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Friday July 6, 2007

4:22 am departure!

Arrival at Lime Rock at 9:02, 310 miles.
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That 427 bellow announced that #3 was doing practice laps!
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Speaking of laps, we got to do a few ourselves.
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Unfortunately, once again this was the extent of our display
since Chevrolet wouldn't permit our usual setup.
Donation jug and flyers under the wipers...

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The Ron Fellows Edition Z06. They may have built 399 of them,
but this is #1 - Ron's own car!

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The supercharged Callaway that was displayed next to us.
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The autograph lineup: L-R Drivers Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta,
Jan Magnussen, Johnny O'Connell.
NCM Chairman Buzz Nielsen standing guard.
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Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles,
with shoes to match the 2008 VIN #1 in the background.

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Spectacular underhood art, featuring the owner's Vettes.
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Much to my surprise, when I checked into my room I found this!
No, I did NOT try it out!

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Saturday July 7

Morning fog lifting at 8:08am arrival.
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The Corvette Corral had a much larger turnout today.
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Contributor John Schieding found his name.
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The Porsche Corral.
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And the Acura NSX Corral.
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Views from the hill overlooking the esses.
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The Penske Porsche pits.
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Self portrait in the door of one of the Pratt Miller trailers.
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Michelin tech takes the temperature of the track surface.
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A C6-R tire change: labeled, stacked & ready.
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The Z06 pace car.
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Lined up, ready to start morning practice session.
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Lined up, for the race this time. For 15 minutes, the crowds can walk around the cars.
Flagbearer is Stacey Glynn, GM Area Sales Manager for northern New England.

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Crew chief for the #3 C6-R Dan Binks wets his whistle.
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I then head for my favorite viewing spot on the hill across the track,
by the blue canopy visible under the center of the foot bridge.

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The view from the other side.
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The Corvettes ran like this for the entire race: 1-2 in class!
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#1 Audi recovers from a spin.
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The engine of one of the Penske trucks that hauls his Porsche LMP2s!
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Ever see a Mini panel before?
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Leaving Lime Rock for overnight in Southington CT.
   

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