Hawaii Q-Five

 

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Many people romanticize a vacation destination after seeing Rick Steves' Europe on PBS. I, on the other hand, dreamed about driving in Hawaii since I watched Jack Lord playing Lieutenant Steve McGarrett in the original Hawaii Five-O in the 70's. Back then, Steve was driving stately black Mercury Marquis and Mercury Park Lane. This dream was forgotten for a while as I got busy with elementary school, high school, college, first job, and so on. Fast forward to the 21st century, the remake of Hawaii Five-O brought my dream back from the medial temporal lobe of my brain.

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The opening scene and the theme song of Hawaii Five-O always wash away my day's stresses and tiredness. The scenes of Waikiki beach and marina, surfers, outrigger canoes, clear emerald ocean water, rolling waves, lush green hills and mountains, crowded city skyline, and people going about their daily lives remind me that paradise and daily livings can co-exist. So, I no longer could put my dream off any longer.

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Waikiki Beach

Audi R8 Grand Am

 

Yellow rolling hills filled the field of vision as I drove on the access road of Laguna Seca raceway. Monterey Bay, California, weather was cool and balmy. Ice crystals at the high altitude created bans of thin clouds before the deep blue sky. The rising sun radiated from behind the rolling hills. This morning serenity would not last for much longer since Grand-AM race drivers would start the morning practice session.

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Audi Club Golden Gate corral was located in the blue zone at turn 5. At 7:50 in the morning, our corral was already half full with member cars. A large white tent that could easily host over a hundred people was at the far corner of the corral. Audi Club flags and banners were very visible from a distance. A few vendors and sponsors were setting up their show cars and pavilions in our corral. Among premium-car-brand corrals in the blue section, our Audi Club corral was the largest and had the most elaborate setup.

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In the past, Audi Club Golden Gate had been hosting this same social event at American Le Mans (ALMS) race annually. But since Audi R10 LMP1 pulled out from ALMS, the club moved the event to Grand-AM because APR Audi Customer Racing team races in this championship.