Check out my BlogSpot

•February 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

I just added a new entry over on blog spot covering my thoughts on fossil fuel…check it out…

http://ashleyvandyke.blogspot.com/2011/02/youre-such-petrol-head-race-fanhow-can.html?spref=fb

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Global Tuner Grand Prix

•August 24, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Global Tuner Grand Prix and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to put World’s Top Performance Tuners and Racers in Head to Head Battle

Monterey, CA, August 10, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Global Tuner Grand Prix is proud to announce that Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is hosting the first ever Global Tuner Grand Prix, taking place Friday, October 22nd through Sunday, October 24th, 2010.

The Global Tuner Grand Prix is a spectator event with top professional performance tuners from around the world competing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The GTGP is similar to Europe’s Tuner GP and Japan’s International Lap Battle competitions but is the first of its kind in North America. This specific weekend is 1 of 4 No sound restriction Pro weekends at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“On behalf of Novitec Rosso we are excited to be part of the GTGP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The GTGP format has been long overdue in North America and it’s the perfect event to showcase Novitec Rosso’s technology on track in front of enthusiasts. There is no better way to prove a vehicles performance than on a racing circuit and with GTGP we will be able to do so against the best Tuners in the world,” Albert Cook, Director of NOVITEC North America, LLC.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is the only track in North America where lap times for production cars are recognized by major manufacturer’s and motorsport media moguls around the world.  A lap time here is used as a measuring stick for a vehicle’s performance, equivalent to the Nurburgring in Germany. “What a great way to end our major event season, bringing our fans the best in global tuner competition,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “To put Porsche, Corvette and Mazda together in competition will be a true global motorsports event.”

“Porsche Motorsport North America is very pleased to be a part of the 2010 GTGP event and to be able to attend with Technical and Parts Support as we do for all major racing events in the US. We look forward to an exciting three days of racing at one of the premier tracks in the country,” said Paul Ritchie, President & CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America.

About the Global Tuner Grand Prix:

The GTGP consists of three classes of cars, open to all Import, European and Domestic vehicles. This includes Street, Tuner and Unlimited. The three different classes each are bracketed in three categories that include Front-Wheel Drive, Rear-Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive.

THE GTGP Challenge Race is an all out wheel-to-wheel no holds barred 50-minute sprint race that will showcase the best sports cars in the world from the Pro Racing ranks down to the fastest Club racers.

“I’m really excited about the GTGP and looking forward to racing at a track that is so rich in motorsport history. The timing is perfect for an event like this in North America where companies can showcase their products not only to the fans but retailers and manufactures. Tuners, racers and automotive enthusiasts are finally getting their “Super Bowl” right here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Antonio Sabato Jr., Actor and Race Car Driver.

Event Features:

-Pirelli Driver’s Cup will feature two main events with a 45-minute timed race on Saturday and a 45-minute timed race on Sunday. The series runs both Porsche 996 and 997 GT3 Cup Cars.

-The Historic Motorsports Association is participating with a 30-minute sprint race on Saturday running vintage and historic stock cars to their limits, taking you back in time to how hard wheel to wheel racing used to be.

-Exhibitor displays and Manufacturer displays in the main paddock and the Yamaha market place. Offering a trade show atmosphere at a professional race venue immersing spectators in a showcase of the best of what the industry has to offer while displaying proven performance on the race track. No other event in North America offers this experience for the industry as well as consumers.

-Car Club Corrals- Porsche, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Nissan, Acura and more.

-VIP Car show all day Sunday, held in the Yamaha Market place. This is not only for exotics and sports cars but a celebration of all automotive manufactures.

-Red Carpet Gala, Saturday evening October 23rd.

For more information on Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway, please visit www.mazdaracewaylagunaseca.com

For more information on the GTGP, visit www.globaltunergp.com

ACT TODAY hits a hole in one with 4th successful Golf Tourney for Autism!

•June 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

At the Breamar Country Club and Golf Course the ACT TODAY team gathered on May 17th to join forces with celebrities, the media and people in our community that come out to raise money and awareness for children with autism.

We have many success stories and in many cases we are curing children with these related disorders. ACT Today! is the brainchild of several passionate people who believe access to early, effective treatment is vital for individuals with ASDs. Together with Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, a leading provider of therapy to autistic children with over 25 years of experience, this group created ACT Today! to do just as the name implies – take action immediately to treat autism.

Now, I know you’re wondering if I golf and how I did. Lucky for me I was able to practice some drifting in the golf cart on wet grass. For some reason that kept me busy long enough to forget how to play golf. I enjoyed meeting some great new people who are really dedicated to helping ACT TODAY. Thank you everyone for supporting and spreading the word.

Next event is July 25th in Woodland Hills. Come out to our Ride & Style car show!!

New signs of hope for the future with big names bringing heavy hitting hybrids to Geneva

•March 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The Salon de la Auto is a spectacular show in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Geneva Switzerland. When I attended the show in 2008 there was a presence for alternative power in some personal transport vehicles but mostly in a very small scale economy version feel. The car of the show that year was the Audi R8 TDI which is one of my personal favorites. Lot’s to love with this car especially if you’re already a fan of the brand.

Fast Lane Daily has a great review on these cars at the show. There are also some coverage on http://www.autoblog.com and http://www.streetfire.net

I’ve set my eyes on the Porsche 918 as this car stole the show for me this year in Geneva. Ferrari, Bentley and Lotus are other major high end automakers that have shown interest in the efficiency arena. It’s clear to see that we are going to continue to watch new things come as we learn the way of the future. This is very inspirational and encouraging to see these cars making such a splash and actually coming with the backing of well respected auto makers. As much as I love race cars and high end performance cars that run on fossil fuel I think it’s important to realize it’s not always necessary to run our daily commuters, transporters and shippers on a fuel that is meant for high performance.

ACT TODAY! Golf for Autism…help these kids!

•January 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I am happy to get involved with ACT TODAY and see what great things we are able to do for kids that are getting better and proper care from aid we are able to provide. There are so many ways you can take part and help out. Come take a look at our golf tournament coming up this spring and I hope to see you there.

Golf for Autism Video:

New PHOTO Gallery

•January 4, 2010 • Leave a Comment

To start off the new year, 2010!!, I have created a new setup for my photo gallery on Picasa. I’m going to archive one folder with photos from previous years and then we’re going to have a new folder that will have everything happening now in 2010. Best wishes to everyone this year and I hope everyone is feeling the positive energy like I am. This is going to be a great year and it’s an exciting time. Thanks to everyone for your support and blessings with love.

To see the archive folder I have started you can go to:

http://picasaweb.google.com/ashleyvandyke/AshleyVanDyke02#

Join me on 1320x

•December 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hey Happy New Year!!

I’ve been going to my profile on 1320x and realized I need to add some of my new photos and blogs there. This site is really cool and is mostly all race fans. I love customizing my profile but it’s even more fun to read the crazy jokes and posts put up by others.

I’m going to head there now and maybe I’ll see you there…

http://www.1320x.com/profile/ashleyvandyke

Have a safe and happy holiday!