All posts for the month July, 2013

For the 5th year in a row we were privileged to hold our Forged Performance Annual Track Day at Virginia International Raceway with the support of GTR-Life and the entire GT-R community. This was the best one yet and we hope to continue that trend every year. One new tradition we started was attending a local tractor pull at the Danville fairgrounds; a 15 minute drive from VIR. This was a very unique experience for all that went, we HIGHLY recommend it.

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As in year’s past, our event rides on the coatails of NASA Mid Atlantic regions July HPDE and Race weekend. Naturally most of our customers saw this as fantastic opportunity to get some extra track time in before our main event on Monday.

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Despite all of the surprises mother nature threw at us with hot temps, humiduty, followed by severe thunderstorms and lightening, everyone was in attendance for the welcome dinner above the Pagoda Grill. Aside from the initial excitement of a direct lightening strike and small electrical fire at the North Tower, and a veritable river running through the paddock and tech shed, the weather cleared in time to enjoy some time on the deck. True to legend, many stories were shared and everyone seemed to have a good time over a gourmet BBQ dinner.

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We awoke early the next morning to get started on what would be a full day of laps at VIR’s Full Course. Sharif and Scott gave a brief overview of VIR’s famed North Course, and the various challenges, hazards and technicalities that awaited the drivers.

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Drivers then prepped the cars and took to the track in one of three run groups. All makes and models, as well as driver skill sets were represented.

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Lunch was then served in the relief of the shade, accompanied by conversations filled with excitement over the morning sessions.

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After lunch, a parade lap and photo shoot were on the schedule. We had a rare opportunity to get out of the cars and pose for our group shot on the track surface. Gators look so different when you are standing on them and not screaming over them at 90+ mph!

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The afternoon sessions gave the attendees the opportunity to really push their driving to the limit. The RED group could have been mistaken for a Grand Am Race, as Nissan, Audi, Porsche, and a Lamborghini diced it up in close configurations. Once everyone had their fill of nearly unlimited laps, we said our goodbyes and closed the book on the 5th Annual Track Day. We are proud to say that we had no on track incidences at all, and everyone drove home safely. Everyone kept their cars safely on track…well…at least one out of four wheels were always on track…haha! We would like to thank all of our friends new and old for the fantastic weekend!

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See you next year!

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After a unusually rainy 4th of July weekend, The Forged crew met up early to head over to Caffeine and Octane. We were unsure of what the turnout would be with the looming clouds overhead, but we ended up with some of the best weather we have had at C&O this year. One of the most of out the ordinary vehicles yet to appear was a Russian amphibious vehicle. Its owner brought it on a trailer and did several demo start ups with the radial engine. This may have been the best Caffeine and Octane to date but we are still looking forward to next month!

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Having traveled quite a bit in the last few months, we were happy for the short drive to one of our favorite local tracks for the Chin Motorsports June event at Road Atlanta. It’s always a pleasure to work with the fine folks who run the Chin events as they always seem to attract a great group of drivers as well as spectators. We saw many new faces mixed in the locals who were out for the event. Forged had a near record number of our customers’ GT-R’s out for the weekend. One even hailing from Chicago to experience the Famous Road Atlanta. Track conditions were fantastic for the Forged suspension settings we had dialed in for him. Although we had some light showers on Sunday, it did little to curb the amount of drivers on track. We would like to thank Chin Motorsports for putting together such a well organized event and Road Atlanta for giving us such an amazing venue right here in our own backyard. We hope to see everyone at VIR in July!