It’s hard to follow the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a stateside event. We can’t, in good conscience, compare, but that’s not for a lack of impressive machinery at the Sonoma Speed Festival. From May 30th through June 2nd, an incredible fleet of cars descended upon the iconic Sonoma Raceway, formerly known as both Infineon and Sears Point.
I first discovered the car while mindlessly wandering through the internet, pounding in Mini-related search queries in a never-ending hunger for Mini photos for my archives. The little yellow Mini seemed to sit a little bit lower than the rest, and a local SoCal shop name was emblazoned on the windshield, but for years the car remained a mystery.
Cars are a funny thing. They are the reason that you’re here reading this article, they’re probably the catalyst for a number of your friendships, they often motivate our actions and influence our decisions, and on one particular morning, cars were the reason that my alarm had gone off far too early. I found myself sitting on the tarmac as the pilot awaited permission to be the first plane to take off that morning.