Streets of Willow Twilight Event 070712
Words by Matt Willis
Last weekend, I headed up to the Streets of Willow in Rosamond for a twilight run. The event was hosted by Extreme Speed Track Events.
Since my last event, I made some adjustments to the car, including a new K-Tuned shifter (more fit to my height) and a S2 VTEC solenoid which made the transitions between cam profiles much smoother (no more pressure codes). In addition, I fixed the brake pedal issues and all the other nonsense that I was experiencing at Fontana. Overall, the car ran great and I had a blast.
The track itself is unique in the fact that it’s pretty much built on the side of a mountain. Running in counter-clockwise format, the track runs mostly uphill, with a shorter downhill section that returns to the front stretch in a hurry. Being my first time at this course, it took me a bit to get used to some of the corners. And just as I was figuring it out, the sun went down and things got very…dark. Despite some lighting on the corners, the entire back half of the track was pretty much in shadows. It got tricky remembering where the fast and slow points were, but after I few runs I grew accustomed to it once again.
We arrived at around 4 PM, slightly after roll call but the prior event was running slightly behind so it was fine. I began to check my car and get ready for my first run, while Tim went to see who was out running.
One car that been an inspiration to me for many years is Katman’s EG6. He is always pushing it to the limits and out at the track showing stronger cars that Hondas are equally as powerful, just in a different way.
Back in the paddock area (or parking lot, rather), I was prepping my car for the next run, which would be in the dark. Ryan’s 4-door (pictured) made it out after he got his tags and got the thing running. Good to see the progress…
By the time I was up to run, the lights were out.
Thanks for reading! Next track event will be in mid-August, hopefully.