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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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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. [thankyou]
 

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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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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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Head Hurt
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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. [clap]

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!! [woot]
 

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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! [thumb]
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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FRESH FISH [woot] FRESH FISH [woot] FRESH FISH [woot]

I love it when someone gets the bug!
 

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You just don't wanna mess with my little race car. [driving] [race]

And then he showed up at the track on saw the competition. [ohcrap]
 

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It was only $50 bucks. And yes, it was a blast. With the class limited to 50 cars you get a lot of track time. Plus you learn how to work the track, that in itself can get exciting when someone decides to swap ends right in front of you and you're just not sure which way you should RUN LIKE HELL !!. J/K, no one got close to hitting anyone, but those cars flying by kept you awake for sure.
 

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Yea ha, we just got notice of some nice pictures that were taken the day of our school. Here are a couple of me out on the course.



No, that's not a knocked down cone behind me, it's one in a line of pointer cones!!

 

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Did you need a special license? How about a roll cage? Any specific advice for a beginner? I want to start AutoX next season, but I want to get myself and the car ready over winter.
 

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Buy a helmet (check your clubs helmet requirements first) and you're set. At least that's all that's required by my club (and they even have loaner helmets if you don't have your own).

If your local club offers an Auto-X School go for it. If not, go for it anyway, you'll get lots of help and advice from those at the track.

Only advice I can offer being a newbie myself is increase your tire pressure before you go or at the track. I wound up running 45lbs front, 36lbs rear before the day was over.

You can also check out www.scca.com (Sports Car Club of America) and click on SOLO at the top of the page. Also, here's a link to the NOVICE HANDBOOK from my club.
 

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Thanks a lot Brad, and good luck next season.
 

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You're welcome, and go for it - it's a blast!!
 

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Oh yeah, you'll notice a "little" body roll in those pics above. I hope to get rid of some, hopefully most, with the Ford Racing Sway bar kit (22mm front, 25mm rear). The kit comes with Energy Suspension mounts and endlinks and is currently on sale through Mike at Hilbish Ford (b16sir1991 here on FF) for $269.50.
 
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