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Amalie Motors - Gainesville 2018

Ulrich Kniep - April 2, 2018

Drag racing. At the Amalie Oil NHRA Gator National in Gainesville, Florida this past Friday. I had to see this. Experience a different kind of competition with 10000 horse power monsters shooting straight down a ¼ mile track reaching speeds of 330 miles in less than 3.5 sec and motor bikes accelerating to over 200 miles. Smoke billowing up and throughout as noise-deafening blasts erupt at each start. Where was I again? Ah, yes, drag racing.

The End of 2017 & 2018 Begins

Ulrich Kniep - February 24, 2018

The Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, was the last race of the 2017 season, ending with a collective sigh of relief. All went well and continues for 2018; DPI, LMP2, GTLM, and GTD competitively achieved close extraordinary racing. I believe the re-aligned Team Penske with their new Acura DPI car left no doubt they will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. It’s a potent combination with drivers like...

Hotel De France

Ulrich Kniep - March 4, 2018

Like any other fanatical race fan, I had to, just had to to visit the Hotel de France when at Le Mans last year. The Hotel de France is where many of the race teams stayed preparing for the 24 hours. It no longer is their “headquarters” and while much has changed, the history and memories are still there for any Race devotee. The hotel’s long-lasting association with Le Mans remains strong today with race car drivers old and young..

The Le Mans Experience 2017

Ulrich Kniep - February 22, 2018

I admit it. Obsessed with the adrenaline high of car racing, my first experience was with the 1000 km at Germany’s Nurburgring in what seems like a century ago. I was hooked and my passion, absolute zeal continues today many years later. I have traveled the country, even parts of Europe watching and eventually racing my own Datsun until there wasn’t any more time or money for the “hobby.”