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Lean into it – Moto GP at Laguna Seca

2 Aug

This past weekend in Monterey was one of the largest motorcycle races of the year, the Moto Grand Prix.  Some friends invited to me to come down and hang out, so of course you know I would not be missing hang time with some of my good friends and something thrilling.  I have to say, this was extremely exciting to be watching in person.  The bikes move so fast and the riders are practically half way off their bikes the entire time.  It’s hard to catch the detail when they are moving so fast but we cruised around to all different parts of the track to really experience the event.

First things first.

People were scattered all around the 2+ mile track.

With Lacey and Shannon watching the bikes zoom around in record time.

The world famous corkscrew!  This is also one of the most dangerous parts of the track.

The riders tilt their motorcycles sideways practically.

Close grid of racers.  You can see here how they lean to get through the top curve of the corkscrew.

Bottom curve of the corkscrew.

Knee to the ground.

Helicopters were constantly circling the track trying to keep up with the motorcycles.

This gives you a little more perspective.

Spectators.  They’ve got a great view!

Standings.

There were a few motorcycle spectators at MotoGP.

MotoGP at Laguna Seca was an awesome event and I have now I have an idea of how exciting motorcycle races can be.  I’ve now seen maybe car races but I’d never seen Moto so this was a thrilling experience!

What’s your favorite kind of racing??

My city drive and street driving, on another level

10 Jul

With the drop of the amazing Gymkhana 5 video that Ken Block released yesterday, I thought I’d share his video and my rally pictures from X-Games.  This drive Ken Block does at the beginning of the video into the city is my exact drive to work (if I were to drive and not take the train).  All of the Gymkhana videos he has made have been AMAZING but this one is extra special since it was made in my city 🙂  I’ve also been introduced to the rally/autocross world over the past few years and find it to be very fun.  If only you could rip around a car with no worries of wrecking it and the city blocking off streets all over for you.  Oh yes, and helicopters following and filming.  They really go large scale to make these videos that are nothing short of incredible.  Watch and welcome yourself to San Francisco!

At X-Games, the cars would open their doors and drive slow after a race lap.  I’m sure to let all of the heat out and/or get some fresh air running through.

Getting ready.

In the pits.

Subaru.

Design your own car!

View from the pits.  The hot wheels loop and downtown LA.

Cool down.

The pits!  You could walk around and check out all the cars and crews.  Pretty cool to see it all up close and personal.

They sectioned off a bunch of LA streets to create a street rally course in downtown.

We got dangerously close for a bit.  You can see a bunch of the tire tracks from practice.

Crowds lined the entire street course to see the crowd favorites Ken Block and Travis Pestrana.

Gold – Sebastian Loeb, Silver – Ken Block, Bronze – Brian Deegan.

Behind the scenes – to walk around to get to different parts of the X Games there were all of these back walkways to get around the crowds with special access.  I thought this was awesome, you could walk, skate, bike, moto, or anything with wheels.  Not only were there stairs everywhere but ramps.

When it rains, it doesn’t always pour in San Francisco

27 Mar

With the on and off rain over the weekend, it was so hard to tell how the weather was going to be day by day.  Saturday the rain was coming down pretty good and then Sunday the clouds parted long enough for my friend, Kelsey, and I to go exploring.  We planned on a short little walk and some catch up time and four hours later we were still exploring!  She lives in such a wonderful part of the city with access to so much.  Here are some photos from our city walk in between the light rains of the weekend.

It was so calm in the harbors and I loved the reflections on the water.

All of the plants and flowers are happy to have some water.

The Golden Gate.  We saw a seal just floating along right out in these waters.

A freight liner moving out.

An adorable tug boat leaving the harbor.

We walked out to the end of the Yacht Club Pier to watch the sail boat racing.  It was a bunch of middle or high school kids racing so all of their parents were out on this pier cheering their kids on.  It was really cool to see.  The weather isn’t always predictable here but there’s always something great to see!

Laguna Seca

10 May

After the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we decided to drive up to Laguna Seca to check it out.  Ian is a huge car enthusiast so it was really fun to get to see him enjoy this place!

We hiked up to the top of this hill where you could overlook a lot of the track.

All Ian really wanted to see was the cork screw turn on the track and we definitely got to see it!  We also saw a mazda almost lose it on this turn and go off track.

Here’s part of the corkscrew.

Another angle, although neither of these photos shows the entire turns of this section.

This top point had this awesome tiling where it talked about all of the people who contributed to the track.  There were some pretty interesting tiles on this layout, very cool to see.