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> End of an era...., My wife is stepping back from track driving
nine14cats
post Jun 29 2008, 07:05 PM
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After 6 years of track driving a 914-4, a 914-6 and our Spec Boxster, my wife Doris is "retiring" from track driving to pursue some of the other interests that she loves to do, namely photography and painting. Between the corporate job and travel, and the time it takes to just get time to paint and shoot photos, there just isn't enough time to do it all.

I'm proud of her accomplishments. She's gone from a complete newbie to someone who can 4 wheel drift a car around Thunderhill. She currently holds 4 PCA-GGR time trial lap records in 3 different classes at 3 different tracks (Sears, Thunderhill and Buttonwillow). In an age where we you can post on line in race forums but not actually drive on the track, Doris just went out and did it. She competed and did it well. She had great lines and was smooth.

I am going to truly miss our weekends together co-driving at events, although part of the decision is that with me moving to W2W, we weren't going to do it as much. Even so, I had a good run with her as not many couples get to share this sport. I still laugh when I think about what she said the last time we were at the track. She got out of the car after a session and told me "this thing is pushing like a pig!...can you make a bar adjustment and make this thing turn?"......

Whoa....How lucky have I been or what!.... (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/smlove2.gif)

Special thanks to DanT for all the work with over the years to push her through her plateaus. Doris couldn't have done it without you! (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/clap56.gif)

Doris will still be AXing next year in the BPR 996, so she's not totally out of the game. But I'm really going to miss being with her at the track in her sexy little fire suit.... (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/happy11.gif)

Bill P.
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Jeroen
post Jun 29 2008, 07:24 PM
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Doris rocks!!!
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post Jun 29 2008, 08:53 PM
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Cheers Doris! Looking forward to seeing you AXing more soon!

Rob & Cheryl
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post Jun 29 2008, 09:31 PM
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Well, I'm sorry I never got to run with you and Doris. I've always been impressed when I've read what she has accomplished on the track. If photography and painting get too boring, she can try competitive speed painting. You can do a spreadsheet Bill to keep track of her brush heat cycles. (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/lol3.gif) Anyway, good luck to you both.
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post Jun 30 2008, 12:34 AM
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Man, you guys are sooooo fortunate to have shared the wonderful experiences in the stories I have heard. I am proud to know you both and am looking forward to seeing the fantastic art that comes from this move. Doris, if you ever want to go out on a photo shooting "date" (just photo stuff Bill, you can come along) he he he... then give me a ring. I would love to see your work. If it's anything like your driving we'll be celebrating Pulitzer prizes next!!!
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post Jun 30 2008, 12:22 PM
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Doris is always willing and able to jump in and run any event. You should have seen her up at Hoopa, which would scare most people, doing really well on that hill.

I'm sorry to hear she is will be leaving the track, but with her talent in painting some interesting things will come out of this change.

I've been proud to be a team member of hers on BPR. (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif)
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post Jun 30 2008, 04:15 PM
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She's still doing AX? (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/confused24.gif) The era continues! I think AX can be just as challenging as big track and its similar crowd with GGR.

I can understand as I stepped back from track too. Its just too damn expensive and takes a lot more time to prep for than AX. I juggle a lot of conflicting priorities and AX seems to work best for me now.
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post Jun 30 2008, 05:01 PM
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Doris is always willing and able to jump in and run any event. You should have seen her up at Hoopa, which would scare most people, doing really well on that hill.

I'm sorry to hear she is will be leaving the track, but with her talent in painting some interesting things will come out of this change.

I've been proud to be a team member of hers on BPR. (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif)



Also I think Doris has done as much as anyone to create a family environment around GGR / LPR. Always there to offer a shady seat or a fun lunch conversation. (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif) (IMG:http://www.914club.com/bbs2/style_emoticons/default/smilie_pokal.gif)
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