Weekly Report (10 March 2019)
This past week has been quite an eventful one with plenty of things happening , one way or the other. The start of the week began with my monthly I.V.I G transfusions on Tuesday and Wednesday (5/6 March) . It was the start of another six month course for my Myasthenia Gravis condition, at the Cornwall Hospital.
On Wednesday morning, before heading to the hospital, I heard via social media, some sad news from New Zealand announcing my long time friend and racer Tony Allen had passed away.
R.I.P Tony Allen
On Thursday night, it was hockey night for me , as I joined my friends at the Cornwall City Complex to watch the Colts V the Jr Senators.
A lot was going on at the weekend, and I had two events on my agenda.
Both were taking place at the New York State Fairgrounds, in two separate buildings. In a brand new Expo Center, it was Syracuses’s inaugural running of a Lenny Sammons Indoor Racing event on Friday and Saturday . I went to my first Indoor Racing event in Albany NY, last year.
On Saturday and Sunday (9/10 March) the traditional annual Motor Sport Expo was taking place in the Center of Progress Building.
My plan was to be there for Friday nights racing and attend the Expo on Saturday.
I left home in Cornwall, about 8-30 am on Friday and after stopping a few times on route, I was booking into the Quality Inn , in Syracuse by 1-00 pm. It’s located about a 20 minute drive from the Fairgrounds.
Although racing wasn’t scheduled to start until 7-30 pm , I wanted to sign in early at the media desk The new Expo Center building has been built on a piece of land, that was once part of the famous ‘Moody Mile’ race track. Most people that I spoke to, agreed, that it’s position is where the entrance to turn three used to be.
I met up with fellow Canadian photographers Peter and John Lyng in the parking lot, and we signed in at the same time.
We found the media room, which has to be the most luxurious one I’ve ever been in. There were about 20 credited photographers that attended the mandatory 6-30 meeting. Due to the limited space in the middle, we were told that only four would be allowed out there at anyone time, and we’d need to do so in shifts.
Due to the high mesh fence around the track, it became obvious that picture taking was going to be a challenge.
The program consisted of the headlining TQ Midgets, Champ Karts and Slingshots.
I traded various vantage points throughout the night and rejoined the middle at the end of the night for the TQ Midget Victory Lane.
It was was quite a good race, with Justin Bonsignore and Erick Rudolph side by side and trading places. At the checkers it was Bonsignore.
Also there was the current Ms MotorSports Taylor Marie Fullin
By now it was about 11-15, so I made the short ride back to the Hotel.
The Indoor Racing at the New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center Syracuse, became Track # 238 on my TRACKCHASING totals
After breakfast on Saturday morning , I was heading back to the ‘Fairgrounds’ for the Motor Sports Expo. I was there shortly after the mid morning opening.
This a show I’ve been attending for many years and always heralds the start of a new racing season in the North East.
In the past it was known as the Gator Racing News Show which was staged by the demised, publication of the same name.
As usual there was plenty to see for all race fans , as well as a good chance to meet up and chat with friends.
By midday I’d seen enough , and decided to make my exit.
It was a lovely drive back to Canada in some very Spring like weather. The sun was shining and I even had the sun roof open. I was back home in Cornwall by 5-00 pm, and had all my photo editing done before going bed.
What a difference a few hours can make, by the time I awoke on Sunday morning, there was about two inches of snow on my car.
I guess winter is not over yet !