Best run pt 1

My life revolves around reminiscing. Lemme tell y’all bout one of the best runs I had.

It started somewhere around the red dot iirc.
The length of the run.

This takes place around 2011-12ish. My prime Running days. I had just left Matt’s crib and was heading home. On the highway, I kept hearing a BOV. As I look over I see a first gen Ford Focus with a body kit. The driver was already making eye contact with me as the BOV was going off. I nodded my head and pointed over cuz there was mad traffic in front of me. He let me over and we both got into the slow lanes to the far right. I looked over and nodded my head and gave him a look like “are you ready?” Old boy nodded his head and we both went for it.

This video also sparked the memory of my run. Notice at the last 22 seconds of the video that the camera car slowed down to give his homie an escape route (They weren’t racing each other btw). Talk about team work!

To put it into perspective the Ford Focus is the camera car and I’m the the dark gray Wharp EG in front of him. There were moments where the traffic cleared up and I gap him by big rig lengths.

Where the run ended is actually where I left off the gas to let him catch up. From there I cruised and waited for him cuz my exit was coming up. By the time he got next to me I rolled down my window and gave him a big thumbs up 👍. The driver turned on his interior light and was looking at me clapping his hands 👏 and gave me a thumbs up back 👍. I threw up the peace ✌️ sign back as I exited. That is one of my best runs I ever had. That’s how a run should be! I wonder if that driver still has that car? Maybe even boosted it more? If you reading this homie, Smoke some one for me! HAHA! ✌️

Reflections: Run what you got

Back then (2012), living on an instant ramen noodle diet, I had to run what I got as is.

Ever heard of the tire brand Negotiator? No? Neither have I!

VX wheels are 13×5, I was running 185/70/13 tires on them. Talk about balloon tires. The tires were rated at 110 mph max, I took it past 120mph many times while on a run…

Waiting for the call…
Gas up our cars and minds.
The run
The cool down.
205+WHP + 185/70/13 tires = A setup only P. Runner could master.

It wasn’t an ideal tire set up, but again I had to run what I got. Those days of driving at that speed are over however, I don’t go over 85mph nowadays. It’s all about maintaining now. Living to tell your story.

VX wheels will always have a fond place in my heart.

“I had to pray before going into corners” said Shunei Kawasaki who drove the SS Works CRX on Best Motoring’s Roaring VTEC: Battle at 10,000 RPM. I felt the same way on my tire set up back then. LOL

P.S., I drove by this bar today, and there were people outside enjoying their drinks

It made me think of this

Peace. Stay safe y’all.

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]