I was in Florida with a dear friend and we went to see the Mickyard 200 IRL race at Orlando and the Rolex24 at Daytona.
While at Orlando we also went to the different Disney theme parks, and among them: Epcot.
For dinner we went to the restaurant in the Canadian Part. We had a lovely young waitress who noticed my accent and less than fluent English so we got to talk about where my friend and I came from and the intentions of our trip. When we mentioned we were race fans she reacted with enthusiasm that she had a cousin who was racing and perhaps we may have heard of him. So we asked his name.
"Greg Moore, ever heard of him?"
After catchin our breath and getting more details that made it clear to us that we were not dealing with `another` driver of the same name we both mentioned that we definitely kenw who he was and that both of us were big fans of him due to his spectacular driving style and his abilities to get more out of a less than perfect car and that for us he was one of the biggest stars in racing.
Regrettably she did not know a manner how to get hold of him because both my friend and I were mighty eager to get his autograph one way or another.
It was a lovely time we had over there and the meal was also fantastic.
And sadly, before the year was over the chance to ever get hold of an autograph of Calley's cousin was gone forever......
Some 19 years later I was in CA with two friends, one of them the same friend I had been with in FL in Jan. '99.
But when my travelling companions suggested to have a detour to visit that hexed, jinxed track, I turned down the suggestion and had to turn off my head when it was pointed out to me that over in the distance I could see the top of the grandstands.
Since 1996 I felt it to be scary to watch racing at that track but when 2K stared I did not watch any race at that dreaded location anymore and as far as I'm concerned I am OK with it disappearing in the original configuration as I can't get it out of my mind anymore.