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ROADRAGE101
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« on: February 16, 2015, 09:27:17 PM »

I am absolutely new here, so please forgive me if this is not the best section to be posting in. I am trying to get involved with autocrossing this season, but I am having a difficult time sorting through all of the information out there.

I figured the first thing I would do is attend the banquet coming up, but registration is closed. Can I just show up with $$ and attend still? I want to take an opportunity to meet people and gather information in person (much easier than any other means). Or would the first group meeting be a better time to do this?

I have tried using the search function on this forum to look for relevant information, but I haven't seemed to find the right keywords yet. If ya'll could post your experience with getting started in a bare minimum fashion that would be very helpful. I know I need a helmet and a rollbar (soft top miata). Besides that though I am not familiar with other safety standards.

I assume that the vehicle should be in good working condition and have no leaks. I am fairly certain that my miata meets this criteria, but is there someone that I need to have inspect my car in order for me to run? Also, is a bolt on roll bar acceptable?

Thanks in advance for answers and suggestions. I want to make sure that I cover the basics in order to give me enough time to prepare for the first event.
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 05:13:11 AM »

Hey there.  Thanks for posting.  I think the banquet may be full, so the club meeting is probably a good place to meet a bunch of folks.  There is one this Thursday, though I'm not sure where.  We usually send out an email ahead of time.  I'd shoot a note to President at vmsc dot org to get added to the email list.

There is a pretty good document on autocross prep in the downloads section.  Look for the document named "Your First Autocross" here.  There is also a link to the SCCA rulebook, though that can be a bit difficult to read through.  The good news is that you don't need a rollbar.  If you do get one, bolt-in is fine.  We also have loaner helmets, though getting your own is a good idea.  If you buy one, make sure to get one that is DOT and SNELL M or SA-rated.

Car-wise, you don't need much to prep.  Make sure your battery is tied down and all your leg nuts are present.  The throttle shouldn't stick and the seat belt needs to work.  Beyond that, there isn't a whole lot of prep required.  When you get to the event, take all the loose stuff out, including your floor mat (so the gas pedal doesn't get caught under it).

When coming to an event, I think the only things I consistently bring are my helmet, a gallon of water and a tire pressure gauge.  There is usually a hot dog vendor at events, so no need to bring food.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 06:48:55 AM »


If you look at the upper right on the home page, the Calendar shows
that this month's club meeting is at Mexico Restaurant on Forest Hill.
Click on the link for details & directions.
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 10:57:11 AM »

Welcome to the club!  I started last year so I'm no expert but I can certainly show you around. When you get to your first event find me (I'm in the blue and white boxster ), I can walk the course with you and make sure you get registered, tech, etc. it's a very laid back group, you'll be hooked.
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« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 03:06:00 PM »

Oh sweet!!! Thanks for the heads up about the downloads page. I was reading the SCCA rules and that was a lot more confusing.

I appreciate all of the feedback. I am not going to be around for the meeting this week but I will be at the next one.

jloehlein: thanks for the heads up about the battery, as mine is currently not tied down.

And thanks, stu. As I was reading through the "Your First Autocross" document I was thinking about trying to find people at the events that would be willing to help a newcomer. As far as the replies here (and the general chat form the other posts) are concerned, everyone seems really friendly and helpful, which makes everything a lot less intimidating.
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2015, 04:50:38 PM »

yea there will be lots of people around to help you out all you have to do is ask.
Your first few Auto X's you may feel rushed and discombobulated (just a guess on spelling)
Anyhow I think you will have a blast! ask around for some ride alongs with some experienced drivers. You'll want to ask in the first couple of runs because most like to have a run or two alone.
look for a blue c6 vette, you'll be more than welcome to ride along on every run. I drive better when someone is in the car with me!

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2015, 06:13:29 AM »

Ridding along with Gunny every run is a great idea...remember to fill your pockets with fishing weights beforehand. Kidding of course, you should definitely catch a ride with him though, he was my instructor during last years autocross school I learned a lot.
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2015, 03:01:06 PM »

Welcome to the club!  I started last year so I'm no expert but I can certainly show you around. When you get to your first event find me (I'm in the blue and white boxster ), I can walk the course with you and make sure you get registered, tech, etc. it's a very laid back group, you'll be hooked.

 At first glance I thought Stuart said he would be walking around in the blue and white boxers...

 All jokes aside I would just show up to the first event and wing it, then you have an autocross under your belt and you will know what to do at the second event.

 We go over the rules at the drivers meeting and do a novice course walk-through before people start driving the course.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2015, 04:34:30 PM »

Hi everyone, Like ROADRAGE101 I am new here and to the Virginia area. I have done a few autocrosses in my home state and I would also like to take the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy the events.

Since I am already familiar with rules, regulations, and preparations and from reading this I think it is possible to just to show up to the first event? Does anyone have the details about when/where this event is? Any information would be helpful for me. Thanks.
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2015, 06:55:02 PM »

Go to our home page and on the left side is the calendar listing of our events. Click on the "Mar 29" date and you will see all the details on My Auto Events. It is at Richmond Raceway this Sunday and gates open at 7:30 I think. Enter thru the main gate and look for our sign. We will be off to the right when you get up to the main buildings. See you there

John
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2015, 08:55:35 AM »

Thanks John! I found out all the details and will definitely be heading there tomorrow!
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