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And just like that, I had a wreck

I have spent more driving time on the Texas World Speedway track than any other. I know the track and can drive it in my sleep, although I have been advised that that would be a bad idea. But I still get nervous before a race.

Holy superhero car sighting, Batman!

It was a crisp fall night in Austin a few weeks ago. I was in my almost-800 horsepower Supra, because it was beautiful weather and I wanted to enjoy the drive. I was looking for a happening restaurant for dinner and turned on South Congress. In the corner of my eye, I saw something huge. I pulled closer and saw the glow of the turbine wheel in the rear. I recognized it instantly — it was the Batmobile.

An auto racer's review of Ron Howard's 'Rush'

My assignment: review the recent Ron Howard Formula One racing movie Rush. Now, I am not a movie expert. I’m no Gene Siskel, Roger Ebert or Peter Travers. But I do love auto racing, so let's get to it.

My first time: A real race car on a real race track

Jealousy. That was my feeling whenever I heard other people talk about car racing. It was the summer of 2008, and I was ready to change that. I got wind of a two-day Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) driving school in Houston at a racetrack called Motorsports Ranch, and there was a Mazda RX7 racecar available for rent.

My first sporty car and joining the A&M Sports Car Club

When last we left my auto obsessions, I was plowing through high school in my beloved Blazer. But after graduation, I was getting tired of it. Even with gas prices under a dollar (remember that?), getting 12 miles per gallon was not ideal to cruising. Plus it started needing some expensive repairs. So I was ready for something else.

The initial stages of a lifelong obsession with cars

When I was about 4 years old, I wandered off from my parents in a department store. After a frantic search, they found me on the sidewalk outside, strolling along and looking at all of the parked cars.

Rami Cerone
  • Rami Cerone
  • Class of 1995, owner of Caffe Capri in Downtown Bryan.
  • Rami Cerone is a car enthusiast, and competes in local autocross events and regional road races. He'll share his automotive adventures on this blog.


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