Tuesday, February 26, 2008

FLORIDA 2008-Daytona

NASCAR RACETRACKS seem to want to create the atmosphere of a fairground and have lots of activities. At Daytona they have the Sprint Fanzone where live bands played and you could look into the garages and see them working on the cars. #88 always had a big crowd as Junior is a favorite. There was a great view into the pits and they even had an area for some sort of bungee jumping. The food even looked healthy and tasty at the Bistro. The food sold in the stands is specifically designed to increase cholesterol and clog arteries. They also had an area called the Daytona Experience that was very disappointing. The historical part needs the touch of a professional curator. They are so busy trying to avoid emphasizing the connection to bootleggers, the side that many of us find the quite exciting and an incite into the struggles and triumphs of immigrants to find their place in America. Because this was the 50th running of the Daytona there was a parade at the start of the race that included the Budweiser horses and old cars. The horses were incredible and a dalmatian rode with the drivers. It reminded me of the beer deliveries in England a long time ago. I would have liked to see them recreate a boot legging run, obviously this is politically incorrect and NASCAR is very proper in its quest to separate us from our money. They have NASCAR shops all over that sell T-shirts and expensive junky souvenirs. They did not have the tasteful items found in Charlotte. The orange truck was my idea of the perfect color for a car, it was parked in the sponsor area that we only found on Sunday.
This is my third car race and I now know I never want to sit on the back stretch again. I like to see the pits and when the crowd stands up to see down onto the track. Also I think I prefer a smaller track as it is more exciting. What fun it would be to park the RV in the infield, an area with lots of young enthusiasts, but that means sitting on the RV roof! The live race is a great spectacle and the crowd is so friendly and it makes for a wonderful stress free day or night. Oh the jackets were a huge hit, all sorts of people asking about them and they were nice and warm when the sun dropped behind the stadium.


This was the first time Sandra, Shelagh and I were together in 50 years. Shelagh and her husband, Brian, came from Canada for the winter. Chris and I where in Florida for the Daytona 500 We all met in Davie where Sandra lives. It was a fun day. We sure look nothing like we were 50 years ago. We spent some time with Sandra's daughter Dawn and granddaughter Alana. Alana is the reincarnation of her granny as a child. She is hyper, just like Sandra and never does as she is told, just like Sandra as a child. In other words she is a fire cracker. Little Sophie is quiet, very sweet and she shows signs of being quite able to claim equal time.