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  • Writer's pictureEd Hughes

Popping the cork....screw

Updated: Sep 10, 2020

Since I was staying in Monterey I thought I would check out the Leguna Seca Raceway, home of the infamous corkscrew. (A double corner which drops quickly down a hill).

Rode in on a beautiful morning and the guys there let me just look around. This particular day was a track day for cars. Most of the cars there were typical track day cars BRZ/GT86, Lotus, Mx5/Miata and a smattering of BMWs, Audis and Corvette's.

There were quite a few nationalities there, with a contingent of Japanese looking to ride the corkscrew. I got chatting to one of the guys organising/administering it - a guy called "Turbo". He used to work on compressors (hence the name Turbo) and before that he was the navigator in F-14 Tomcats. He had plenty of chat about his time in the Navy, the aircraft he has flown in Starfighters, F4s etc.. and also the time he lived in Dover.

Its a great set up and must be a nice experience to be able to drive / ride an iconic track.

Moved on from Monterey to "the Big Sur", a state park further on down the coast. I decided to camp in the redwoods and try out the tent I purchased in Oregon. Tent is great, however the cheapo air mattress had a hole in it and the amazon "special" tripod had disintegrated in my bags whilst travelling. Well you get what you paid for and I didn't pay much and didn't get much from those products!

Needless to say not the most comfortable nights sleep, but the location was great.

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Dec 10, 2019

Sounds like you’re on the mend and having a great time apart from spills and leaks!! Blowing a gale here, 8.00 am and black as pitch, so enjoy the sun. Norrie

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