It's been a busy time lately, thus the blog has been neglected. We just got back from our annual trek to Daytona Beach, FL where we attend the Rolex 24 Hour Race.I normally spend more time reading my Kindle than watching the race....seriously these cars go so fast that when viewed from our normal spot right up against the fence in the Porsche Paddock....it actually can make a gal dizzy. It was so cold that even with 4 layers, hat and gloves I was miserable. I learned that the pages won't turn on a Kindle when wearing gloves!
BUT...look....there are other things to amuse me. A quilter will always recognize this name....however, it's not related to Pfaff sewing machine. This is a Porsche racing team from Canada.
We've seen this event grow and grow over the years. In my view, it's now like a trade show that happens to have cars racing too. And what did I spot?? A screen printing set up that made me green with envy. Four screens were placed around a central pole....almost like an upside down umbrella. The operator would twirl and lower the one he wants onto his printing surface that is fitted with a t-shirt. He'd give a squirt of the colored plastic liquid, & squeegee it through the screen. Lightening fast he'd remove the printed shirt and fold it with the design on top, then place it on a small conveyor belt to run it through a dryer!!!
The dude operating the silk screen magic was so fast I never did get a photo of the finished product.....but here's a shirt ready to get printed.
Printing another design....he had 4 different screens to choose from.When we arrived about noon on Friday there was barely space for a toothpick to fit in. I've never seen it so crowded....this is the budget crowd, often arriving on Wed. Many others are in major $$ motor homes. I don't know how these tent camper's spots are selected (by them or assigned??) but these are right and I mean right next to the bathrooms. There's no comment you can provide that wouldn't cover my thoughts about this!!
We always get back to the track on Sat. (from our sensible hotel lodging) by 6:30 AM....very few of the garages are even open yet, for the 2:30 PM start of the race. (Ya.....I know.....ridiculously early) We cheer for the 911 and 912 cars.....of which the 912 came in 3rd in its class when the race was finally called, short of the 24 hours due to horrendous weather conditions.
By Saturday afternoon, the cold, windy weather worsened.....those clouds are just an indicator of what was to come.
This view is daytime on Sunday.....looks like night doesn't it? The rain was so intense the race was red flagged (stopped) twice...and run under a yellow (caution) for way too long. Cars raced under the green (go) for less than 14 hours out of the 24 hours. Exciting viewing for any spectators that managed to stay, but horribly dangerous for the drivers at speeds close to 200 mph without being able to see anything but water spouts and hydroplaning on the rivers that ran across the track.
Well...for us...another year in the book of attending this event. I suggested we might have reached the end of this journey, but that wasn't well received by 'the husband'.