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After breakfast, pep-talk and driver’s meeting, we were told to line our cars up around the block of the hotel. The excitement was building. People came to see us off. We were all pumped to get going and start our first leg of our journey.

We had a short police escort to the freeway. As soon as we got in the freeway, some of us just stepped on it and drove like bats out of hell. Some guys were weaving in and out of traffic startling the locals. I tried to keep up without having to weave in and out, but was falling behind. With the tragedy at the California Speedway in mind, I tried to speed up only when there was an opening. Being the in the bright yellow Lamborghini, I was the first one pulled over. The cop approached on the passenger side and started yelling at me! He said from the get go that he would not get me a ticket. For which, I thanked him. He told me that people were calling in reporting all these fancy cars with stickers driving over 100mph weaving in and out of traffic. He warned that the Washington State Police would put up a road block and arrest every single one of us if they get another phone call. After about 30 minutes, we caught up to Roy and decided to follow him. He took the exit and said he wanted to stop and eat breakfast first. Still full from the group breakfast in the hotel, I decided to just pump some gas and get back on the road. As soon as got on the freeway, a twin turbo RX7 wanted me to notice him as he would goose his car and show off. I was so temped to race him, but I know I would be the one getting arrested if ever we get pulled over by the cops. I decided to let him do what he was doing and just ignored him. Not more than a couple of miles down the road, I saw traffic slowing to a crawl. I was thinking that one of us had caused an accident or got in an accident themselves. As we passed by the cause of the commotion, we saw 6 cars pulled on the side of the road. We saw all 6 guys were all handcuffed behind their backs. Apparently, the WSP did do a rolling road block and picked out the cars out of traffic. A forum member Richard in his newly acquired black Gallardo was just passing along, also got picked out of traffic. Maybe he could share his experience with us. Anyway, on the way Oregon, our route map specified that we take I-215. As we approached the I-215, there was an electronic sign saying that I-215 is heavily congested. I decided to take an alternate route and hook up to I-215 bypassing the traffic jam. Not knowing that decision would get me in the head of the pack for good 45 minutes.

Being the lead car is not always the best position, I was driving a little above speed limit when an Audi S4 decided he would like to play with me. With much reservation, I decided to follow him on the mountain road US 26. After a while, we encountered some traffic and had to slow down. The timing could not be more perfect. In less than a mile, an unmarked police car started tailing me, this when on for about 30 miles. To make matters worse, a white cop car makes a quick U-turn as soon as he passed me from the opposite direction. Let me tell you that was nerve wracking. Two miles later, both cars pulled me over. The officer in the unmarked car approached me first and said, I was going 5 over the limit. He did not issue me a ticket but gave me a stern warning that the whole Oregon law enforcement is looking for us. He said WA police confiscated our route map from one of the guys, and OR cops were now staking out all the highways in our route map. Unlike the angry cop in WA, this guy was actually cool. He told me that if he had a car like mine, he’ll probably be arrested like the other guys. I thanked him and when on my way. Not more than 5 miles has passed, another OR police tailed me. Again, this went on for more than 25 miles. As soon as I crossed the county line, the officer pulled over and left me alone. Well that did not last long, another county line, another police escort. This new escort was persistent. I was running low on gas and was getting a little hungry. He followed me all over town, waited while I pumped gas, and continued to follow me all the way to the next county. This went on for 2 more times. My nerves were already fried, so there was no way I was going to give these cops a reason to pull me over. Four police escort in about 120 miles, I felt like a baton being passed to one police after another. After those encounters with the OR’s finest, an SRT-10 and a Silver Porsche caught up with me. They were definitely going much faster than I was. I decided to tail them but kept my mile distance. By the time we got to OR138, no more cops to be seen anywhere. I lost sight of the Porsche, but the Viper was still with in my sights. OR 138 is an open stretch of highway. I tried speeding up, but I could not close my gap with the Viper. A truck came the opposite way feverishly flashing his headlights. He was even giving a hand signal to slow down. Thanks to that truck, both the Viper and I slowed to within a couple of mile of the speed limit. Sure enough, as we crested a hill, a cop on his knees was shooting his radar beam on us. We were going the speed limit so he had no reason to pull us over. After that, I saw more than 12 cops waiting on the side of the road for us. By this time, I was just at the speed limit and had no intention of speeding. Because of this, I thought I would be the last one to check in. When we got to the Ashland stop, Markus, the event organizer told me that I was the first one to arrive. I thought to myself, this could be a very long trip if this would be the kind of harassment we were going to get all the way to Las Vegas. I later found out the 6 handcuffed guys were all released after getting humiliated on the side of the road for about half an hour. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ht...ficstop05m.html
After the group dinner in the Hotel, my wife and I went back to our room to get so could get the much needed rest.
 

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Wow....sounds like that was quite an experience...look forward to seeing your posts about the next couple of days! Thank you!
 

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Thanks for the pics and info. Keep cool and try to enjoy yourself despite the cops. :whip:

That cop was right about getting arrested. I'm glad I'm on the east coast for this one. I'd be in the whosgowe making big rocks into little rocks... :eek:

Curious to know if any radar detectors are working? It would seem like a good place to test them.

What are you hearing from the other drivers.
 

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Thanks Raymond. Great info and pictures. I was at Roy's party and would have enjoyed checking out your SV and meeting you and your wife. It sounds like you had your hands full though. It's a shame you scratched a wheel in that trailer. Have fun and tell us all about it!--Dave
 

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That Toyota Sienna (second photo) seemed very incongruous with the rest of the crowd. I like the go-kart Lotus.
 

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SI LAMBO said:
Thanks for the pics and info. Keep cool and try to enjoy yourself despite the cops. :whip:

That cop was right about getting arrested. I'm glad I'm on the east coast for this one. I'd be in the whosgowe making big rocks into little rocks... :eek:

Curious to know if any radar detectors are working? It would seem like a good place to test them.

What are you hearing from the other drivers.
Most guys had a slew of electronic device. Bill, who was driving an 05 Murci had his fuse blown because of all his electronic junk plugged into his lighter. As for me, I did not rely on any electronic aide. Though, most of the guys who had em, swore by them, especially the Valentine 1 guys. So, I guess it worked.
 

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craftsman said:
Thanks Raymond. Great info and pictures. I was at Roy's party and would have enjoyed checking out your SV and meeting you and your wife. It sounds like you had your hands full though. It's a shame you scratched a wheel in that trailer. Have fun and tell us all about it!--Dave
The wheel scratch from the trailer was very minor. I was going to mention it to the owner of the company, but I got a worse scratch in the "drive in tree" in No. Cal. I'll tell you guys all about it later on Day 2 of the event post.
 

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roytoy2003 said:
With out a DOUBT!!!!!!!!!!

The VL 1 with jaMMERS!! :wave:
If a lambo has to make contact with a tree at all then this was probably the least painful way to do it.

But I'm surprised the "helper" escaped without hospital attention after his "They all do that" comment.
 
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