I braced against the side of the highly collectable, half million dollar car as we spun off into the grass along the raceway just off turn eight. My pulse raced reassuringly alive, as super car enthusiast Chuck Surack herded the Carrera GT, the only remaining one registered in Indiana, back onto the asphalt. Powered by a 612-horsepower naturally aspirated V-10 engine, it's enough to get anyone's blood pumping. I giggled with glee into my helmet, thrilled to have survived the tight turn and topping out at 142 mph on the straightaway. This was the ride of a lifetime, even for an adrenaline junky like myself.
My brush with death at the track was only one highlight of the Grattan experience, with exciting drag races among many hot cars including the 911 Turbo S, a Lamborghini Aventador, Nissan GTR's, Corvette ZR1's and Z06's. The smell of burning rubber, unburned fuel, and the sound of screeching tires was surprisingly exhilarating, and awakened a primal need for speed I was previously only semi aware of. I'm still a bit new to the automotive world. After only three weeks at O'Daniel Audi Porsche in Fort Wayne, I've been a representative at Porsches to Goshen, wine tasting with the Porsche Club, then packed up a Panamera for a few days at one of the fastest raceways in the MidWest.
The man behind the curtain was Mike Eikenberry, who hosted the weekend at the races as a charity event with the proceeds going to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, a national historic landmark. Registration was $1500, and bring your own wheels.
The oldest car on the track that weekend was an ‘88 944 Porsche Turbo. Dusty Gilson, owner of Evolution Customs gave me a lift for a few hot laps. Although he’d made many alterations to his vehicle, all the main parts were stock Porsche. Only the best, there is no substitute. Except … for the fire extinguisher. I eyed it warily and inquired about it as I climbed in and buckled up. “Just in case, you never know,” he assured me and we drove off.
The edge ... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
- Hunter S. Thompson