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Old 02-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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AUTOCROSS!! Who does it??

I have been wanting to get into autocross for a long time, I finally have a vehicle that can race!!

Does anybody race in autocross? How long have you done it for?

I have been looking for places near the Pensacola Florida area and I absolutely cannot find anything.....

Can somebody help me out with that?


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I think my car will be awesome in a auto cross I want to do one soo bad!!!!!!!!
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Check out posts from Venomouz831...

If I remember right, he autoX regularly and posts lists of great info.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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Check out posts from Venomouz831...

If I remember right, he autoX regularly and posts lists of great info.
Thanks!

I just found him!

His vids are cool! But he's in California.... Nowhere near Florida!

He will prolly stop by this thread if he sees it!

Oh!

And I have been designing a mount for my iPhone similar to what you did! I am getting ready to make a prototype of sorts!

I'll post some pics when I get it done!
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Autocross is usually held in large open parking lots. Really short, twisty obstacle courses. I'd look for a local club or event organizer and go from there. Road racing is a whole different animal though.
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Venomous831 and myself autocross in Marina regularly.
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Hey, I autoX and the season is going to start sometime late this month. It's super fun and competitive! What kind of info you need?
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SCCA and NASA both list regional events on their sites.
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Can u do it on intermediate LICENCES?
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There is a boy around 12-14 years old who races a go cart where we autocross.
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I'm looking into getting into with a friend through SCCA this summer. Already got a matching helmet! Go to scca.com and look for your region.
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i can't wait for the new season...i'm gonna be traveling to KY to run SCCA events in Louisville. OP check out this series here...it's old as the hills, but i tell you when you're done you'll feel a bit better.

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Hey, I autoX and the season is going to start sometime late this month. It's super fun and competitive! What kind of info you need?
Well I have looked even on the SCCA website and I can't find anything near Pensacola Fl.

But googling it shows they used to do it at a place called the fair grounds in pesacola...

It looks like it hasn't been done in my area in a
While...

But wow!! Looks like there's a lot of people on here that enjoy Auto X!

I will keep digging and see if I can find anything!

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Any tips for a novice such as myself??


I used to motocross race until I cracked my sternum. Decided the risk wasent worth it anymore.

I want to get back Into racing! Thought I'd try out autocross!
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Well I have looked even on the SCCA website and I can't find anything near Pensacola Fl.

But googling it shows they used to do it at a place called the fair grounds in pesacola...

It looks like it hasn't been done in my area in a
While...

But wow!! Looks like there's a lot of people on here that enjoy Auto X!

I will keep digging and see if I can find anything!

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Any tips for a novice such as myself??

I used to motocross race until I cracked my sternum. Decided the risk wasent worth it anymore.

I want to get back Into racing! Thought I'd try out autocross!
Seat time and familiarity with your car is most important. You don't need the craziest modified car to autocross, just focus on improving your lap times every time you go out, and have fun!
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left foot braking is what i'm practicing a lot right now...at first it was crazy hard lol, but now i'm getting it down pat and it's become easier to transition from braking to accelerating.
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left foot braking is what i'm practicing a lot right now...at first it was crazy hard lol, but now i'm getting it down pat and it's become easier to transition from braking to accelerating.
Why do you need to do that??

How do you use the clutch if your left foot is busy Breaking?

Or
Do you wait till the last moment to switch gears?

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Why do you need to do that??

How do you use the clutch if your left foot is busy Breaking?

Or
Do you wait till the last moment to switch gears?
Sorry if I just made myself sound like an idiot!
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if you're a 5 speed don't worry about it...im in an auto so it's possible for me.

although if i recall there's a method kinda like it for manual users
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if you're a 5 speed don't worry about it...im in an auto so it's possible for me.

although if i recall there's a method kinda like it for manual users
Oh I gotcha! That makes more sense!

Yeah I have a 6 speed manual!
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lol i always thought i'd be in a g-stock class but after reading this i may be in Street Prepared

Comparison of permitted modifications in SCCA classes
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I would just say that power in autoX isn't everything in fact it's maybe one of the minor things. Handling and brakes I would say to upgrade first. Don't be scared to let it rip since that's why you are there for, take you're time on the first one and get a feel for it and the course. Also arive early to see how the track is and we're to hit the apex.
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Bring a pad of paper and pen...think about making a quick scribble of the track as you walk it so you can plan ahead as well...even make notes during the day of tires pressures..and the little things like that along with timea
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In most autoX they give you a map of how it will be. But yes check all you're fluids and tires. You will have to pass a safety inspection like make sure nothing's loose and you're brakes are good and what not.
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Thanks for all the info guys!!


I really appreciate it!!
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In most autoX they give you a map of how it will be. But yes check all you're fluids and tires. You will have to pass a safety inspection like make sure nothing's loose and you're brakes are good and what not.
Along with the map, you also get a chance to walk the course before the mandatory drivers meeting. There is usually a very experienced autocrosser who will lead a rookie walk and give tips as they walk the course with you.
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I am really getting excited about this!!


But I'm still having trouble finding an area near me.....
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The Sports Car Club of America - Events

What about these, they are what come up when I type in my zip code. Hope this helps!
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As others have mentioned, hit the SCCA site. There has to be information available. Being in SoCal, I'm not going to be any use finding something local. You may have to drive a while to get to the site. Even where I am, most of the time I still have to drive 1-2 hours. I'll have two events within a 30 minute drive this year.

You definitely want to get there early so you can do as many course walks as possible and get on the novice walk. I know with Cal Club & San Diego you can also get instructors to ride along for your first times out. Take advantage of any of those opportunities.

Once you find & get to an event you will be hooked. Not that I'm back at it, I can't believe I managed to stay away so long during my hiatus. Now I'm counting the days until the next event (11 and counting...)
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The Sports Car Club of America - Events

What about these, they are what come up when I type in my zip code. Hope this helps!
Oh and by the way I am in south central Florida
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You haven't found this site yet? http://www.cfrsolo2.com/ or this one? Central Florida Region SCCA | Amateur Road Racing At Its Best[COLOR="Silver"]
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SCCA is having a novice intro AutoX at a high school about 20 minutes from me this Saturday and Sunday this weekend. I really wish I could make it, but I already have an engagement I have to go to. Also, I don't know if I want to put my car through it yet when it still has so few miles on it. Probably needs more to break in. Oh well, maybe next time.
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How many miles on it? It's really not all that hard on the car, aside from tires and brakes--mostly tires.
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How many miles on it? It's really not all that hard on the car, aside from tires and brakes--mostly tires.
500 miles currently.
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I wouldn't worry. I would have run mine at that mileage if my schedule allowed.

Keep in mind an autocross is mostly tight transitions, so it's not like tracking the car. You will likely have only one or two opportunities to got WOT, and that only briefly. You can beat on the engine that way more on the street. At the last one I went to, I got a little bit of good telemetry data (still learning the RaceChrono app), and my peak speed was 50-55mph.
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I wouldn't worry. I would have run mine at that mileage if my schedule allowed.

Keep in mind an autocross is mostly tight transitions, so it's not like tracking the car. You will likely have only one or two opportunities to got WOT, and that only briefly. You can beat on the engine that way more on the street. At the last one I went to, I got a little bit of good telemetry data (still learning the RaceChrono app), and my peak speed was 50-55mph.
Well, I might head over there if I can, but like I said before, still have things I am already doing and don't see that changing yet. If it does, I won't let my mileage stop me.
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Has anybody seen kids racing in this event ? I really want to try autocross but don't know if I'm old enough or if I should be out there haha
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