Along with the Golden Gate, one of my absolute 'to dos' for the trip was to head out to a race track. With the massive amount of people and money, the American track culture is a somewhat different experience. Comparing it to NZ's, there's a lot more willingness to give it a go, no matter what you're driving. While I'd say a big part of that would be cost and accessibility: having a regular multi-hour trip, because the closest track is two hours away (5+ for any others), then including the sky-high fuel prices, it does make sense.
Bimmer Challenge, @vtecclubusa - these are series that prove you don't need a separate car as a track car, a massive budget or even something quick to enjoy yourself, while also being competitive. I think with more of these, we'd see a far bigger upsurge of a younger enthusiast, because as it stands, it comes across as something for the rich, or able- being able to track their 50k Skyline race car that they spent five years building, instead of just getting out there in whatever you've got. Getting some experience is better than no experience- and you can't really expect to be one of the people you look up to if you cut corners for the process along the way.
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