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Monday, January 18, 2010

The Baja 1000 - Journal #2

HPD Stickermania

11.19.09 The silence of the night hours was shattered at around 4 a.m. with the sound of a race car being fired up in the car park below my room. We had been warned that cars would start lining up in the pre-dawn hours; unlike in IndyCar, there is not an allotted "Tech [inspection] time"; it is first-come, first-served. And no one wants to be last! The cars lined up right outside the front door of our hotel. Even though it was only 7 a.m., there were plenty of people about, walking around between the cars, taking pictures, and asking questions. Nothing is covered and everyone seems happy to show off their creations. It seems that the schools know that there is no point in holding classes when the racers are in town; so, as no one would show up, they don’t even try. The kids were running round asking for stickers, posters, hats, etc. It seemed to be a game among them. We soon learned that once one or two got their hands on a sticker, you’d soon be inundated with hands asking for more…. />

We’d brought some of the new "Honda Racing/HPD" stickers with us with the intent of decaling the race truck. After gaining permission to do so, I began to question the wisdom of "stickering" the truck in front of everyone. Sure enough, as soon as I began to apply the first decal, the kids were there. Unfortunately, they left disappointed, as we had only enough for the race truck and our support vehicle. But the result was worth it; HPD now had a presence on the Baja!

Sporting the Honda Racing HPD sticker.

to be continued. . .

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