November 25, 2007

COI (Cliffs of Insanity) 2007
By: 5Speed6
Photos by: Ryan Macchione

COI. What is it? It's driving skill. It's stock and well-tuned and tweaked cars. It's twisting roads. It's four ring enjoyment. It's the Cliffs of Insanity.

The Northeast AudiWorld'ers wait in anticipation for fall to come, because they know that an incredible day is coming their way. This driving event takes place in Westchester, Putnam, Orange and Rockland Counties, each of which includes endless amounts of twisting roads lined with immense trees. The scenery is incredible, particularly in the fall.

There is a lot of planning that goes on behind the scenes prior to this event. Back again to organize this year's COI, was AudiWorld reader Fluffhead. Select Tristate forum readers coordinate for several COI trial runs in the months prior to the event. Roads are carefully chosen to maximize the pure enjoyment of driving while keeping safety in mind for all involved. Additional roads are selected in case of any road closures on the day of the event. In this area rock slides and washouts are quite common, as most of the roads are on a mountainside. Over 3,000 cumulative miles are logged in these trial runs.

This year's event was held on October 28th and saw a turnout of sixty cars show at the starting point: Frankiln D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights. Fifty Audis across all model lines, new and old, represented the four rings. A Lamborghini Murcielago, Porsche GT3, four BMW's, two MkV VW GTI's, a Corvette and an EVO all joined in the fun. The weather was perfect - the air crisp - which was exactly what the turbo equipped cars wanted to breathe. The event was sponsored by Gallery Automotive Group, who provided prizes that were offered for a raffle. The proceeds from the raffle were given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Five groups of cars, each with a trained lead car and anchor car, left the park at staggered intervals. Almost 100 miles of snaked roads with blind curves and shoulderless edges were covered. These roads are not for the faint of heart, as previous drives by Porsche and Ferrari clubs have proven.

Our drive was not without incident (nobody was hurt, thankfully) and it is a constant reminder that when driving in events like this full attention to driving is very important! At the end of the event all of the groups met back up. The expression and smiles on everyones faces said it all. Talk immediately started about "the next COI".

Quite possibly...Spring, 2008!

Resources:
  • COI 2007 Photo Gallery
  • NY / NJ / CT Discussion Discussion Forum
  • DVAG (Delaware Valley Audi Group)





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