04/22/10 130 W - + 1 - 9 Travel Plans

Where can you expect Mr. Camera to appear this summer? We're making plans for our first NASCAR race in May, for starters. We hear it's an impressive cultural experience. Are there fire and emergency crews within civilian view at Charlotte Motor Speedway? And so I can pad pictures of them with a few dozen spectator shots? Should be primo people watching!

Additional summer destinations are listed below. Feel free to post or send sightseeing tips, notably historic or former firehouses, impressive active stations, fire museums, other museums, abandoned or old airfields, former military facilities, interesting industrial areas, or interestingly decayed urban areas. Where we or me is expecting to roam:

Mikey, yours truly was just in Dover taking “the class” and will be working some races soon as a fireman. My first is in May at Dover and I’m looking forward to it!!

Every pit has a fireman assigned to it, the position is at the rear of the vehicle (b/c of gas tank). The firemen usually wear orange or red jumpsuits. Typically, there are firemen in the garage as well as near the fuel depot area (where the gas is dispensed into the 11.5 gallon cans). In Dover, each “turn” has a “fire truck” assigned to it (pick-up with four members, extinguishers and a big extinguisher as well as a medic, crew chief and two firemen, crew chief drives and medic rides up front). Some raceways might put them at only a a few turns. Then you have the “tool truck”, which is equivalent to a “rescue truck” and the seasoned vets ride it.

Learned a lot, even though I don’t care much about NASCAR the sport, I look forward to the new experience and learning more. E-mail me if you want to know more.

By the way, YOU NEED TO GET BY DOVER VFD!!! Very impressive for a capital city to be 100% volunteer, and the history they have is outstanding.
Silver - 04/22/10 - 21:01

While in Detroit make the trip over to Ypsilanti to visit the Michigan Firehouse Museum. You won’t be disappoined! http://www.michiganfirehousemuseum.org
LeBeau - 04/23/10 - 08:43

Found a few former or abandoned airfields of interest, via http://members.tripod.com/airfields_free... Those places are great for urban exploration.

Old Naval Air Station in Glenview, IL, with a couple structures still around.
Bong AFB outside Milwaukee, old runway pattern still present as state park
Salem Airport and old Nike installation outside Detroit, structures still standing
Naval Outlying Landing Field in Pekin, IA, runways still exist
Legeros - 04/25/10 - 21:15

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