It was an excellent turnout Sunday, March 23rd for Audi Club Northwest’s season opening Son of Quattrofest high-performance driving event (HPDE) at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA. Everyone had a fantastic day of lapping filled with the spirit of learning as led by our experienced instructor crew and excellent board members. The weather even produced an unseasonably dry track all day and warm sunshine in the afternoon. And as an extra surprise, our special guests Eric Weidle and Steve Kohn from Audi of America (AoA), brought along the all-new 2015 Audi A3.
IT WAS A COOL EVENING IN MONT Tremblant after a wonderful two-day NEQ track event. Several of us spending a last night in this picturesque setting met for dinner to celebrate the end of another successful Audi driving season. Seated around the table were Greg and Rebecca Haymann, Alan and Wendy Bellavance, Rick Williams, Steve and Carol Blacker and Steve and I.
published in the Fall 2013 quattro quarterly THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHAPTER was one of several sponsors of the 17th Annual German American Chamber of Commerce Biergartenfest in Morrison, CO. The festival took place this past July and culminated with a Frühschoppen, a traditional German brunch on Sunday morning. The Frühschoppen was a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet where guests were treated to jazz music, fantastic German food, and (of course) beer.
THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE ADAGE “Old age, experience, and treachery will defeat youth and strength” was many years ago on a shirt worn by a veteran on Memorial Day, depicting a P-51 Mustang next to an F-16. Given back then I was more on the youth side, I chuckled and thanked the gentleman for his service.
Last Summer, 80 drivers got together at Mandarin Hotel in Washington DC to take part in Audi’s TDI Efficiency Drive Challenge. Among the drivers were journalists, scientists, startup entrepreneurs, bloggers, policy makers, and three Audi Club members: Paul Rivera (Southern CA), Matthew Welch (Lone Star), and myself (Golden Gate).
THIS PAST JUNE, Audi Club Golden Gate hosted its annual Yosemite Drive. Club member, Tom Langerquist, did an outstanding job of coordinating the event. Over twenty members met at the Manteca Starbucks about 90 miles from Yosemite National Park to fill up with coffee and pastries before heading out on the highway in one long line of Audis.
Andreas Pfaller, Project Leader for the 2015 Audi A3 Etron Plug-in Hybrid is interviewed by Paul Rivera at the 2013 LA Auto Show.  View full interview
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When I started telling friends and colleagues that I was taking an ice driving course for vacation, there were some varied responses…What is that, how do you find something like that? And, my personal favorite…Why?  Most startling, though, was when I did not really have an answer to…Why?