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Re: New to Autocross [message #120726 is a reply to message #120707] Sat, 27 May 2017 14:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Welcome! Sounds like most of your questions have been an answered but here is some more clarification. The June 10 event is actually a dual club event. AAS and SFR SCCA are the two clubs. This event is going to run basically under the AAS rules, so there is no preregistration.

You really don't want to try to show up mere minutes before registration closes. For one thing, there can always be traffic. Also there are are forms to fill out, nothing really extensive. The more time you spend on site and the more people you talk to, the more comfortable you will be. I would definitely recommend going to http://www.sfrautox.com/ and look at the I'm New FAQ and go through all of the links.

At the event when it is announced that the course is open for walking, walk it once, twice, or three times, and try to find someone who will explain some of the strategy used in choosing your line. At SFR events we always have a novice course walk with a mentor, and it may be that we will have one at this joint event also.

As far as car classing, either of the classes mentioned earlier will work for you. It's not unusual for people to show up, do some runs, notice that they are multiple seconds slower than the other people in their class, and then decide that either everyone else is cheating, or that they need to buy a lot of hardware to make their car go faster! But really neither of those is true. What is true is that everyone is there to have a good time and to try and drive their best. Whether you run in stock or in one of the classes that allow modifications, you can expect to finish behind most of the competitors. And that is a totally okay thing! Just because you played ping-pong in the backyard, you wouldn't expect to show up at a table tennis tournament and walk away with the trophy. Competition driving is the same way, you don't get really good without lots of practice. IMO autocross enthusiasts are very welcoming of new people at all skill levels.

Autocross is the safest (and cheapest) form of organized motor sports competition for passenger cars. The courses are specifically set up so that there is nothing solid anywhere near the course that you can run into. Generally the worst that will happen is that you will end up with a couple of marks on the car from hitting cones, and those can be buffed out. There are people standing all around the course watching out for you and they will wave a red flag if there is any sort of a dangerous situation, whereupon you're expected to stop. The cars are kept more than 20 seconds apart. The maximum speeds attained generally do not exceed what you can reach on the freeway.

Your car will be inspected for basic safety before you get to run. The mandatory helmets are not a bad idea but the levels of risk are kept as low as possible. Make sure your engine oil is topped up to the upper mark, inflate your tires a couple of pounds above the normal level, and expect to have a really exciting time!

Oh, and bring sunscreen, a hat, and stay hydrated. You'll be expected to do a work shift, generally chasing down cones that have been knocked over. Cheers!


Paul T. Ford body, Yamaha power - describes my car pretty well, too! Smile Returned to racing the STi-STU but still that #35 you love
Re: New to Autocross [message #120731 is a reply to message #120726] Tue, 30 May 2017 07:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Also, there is no food for sale on site, so bring food. If not, a mile or so down hiway 33 there is a taco stand with very good tacos, etc.


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Re: New to Autocross [message #120748 is a reply to message #120714] Mon, 05 June 2017 23:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Looking to register for this weekend at Crows Landing. Anyone know where I can register online? Also my 7 year old son wants to come and watch. Is it OK?
Re: New to Autocross [message #120750 is a reply to message #120748] Tue, 06 June 2017 01:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Soup80 wrote on Mon, 05 June 2017 23:35
Looking to register for this weekend at Crows Landing. Anyone know where I can register online? Also my 7 year old son wants to come and watch. Is it OK?

Registration is on site. There is not online registration. I believe your son can come and watch, but he cannot ride along in the car on your runs.


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Re: New to Autocross [message #120754 is a reply to message #120750] Fri, 09 June 2017 19:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Bring water. I would say 64oz minimum

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Re: New to Autocross [message #121402 is a reply to message #120754] Sun, 21 January 2018 11:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Hi, pretty new to all this autox stuff. Anyone got any pointers on where to start, maybe some courses that are easier than others? Thanks and any tips are welcome
Re: New to Autocross [message #121403 is a reply to message #121402] Sun, 21 January 2018 14:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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nickespinoza wrote on Sun, 21 January 2018 11:54
Hi, pretty new to all this autox stuff. Anyone got any pointers on where to start, maybe some courses that are easier than others? Thanks and any tips are welcome

Just show up to an event, like the AAS events this coming weekend. Bring some drinks and snacks. If you have a Snell approved helmet, bring it too. Let people know at the registration that you're new to autox, and hopefully they can help you connect with the right people. I would also suggest knowing your class so it makes it easier for registration.


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Re: New to Autocross [message #121404 is a reply to message #121402] Mon, 22 January 2018 09:14 Go to previous message
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nickespinoza wrote on Sun, 21 January 2018 11:54
Hi, pretty new to all this autox stuff. Anyone got any pointers on where to start, maybe some courses that are easier than others? Thanks and any tips are welcome


The first place to start would be attending your first event with one of the great organizations that run in the bay area. There are two large ones AAS and SFR-SCCA most of which will feature many of the same attendees. Once at the event, ask people for advice or let others know its your first event. Plenty of help is available for those that are interested. For the course, there is no answer to one being easier than others. Autocross will have a different course each event. You have an opportunity to walk the course before running it to familiarize yourself with the layout.

The key things would be bring your own snacks and water as the sites are limited to just bathroom services. If you have a helmet that is SNELL certified bring that however loaner helmets are often available. Main checkpoints for the car are that it runs, doesn't leak all of its oil in a few minuets, tires in safe conditions and battery is secured in place. There are different classes that cars do fit into for those interested in scoring points towards a trophy but for your first event I would suggest just coming out and running it as is in a time only class.

More information can be found at http://www.americanautox.com/ or http://www.sfrautox.com/ on both clubs. Additional, both clubs have groups on Facebook as well which seem to be more convenient locations to communicate.


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