Thursday, November 20, 2014

Local Tidewater Car Events

Things are starting to slow down, as enthusiasts are winterizing their babies for hibernation till spring, but hardcore motorists take heart, there’s still a few happenings goings on:


Sat - Cars & Coffee: Are you normally busy on Saturdays with a list of honey-do’s or family commitments? Well that’s perfectly fine because you can be back home before your spouse is even up. Enjoy your car hobby and still enjoy the rest of your day.
Originally started in Irvine, CA at a strip mall on the PCH, the Cars & Coffee idea has steadily spread to various areas across the country. Here in Tidewater Virginia, we have the great Mid-Atlantic coastal region, we have plenty of sports cars in the area, and we have plenty of coffee shops so it seemed a logical fit. This is an informal hangout for mature car enthusiasts who enjoy an early morning drive and a cup of coffee.
1st Sat - (Dec 6) Virginia Beach Cars & Coffee is a gathering of car enthusiasts the first Saturday each month from 7:00 - 9:00 am to talk cars and share a cup of coffee at La Promenade Shops, 1860 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 in the West Hilltop area of Virginia Beach, which features ample parking and BEAN THERE COFFEE on location. Please be curious to the businesses in the shopping center and leave the lot at 9:00 am promptly.
2nd Sat - (Dec 13) Newport News Cars & Coffee is a gathering of car enthusiasts the second Saturday each month from 8:00 - 10:00 am to talk cars and share a cup of coffee at AROMA’S, 706 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.
Sat - Cars, Coffee & Chocolate, sponsored by Simply Fresh CafĂ©, every Saturday morning 8 am -10 am Town Center, 180 Central Park Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Parallel street parking or surface lot parking directly across the street from the host. Parking is in the shadows of The Cosmopolitan Apartments for pleasant summer mornings. All makes & models welcome. Contact Bobby Sharon (757) 404-1406


Virginia International Raceway (VIR) - Recently chosen as one of Car & Driver’s Top 6 tracks in the nation, Virginia International Raceway is a multi-purpose road racing facility, located on the Dan River between Danville and South Boston, Virginia. VIR hosts a wide range of professional and amateur auto and motorcycle racing and track events, and is well established as “America’s Motorsport Resort.”
Nov 22/23 - Track Club USA, Full Throttle Fall Fest (full course)
Dec 6/7 - Chump Car World Series 38-Hour Race (north course)
Richmond International Raceway (RIR) - Richmond International Raceway, known as America’s Premier Short Track, offers great night racing action and a commitment to the fan experience. One of the most popular facilities among drivers and fans in all of motorsports, Richmond International Raceway annually hosts two NASCAR Doubleheader weekends, featuring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, under the lights on a ¾-mile D-Shaped oval. The unique layout traditionally produces exciting side-by-side racing, yet drivers reach high enough speeds for a superspeedway feel. Combined with first-class amenities and a focus on the fans, guests at Richmond International Raceway can expect to experience what “Racing Perfection” truly is.
Nov 22 - BMW Street Survival. Street Survival Teen Driving School teaches hands-on car control skills under the instruction of experienced in-car coaches. Participants drive their own cars, providing an understanding of its capabilities and limits while the students develop and hone their own skills in a safe and fun environment. Information and registration at, questions may be addressed to 
Nov 22 - Seat Time American Racing School. Formerly Buck Baker Racing School, Seat Time American Racing School was founded in 1980 by NASCAR’s first back-to-back champion, Buck Baker. Today, we still apply those techniques that gave him so much success on the track. Our cars are real NASCAR stock cars, previously raced Nationwide Series, and Cup cars. There are plenty of outfits offering “race car driving experiences,” but only Seat Time American Racing School offers you a real NASCAR driving school - at unbeatable prices. Take a look around and see what you’re getting for your money, then give Seat Time American Racing School a call. We’ll get your motor running! If you have any questions, be sure to send us an email or call us 704-998-1957
Apr 24 - ToyotaCare 250. Richmond’s season opener, the NASCAR XFINITY Series debuts in Richmond on Friday night. Returning guests-Renewal invitations will be mailed in late October! Tickets go on sale to the general public in January 2015.
Apr 25 - Toyota Owners 400. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to Richmond on Saturday night, April 25, 2015. Returning guests- Renewal invitations will be mailed in late October! Tickets go on sale to the general public in January 2015.
Virginia Motorsports Park, Dinwiddie, 8018 Boydton Plank Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803. Built in 1994, a state of the art multi-million dollar facility encompassing 500 acres featuring: Drag Strip, Mud Bog Pit, Truck and Tractor Pull Arena, Motocross facility, and a BMX Track.
Nov 22/23 - 2014 Angel’s Instrumentation Inc. Junior Jamm. Gates Open Friday at 6:30 pm, Sat/Sun Gates Open at 9:00 am, Time Trials at 10:30 am, then Eliminations. (804) 862-3174, or

I don’t drive too fast, I just fly too low!

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