Since I was not able to go to Caffeine and Octane for the February event, I chose to dig into the archives and post pictures from a few years ago.
The Mitty is an annual event held at Road Atlanta on either the last weekend of April or the first weekend of May. The 2010 event was special to me because the grand marshall was Pete Brock. Mr. Brock was influential in the design of the Shelby Daytona Coupe and the split-window Corvette. Pete Brock also headed the West Coast SCCA racing efforts for Nissan with the Datsun Roadster, the 510, and the 240Z. Needless to say, his presence there brought out plenty of tribute cars, as well as the restored Baja Z and an unrestored Baja 510. I also got to meet several people in person whom I had known only by their online personnas, such as Carl Beck and Ron Carter.
Most of the car corrals at the Mitty are set up in the infield in proximity to Turn 10, near the Suzuki Bridge. Turn 10 is a great place to watch because the cars are going downhill out of Turn 9 into a braking zone. The braver & faster use this as a passing zone, but if they make a mistake, they could end up mired in the gravel traps.
One great aspect of the Mitty year in and year out is the fact that you can freely roam the paddock and get up close to the cars that are racing. Sometimes you can even talk to the owners/drivers and hear the stories about the cars.
So as you go through the pictures, you’ll see a lot of great old Datsuns. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Addendum: I forgot to mention that eventually I saw Pete Brock when he came around the car corral where the Datsuns were parked. I rushed to my car to retrieve the two framed Mitty posters and a pen. He patiently waited for me to remove the plastic from the frames so he could autograph them. I gave one to my nephew, and the other resides in my cubicle at work.