08/28/10 413 W, 1 I - + 12 - 13 Race Cars, Tow Trucks, Git-R-Done

Went to the races last night. Wake County Speedway, which is just a handful of miles south of town on Simpkins Road. Says their web page, the track was built in 1962, was paved at the end of the 1986 season, and has been operating for 48 consecutive years. That's a lot of races!

In May, the Independent Weekly published a nifty profile of the place and the drivers therein. By writer Bob Geary. The racing is in multiple classes, from four-cylinder stockers (no engine modifications allowed) to highly-charged super late models.

Mr. Blogger paid an early visit, early in the evening. Before the practice runs had started. With cameras, of course. Pretty nifty all around. Definitely need to visit a few more local tracks, as well as at least one NASCAR event.

Back in the day there was a track in Raleigh, southwest of the present intersection of Atlantic Avenue and New Hope Church Road. Was built in the mid 1950s and demolished by the late 1960s. Here's an old map showing same. (And didn't we blog the transcription of a fatal racing accident there, couple years back?)

There were some responders standing by last night, as well a wrecker crew. Below is one of the two trucks that serve the speedway. Make and model, anyway? Though that push bar probably isn't OEM, LOL. Click to enlarge:


Guess it's no surprise that the voice of the Cars movie character 'Mater played through my head all evening. That was an anthropomorphized tow truck as voiced by comedian Larry the Cable Guy. His catchphrase is "git-r-done." Here's the Wikipedia entry on said phrase, and it's suitably droll:

The phrase "git-r-done" or "get 'er done" (or "git er done") is a southern United States colloquialism meaning to finish an action, to get the job done. It is also used in the Canadian province of Newfoundland.

The phrase can be found, published in the late 1800s, in some of Joel Chandler Harris' Uncle Remus stories. The phrase has become more widely known through Daniel Whitney's title character in Larry The Cable Guy, as both a catchphrase and book title spelled "Git-R-Done", with the company Git-R-Done Productions.

There is a vodka cocktail called a "Get 'er Done" made with grenadine syrup and citrus soda, added to vodka.

See also Round tuit - a pun on "get around to it"

And here the pictures, http://legeros.com/ralwake/photos/2010-0..
Legeros - 08/28/10 - 09:40

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