It was supposed to be a rainy and cold day at the track on Saturday, but when I woke up it was beautiful outside, the perfect day for driving. Quattrofest started early and was held at PIR (Portland International Raceway) just south of Vancouver, Washington. Excited about getting to PIR I was out the door at around 7:30 and with a coffee in my hand, at the raceway only 20 minutes later. The parking lot at PIR was consumed with Audis and when looking a little closer at the cars I think it must have been a prerequisite to have a big brake upgrade on your car to be in attendance. Quattro Club members are enthusiasts, there is no question about that; but the level of passion for the product surrounded me with all the Audis and the attention to detail that had went in to preparing them for the track day. Every level of driver and machine was on hand from dedicated track cars brought in on trailer, modified street cars driven in with upgrades and stock cars.
Nothing impressed me more then the parents who brought their stock cars to the event for the teen driving clinic to help prepare the new drivers in the family for the responsibility behind the wheel of a car. With braking, skid pad and turning exercises set up in centerfield of the track, both the new drivers and the parents participated in the driving techniques. Don’t get me wrong, the excitement of the advanced drivers racing around the track was great, but I was amazed at the devotion of the parents and the support they had for the new drivers.
The devotion of the Quattro Club and Sunset Porsche Audi at Quattrofest is something that has to be admired, especially with the rain that came in the afternoon. Down pour would be an understatement but you couldn’t tell- the participants seemed oblivious. The more it rained, the better the driving seemed to get. After all, they don’t call it Quattrofest for nothing. If it were any other car out on the track that day it would have been treacherous; Audi is the safest and sure footed vehicle on the face of the planet, and the drivers knew it.
By the end of the first day everyone was ready for the banquette dinner at Salty’s on the water that evening, and they deserved it. The dinner started at 6:30 and was delicious. All the stories of the day were told and Sunset Porsche Audi was represented extremely well with both sales and service in attendance (along with our amazing wives to support the cause). With the Auction proceeds going 100% to the Quattro Club it was very successful and we have to thank the North West Regional Audi office and Sunset’s Parts and Service for their large contribution.
With the evening winding down Forza Motorsport 3 was introduced and played on the large screen. This game just raised the bar for all motor-sport games! Thank you Forza for being part of Quattrofest! We all said our goodnights and remembered we get to do this all again tomorrow, nothing could be better. To follow I_Am_Audi on twitter and keep up with all the latest news just click the link!