A Summer of Driving and Drag Racing

There are two events for automotive journalists I’m most looking forward to this summer (so far). First up is the the Northwest Automotive Press Association’s Run to the Sun driving event. Then I’ll attend the National Electric Drag Racing Association’s Wayland Invitational IV.

NWAPA’s event involves driving 18 or so sports cars and convertibles through the mountains of Central Oregon for two days. Last year, it was sunny and beautiful — and the roads were plenty twisty. With my long hair and burnable skin, I’d like to again thank Deb from Maserati for the free ball cap. It would have been a shame to drive the Miata with the top up.

I won’t be driving anything in NEDRA’s event at Portland International Raceway, but I will definitely be there. The email invite I got says there will be production cars “from Teslas to Tangos,” plus all the home-built drag strip monsters like John Wayland’s record-setting White Zombie. You can get a feel for the event by checking out the article I did for the NY Times a while back on NEDRA’s 10th anniversary.