So close. So, so close. We almost went to Canaan for an HPDE event with our fellow podcast friends Garage Heroes – In Training. However, Canaan turned into Canaan’t, and our Ladies Track Day turned into lemonade with us continuing on our hiking plans regardless. Originally scheduled as a two-parter with GHIT, we first discuss our thoughts on excitement, nervousness and prep, and then it goes into the aftermath of what could have been. Spoiler alert for a future episode – we still had a great weekend. Even with the murder loft.
This is our first Off Road episode and off roading is just as it sounds. We are deviating from our normal path and driving into uncharted territory. For this episode we interviewed Liz Sargent. We thought we were just going to be grilling her about her experience as a novice at rally cross and Autocross, but, what we got was so much more than that. Liz’s story and her outlook on life is truly inspiring. We hope that you will listen on for our conversation with Liz and that you enjoy it as much as we did.
In this episode Jess and Kathy interview Audra about her recent experience as a driver at a 24 Hour of LeMONS event. She describes her first impressions as a novice driver and Jess and Kathy help her along with their view of the event as spectators. Audra and Jess are still trying to get Kathy comfortable with doing a track day soon.
Tune and post your comments on our Facebook and Instagram and let’s help Kathy out with her anxiety as she faces her first track event.
In their first post-COVID in-person session, Kathy and Audra help Jess finalize her decision on her next new vehicle and impart some other sage wisdom in the process. We tossed in a couple of other random topics and some gin, the resultant mixture brings us back to pre-COVID when smiles and laughter could be seen and not just heard (well you know by us, this is a podcast after all).
Audra, Kathy and Jess are at the bar for the first time since COVID. They meet a couple of new friends, Alex Schmidt and Nick Facciolo, and are joined by Matt Cwieka. They discuss Kathy and Jess’ first event in 18 long months, a Test and Tune. Matt managed to drive an amazing array of cars. And we debate/discuss, and are highly impressed by, a Tesla.
Kathy, Jess, and Audra met with a special guest, Lana Tsurikova, who told us the fabulous story of her driving and riding path starting from a small girl to a national Autocross Champion. Now she is looking to conquer the GS Trophy|BMW Motorrad competition in a motorcycle.
We talked about:
- The value of taking instructors.
- If you are contemplating going to Nationals, do not wait until you think you have a chance to win. Just do it for the experience.
- Value of autocross in daily life and in training for the motorcycle competition.
- The intensive training needed to prepare for the GS Trophy (off-road challenges on a 550-pound bike).
- Women in motorsports.
- How Lana wants to help educate and empower the younger generations.
- Follow her on Instagram and YouTube
In this episode we find out what happens when you decide to enter a LeMons race and the car you’re building breaks in half. For these two brothers, Josh and Mark Fuller, you build an inside joke that turns into an internet sensation.
Join us for the journey of the car called The Yikes Peak Escudon’t. We had a great talk and lots of laughs with them and covered many topics, including:
- How to prep yourself and your car to pass inspection your first time out.
- The importance of reading the rules and playing by the rules.
- Craft projects better known as a giant red wing.
- The trouble with passing Cressidas.
- Shoutout to Roger Getsner, who built their rollcage and was part of the team Jason Hopkins, who did a ton of networking for them, and Brian Hirth, who fed them really awesome food.
And we picked our new favorite quote:
“It was awful. It was terrible. It was the most fun I’ve ever had.”Josh Fuller
You can find them on Instagram: @YikesPeakEscudont
Audra provides a review of a BMW Ultimate Driving Experience. She gives insight into a recent HPDE she attended at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park organized by NER PCA and answers questions from Jess and Kathy to help prepare them for their first foray to the track.
Kathy, Audra and Jess have a conversation about all those annoying things at autocross and life. We’d tell you more, but we wouldn’t want to spoil it. Listen in and let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram Don’t You Hate it When.
Kathy, Jess and Audra talk to husband and wife team Brandon Dryer and Melanie Kwong about cars, autocross and:
- Brandon’s history and the saga of how they got started in autocross.
- Drifting on on-ramps is a bad idea.
- Transitioning from front wheel drive to rear wheel drive and automatic to manual.
- Communication challenges with couples.
- Driving from the passenger seat.
- Turning it up to 11 – going harder is really hard.
- Brandon’s role in the EV evolution and the future of EVs in motorsports.
- Don’t throw parts at it – nothing is better than seat time.
- We all miss after autocross food.