(the internet in our hotel never posted this. I hit submit and went to bed. Or maybe I was too tired to realize I didn't actually hit submit. Either way, this update was supposed to Thursday night, but never did. It's a bit outdated now, but I thought you might want to read it anyway...)
Today was a very productive day. We got a lot of things in the can today that we'd been trying to find time to shoot all week. My DP on this project, Jesse, is a godsend. Seriously, this film would not have been possible without him. But I've been working him ragged. All of us, really. It's 1:26AM as I write this, and he's only been in bed for fifteen minutes. The alarm is set for 5:30AM. So yeah...Jesse is earning is keep in a big, big way. And his involvement with this project is being funded by all of you. Thanks Kickstarters, we couldn't have done this without you!
Today was also a day filled with disappointment. A lot of cars dropped out of the race today with mechanical failures, and the yellow Enzo somehow ended up in the drink. Nobody was hurt, and the car looks more or less like it did before it went swimming, but I do not envy the man who'll be footing that repair bill.
The biggest disappointment of the day, though, happened on the last stage of the day, only 2.1 KM from the finish. Keith and Janel's v8 powered Miata, which was winning the open class going into the stage, had an electrical failure that sidelined them. They were unable to finish the stage, which means they won't be able to pick up a Targa plate, the real prize for most competitors. They will also incur a 5 minute penalty, plus receive a score equal to the slowest car in their class. They were able to get the car fixed up rather quickly once they towed it to the arena, so they will be racing tomorrow.
Of course, the electrical failure is bad news, but at least Keith had the good sense to break down right in front of me and my camera. Literally right in front of me. I captured the whole thing. I'll let Keith fill you in on those details: http://www.targamiata.com/diary.php?UID=986
I spoke with Brandon tonight as well, and he said that they had some minor problems. Nothing quite so dramatic as what Keith and Janel did, but they had some navigational errors and a piloting error on the last stage got them a few penalties today. Still, I'm pretty sure they're still in the hunt for a class win.
Tomorrow is the last day of the 2011 Targa Newfoundland. There are only seven stages, but the weather is looking nasty. The forecast says we should get somewhere between 80 - 120mm of rain tomorrow. That's more than three inches on the low end. Actually, as I'm writing this (and doing about ten other things to prep for tomorrow), the rain just starting coming down. It's raining pretty hard, and if tomorrow's forecast is any indication, it's not likely to let up.
It's nearly 2AM now. I have to be up in 3.5 hours. Time to sign off. The next time you hear from me, the race will be over and we'll know how everyone faired.
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