Words and photos by Michael Chandler
The first thing I saw when I drove through the gates at Miller Motorsports Park was an exotic looking red car duck behind a row of SUVs, and into one of the GP garages. Unsure of exactly what I saw, I felt the need to drive over there and see whatever it was. I came around the SUVs and began looking into the open garages. I saw a new Porsche 911 Turbo in one, and in the next garage was a white R8. In the next two garages I saw some people sitting, and someone talking to them. At this point I thought it was a private track day, and… Well, I was kind of right.
In the next garage was what I saw, and indeed it was something red and exotic looking. It was a brand new NSX, in what appeared to be near production trim. No ridiculously huge wheels, no team of Honda/Acura goons surrounding it, no production crew or anything. It was just there in, across from a group of people who I can only assume were driving it. I say that last bit, because it was lapping the East track. I was hoping to sneak over and grab some photos, but when I had an opportunity to run over the NSX was at a stand still on track. Not sure what happened, because it did get running again. Then it disappeared.
Since I didn’t know if I could be trackside on the East track while those were running, I elected to not risk getting kicked out. At the lunch break I stood in the shade of the grandstands at Tooele Turn, and waited for them to come back out. And I waited, and waited… and waited, waited, waited… and waited. Then a van came out, and did a lap of the course, which was littered with cone gates. It did two GLACIAL laps and went in. Then a pick up truck came out, and took some brisker laps, then disappeared. And then nothing… There was silence. NASA Utah was at lunch, Salt City Drift was at lunch, everyone was lunching except me. And then I heard something with a V8 and pipes fire up. Shortly after, I saw the old Mustang pace car leading A PAIR of NSXs around! I leapt into action: I ran to the fence, and down track towards the bottom of the Attitudes. I started snapping off photos, and was awash in a feeling of accomplishment. Then hunger kicked in, so I left the NSXs to run about.
And that was only one of three things happening at the track this past weekend. Stay tuned to see what else was going on, and why you should always listen when someone tells you to get out to the track!