Ron Fellows testing in Pahrump

Today is my birthday, but my present came early this year…

About a month ago, I was back in Pahrump, Nevada to attend the 2010 Canadian AMG Performance Tour at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. I’d first come here to drive the Nissan 370Z coupe when it launched.

So, while I was here to drive an exclusive collection of current AMG models, including the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, on the facility’s most technical 1.5-mile race track, Canadian-born racecar driver Ron Fellows was out testing his yellow #2 Cragar Wheels Corvette on a longer section of the same tarmac ribbon.

Spring Mountain is actually home to the Ron Fellows Corvette Racing School where average Joe’s can learn to tame the ZR1, C6 Z06 and C6 Z51 with the man himself. Rest assured, the only thing getting schooled in these photos is the car itself.

At the end of the day, before my group’s chartered shuttle delivered us back to the Las Vegas strip and our hotel, a small group of enthusiasts (myself included) stood in wonderment behind the wall near this turn.

The supercharger on this thing is just beastly and the car can be heard loud and clear from quite a distance away. It screams like a Star Wars X-wing fighter under braking in this tight right-hander. At first, I wasn’t sure if this was Ron or not, but if you look closely above the door, you’ll see his John Hancock plain and clear.

If you’re looking for something to do on the May two-four long weekend this year, why not check out the World Challenge GT, GTS and Touring Championship race at the Mosport International Raceway? Ron will be there.

More info on Spring Mountain can be found on its website.