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Old 05-29-2006, 04:14 PM   #21
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I have auto-x two years previously in a fiero coupe but this last weekend ran my SVTF for the first time. Got my rear handed to me but had fun. About 2 seconds off the pace but I think I can close the gap eventually. Going from a underpowered mid engine rear drive car to the SVTF was a huge change. First two runs ran with the traction control on then turned it off for the second two, huge difference. Much better with the traction control OFF.
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Old 07-06-2006, 09:20 PM   #23
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I'm a rookie to the sport, I guess. I've only ran twice.
Right now,
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Wiregrass Region (there are maybe 25 cars on a good day, but there are a lot of loyals and they're really good people)
Dead bottom of STS with mild intake/exhaust mods.
Hopefully I can get my Koni sport kit soon to finish off this year.

First time I went out I came in 4/7 in my class. I ended up beating a Prelude and an RSX-S, something else I can't remember. Apparently I had a little more knowledge of lines going into it than they did, because I think they were newbies, too. I spend my life on Gran Turismo so I know at least the very basics.

Last race I got stomped. The track was virtually 3 1/4 miles with a few turns in-between and one slalom.
My car is awful at accelerating, since I'm limited by the ATX. Yes, that's right, it's an ATX but it's still the biggest rush I get every month and it's really tough for anyone to keep me away from the track.

Like everyone else seems to be saying, I'm not there to win, I'm there to learn. It's amazing how much I've improved with just 12 heats.
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Old 07-11-2006, 01:01 AM   #24
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Hey Dcl2049,
since this is a thread for newbies, let's here a little about what your experiences were. What did you expect that happened, what didn't you. Everything from registration, to running, and everything in-between.

I myself have no idea what to expect, but plan on running maybe once a month or so here in the near future. It'd be helpful to hear about . . .well. . .something I know very little about. I'm sure it could help a few others as well. From one newbie to another.

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Old 07-11-2006, 11:52 PM   #27
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Hey Dcl2049,
since this is a thread for newbies, let's here a little about what your experiences were. What did you expect that happened, what didn't you. Everything from registration, to running, and everything in-between.
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No problem, man. The event was everything I expected and more. It was challenging (very), an adrenaline rush, and I met some really great people. I had been playing racing games pretty much all my life, so I had knowledge of the basics of racing lines and such, or so I thought. You WILL learn your first time out, so don't expect to be competitive. You should just ease into your runs, unlike me and try to set good times.

Let's start with registration. It was easy for me, the Wiregrass SCCA is set up to use MyAutoEvents.com to sign up. They printed out copies of the pre-registration. Since I was 17 at the time, I had to sign the minor waiver at registration and pay up the $20 for not being a member. I had visited the events and the info website a few times before, so I knew a little about their schedule and processes.

After that, tech inspection and driver's meeting. Nothing too surprising here, just make sure you read up on tech before you go out. You will want to be ready when they grid you. I read up so I knew what to expect there also.

Then we started racing. My first session - 3 DNF's. Not surprising, really. The course confused some veterans a few times. Turns out I was missing one part of a slalom, I didn't notice the pointer cone was pointed in the direction I wasn't going. More about this later.

I found some nice guys to work with in the field when the other classes of vehicles ran. Just make sure you get with someone who knows the drill and you will have an easier time working.

Second set of runs... When in doubt, ask. I happened to get some help from the fastest guy at the track that day. He rode with me through my fourth run and pointed out where I was making the mistake. I had an idea of where it was after working in the field, and watching the other cars run that track section. He helped point me through it.

I did fairly good that run. Then I shaved off 6 seconds on #5. Then lost yet another second on #6 to end the day to end up 7 seconds faster than run 4. I actually ended up placing 4/7 in STS my first time out, beating a Prelude, an older Escort GT, and a RSX-S. I was surprised at that.

Overall, it was a great learning experience, local social event, adrenaline rush, worth every penny in my opinion. Many vets say to get started as early as possible. Now I know why. I guess 17 is pretty early, I hope to be doing this for the rest of my productive life. Like I said before, right now I am not racing to be competitive, as I would be sadly disappointed. It's just a lot of fun for me.

Wow, that was my longest post ever. Someone make a Cliffs Notes for this.
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Old 07-16-2006, 01:33 AM   #28
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Here's a picture of me and the ride from the race. If you're wondering why I'm not wearing my helmet it was on the drive-thru, not an actual run.

FYI the Hellas are worth 200whp. Afterburners, baby!
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Old 07-19-2006, 07:45 PM   #29
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I'm not really much of an anybody when it comes to autocross. I have now competed in two events and am more addicted then a heroin fiend. I'm not a member of the scca, so i just compete as a guest in the dmvr events. I would say that I definatly felt more comfortable at the second event as i knew what to expect this time around. The only downside to autocross that I have come across, is that my pigment impaired self, comes away with a very painful sunburn after each event. I even made sure apply sun block multiple times at the second event, and i still got toasted. Oh well. I'm eagerly aniticipating my next autocross expierience.
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^yes when you're assigned your work assignments. being in that sun 2-3 hours really does burn teh shit out of you. i always get baked at each event too. i've done 3 events to date and they do get easier and more fun with each pass. can't wait for the next one....
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