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Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Part 2)

Hey guys! So of my coverage post is here and I do apologize for the wait. This week got extra busy even though I’m on spring break. Funny how that works out sometimes. Although I have a few more pictures to post than in the first one, I don’t think I have anything else to add regarding the event itself. I will however add commentary on most of the pictures. As far as this batch goes, it covers the shots taken from starting line as well as from the corkscrew. Enjoy!

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Miatas at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (Part 1)

Mazda Raceway Laguna Raceway. First established in 1957, it is now host to many famous races such as the American Le Mans Monterey, MotoGP, Ferrari Racing Days, and various “Reunion” events, the most recent being the Rennsport Reunion. I’m sure many of you are familiar with this track and have either raced on it in various video games such as Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo, or have been fortunate enough to race on the track in real life. Needless to say, the video game version cannot compare with the rush of being on the real track. I was merely a passenger while going around the track three times, but it was a pleasure each and every time.

The days leading up to this event were one of the most exciting and tiring days of work ever. Shaikh, Paul, and I worked on “Senna,” the ’95 Merlot Miata belonging to Shaikh. We literally spent Thursday and Friday of last week pumping out hours of work to prepare the car for the event. To put it in perspective, I worked from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning (4am) and from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning (5am). On the same Saturday morning, I woke up at 745am in order to get to Laguna Seca by 10am. I picked up my friend Joseph at 830am and we were on our way. The best part of the trip was that on the way up there, it was literally pouring and it was getting hard to see the road. In addition, we got lost because the GPS lead us to the physical address of the place, but where we ended up was not an entrance, but a wall. -__-

I decided it was too difficult to navigate the roads blind and lost (duh), so we pulled over into some random parking lot and waited out the rain…for 30 minutes. Fun. Afterwards, the rain finally died down and after adjusting the destination, we were on our way again. We soon ended up at the Laguna entrance (finally), and made our way towards the track. Upon laying our eyes on the track for the first time in our lives, we were blown back. Aside from the general assembly and the speeding Miatas making their way around the course, the general size of the track itself was amazing. Yes it was my first time being on the track, but I didn’t think it would have impacted me the way it did. The only experience I had with Laguna Seca was by playing Forza. The real track is grossly misrepresented in-game.

We cautiously made our way to a parking spot and parked. We got out of the car and as soon as we got to the paddock area, we surprisingly found Shaikh making his way towards the Fat Cat Motorsports garage. We chatted a bit and talked about how his day was going. I asked him right off the bat if I could get a ride and he told me I could after other people did. Apparently, his 12-point Blackbird Fabworx roll cage caused quite a stir and many people were begging to get rides with him. Soon after our talk was over, Joseph and I decided it was time to head to the track to grab a few pictures before lunch.

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All That Work!

Ferrari Racing Days @ Laguna Seca

I need to know what Ferrari this is!

Is it a Ferrari 512 BB LM?

Cinco de HOLY CRAP

Um…… speechless.

This picture says what I cannot say:


Japan’s Aftermath, 2 Weeks Later

So because all of the news is no longer on Japan and is almost entirely focused on the conflict in Libya, I wanted to just take the time to post a bunch of pictures that I found on a Flickr photostream that I used last week to display pictures of the aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami in Japan.

My thoughts and prayers still go out to the families out there who have been struggling to rebuild their lives. Slowly but surely our aid will bring them back on their feet. If you haven’t been able to donate your money to the reputable organizations lending aid to the victims of the tragedy in Japan, please find it in your heart to do so. If you already have, I thank you and I am sure the people of Japan thank you as well.

As of this posting, the current stats in terms of lives lost, people missing, and cost of damage is as follows:

The death toll from the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeast coast has topped 10,000, two weeks after the disaster struck, Kyodo news reports.

From the Herald Sun
The National Police Agency, responsible for compiling statistics from different prefectures affected, could not immediately confirm that figure.

There are fears of a much higher toll from the disaster, which flattened entire towns along the Pacific coast of the country’s main island of Honshu.

In its report yesterday, the National Police Agency said that 9811 people had been confirmed dead and 17,541 officially listed as missing – a total of 27,352 – as of 9 pm local time (11pm AEDT) as a result of the March 11 catastrophe.

The Japanese government has put the rebuilding cost of the March 11 earthquake at $309bn(£191.8bn).

Let us also not forget that the aftereffects of the disaster still looms in the form of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant that was heavily damaged during the tsunami. The radiation is so bad that although there hasn’t been a total meltdown, the fumes that had to be released into the air to cool down the reactors have gotten into the food and water supply, which is now running low. Also, because of the fear of harmful contamination, sales of seafood (which Japan’s economy heavily relies on) have plummeted severely. I cannot feel guilty that I’m doing fine here in the United States, but people in a rich country like Japan cannot get the basic necessities to survive. I hope our donations are serving them well.

Here are all of the pictures from the photostream. I thought it would be best to just link all 150+ of the pictures because it would be faster to scroll down and view them all at once, rather than to go through a Flickr slideshow:

*DISCLAIMER* I am pretty sure all / a lot of these images are not taken by the owner of the photostream I took the pictures from. I didn’t really want to go take the images from Yahoo! news or something but I will have to say it was convenient for me to find all of the pictures on the Flickr.

One of the many fallen citizens of this great country.


As if time stood still.

Even in the worst of times, they keep their tradition.

The sadness in her eyes… 😦

Like legos…

Honda Jazz vs. Ship

Bye bye Hondas 😦

Growing up in the aftermath.

So after seeing all of the images, it’s hard to imagine what has happened. I hope that everything will be good in the end. Prayers to the victims in Japan once again.

There are a lot of automotive blogs who have been raising money for the relief efforts. Here are just a few:

Love and Support From the Aftermarket Industry

Save Japan

Heartbreakers for Japan

For Japan

If there are any more, feel free to comment.

Thank you for reading.

Flying in Unity

Hey guys,

I just wanted to go ahead and share this with all of you.

I intern at a start-up company called “Goodjoe” and we are a t-shirt and apparel company that unites artists with non-profits. The basic premise is that for every shirt sold, a dollar of it will go to community-nominated non-profit organizations.

In light of the recent events in Japan, Goodjoe’s artists collaborated on a t-shirt design that represented Japanese culture. 100% of the proceeds would go directly to’s Relief fund.

If you like the design or want to help and get a shirt for your efforts, make sure to check out the shirt. It is called: Flying in Unity

Our thoughts and prayers go to those affected by the devastation in Japan.

Here is a quick description of the shirt:
On March 11, 2011, the north coast of Japan was hit by a horrible tsunami after an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred 80 miles offshore. Goodjoe and our passionate community of artists have collaborated to bring you the Flying in Unity t-shirt to raise funds and to inspire others to contribute in whatever way they can. Each of the participating artists created a crane or a bird as a positive thought to send toward the people affected by this disaster. Inspiration from Paper Cranes for Japan

100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Our goal is to raise $1000 and we will report the results of our fundraising efforts at the end of this two week campaign.

Goodjoe would like to thank all the participating artists for donating their time and Boots for piecing together all the cranes and birds into a unified flock.

Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Aftermath Pictures Pt. 3

The devastation:

Makes you just say “Whoa…”