Longest Day Leaves Everyone Happy
Another amazing Longest Day has come and gone. Doesn’t it seem as though this season is flying by faster than others? Anyway, this was definitely one for the books. The weather could not have been more perfect, turnout was awesome, and the weekend was filled with some great friends and new memories. Things were a bit different for this year, compared to previous years. Rather than starting out at Gingerman Raceway on a Friday we started with with our Autocross on a Sunday and had our Gingerman road course day on Monday.
With this in mind the weekend kicked off with dinner on Saturday as everyone rolled into Kalamazoo, Michigan. We even managed pull one over on our resident geek boy, Gary. With coordinating t-shirts we poked fun at our favorite timing guru’s catch phrase. It provided tons of laughs and sparked plenty of conversations. After dinner everyone headed back to the hotel to get ready for our Autocross on Sunday morning.
Before we knew it Sunday had arrived and we gathered at the Wing’s Stadium parking lot. Lots of helping hands assisted in getting the last few things in order and then the driver’s meeting kicked off. From there it was a great morning of racing and competition. Everything was flowing nicely and it was a great day for an autocross. After a quick lunch we finished up the day with one last group run through. After our awards ceremony we headed towards South Haven and Gingerman Raceway.
On Sunday night, after checking into the hotel, everyone headed towards downtown South Haven and our annual dinner spot, Clementine’s. It was another fun dinner filled with laughs… as if this group is capable of anything else. Once dinner was finished several people headed towards the best ice cream spot around… Sherman’s! If you haven’t experienced this before you definitely need to make it a point to take part next year. This place serves ice cream concoctions bigger than your head and endless flavor options. It is such a sight to see! After eating more sweet treats than you can fathom we went to bed to dream of race cars and fun the next day would hold.
The final leg of our weekend began on Monday morning as everyone arrived and got checked in at Gingerman Raceway. Turnout again was absolutely great and everyone was having a blast. The friendly competition was at a high as everyone worked to secure the coveted Longest Day win. Speaking of wins… we also got another day to test out the recent addition of the MyLaps timing system. Everything went off without a hitch! As the day wrapped up you could tell everyone was hitting a wall as our truly Longest Day came to a close. As our resident timing expert tallied up all of the results for both Monday and Sunday everyone packed up their cars and trailers and waited for the news.
While we can say that everyone who took part in this awesome weekend was a winner there could only be one. One champion of the 2016 Longest Day… and that person was JIMMY WALKER. Congrats to him and everyone else that took home trophies. Please see full results below! We hope to see you at the next one!