(8-20-2012) HAGERSTOWN, MD – After what was a successful outing at zMAX Dragway for the Stanley & Weiss team, it was off to the infamous Hockenheimring facility in Hockenheim, Germany for me once again. I had agreed to come and help Marcus Hilt with the Pro Mod Corvette from Switzerland another time. I flew out of Washington/Dulles airport on Wednesday evening into Frankfurt, Germany arriving at 900 am. My large Swiss friend, "Andy" met me there to transport me to the race track. Little did either of us know that this would not be the end of him transporting me throughout the day!
When I got out of the car at Marcus' pit area I really did not feel very well. I had some slight equilibrium issues and had proceeded to break out into a cold sweat. Thinking it was massive jet lag to go along with not so much sleep I went upstairs to lie down for a nap. And that went not so well either! I woke up several times with my pillow and sheet soaking wet from my cold sweat. I went downstairs and when Andy offered to take me to the medical center at the track I readily agreed. When we arrived there was no one in attendance so off to the main entrance Andy took me at a high rate of speed. The security people after hearing Andy's story and taking one look at me promptly called an ambulance because they could tell I was in dire straits. They then brought in another ambulance with a doctor in it to assist the paramedics! After a ride to the hospital in said ambulance I was promptly fed massive amounts of fluids through an IV because the diagnosis of the doctors said I was seriously dehydrated and basically wrecked from not drinking enough fluids, not eating enough and doing way to much the last week or so.
Andy purchased me three packs of water on the way back to the track and everyone in the pits for the entire weekend was on me like flies on honey to DRINK WATER! My wife said DRINK WATER! Axle said DRINK WATER! John said DRINK WATER! The entire world it seemed was on the DRINK WATER kick! Jorgen Leanders' wife gave me some magic fizzy pills that are supposed to help put the nutrients back into your system that you lose when you sweat so much and they worked miracles for me! My thanks go out to all who worked me over the entire weekend to EAT SOMETHING, DRINK WATER and all that went with that advice. And my special thanks go out to Andy for looking out for me by going back and getting my pills and my passport for the hospital staff. And thank you Andy, as well, for sitting on the hard hospital chair for hours waiting to see if I was leaving or staying.
My body was telling me that although my mind thought I was fifty, my body knew I was getting close to seventy! And I now know that I need to slow down a bit if I wish to continue getting up in the morning, seeing my breath on the mirror and realizing that I am STILL on the correct side of the dirt!
And that was the first part of my latest adventure. There will be a "race" report to follow in the next few days. I used the word race in parentheses for a reason! Stay tuned, this adventure will get more interesting…
While You're Here, Take A Look At The Qualifying Runs, Marcus Hilt is in the Black '63 Corvette with "Old School Flames In Primer Wrap".