Sure enough, the rain started
after midnight. It arrived without any
heavy winds so there was that. By
mid-morning it had blown out of town,
much to everyone’s delight.
The most important thing for the
people who were fixated on the open
track was the drivers meeting.
Howard Pardee was the man in charge
and he left no doubt he was the head
honcho. He explained how the event
would be run and when he was fin-
ished pontificating, everyone was
given a wristband which signified that
they had attended the safety briefing.
Without that they would not put a
wheel on the track, and that’s why
everyone is in such a tizzy to get to the
track and to the meeting.
Once the rain stopped the swap
meet vendors began unpacking. There
weren’t as many as at past conven-
tions, but this is just a sign of the
Around lunch time some conven-
tioneers had the opportunity to stretch
their right legs on the parade laps. All
of the spots weren’t filled, but it was
close. Passengers were invited to ride
along and they got an excellent sense
of what it is like to drive on Mid-Ohio’s
fifteen-turn, 2.4-mile circuit. You can’t
see all of the track from behind the
fences but seeing from a driver’ per-
spective is worthwhile.
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Summer 2016 34
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