In terms of 6.0 quakes, walking away in one piece is a good thing. Driving away: even better.
Look, then, to Sonoma Raceway. Dangerously near the epicenter of this weekend's hullabaloo — and completely unscathed.
That's a new lease on life that demands celebration, and we can think of no better way than chewing up that lucky asphalt with a brand new Caterham Seven, now shipping.
Available in two new flavors and descended from noble Lotus blood, the Seven is a thunderous testament to speed with classic racecar looks and a distinct absence of windscreens.
Thing's all engine, but it does have a passenger seat for sharing the white-knuckled love.
The 480 is your standard 140 MPH rocket on wheels, and the 620R adds a supercharger to that formula for another 70 HP.
So, beast mode.
Downside: you won't find these lovelies in a showroom. Caterham crate-ships them in kit form.
Upside: Rich Kamp of Sonoma's Kampeña Motors not only sells them, but he's got the shop and the tools, and he knows his way around a build.
Leaving you to focus on color scheme.
Let the next big one be the rumble of your engine.