August was a tough month. Hot days, long waits in the airports, home remodeling and a powerboat race topped off the last week with 4 days with 2 energy filled grandsons. It never stopped and in between, I found another Civic Si searching dealer inventories at 4:30 am one day; my next car purchase. Yes, another Civic Si only this time in Aegean Blue from Ralph Honda in Rochester, NY. I'll take delivery sometime in the next 3 months if Honda's supply chain gets refilled. I was planning on getting the new Civic Type R until my dealer that had me 1st in line said they were charging $10K over MSRP. That killed the deal. Maybe next year. In the meantime my Type R lite (Civic Si) will do just fine as it is an amazing car for the money. I still prefer driving my new Elantra N though!
With all that activity, I got to drive my new Hyundai Elantra N from Crown Hyundai in St. Petersburg, FL about 400 miles. I did find time to stripe the new N and install new tires and wheels and will report my findings below.
First, here's a few pictures from the APBA Powerboat race in Owensboro, KY where I helped in the pits during the weekend. It was a beautiful weekend with sunny skies and temps in the 90's. Friend Jim Aid won all four of his heat races taking the championship trophy for 2.5 liter modified. Not bad for the first time out this year and with a newly rebuilt motor that had not seen water before we arrived on Friday, August 19th. In fact the first time in the water was the first heat on Saturday. Here's a few shots of the action: