The Soul of a Race Car.

Yesterday, I attended the Historic Races at Laguna Seca Raceway.  What a hoot!  I was able to see the Can-Am cars run through the gears at 8/10th’s or 9/10th’s speed, which was something I had not seen before.

The winning car of the Can-Am race I witnessed was number 5, a McLaren.  We wanted to sneak a peek of this beauty at close range, so we headed to the paddock.  The first thing I noticed once I turned down the lane the car was parked in was… it was being wiped clean using a bottle of Meguiar’s Cleaner/Wax.  Instead of the obvious thought, “Cool- they’re applying a coat of wax to the car”, my mind wandered elsewhere.

I just couldn’t help wonder if I was witnessing much more.

“Perhaps some payback for a job well done?  A definite possibility.”

“Maybe this is a ritual of sorts, thanking the soul of the car for keeping its driver safe throughout the race?  Could be…”

“Is this a reward for delivering a 1st place finish?  You know, I think it is!”

“Oh, wait!  This must be a tradition, not to be broken by any man.”

In the end, I suppose it’s reasonable to assume that my imagination had gotten the best of me.  As I walked away feeling confident that what I had witnessed was nothing more than a guy throwing a coat of wax onto a much-respected car, I stole a final glance of the orange beast.

Wouldn’t you know it?  I coulda’ swore that its number placard winked at me.

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