MAEC – Montana Automobile Enthusiasts Club.
That is the car club that our son belongs to. Remember, I don’t pay much attention to cars and I had no idea what we were actually doing in Lewistown.
Saturday morning Jim fixed us a great breakfast of bacon and eggs and we took Todd’s car out to the race track.
There were about 25 other cars there – most of them “rice burners”, but not all. A mustang and a couple of corvettes were also in the mix.
The ages of the drivers ranged from 19 to probably late 60’s. They are from all over Montana and a couple come up from Wyoming. There were a few girlfriends and wives but mostly just guys with their beloved cars.
These drivers are not there to race – except against themselves. They are part of DR.I.V.E. - Driver In Vehicle Education. They have a road course set up that allows the drivers to test their driving skills around obstacles, at high speeds, and around curves and corners.
After running a couple of laps, they stop and tinker with the cars and then run another couple of laps. When somebody puts their hood up, everyone comes over to discuss how the car ran and what they can do to make it run better.
I may not be a car person, but as a mother I can certainly appreciate the fact that this is a wonderful, safe way for kids (no matter their age) to let off steam. No drugs no alcohol allowed.
As Todd told me – “This course gives us a chance to do legally what you can’t do legally anywhere else.”