Thursday, July 17, 2014

National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park (Bowling Green, KY)

A weekday afternoon press conference isn't something that would usually be featured on these pages, so why are we here? Because this is our first chance to set foot on the coolest property in Kentucky! The NCM Motorsports Park will be open for business in just a few weeks, but this presser was open to the public and it offered a chance to get a glimpse of the paved track for the first time. Corvettes are also starting to caravan into town for the National Corvette Homecoming event this weekend, so the parking lot was bound to be full of eye candy. No reason not to go...

The PC itself was actually pretty cool. We assumed it would be some sort of track sponsorship announcement, and indeed we learned that Holley Performance Products would be sponsoring the soon-to-be-built Control Tower and Event Center at the track. One of Bowling Green's best employers supporting Bowling Green's newest and greatest thing ever? Dig it. I still think people have no idea how big this track is going to be for the city. Exit 28 rules.

More info here:

The Skid Pad / Autocross area was a parking lot today.

Corvettes stream in.
It's National Corvette Homecoming weekend, so they roam in packs.

Good crowd.

The guy from the museum.

The guy from Holley.

The mayor guy.
Also, one cool Jeep. Second from the left. Can't miss it!

"Future Home of the Holley Control Tower"

Image from Holley's Facebook page.

Corvettes, Porsches, Ferraris... the NCMMP parking lot is already looking good!

Hello, beautiful!
Can't wait 'till October.
Also, I wish my Buell had a sixth gear.

The optional chicane is visible toward the end of the main straight.
The museum's Skydome is visible on the other side of the interstate.

Just to make the day even better, I managed to photobomb a buddy's first NCMMP selfie.
Dang!

Ciao...





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Saturday, June 14, 2014

HSK Race on the River Fest (Alvaton, KY)


Race day!

The last post around here was about the Drakes Creek route that would make up today's Race on the River, so see that page for plenty of information, pictures, video, and maps of the creek itself. This one is about the first Hospice of Southern Kentucky Race on the River Fest, which went off without a hitch and ended up being a really fun day.

There's actually two aspects to this event. First is the race itself, where competitors will paddle from Romanza Johnson park to Phil Moore park in heats of about 12 boats each, with the fastest time taking first place. There was also a smaller race from one side of Phil Moore park to the other. Second is the festival setup at the Phil Moore finish line. For just $5 per person, anybody can come out and enjoy live music, check out the vendors, get some good food, play in the bouncy houses, etc.

This being the first year, it was a pretty low key deal and I think plenty was learned to make it a bigger event next year. Everybody I talked to at the end of the day was really looking forward to doing it again, and why not? It's a great idea to benefit a great cause and the folks who participated this year had a good time.

Below are some pictures of the event and another video of the creek route, but check this article to see how the pros covered it.

The finish line at Phil Moore in the early AM. Early for me, anyway.
This place would be pretty busy a few hours from now.

As the booths were still being setup, race contestants starting showing up to register.
Pretty cool system -- drop your boat at Romanza, sign in at Phil Moore, and catch a shuttle back.

Back at Romanza, it's not unusual to see an overflowed parking lot on a Saturday morning.

Boats ready to go.

Boats and their people ready to go.

Heat One getting ready.

Heat One race start.

Heat One race start.

Heat Two race start.

Heat Two race start.

This is where I went off script. Planning to go caboose with a couple other volunteers to help clean up tape about ten minutes after the second heat left, I went back to the Jeep to grab my cooler and paddle. I ended up meeting the lovely Rebecca Simpson who is running for Family Court Judge in Warren County and chatting with her for awhile. Nice chat, indeed, and she has my vote. But by the time I got back to the creek I was all by myself...

Time to go.

In the grand scheme of things, it's good that I was all by myself because the first thing I did was fall right out of my boat. I've had this kayak for three years and I've never dumped it. As far as I know, nobody else went for an unplanned swim all day. So leave it to me...

Whoops.

After that, it was a nice float. Not exactly relaxing, as I paddled as hard as I could for 25 minutes to catch up to somebody anybody, but once I did we had fun. Funny thing about paddling hard -- it seems to make no difference. My time on this day was 2:04 compared to the leisurely 2:09 a week ago. For reference, the race winner did a 1:04. I reckon I need a faster boat.

To be clear, nobody pictured below was in the race. They were long gone. Here's a quick video, a bit smoother than the last one, but lacking music...


Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

When I caught up to M & Q, M had just stopped for a swim and mentioned how cold the water was.
I coulda told her about that 30 minutes ago...

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

She found a snake, which is cool, because she loves snakes.

Drakes Creek.

Scottsville Road.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Drakes Creek.

Finish line.

Last one out of the water.

Back at Phil Moore after the trophies were handed out and most competitors had left, there was still live music and good times...



Overtime, Jimmy D's, and a Coke trailer.

Bouncy houses for the kids.

Still a good crowd even after I went back to Romanza for the Jeep.

Monster Truck.
No, really... it has a Monster sticker.

Last burger of the day.
Thanks, OT!

Of course Clinton was on hand with the BG Riverfront Foundation booth.
Support these guys!  It will make BG even better.

All done.
Great day!
Thankfully, another uneventful day for the Warren County Rescue Squad.

The obligatory Corvette or motorcycle picture that has nothing to do with nothing.
The primary Countryside Food Rides ride.
KTM Super Duke R.

Later

So, completely unrelated to the event, the rest of the day was awesome in Alvaton. First up, the first Pickin' on the Patio event at Boyce. Huge crowd. All I know is they served up ten Boston Butts and 45 racks of ribs!




The drummer always gets the girl...

Next up, our neighbor with the coolest Man Cave ever had some serious talent in town from Nashville.


Tim McDonald, Johnny Hiland, Paul, Rockin' Rande Hall, and Danny Stokes.





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