Who we are.
So its about time that I breakdown and put together a blog post to introduce ourselves.
I think it all started way back in 2004 when I was well in to my wannabe race car driver/builder phase that, like a lot of people, was influenced by the first Fast and Furious movie. Fast forward a few years, the car was built and I had been piloting it around local tracks at lapping and autocross events. It was about as much fun as anyone should ever want to have in a Pontiac Firefly (a 3cyl Geo Metro/Suzuki Swift for my American based shoppers)... The difference being that mine was making about 115HP at the wheels (after a substantial amount of work).
Around this time I met my now wife, who was about as interested in cars as I was and autocrossed her Acura Integra a couple of times, after we swapped in a B20B and a manual transmission.
Fast forward to somewhere around 2015, I was now driving/racing a 1999 Mazda Miata and the Firefly was sitting in the garage, under a tarp doing nothing. No engine or anything inside, simply a rolling chassis with a roll cage because I thought I was going to start road racing it or perhaps make a run during Speedweek at the Bonneville salt flats. Neither of these things ever materialized.
That same year I found myself at the Canadian National Autocross Championships and boy did I get beat down. Not a hope in hell of recovering from a really bad first day of driving, I literally finished in the bottom 10 of around 80-90 other drivers. Not happy with that, I dedicated the rest of that season and looked at 2016 as my time to improve.
Photo credit to Lyall C.
Anyone find it strange that I have not mentioned one single moment that includes Motorcycles...? Good, it means that you're paying attention, it was not until July of 2016 that I actually rode a motorcycle for the first time.
The next blog post will delve in to what happened after that, because our lives changed for ever.