Car racing belong. When ever I think of this track I automatically picture cars of the touring races in the late 90′ to early 2000’s battling it out. I see the starting grid and I imagine the Kanjozoku’s lining up at the entrance of Loop 1. You don’t need crazy aero on your car when you race on this course, just skills.

It’s the swarm of noise, violent driving and the car pileups that echos nostalgia. It’s more exciting than the rat race of life and death we witness everyday in traffic and daily commutes.

You can find many videos of these older to current races online. When I watch them, I can almost picture myself there, maybe on of a high rise hotel suite watching from a birds eye view. Sipping on a martini or something haha, one day.

“There arenโ€™t many places that make Monaco look easy, but Macau is one of them.”

[1:55 AM]

Zen approach

We live in a crazy world don’t we? People love to talk trash about others. They love to put down one another. They get caught up in hype, trying to one-up each other.

But look at this:

Beautiful isn’t it? What is the life span of human existence compared to the life span of the universe? It is as if our relevance to this universe is, well, irrelevant. With all the beauties and wonders it holds, it baffles me the way and how people treat each other. But as Bertrand Russell once said “The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.”

I been busy with life and work. I been doing ten hour+ shifts where I get off at 2am or later. That means there are times where I don’t talk to a homie for a good while, but when we connect again it’s just like where we left off. Some people don’t have a connection like that. They wanna act all brand new and shit. I am too sleep deprived to deal with bullshit. Even when I’m not sleep deprived I don’t have time for bullshit! Lol can you imagine that some people have connection issues with relatives?… Smh. When it comes to people’s true colors, you gotta realize in essence colors are pieces of light. Light travels regardless of any fact. A person can only try to hide and stop their true colors from shining for so long, before they get blinded by it. Enough is enough. It’s time for Zen. Don’t get distracted by bullshit y’all. Stay focus, work on yourself. And be humble. Always have good intentions.

Also, big shout out to folks who juggle family life and car life. Late night hours belongs to you. I call that the hours of solitude. Because when you have a passion for something, you make time for it.

What is Zen? When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep. Sounds simple right? People don’t do that at all. When they’re hungry, they think of all sort of things. When they’re tired they dream all types of dreams.

Peace.

[2:20AM]