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Spotting At DAB For The Daytona 500  
User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5727 times:

Anyone planning to go to DAB Sunday who can't afford to get into the race and spot all the traffic coming in for the race?

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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5723 times:

Depending weather and whatnot, I may try to head out that way.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5717 times:

Quoting Dazed767 (Reply 1):
Depending weather and whatnot, I may try to head out that way.

I might, but I just realized traffic on the roads will likely be a spoiler... depends if I can find something ELSE for the kids to do.


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5714 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 2):
I might, but I just realized traffic on the roads will likely be a spoiler... depends if I can find something ELSE for the kids to do.

Being that I lived in Daytona the last couple of years and only had a mile to get to the Riddle lot, I was never sure how bad traffic was out the Orlando direction. This year I am driving from Kissimmee.

Is I-4 bad all the way between Daytona and Orlando, or just part of the way. For example if I took I-4 to State Road 40 that runs between Deland and New Smyrna Beach and took some back roads in that I am aware of? I know a lot of back roads between the Orlando area and Daytona Beach, however I would like to stay on I-4 as long as possible, so I was wondering if it was bad all the way out, or just when you get in the Daytona area.

Going home might be a bitch too. Usually I stay and watch every last plane out, but if I only stay to where it is starting to get dark, I might be ahead of the bulk of traffic especially if I again take a back road to I-4.


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5692 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 3):
Is I-4 bad all the way between Daytona and Orlando, or just part of the way. For example if I took I-4 to State Road 40 that runs between Deland and New Smyrna Beach and took some back roads in that I am aware of? I know a lot of back roads between the Orlando area and Daytona Beach, however I would like to stay on I-4 as long as possible, so I was wondering if it was bad all the way out, or just when you get in the Daytona area.

I've never driven to Daytona on I-4 for the race since I was a Riddle student, but everyone I talked to said they would leave at 3-4 AM to get to the track without hitting traffic-- that should say something. The trouble is that around 7am the cops shut off a lot of roads and institute certain traffic patterns that make it nearly impossible to get where you want to go even if you know back rounds.

Going home is even more of a mess if you plan to watch all the planes leave (sure there are all kinds of planes leaving, but it's dark and you really can't see much). If you do show up Sunday and want to avoid traffic: get there as early as possible and be absolutely certain to leave before the race ends!!

If you want my opinion, I would spend Friday or Saturday out there watching the planes... Traffic is nearly as busy with people flying in for the Busch/Truck/IROC races, including fly-bys. Traffic isn't nearly as bad vehiclewise before or after the race so you don't have as much aggravation. Keep in mind that most race teams arrive in the morning and leave after the races for places like JQF so no matter which day you show up, youll see all kinds of corporate aircraft, EMB-120's, 727's, Saab 2000's, etc (as well as the military jets)...

Also, If you don't have a Riddle ID don't bother trying to get into the lot by 25R (or anywhere on campus for that matter)... Not sure if the same applies for Saturday, can't remember


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5675 times:

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 4):
I've never driven to Daytona on I-4 for the race since I was a Riddle student, but everyone I talked to said they would leave at 3-4 AM to get to the track without hitting traffic-- that should say something. The trouble is that around 7am the cops shut off a lot of roads and institute certain traffic patterns that make it nearly impossible to get where you want to go even if you know back rounds.

I am going to try taking the Greenway 417 toll road to Sanford, to state road 46 that passes by SFB, to state rd 415 (which I believe becomes Tomoka Farms Rd) to Dunlawton to Nova Rd and in the back way.

Roads to AVOID - I-4 at least to Deland, Williamson Blvd., ISB, Clyde Morris.

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 4):
Going home is even more of a mess if you plan to watch all the planes leave (sure there are all kinds of planes leaving, but it's dark and you really can't see much). If you do show up Sunday and want to avoid traffic: get there as early as possible and be absolutely certain to leave before the race ends!!

The only way I will stay to see all of the planes leave I think this year is if they are departing on 25R so that they taxi by the south lot. I have stayed the last two years to see the planes depart, both times it was on 7L so they were high up by then and it was dark, so I will probably try to beat traffic by taking a similar route out like I did in. I got the priveledge only once of seeing a mass take off on 25R and that was after Pepsi 400 2005, otherwise they been taking off on 7L

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 4):
If you want my opinion, I would spend Friday or Saturday out there watching the planes... Traffic is nearly as busy with people flying in for the Busch/Truck/IROC races, including fly-bys. Traffic isn't nearly as bad vehiclewise before or after the race so you don't have as much aggravation. Keep in mind that most race teams arrive in the morning and leave after the races for places like JQF so no matter which day you show up, youll see all kinds of corporate aircraft, EMB-120's, 727's, Saab 2000's, etc (as well as the military jets)...

Thursday is a good day - the Gatorade Races, so you will get the Team haulers ie the Hendrick and Gibbs Saab 2000s, the DEI, Evernham, Davis etc E120s, Roush 727s and the chartered jets from the teams "too poor" to own their own planes like Roush and Hendrick. I have seen that a USA Jet DC-9-10 and a Pan Am 727 so far has been used at DAB. There are a handful of private and sponsor planes that show up, and usually the military arrives on Thursday.

Friday - not much of a day from what I remember. That is the truck day. They don't have the planes like the NASCAR guys do. The race starts too late for a military fly by.

Saturday is a good day - Busch race - Roush, Hendrick, DEI all have teams in Busch so they will have their planes there, a good amount of sponsors show up too and private planes. You'll get a military fly by.

Nothing compares to Sunday though. Team planes arrive early, although the past couple years you'll get one of the Roush 727s and maybe one of the Hendrick Saabs popping in empty late to pick up the crews. You get every type of private jet on Sunday and then some. You get the choppers also by the west lot. I definitely want to be there sunday since DAB sees no traffic like that any other day of the year.

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 4):
Also, If you don't have a Riddle ID don't bother trying to get into the lot by 25R (or anywhere on campus for that matter)... Not sure if the same applies for Saturday, can't remember

Saturday and Sunday they check ids. I will be driving a car without a sticker, but I do have my Riddle I.D., despite graduating last summer. Please tell me they are still using the same ids.


User currently offlineWhappeh From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 1563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5669 times:

I'm going to kick the idea around. I've never shot at DAB, but it could be fun to get some photos. The drive from Orlando may be... well, aggravating. We'll see though, especially if it turns into a mini-Anutters meet.


-Travel now, journey infinitely.
User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5666 times:

Quoting Whappeh (Reply 6):
I'm going to kick the idea around. I've never shot at DAB, but it could be fun to get some photos. The drive from Orlando may be... well, aggravating. We'll see though, especially if it turns into a mini-Anutters meet.

Well I will be using the Riddle lots, it will be awefully hard to get in there without ID. That is really the only good place to shoot, everywhere else will be impossible due to crowds. The south lot will be great if they land on 25R, however the sun will be to the back of the planes when they land in the morning, If using 7L, I will have to go to 3rd level of COA (now with the hangar gone from the tornado, there are no obstructions) and get planes taxiing in. There are also the in and out chopper shots you can get of many different types that land just a few feet in front of you in the West lot. Might try to get some from a riddle aircraft dispatch building too.


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5664 times:

N440ER sent me a message to post on here since he doesn't have access:

"Hey,

I don't have forum access. I'll be out
all sunday for sure. Looks like there
will be F-15s and maybe a B-1B for the
flybys. I'm a Riddle student, so I can
take some people around. If you can,
post my intentions on the forum.

Cheers,

Maciek Majewski"


User currently offlineJfkspotter From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 448 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5602 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 5):
Please tell me they are still using the same ids

Did it work? They changed over to a vertical ID last semester, and the old horizontal ones were set to "expire" sometime in Jan. although as alumni I don't see why they would give you a problem.


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

Quoting Jfkspotter (Reply 9):
Did it work? They changed over to a vertical ID last semester, and the old horizontal ones were set to "expire" sometime in Jan. although as alumni I don't see why they would give you a problem.

Yeah i seen the new vertical ones, but no one gave me problems on sat or sun. Infact all I did sunday was hold out my ID and the guy waved me on without even checking it - i could have held out my drivers license or credit card for that matter.


Anyway spotting was great since 25R was in use all weekend and the sun was great, although quite cold sunday morning and night.


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