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Year One Experience Car Show - A Family Affair
The Annual Year One Experience has Something for Everyone
Year One is a business-there's no denying that. But if you've ever met a Year One employee, they'll tell you working there is like working for a big family. And if you've ever purchased parts from the company, you can be sure you've felt this family feeling from the phone reps as well, all of whom are true car nuts. So it comes as no surprise that when Year One puts on its annual Year One Experience show at Road Atlanta (and Atlanta Dragway, too) that the event would have something for everyone. From straight up drag racing to autocross and hot laps around the famous Road Atlanta, to vendor midways, a car show, kids' play areas and more, there's plenty to see and do over the course of the event's three-day weekend.
Because Year One puts its efforts into many facets of the performance and restoration aftermarket, you never know whom you might spot at the show. Over the years, we've seen recording stars, movie stars, and famous people within our hobby, like Chip Foose and Linda Vaughn, at this event. You just never know who's going to be attending with their own special ride, and because they're car people just like you and me, it's not uncommon for them to spend time talking with bystanders about their favorite cars and their latest projects.
Of course, there are the cars, too-we can't forget about them. Sure, a field full of Mustangs and other classic Fords would put a smile on our faces, but in the long list of catalogs that Year One publishes, we Blue Oval types are the young pups. Year One has been specializing in GM and Chrysler products for over 20 years, but the company's Ford catalogs have been around only five years or so.
If you appreciate any well-built machine, you've got to come to the Experience and see some of these great looking cars yourself. We hitched a ride with Randy Bolig, editor of our sister magazine Mopar Muscle, and his Gear Vendor overdriven '67 Valiant. Hopefully next year we'll be able to bring project Snake Charmer for some autocrossing fun! See you there.
For more information about next year's Year One Experience, be sure to watch our Ford News column for event dates. You can also visit www.yearone.com for the latest news.
Busy, Busy, Busy
We knew the Year One folks and the Road Atlanta and Atlanta Dragway people were busy all weekend, but these numbers, provided by Year One, really tell ya what you missed!
Panoz Driving School Track Day Sessions
There were 40 openings Friday morning and 40 openings Sunday afternoon. Both sessions sold out prior to the event.
Hot Laps in Panoz Race Cars
Sold out all three days. Over 180 Hot Laps over the three days.
Full the entire event. There were well over 2,000 laps put down over three days (and it was shut down a couple times for scattered showers).
Parade Laps around Road Atlanta
There were too many to count. The 40-car staging lane for parade laps was full from the time the event opened until it closed. There were 11 hours scheduled over three days, and extra time had to be added to accommodate all the parade lap participants.