Fort Riley just outside of Junction City, KS played host to the second event in the SCCA MidWest Divisional Solo series on July 19-20, 2014. Helicopters served as some unusual spectators to the event lining the far side of the course. Military personnel were encouraged to compete, spectate and ride along during the event. Just over 90 entrants competed in the 2 day event in a variety of classes including stock, prepared and modified.
Photos are posted in the 2014 Fort Riley MiDiv Photo Gallery
It was a hot sunny day on Sunday, July 13th out at Lincoln Air Park, but many braved the heat to take on the autocross course designed by Dave Fink. This was the 4th points event for the Nebraska Region SCCA. The next event will be August 10th at Lincoln Air Park. Photos from the event are posted in the photo gallery.
It’s Thursday, so that means another Throwback Thursday photo. This one is from my very first trip to SCCA Solo Nationals in 2007 at Heartland Park Topeka. Something about the positioning of the cone, the Subaru tripoding, the banners in the background, the sun glinting off the wheel, the big wing…. I don’t know it just screams AUTOCROSS! Still one of my favorites.
Jalopnik.com recently uncovered a 1980’s Autocross TV Special on YouTube. The special is over an hour of a local autocross event held in Evansville, IN entitled “Thunder on the Streets II”. The video includes RX-7s, Celicas, AE86s, Fox Mustangs, C4 Corvettes, and many other cars making their way through a sea of cones.
Since this video comes straight from the VHS tape it was recorded on it also includes all the 80stastic commercials, including one for a VCR for the low price of $299 (#aintnomoneylike80smoney).
We need something like this to happen again. Just think of the new eyes that would learn about grassroots racing and the options available to them. SCCA please make this happen! For now, please enjoy this video.
The 2014 SCCA Solo Autocross PAX indexes have been released. The PAX index is used as a basis to compare times against cars across different classes. The PAX index is calculated based off of results from over 500 events nationwide. This year introduces a new rules to the stock classes, which do not allow for race tires and the addition of a race tire class.
The Texas National Tour event for 2010 was the first real ‘travel’ event. I’ve never traveled farther than 5 hours for a solo event, being fortunate enough to have the 2009 and 2010 nationals in our own backyard (Lincoln is only an hour away). However, there isn’t enough seat-time doing just local events.
I planned on attending, alone if I had to, just to have a chance at a national-level course first thing in the year. Luckily I had a partner willing to travel with me, even if it was only to take photos. So there we were, packing up the STI. 4 wheels in the backseat, tools and jack in the trunk, along with all of our clothes for 4 days, and a Diff for delivery (see the 2010 grassroots motorsports build from Vorshlag). New shocks required adjusting on the road for optimum feel, although it was still bone-crushing. I now understand why people trailer their cars.
It felt weird being the only ones from our Region, but we were still among family. Doing solo even for a few years I’ve gotten to know friends that are just as competitive and passionate about the sport as I am, and always show up.
I’ll do it again in a heartbeat. It was a fun trip. And having a gold medal doesn’t hurt either. 🙂