Fun with Cars

/Fun with Cars
Fun with Cars 2020-02-13T12:48:24-08:00

My name is Robert. And I admit it. I Love Cars!

I didn’t come from a “car family,” but somewhere in my youth I got the bug. I bought my first car from paper route money when I was in high school. It was a 2 cylinder baby blue Fiat 500 – yup, an original one – that I bought in 1965 for $500. Using our standard inflation rate that means I paid $6,020.38 in 2018 dollars for it. Whoa!

I painted a white racing stripe right down the middle and drove that thing everywhere. I lent it to a girlfriend in college and it came back rolled up in a little ball in the back of my uncle’s pickup truck. She was fine but our relationship ended up like my poor Fiat 500.

How do you have fun with your car?

I wrapped my MX-5 Mazda Miata in bright yellow; covered it with cancer awareness messages; and drive it everywhere. Sometimes to the chagrin of my wonderful wife.

My favorite car things . . .

  • A weekend road trip over some twisties to an out-of-the-way restaurant or diner (my wife’s favorite!)
  • SCCA autocross – super fun
  • Local “Cars and Coffee” events – always interesting vehicles and people. Looking forward to getting our Ford GT40 replica car in play
  • SCCA Track Nights – Ive driven the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the Streets of WIllow, Button Willow, and Thunderhill. Looking forward to Summit Point in the summer of 2020
  • SCCA National Time Trial Series. I participated in 2019 and I hope I can make the 2020 National Championship in September 2020.
  • Any day that I can put the top down and feel the sun on my face
  • Oh, yeah. And driving in the VetsRally4Vets™!!

My Personal Give-back to Society

Everyone gives back in some way. As a prostate cancer survivor and service-disabled veteran, those are the two communites are where I focus.

Doing something good while having fun is a real joy for me. If you are visiting this website, I hope to meet you at one of our events. Feel free to offer event suggestions.

Live a good life and help others!

Warm regards,


Robert Warren Hess at Justin Vineyard Paso Robles

Me with one of my Board Members in my #378 Mazda Miata MX-5

Learning Buttonwillow Raceway at a SCCA Track Event

Just a little too hot out of the long, left-hand sweeper. My Mazda Miata was super stable. Driver error:-) Fast forward to ‘8:45 for the action.

These SCCA events are a great way to experience high speed driving in a safe environment.

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