Last year, the only event I was able to drive was GRIDLIFE, but it was the most fun event I’ve ever taken part in. A full weekend of driving, hanging with friends, becoming a better driver, a party, and a competitive time attack event. Last year’s event was a real eye opener in showing me how much I need to improve as a driver. But with this next year’s event already having been announced, I’m already very ready for it mentally.
This year’s GRIDLIFE offers a new twist to their time attack event; a team battle. Before I found out about the team battle, I was going back and forth about competing in the time attack at all. But I decided it would be a good way to benchmark my progress as a driver at Gingerman. But then I saw how the team battle would work, and it really is right up my alley.
The team battle will be judged as followed: “The team title will be comprised of 2 parts. Collective time & Group theme and concourse. The timed portion will be based on the average of the finishing positions of each team member within their class. Concourse will be judged by a team of 2 Non competing staff members and 2 guest judges. We will be looking at consistency of team liveries, vehicular thematics & overall build and prep.” A perfect way to drive and show my style. But I didn’t have a team. So I started to look around at my friend lists. I have a lot of friends that understand car style really well, and I have a lot of friends that are very talented drivers, and I have a lot of friends that are good at both, but most of them are drifters haha. But my biggest problem was that most of my track friends that do understand style, I would assume are already part of teams, or wouldn’t be interested haha.
Luckily, two friends that I drove at GRIDLIFE with last year were totally down with my idea. And to add more to my luck, not only are they both better drivers than I am, but they definitely don’t come up short in style. The first person I asked was my old friend Mikey. We used to talk about stuff like this years ago, so he was the first person I even thought of when I saw the team battle existed. Our third member is our friend Chris. I’ve only really started talking to Chris this past year, but he’s one of a few folks that are truly like minded with me when it comes to cars locally; so we’ve become good friends since we’ve met.
So now we’ve got a team, and we’ve got a date to shoot for, but we needed a name. I had a few names lined up, but one that really resonated with me was RAMBLERS. Some might remember my RAMBLERS stickers from a year or two ago, nothing really came of that, I really only made it for the CREWS car show so we’d have a name to use, but I really liked the sticker, and kinda just put the concept away until now. Now that the name has a use, I redesigned it, and have a pretty big plan for it in the coming season. I’ll be posting updates about it all closer to the spring, but I’m very excited about it all.
But yeah, that’s us. We are the RAMBLERS Racing Team. I changed the GeekyLURV facebook page into our official page for now, and we’ll be updating that more often once we all start actually prepping for GRIDLIFE.
I have a little more news to tell you all, but that will have to wait until after a few things come into my possession. It’s not as big news as RAMBLERS is, but it’s still a big deal to me haha.