Modball Day 3 came rather quickly having just made it to bed a few hours earlier, but after a quick walk to Starbucks we were ready to go having no idea what was in store for us. San Francisco to Death Valley seemed simple enough but in true Modball fashion, the plan was to take the scenic route through Yosemite (Yo-sem-might to our British friends). After fueling up, the teams headed out creating havoc along the way. A beautiful Sunday morning in San Francisco and people want to know why all of us are out there taking photos and videoing along the highways of NorCal. We had the chance to meet a pretty cool Grandma who pulled up to us in her new GTO asking “what we had under the hood”. After grandma tore off, we we’re left staring trying to figure out if grandma actually just violated us. Grandma, wherever you are, we will never forget you.
Anyway, heading out of town cutting through Manteca we noticed a couple things. First of all the passes through Yosemite were closed, making the initial route impossible. Secondly, we were now 2 cars short. Come to find out, one of the cars caught a flat and had no spare. Luckily, we had 3 spares in the car (this is a 2000 mile rally after all) and decided to turn back to help out.
Realizing that out spares weren’t going to fit the drop that this NSX was sitting on, a fellow G owner took the wheel down to the nearest tire shop and had a new one mounted and back to us in an hour. Not wanting to waste any time and realizing that we had in our presence a very hot Fuel Girl from Britain, what else could we do but produce the hottest photo shoot I’m sure Manteca has ever seen right out in the street.
Sammy Love, our friendly Fuel Girl did not disappoint and managed to stop traffic and cause delays. Of course in true Rare JDM fashion, we did everything we could to make her feel right at home with the camera.
With the rest of the group on the road, the wheel back on the NSX and the 3 cars ready to make up some time, we plotted our route and headed out determined to make up some time and meet up with the rest of the Modballer’s, who were now at least 2 hours ahead of us. Stopping in Merced for some delicious street tacos and fuel, we realized that we were actually running pretty close to them because one of their cars had already seen two flats.
The day just kept getting longer and longer. Finally catching up with the rest of the pack, we decided to ditch the flat plagued Mercedes SLK (yes we ditched a Benz at a motel, after all it was a rental). Finally gathering up, we headed out and found some fun twisty turns taking us right in to our destination but not without me (Gabe btw) hitting a rather large rock along the way. With a perfect ending to our already 14 hour drive, we knew we had to take the wheels off to check for damage, and make sure the G was ready for action day 4.
Luckily, everything was fine, no problems and day 4 was just a few hours away.