In The Lot At The Roar Before the 24, 2012

Well, my fellow Hoons, last Saturday, after getting “The Charles Barrett Special” up and running, so to speak, thejeepjunkie went off to pressure wash some snowbird’s home to supplement his cold pop allowance while this olelongrooffan headed to the Daytona International Speedway and traversed that tunnel which was created the same year as I was to see what was to be seen at the Roar Before The 24. And while doing so, thoughts crossed my mind about the many car events this olelongrooffan has attended over the years and how the cars in the lot are usually as cool as the cars which are the subject of the event itself. Today was no exception. The Porsche Club of America always has a decent turnout at the Roar Before The 24, as well as an even more fantastic turnout for the Rolex24 itself. And while this olelongrooffan is not a huge fan of 911’s in general, I mean they are sweet but not really suited to my lifestyle or budget, this vintage whale tail Targa sure captured my attention. And yeah, even a high dollar German sports car needs a jump once in a while. These Boxsters and Cayennes? Eh, not so much. But, I will say this about that. This Audi R8 (9-10?) sure captured my attention. It is only the third or fourth I have ever seen in the flesh. Well other than race versions but my fellow Hoons will have to wait until the garage area to see those. Coming soon to a website near and dear. Well, since I mentioned the garage area, while this olelongrooffan was wandering around the Continental Series garage area, I spotted this thing. I am not really sure what it is, who built it or why but I bet it gathers attention everywhere it goes. Isn’t a 383 a MOPAR engine? And a street legal rear engine two place Indy style car? Well, it does have Power Tour cred going for it. Maybe I should have forwarded this to the esteemed Mr. Emslie for a Mystery Car post. But this olelongrooffan has done that previously and not gotten much response. Justifiably so as his selections drive circles around this olelongrooffan’s choices. Later, I spotted this now, somewhat, vintage Honda Civic wagon out near where my beater pick up truck was parked. I remember my dad owned one of these, but the previous generation, and it was four (or all) wheel drive. This olelongrooffan has tried for a damn long time in vain to let thejeepjunkie allow me to get one of the rectangular headlamp models, but, alas, to no avail. And while the GentleManFarmer loved his, he always rued the day he sold it to an unappreciative sister of mine. And of course, there were a few Corvettes around to be seen. I like the juxtaposition of this American sports car in front of a batch of German ones. Just a short time later upon returning to my truck, I spotted this immaculate 2002 parked immmediately adjacent to it. Some real kahoonas on this 2002 driver to fill that once vacant, as it was when I arrived, parking spot next to my Commanche. Ahhh, I can feel the love. I often wonder if there is an olebeatertruckfan in a parallel universe out there taking pictures of my ole Commanche and posting them somewhere around these tubes? And this license plate was spotted on the Ford truck/SUV…I didn’t even notice at the time..parked behind that highly desirable 2002. While I was down at the west Horseshoe watching one of the Sahlen’s Mazdas being put on a hook for the long ride back to the garage, this olelongrooffan spotted these two vehicles parked adjacent to each other and I hope my fellow Hoons see the irony of this image as I do. And there is no way in hell I could pass up gathering an image of this beautiful Alfa Romeo Spyder parked trackside. In a similar vein, this olelongrooffan couldn’t pass by this E30 M3 clad in the ubiquitous red that defined the era of this automobile. And just a couple bonus images I found in my Rolex242102 library while confirming the ID on the Sahlen’s Mazda. That’s it my fellow Hoons. Not really a Wagon Wednesday post but I did manage to squeeze that Honda in. And my Roar Before the 24 post about in the garage area? Not quite up to speed but I am getting the tires warmed for it.

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