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Old 10-12-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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1st Auto-X (class)

Just thought I'd throw in a post about my first Auto-X experience.

INCREDIBLE - well that pretty much sums it up.

I attended the Novice school yesterday at Bremerton, Wa. They did an assume job and by limiting the class to 50 participants we all get a lot track time with 9 runs total.

The weather was outstanding - rare for the PNW in October. A little crisp in the morning, the morning weather report had Bremerton at 28' F. But, we had a sunny day, the track was dry, and by the time the first group finished their morning runs my jacket and insulated shirt were laying on the ground beside me while I worked the course.

Our turn to drive and I had two runs in at 64.? and 62.? before my instructor drove my car. Hmm, I'd say I still have a lot to learn, he brought it across the line at 54.? What an assume run, I never would have guessed my car was capable of being driven the way he drove that car. Oh, and my best time for the day (twice) was 61.?. Thanks to the instructors I know where I'm losing that time and what to work on.

I particular liked one instructors approach to getting me to "look ahead" in the shacane. She grabbed my helmet and said look over there while she turned my head to where I should be looking. Now that, I'll remember.

There were a few cars that decided they weren't having enough fun driving with the front of the car leading the way, and a couple of the really bored even tried four-wheeling in the turf after swapping ends. No damage done to drivers or cars.

My thanks to all of the volunteers from the Bremerton Sports Car Club that set this up, worked the day and showed us rookies what it's all about.

Well, I gotta run, for some reason there are some dirty little cone marks that I need to clean off of my car.


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Old 10-12-2008, 01:10 PM   #2
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Jealous!!

That is excellent and I'm most jealous. I need to get out there myself. I did a trackday at Virginia Int Raceway a couple of years ago, and have been bitten w/the bug. Well back to the garage now that I've got some more fuel!! Thanks.
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:43 PM   #3
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COngrats... I fell in Love with AutoX... I cant wait for my next one.. First I need rims and Tires so I dont destroy my own current ones
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Old 10-12-2008, 04:48 PM   #4
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autocross is definitely a lot of fun, especially when you go to a driver education course beforehand... teaches you a lot about the car and what it can do.
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Glad to see someone around here was out there. I probably would have been out there instructing if I didn't have to work that day. I just got back from our (BSCC's - sorry, I say "our" since I'm on the board and am current the president up until the new year) last event of the year. Why didn't you didn't make it out there today, out of curiosity?
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One day was enough for me, still trying to come down from that!

I plan on attending every event next season and I'll be shooting for Rockie of the Year.

Just one day with you guys/gals and I am so much more confident in what my car can do it's amazing. All I could think about today when driving was two hands on the wheel and look ahead!!
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Glad to see someone around here was out there. I probably would have been out there instructing if I didn't have to work that day. I just got back from our (BSCC's - sorry, I say "our" since I'm on the board and am current the president up until the new year) last event of the year. Why didn't you didn't make it out there today, out of curiosity?
Welcome.. and HOMESTARRUNNER... lol... I hated been on that site in forever
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Sweet!
Looks like another one's hooked.

You've got a few great clubs and nice venues over there.
Bremerton is fast!
I ran for a few years in the late 80's and early 90's with BEAC (Boeing Employees AutoSports Club).
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man i hear all of these and wish i could participate but i can't find anything in texas. all they like down there is straight lines. it sucks.
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^^^I know you've got events down there.
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