’04 Rotary Revolution: Indianapolis,
May 2, 2004
The rotary spirit was alive and well
in the Midwest this weekend. May 1st and 2nd was
the 2nd annual Rotary Revolution gathering in Indianapolis.
This year the attendance was bigger than last by
over double. “Rotarians” from San Diego,
Canada, Florida, Texas, and everywhere in between
made the pilgrimage. Saturday’s agenda included
all-day drag racing and autocrossing. A mobile dynamometer
was brought in to hold a dyno challenge. Indianapolis
motorsport park is generally known for its NHRA drag
race facility. The most prestigious NHRA Powerade
series race is held here called the US Nationals.
What most don’t know is that this facility
has a wonderful 2.5 mile road race course. Perfect
for showing off the handling side of the RX-7 and
RX-8. Mazda conveniently brought a new RX-8 and the
new MazdaSpeed turbocharged Miata to demonstrate
their abilities to the crowds. Enter Mother Nature.
The clouds swelled and the temperatures dropped.
Before we knew it, we were huddled in cars and under
bleachers. Fortunately, the rain subsided to a drizzle.
In the end, the forecast didn’t allow for any
drag racing, but everyone got to get the hands into
autocrossing (or drifting in many cases). The dyno
kept going and the Mazda test rides went on as planned.
Sunday brought more early morning rain which mercifully
ended. The road racing went without a hitch. All
takers of this special side of the event were quite
impressed. The 1/2 mile straight allows for some
obscene speeds. Seminars were put on in the pavilion
area by Chris Ott (yours truly), and other selected
specialists. All in all, the event was a great success,
especially with the weather. Hats off to Mike and
his hardworking team who made it all happen and we
look forward to next year’s festivities. –––––– Chris