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    So, for my 18th birthday, my parents wanted to do something different. We decided on driving to a Caterham dealership to check out what they might have and driving from there down to VIR and staying at the Lodge for a weekend.

    We didn't have plans to see anything, but luckily, we booked a weekend during the Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races and Car Show.

    ...And by god was there a car show.



    When we got near the "Caterham dealership", which was called GT Classics, we realized that something wasn't right. We were in the backwoods of Barboursville, in a neighborhood on a long, gravel road.

    At this point we were expecting that we were being led to a serial killer's trap, but we ended up at the end of a driveway, next to a large, green and yellow trailer, with "GT-Classics" on the side. We were about to leave, when a man came walking out of a garage and saw us.

    He restores, builds, and race-prepares vintage racer for the SCCA and other racing organizations.

    He showed me around his garage and storage, and man were there some great finds.

    He is currently races Caterhams and Lotus Super 7's and is rebuilding a Gulf Lotus Europa prototype.
















    He let me squeeze into the Caterham's racing seat and took a few pictures. I was too excited to be sitting in it to realize he was taking pictures.








    After rearranging my organs to get out again, he let me look around his storage...














    "A bit of a barn-find, you might call it" he said. He has not one, but TWO Jaguar E-Types sitting around.

    Here lies his parts cars:







    The man, the legend.



    Before leaving for VIR, he gave me these:



    The pictures and videos from VIR are still uploading, so I will post them when they are ready.
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    TWO E-Types? Holy shit.

    That is an incredible place- I wish I could see it.

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    Im heading up to virginia soon to see family, and I remember seeing the VIR lodge or villas on Top Gear, and that looks awesome, waking up and looking out to see race cars.

    Are there always cars going round? Like if me and my dad were to book a room sometime, would there be cars going at it?

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    Remember when I said there was a hell of a show?

    Just a little tease for you guys.


    Edited:

    Im heading up to virginia soon to see family, and I remember seeing the VIR lodge or villas on Top Gear, and that looks awesome, waking up and looking out to see race cars.

    Are there always cars going round? Like if me and my dad were to book a room sometime, would there be cars going at it?
    We stayed in the Lodge, by turns 5 and 6.

    There was qualifying from 8:00AM to 11:00, then vintage karts until 11:30.

    Then open track touring from 12 to 1.

    Qualifying from 1:00 to 4:30, then more karts.

    I don't know about every day, but during an event, prepared to be woken by roaring engines.

    On Friday morning, I was woken up by a little Porsche 914/6.

    These were shot from outside the door of our room.


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    Im heading up to virginia soon to see family, and I remember seeing the VIR lodge or villas on Top Gear, and that looks awesome, waking up and looking out to see race cars.

    Are there always cars going round? Like if me and my dad were to book a room sometime, would there be cars going at it?
    Check their calender. They always seem to have something going on during the weekends. Not so sure about weekdays.

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    Where is it, I tried looking at what I thought was their site, but a lot seemed to be broken

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    After the car show (This was the official car show, I preferred the show that was going on in the paddocks over the weekend, I'll post pictures I took soon.)


    At 0:13, the driver of the MG was taking video of the laps they took.


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    do you know how much it was for a room per night in those townhouse things? i'd love to go down when they have the daytona prototypes come, but i have a feeling it'd be super expensive.

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    do you know how much it was for a room per night in those townhouse things? i'd love to go down when they have the daytona prototypes come, but i have a feeling it'd be super expensive.
    I'm not sure, for 4 people in one room, it was about ~$700 for 3 days.

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    The amount of body parts I would sell for those cars...

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    Picture dump inbound.

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    I'll post more after my hand stops cramping.
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    Holy shit, that's a lot of pictures. So much my computer froze up.

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    Jesus fuck that's awesome. I am so so so so so so jealous. Luckily I live near Road Atlanta, so I can always hop on over to find some awesome events going on.

    Still, that's an amazing birthday thing. Also, quoting that block of images should be grounds for lynching.

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    I don't think thats even half of them, what should I do?

    There's still plenty of videos to come too.

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    I don't think thats even half of them, what should I do?

    There's still plenty of videos to come too.
    I would put all the pictures in an album on like photobucket or imgur so we don't have to scroll through them all. Up to you though.

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    I HAVE A ROTARY BECAUSE ITS GODDAMN AWESOME!
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    That or zip em all up into a file we can download

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    Wow, that's a lot of open-cockpit cars. I'm personally more interested in the modern supercars, but still very cool to look at nonetheless. Keep it up, although doing an image album online is probably the best idea.

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    I'll post some highlights, you can get the rest at:

    http://s257.photobucket.com/albums/h...cpZZ9QQtppZZ36


















    I got to sit in #54 in the garage and got to talk with some of the team.







    A ZR-1 that passed us on the way home.


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    I hate to bump but, I still haven't uploaded everything. I'll probably be going back to VIR this September to see the ALMS event.

    I'll find whatever else I need to upload then.

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    Hold the fucking phone, is that a goddamn E-Type Jag? Holy shit, lucky fuck.

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    I'm quite jealous. I will never be able to do something like this in my life.

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    I'm quite jealous. I will never be able to do something like this in my life.
    Why not? The experience is worth every penny.

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    Why not? The experience is worth every penny.
    You see, that's the problem. I don't have any penny.