The weather was gorgeous and the roads were twisty, and we couldn’t have picked a better day to have our 86DRIVE End Of Summer meet. Large caravans of cars converged from both San Jose and Livermore towards a remote and sparsely populated area midway between them, known to cycling, driving and motorcycle enthusiasts simply as The Junction. We arrived just in time to be greeted by the delicious smells of barbecued meats being prepared for our lunch at the Junction Bar and Grill.
After chowing down on some delicious BBQ ribs, pulled pork and chicken the group had a little free time to wander around and check out one another’s rides. The range of modifications varied from bone stock, still in the break-in-period cars fresh from the showroom, to highly souped up supercharged and turbocharged machines tuned for maximum performance and curb appeal. We chatted it up with old friends with whom we’ve spent the past year driving and hanging out with, as well as meeting and welcoming some new members for some of whom, this was their first meet and drive as a group. Everyone seemed to be having a good time out there and I think as an enthusiast community you would be hard pressed to find one more friendly and tightly knit than ours.
Then the time came for our prize raffles. Every driver received a raffle ticket for making the journey out there, and then those 86DRIVERS who participated in our events all summer long also earned tickets for their summer activities. If you came out for our group DRIVES, took part in the competitive autocrosses, or took your 86 out to the track, we wanted to reward you for taking your car out and doing what it was meant for — driving, driving, and more driving! That’s what our latest t-shirt design represents as well and we are so pleased so many people came out to celebrate the close of a very active summer with our club. Of course we have much more fun planned in the future but it seemed fitting to get together and remember the good times we’ve had so far. Some of our long-time members remarked at how far we’ve come since the beginning, when it was just a handful of cars and owners who got together and went for a drive. Our cars have evolved and our numbers have grown, but we certainly still uphold the same basic principles as before — Come out and DRIVE your car, and have FUN.
A big heartfelt thank you those who helped make this event possible. That includes our generous vendors/sponsors who donated raffle prizes: Equilibrium Tuning, Northern California Racing Club, FT86SpeedFactory, HRI Tuning, and Mann Engineering. And those individuals who helped us organize for this event and kept things running (mostly) smoothly: 86DRIVERS Jessie (MyRx) and his kids, and Jonah (finch1750) and his girlfriend Crystal, and my lovely wife Victoria. Also thanks to Dan and Mashelle at the Junction Bar and Grill for their hospitality and accommodating our group. And my gratitude to all you owners and drivers who have come out to our events — it is all of you who make these events a success and so much fun to be a part of.
Full gallery of photos below – click on a photo to enlarge and begin a slideshow.
What’s next for us you ask? Well next weekend we return to the racetrack at Thunderhill Raceway for the next round of the NorCal 86CUP time attack series. The competition is really heating up in the Street and Modified classes and look forward to the 2-day racing weekend — if you’re free come up to the racetrack and watch us run on the track!