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A small Coastal town called Saint Marys, Georgia, United States
Hi, my name is Ronnie. I am an American Contemporary Folk Artist. I conjure up images, then paint them on canvas. This makes me happy. Nice to meet you.

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Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life. There are as many solutions as there are human beings. - George Tooker

Thursday, June 25, 2009

12 Hours There and 12 Hours Back!

And we're off. At the crack of noon! The plan is to make it to Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, two hours south of the Mid Ohio race course.
THIS is for Liz Gunby of JumbleSaleRabbits blogspot in Scotland. She loves VW vans. Joe was speeding by and I was saying, "OH, oh! Where's the camera!" This is the portion I got. The back was equally perfect! Vanagon!
Arriving in Cincinnati and passing over the Ohio River, the border between Ohio and Kentucky.
Are we there yet? We made it to the airbase, had a good night's sleep, then headed to the racetrack the next morning. Andrew was already there with the VW TDI Cup race team.
This is JOe and Drew looking over track diagrams and having lunch in the fabulous huge VW tent which included catering and classroom for drivers and flats screens everywhere. They had waffles with VW on them for breakfast.
A Pirelli poster using Andrew in his car, #32! "Pirelli grips like no other."
Prerace! All the fresh faced and scrubbed TDI Cup drivers doing the celeb thing and signing autographs. That's Andrew signing for a fan.
Andrew (not him in this pic) was also here to work with APR motorsports. He crewed for them in between the VW stuff. He was dead on his feet by the time Sunday night rolled around. This is Erin in black with the little red apron. She makes sure APR drivers and crew are well fed and cared for. APR is known for it's hospitality. I think the drivers want to be on the team just for the food!

Joe took this of me and Andrew just before the race. I stole those pants off of a Revolutionary War soldier. What was I thinking! Blahhh.
Andrew suiting up. It's really buzzing in the VW tech tent. Camera crews for the documentary, race fans and family. Are you bored yet. Yeah, I know. This is an art blog, but I'll get to that.
The picture below is of Andrew careening back onto the track after bouncing off into the grass in this WICKED curve. A lot of drivers lost it on this curve, one smashing into the wall. CRAZY! I love this picture of the blonde lady. Look at her reaction.
The BIG picture after that is of Andrew's car making this same turn after rear ending a car in front of him. Imagine a lot of loud car noise here!
Alrighty then. Are you still here? Now we're back at APR where Erin and her assistant Hippy Mark have done their magic once again. Andrew has lost the VW race and has now switched his hat from TDI Cup to APR Motorsports.
These are two of the APR drivers, Mike Sweeney and Dion Von Molke suiting up for the the Koni Challenge race. Chow down boys, the race is coming up! Learn more about APR (Audi Porsche Racing) here
The race was near the end when I took this picture. The two APR cars are in first and second place! It was a wild race. Our friend Randy Pobst was right behind them racing for another team. This is torture for me to watch. Three laps from the end APR front runner, Ian Bass (the afore mentioned Erin's son) loses power on his car. Randy takes it to second place!
Woo hoo! I love racing. It's not over til it's over!
Here they are on the podium. APR guys in red and Randy (with his hand up) in black. All great guys.
This is the rowdy APR team after their win. They are truly a family. That's Andrew in blue. They couldn't peel the TDI cup driver suit off of him! He's having the time of his life.
Meanwhile, the race is over and we're on the road for home. This is where we stayed the first night.
JUST Kidding! That's a bomb shelter behind the Commanding Officer's house, Quarters One, at the Air Force Base. We stayed another night at this beautiful historic base. The Wright brothers made their first flight including a flight and "turn" here. Interested in more about this, including historic photos, follow this link:
On the road again. Rocky Tennessee here. About now you're wondering,"What about the longest yard sale, Ronnie?" Well, it was too far off the beaten track for this trip, but we did stop at the Kentucky Artisan Center in Berea, Kentucky. So, here's the ART PART! Finally....
Once they were gourds! This rooster was about 4 feet tall!
Extraordinary woodwork. $800 plus for the rocker. Click the pic for a close look at the old bearded men carved on the back. Beautiful work.
Felted hats and bags. This art center is located in a thriving artist community. I MUST return!
The whole downtown is art galleries and working studios and a college. Check out this link to learn more.... Beria, Kentucky
Beautiful wooden hats and bowls.
The end! An Amish couple returning from church on a Sunday morning. I'm glad to be home.
Have a great week, friends.
Love and all good things,


PG said...

An Amish carriage - how wonderful!

Susan said...

I'm so glad you had fun. I do have to admit the race portion of the post was a bit foreign to me, but the pictures were great. What a road trip! As for the art, those wooden hats are too much! Take care and settle back down into your groove. Happy Friday. Susan

Linda Crispell said...

My husband and son would be so jealous of your trip. How cool is your son, and he signs autographs!
I have always wanted to visit Berea, they have a wonderful grant program for helping artists set up studios and shops in town.

Buskitten said...

Wow Ronnie! Thanks for the pic of the bus! It's a Westfailia too - my faveorite conversion of combi (geek geek geekity geek!) What a great trip you guys had! I loved all the photos, especially the rooster - he is fantastic! Imagine having him at home! The photo of you and Andrew is super, and your trousres (english for pants) are fine! Haha! Love the bomb shelter too, thanks again Ronnie - you rock!

JaxPop said...

I'm impressed - took guts for you to run out on that track to get that picture of your son's car (on 2 wheels yet). I love racin'.

Did the Amish guy finish in the top 10? (We lived 10 minutes from the Amish folks in Pennsylvania - they're cool)

Had a VW bus (perfect condition) when I was a kid. Blew up the engine on the ride back from a skiing trip.

Great photos. Glad you had a good trip.

miz katie said...

Looks like you had a blast! What a great summer road trip. Love the VW bus, and the picture of your son's car. whoa!

Anne said...

Hi, Ronnie! Sure sounds like you crammed a lot of fun into your trip! So glad ya'll had a great time! :-)

zarsh said...

You know those pants do remind me of one of the old paintings in the Smithsonian.

How did the English ever lose.....

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Such a cool post!
You crack me up--pants off a Revolutionary War soldier. You look 25 in that photo!

My aunt has some dolls at the center in Berea, I believe. I've never been there but I've heard all about it. Maybe on my next trip to Ky.
Congrats to your sweet boy!

The Vintage Sister said...

Wow! That was some post!!
You must worry your bee-hind off with your son racing. I'm not sure i'm going to let mine drive, period. Looks like you all had a great time and your son is very handsome:)
p.s. your pants are just fine:)