Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/6/09 9:09 a.m.

Just a few short weeks ago we got the word that our Group 44, Inc. Triumph GT6+ was accepted for the Monterey Historics. We'd have less than two weeks to get the car ready, so we put together a pretty straightforward plan: Button up the rebuilt engine and sort out any remaining issues so we could test and tune at our Ocala Gran Prix test track before heading up to Road Atlanta for a proper shakedown. If all goes well, then we'd head west so we can make our Baja Cantina kickoff party.

Yes, it's a tight schedule with little room for error. Welcome to our world.

We worked on the car into the wee hours Tuesday morning, but before collapsing for a few hours of sleep we were feeling pretty confident. The car looked great and seemed to be running well. We were ready for the test track first thing Wednesday morning.

Which is where our best-laid plans went awry. A combination of too little sleep, dulled reflexes, and the GT6's somewhat demanding nature found us getting a little too friendly with a track barrier. Ouch.

Luckily, the damage to the car was strictly cosmetic, and our friends at Body Werks have worked miracles for us before. They quickly took care of our tweaked nose and door, and we were back on schedule.

Monterey, here we come.

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