There will be a few Airstream RV’s available for overnight rentals for Autobahn Members during OktoberFast weekend for those interested. Airstream of Chicago will bring them down, set them up, and have them ready for members for the weekend or if members wanted to pick them up at their Naperville store, that would be a slightly less costly alternative and give you the ability to load the RV prior to the weekend. Either way, any members that may be interested in one of these options can make reservations directly with their rental department in Naperville at Airstream of Chicago.Interested Members should Contact Bryan Kendall at 815.726.1900. Cost for a weekend Rental Friday – Sunday at the Autobahn will range from $500.00-$1000.00 depending on the size of unit and if you want it delivered trackside.
We are very pleased to provide this amazing opportunity for our members to experience the excitement and exhilaration of these two amazing brands! Maserati will offer their full line of nameplates including Ghibli SQ4 GranSport, Levante S GranSport, Quattroporte SQ4 GranLusso and GranTurismo Convertible Sport. Additionally available, from the Alfa Romeo side, will be the award-winning Giulia sedan (2018 Motor Trend Car of The Year) in the Ti Sport & Quadrifoglio variant as well as the Stelvio TiSport and the 505 HP Stelvio Quadrifoglio which has the distinction of being the first and only SUV competing in Motor Trend’s 2018 “Best Driver’s Car” competition. All of these fantastic vehicles will be available for a spin on the street throughout the course of the day, on the afternoon of the 19th as well as all day on the 20th and 21st, and will also be available for an exciting track drive during C run groups.
Please contact Terri Weber at [email protected] to schedule your time to drive today. We look forward to seeing you at the track!
Several years ago we initiated a multi-phase plan to repave the entire track.
This week that plan enters the final stage as the only remining portion of track that has not received new pavement will be completed.
The remaining area of the North Track, from turn 8 down the front straightaway, will be paved this week.
With the completion of this seven year project the road course is now in better condition than it has ever been.
The improvements in drainage and the elimination of bumps, along with a stronger base of asphalt will assure the high quality of our track for many years to come.
We have a special podcast this week with Mark Stadalsky, he is the Autobhan Country Club Building Committee Chair. I sat down with him at his office and we break down Build Autobahn. If you want to know what is going on, Mark details it all for us. On Saturday night the 20th of October 2018, the entire club had the chance to see the video presentation from Bobby Rahal about our future. In case you missed the video, it is available in The Talk Around the Track weekly email. If you don’t get the Talk Around the Track email please email the club to make sure you are getting the latest info or visit www.autobahnmembers.com
It has been a great opportunity to host the podcast. I again want to thank all the listeners, Mark Basso Founder and President of the Autobahn Country Club, and the Podcast Producer, Mark McFarlane. I look forward to next year’s shows and I hope you do too! You can contact me at [email protected]. Our next podcast will be the first week of April 2019. So, see you at the Rally Cross this winter and on the track next year.
And now here is Mark Stadalsky on the Autobahn County Club Podcast!
One More Race To Go!
Saturday Nov 3rd will be the final race of the year. It will be a 3.5 hour enduro on the south track.
Get your team together and finish the year with some fun.
The team work and comradery make this a cant miss event.
Year End Awards Dinner
This past weekend was the conclusion of the season championships. Come to the awards party and congratulate all of our champions.
Besides the obvious awards to be handed out, we will have a few fun things to present as well.
During the final Miata race Brandon Collins was on a tear, resetting the Miata Full Track Record several times in the closing laps, eventually setting a best time of 2:45.234.
On Sunday Antoine Comeau set his sights on the overall member lap record for Full Track.
After closing in on it all day he threw on a set of sticker tires in the last session and went for it.
Late in the day he accomplished his goal by posting a blistering time of 2:05.474.
Congratulations to both of these speedy drivers.
At the conclusion of the 2018 season work will begin on the south track near turns 5 and 6.
The guardrail on drivers right across from the corner station will be removed and the drain pipes it protects will be relocated.
This will also require many loads of dirt to be brought in so the ground can be reworked allowing for proper drainage.
Additionally, the curb at the exit of turn 5 will be extended both in width and length.
These improvements should be another step in our constant efforts to continually improve safety around the track.
Going into this past weekend’s season finale race at Road Atlanta Britt Casey Jr. of Inverness IL. along with co-driver Tom Long of Rock Hill South Carolina had a five-point lead in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge championship. To date the driver pairing had amassed a total of seven podiums, three pole qualifying runs, and four wins in the series. For the last race of the season at Road Atlanta Long qualified the car in second position and the duo ran in the top three during the entire two-hour race for the championship ultimately finishing third which placed them 13 points ahead of the closest competitor for the title.
Post-race Casey Jr. commented “there have been so many people that have played rolls and witness to this Championship and without their efforts and sacrifices we would not be here” as he continued to name each of his crew and mechanics on the #77 TRUMPF Audi RS3LMS. Casey went on to share thoughts of his Dad who also works as a mechanic and front tire changer on the car who according to Casey “is a man of many hats”. Tom Long, who’s start in the race marked his 100th in the IMSA series stated ” I could not be prouder than to have won this Championship with such a great friend and young talent as Britt Casey Jr.” Tom was instrumental in Casey’s start in professional racing at 16 when Casey was approved by Long to race for Freedom Autosport, the former factory backed Mazda team then managed by Long. “To think that Britt was only 16 when we met four years ago at this very track for testing to now being team mates and Champions together could not be a better story for us”.
The members on track season has been extended into November.
The 3rd will be the last opportunity to test the limits this season.
Time to get one more fix before the long off season.
Mecum is looking forward to providing the opportunity for members of the Autobahn Country Club to attend Mecum Chicago 2018 to take place on October 25-27 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Please see below the schedule for Wednesday, October 25 that members of Autobahn Country Club can enjoy a preview of the estimated 1,000 cars consigned to the auction and also a program.
4:00pm – 5:45pm Car Preview
5:45pm – 6:45pm Auction Video and Talk by John Kraman (joining guests of Northwestern Mutual and Illinois State University)
6:45pm – 7:00pm Final preview and wrap up – doors close at 7pm
Please see the information below for Autobahn Country Club members that would like to register for the complimentary bidder registration to Mecum Chicago 2018:
COMPLIMENTARY BIDDER PASS
To Redeem this Offer
- Click on the link below
- Follow the registration instructions on mecum.com
- When prompted, select “I acknowledge that Mecum reserves the right to place a $500 “Authorization Hold” on my credit card at any time throughout the auction” (this doesn’t apply to your group but a selection has to be made)
- Answer “How did you hear about us” with Autobahn Country Club
- Badges will be available for pick up at auction in the Bidder Registration Area
- Registration for Standard at Auction Bidding only please
- Registrations come with a Bidder Badge and Guest Badge
- Both badges are good for all days of the auction
Also, please see below the link to the “auction details” for Mecum Chicago 2018, this provides the address of the venue, hours of the auction, etc.