January 8, 2011

My Time With Ray & Black Halo Racing

Hey there everyone! I've made it back from the best vacation I've had in a very long time (just took me a while to put everything together). I got to spend a little over a week in Arizona at Charles R. (Ray) Hill's place. Ray is the owner of Black Halo Racing, who produces some top notch parts for the RX-8. Being someone that I personally look up to, and being a sponsor of mine, I got to spend time with him, meet the team, check out their upcoming shop, and learn quite a bit about how things are done behind the scenes.

I had a few specific goals in mind for this trip that I was fortunate enough to accomplish during my stay. One goal I was aiming for was to get the new prototype header build underway so we could get a final product rolling out the door before the start of next season. Another goal was to see how Ray does the magic he does with Black Halo and get any advice based off that as I can. Lastly was just a few other small things I'll mention in the following, as well as just needing a vacation.
I've broken the trip up by days and posted them on their respective day it happened, so you'll need to either scroll down to November 26th, or click the links below. One long post would just be too long with all the comments and pictures I have.

Day 1 - Touch Down
Day 2 - Fuel Pump Install
Day 3 - Relaxing Again
Day 4 - Back to Work
Day 5 - The Shops
Day 6 - Exhaust Work
Day 7 - Getting Down to my Business
Day 8 - Touge Run
Day 9 - Camelback Trail with a Side Of Cars
Day 10 - Reflection
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