At a recent car event, I was introduced to the annual Northwest Toy Run. The Toy Run is a fun car themed event where thousands of gear heads come from all around the region to donate toys, money and their time to ensure that every kid has a special gift to unwrap this holiday season. Cars…kids…hosted at Pacific Raceways…I signed up immediately!
To make the event a full day, a friend of mine arranged a pre-meet and backroad drive from Alderwood Mall to Pacific Raceways, we would not be taking I5. Those twists and bends might not look extreme, but with chilly weather and summer tires, we had to be careful and it felt pretty thrilling for this old man!
The alarm went off at 6 for a pre-sunrise meet up in West Seattle. The car needed gas and I needed coffee!
We drove up to Alderwood to meet up with the rest of the group. We had an eclectic mix of cars and some great folks. A few of the guys on the trip have some extensive personal car collections, the stuff dreams are made of, and they brought out some fun toys to play with. We got to know each other for a while, then enjoyed a “spirited” drive to our coffee break pitstop and then it was on to the racetrack.
After more miles of fun driving, we made it to Pacific Raceways. Volunteers were busy helping everyone unload the toys, Santa was there to welcome the cars and then it was on to the Avants reserved parking and a slow lap around the track. It was advertised as a 10mph crawl but it was much more fun than that…we did 45 to 50 most of the time. Even at 45mph I still managed to miss every apex! In my defense, I was trying to take photos and my hat kept sliding over my eyes 🙂 That’s okay, everything is fun when you are sporting a Santa hat and I can’t wait to do this again next year!