EAST COURSE: “YOU KNOW NOTHING, CONE DODGER” (FELDPUSCH)
• Travel to Dryer Land: The 90 goes right, almost the same start through
three slalom gates as a year ago with one key exception – no inch-deep standing water on the course. This year it gets to be driven as
it was intended! Then 90 left and down a three-cone slalom.
• Did I see a Green Tree Hobbit? Oh, wait…: Uh, wrong fantasy. Left turn,
take a beat, left turn again, and aim at the row of cones on the left.
• Dagger in the Wight Heart: Turn right to miss that
cone row, try to keep it off the outside walls of this
showcase turn, then down through some offsets.
• There is Tasty Ale to the West: The course bends west through three
gates and a left-hand 180. Scare that outside cone on the exit.
• East of the Poison Sea: Fencerow slalom eastbound along the
southern edge, but actually two slaloms. First three fencerows
are tight, shift left, then the next three are wide open throttle.
• Battle with the Mountain: Brake early out of the fast fencerows,
hook it left, and get a good late apex on cone 500.
• Journey to the North: The finish sequence, rush through the early part
and the double gate, then it tightens up through the final four gates.
There is Tasty Ale
to the West
East of the
Did I see a Green
YOU KNOW NOTHING, CONE DODGER
designed by Michael Feldpusch
"I DODGE CONES AND I KNOW THINGS"
designed by Jason Frank
First of Her
Burn it All
A Corner has
All Cones Must Die
Game of What?
THE GAME OF CONES:
AFTER THE FLOOD
WEST COURSE: “I DODGE CONES AND I KNOW THINGS” (FRANK)
• Welcome to Westeros: In what has become an almost standard
start, the West(eros) Course begins with a sharp 90 left out of
the gate, cross the start line, then a wide-open 90 right.
• First of Her Name: One of Daenerys Targaryen’s titles
names a gated slalom down the east wall.
• Hodor!: The simple guardian of Bran Stark names the
simple 180-degree sweeper, not so easy.
• Iron Cone: The Iron Throne was the goal of all. Bend left, line it up
just right, and a three-cone slalom can be done almost flat-out.
• Burn it all down: The mother of dragons takes revenge on Kings
Landing; brake early for this misshapen left-hand 180 – the
showcase turn on the corn side. Many drivers lost time here.
• A Corner Has No Name: Young Arya Stark learns to be an assassin;
the autocrosser learns to attack this fast, right-hand sweeper.
• Hand of the Jacket: This tight left horseshoe curves more than it looks.
• Tyrion’s Stupor: Just a gated three-turn chicane,
yes? But there’s speed to be found.
• West of the Sea: A close-set six-pack in the middle of a
great wide 180. Let the car come out wide on exit.
• All cones must die: A seven-cone slalom, not precisely spaced,
but all 70-ish feet apart. Charge through it. Valar Conaeris!
• Game of What?: Right turn out of the slalom (apex
that seventh cone) and point it north.
• Prepare for Spinoffs: A bus stop; bend right, sweep left,
get that last right-hander, and fly to the finish.
Course designers Jason Frank and Michael Feldpusch borrowed a pair
of iconic lines from Game of Thrones to paraphrase their course titles.
While one works as a reply to the other, in the HBO series they occurred
in reverse order. Tyrion Lannister’s “I drink, and I know things” was from
season six, while Ygritte’s “You know nothing, Jon Snow” was from seasons
two, three, and four. Nonetheless, what might we say to the God of Solo?