Well, this week has certainly been amazing, and today was an experience I hope I never forget. As many of you know, the area we live has some extreme wealth, like, make 1%s jealous wealth. Well, I had a gig for BMW at a brand new private Race track. Yes, a private race track. You buy land around the track, build your million dollar garage trackside with the party pad upstairs, spend $80,000 a year for membership on the 4.5 miles of private racetrack. It is called the "Thermal Club" and it is about 20 minutes from our house, in the city of Thermal (opposite side of Coachella from us). No, I am not making any of this up, its like a country club for the super rich where you have up to 22 configurations and several miles of race track instead of a golf course. BMW had an event there this week and I was working it. Amazingly, I had something they wanted and I was offered a day on the track playing with the uber high powered BMW M series (specifically, the M3, M4, M5, and M6) in exchange for what I could offer. Since this is a private club, and I have never driven any kind of high performance vehicle, I took them up on their generous offer. To be fair, what I did for them was worth maybe a few hundred dollars. Several of us participants discussed it, and we guessed that if you were to pay for this experience, it would cost maybe between $5,000 and $15,000, maybe more. Anyway, I wanted to capture my experience on video, so I borrowed a friends Go Pro. However, I couldn't figure out how I was going to mount it, so I asked Kita to come with in hopes they would let her ride shotgun with me and video it. Not only did they let her ride with me, she got the full treatment of driving too, down to the beer and wine reception and BMW gift bag. Needless to say, it was a damn unforgettable day for us both. We had so much adrenaline going on today it is like coming off hard drugs right now coming down. Kita passed the fuck out as soon as she got home. we were able to do 4 events throughout the course of the day, 2 obstacle courses with cones (1 was a speed competition), 1 drag race competition with a limited finish box you must stop in or you were eliminated , and of course, a few laps on the racetrack. Let's get this out of the way 1st because she will never let me hear the end of it if i dont admit it. Kita beat me in the drag race. Yes she did. Her times were better than mine in the obstacle course. So we took turns holding the go pro, and we have about 2 hours of footage I need to edit down of our times on the track (sorry, lots of dashboard, no viewfinder on a go pro). We each drove the M4, M5, and M6. Both of us really really liked the M6 (the M% had some bugs that annoyed us, the M4 was cool, but we wanted to drive the M3, which is basically a race car, where the M6 is a coup, we did get to ride in an M3 though, more on that later). So much power, so much control in high speed turning that the laws of physics seem to bend with this car. Now I know why they are called the ultimate driving machines, because, holy shit the M series is some serious serious car. we both reached speeds of 115 on the track (the pace car prevented us from going faster, which we could have) We are not car people by any means whatsoever, but we are now BMW people. Neither of us could believe the control, the power, and the joy of driving these things. Holy shit what it a fun experience. The brakes were meant to be stomped on and stopped dead. 0 to 60 in 4 seconds acceleration. Turns that defy gravity. The G forces we pulled in the car were insane. The car has a motherfucking heads up display projected on the windshield ffs. And we got to go hog wild with them all day today. I will get some video of us driving when I edit it later. After all 4 of our events, we had 1 more treat in store. We got to ride in an M3 with a professional driver for a hot lap around the track (2 hot laps actually). And we got even luckier. The pro driver was aguy named Adam Seaman. He is one of the best in the world at "drifting." He is amazing, look up some of his youtube videos to see how it looks outside of the car. Wanna see how it looks in an M3 going up to 140 MPH with mulch and kita giggly wildly in the back seat? I used my phone to shoot this as the go pro was out of batteries by the end of the day, but you can see how the g forces throw me around even buckled in. Some of the views out the side windows are a trip because we are in fact going sideways VERY fast. Enjoy the first video of our day at the track. I will edit some highlights of us driving later, but there was nothing we did that could top what this driver could do. Oh yeah, and buy a BMW, we both recommend the M^ or M3, depending on the size of car you want. We cant afford one, but we can dream , right? more videos to come!