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Does anyone else on the boards autox? I went out this past Sunday to an event put on by the San Antonio Sports Car Association at the Alamo Dome in SA. Had a great time. It's so much fun finding the limits or you car in a controlled area where you aren't going to get a ticket. ;)

Anyway, a budy of mine took a few vids of the R/T in action. These were later in the day during my second heat after I'd learned the course a bit. Too bad he didn't get any of the morning heat or you'd get to see what an R/T in full turn lockup going through a line of cones looks like. :p

Anyway, here's the videos:

Runs 5/6 of the day (he was still figuring out how to run the camera)

Run 7 of the day

Run 8 of the day

Also got a couple other cool vids. Here's one of a shifterkart hauling ass through the course. And of course one for the Fast and Furious crowd out there. I think he needed some trainig wheels for those front spoilers. :D

I took 5th in my class of 8 and 48 overall out of a group of 72, all after figuring in the PAX score. Not bad for my second real attempt at autox'ing. In my class I got beat by a Nissan Sentra SE-R, BMW M Roadster, Mazda RX-7 and a Mazda Miata. I don't feel too bad. I did beat a Subaru WRX and 2 other Mazda Miatas in my class. :) For full results click here.

BTW: the guy with the Dynasty that took 3rd in the novice class is a member here, but I forgot his screen name. :(

And big thanks to DJ for hosting the vids... :thumbsup:
 

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Sweet! Now that looks like real fun. :D Hmm wonder if we could do something like this at a meet?
 

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db....you're pretty good man!
Shifter kart is FAT!!!
And for my friend in the ricer.....you're driving skills are just like your car....S L O W ! ! !

db...where can I find info about auto X in my local area?
 

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db....you're pretty good man!
Thanks, but I need a lot more practice before I'd consider myself "good." You didn't see the 2 DNFs I had and the run where I had to back up there in the last corner to avoid taking out the entire corner's worth of cones. :crazy:

As for finding something near you, you can go to SCCA like Joe suggested or you can just do a google search for some websites. Not all autox clubs are associated with SCCA. I've watched a few in Dallas, and hope to run some later this year, that are put on by the Lone Star BMW Car Club of America (www.lscbmwcca.org). Your local BMWCCA (www.bmwcca.org) probably has some in your area as well as any local Porsche and Corvette clubs just to name a few.

It's really an awsome thing to do. It's a ton of fun to go out and find your car's limits. All of them I've been to have some highly experienced drivers that are usually more than happy to ride along with you and give you tips to decrease your times. Most of the people will also let you ride with for the experience. Most events you can just show up, not run or pay anything and ride along if you want.

You also often times get to see some really nice, fast cars, especially at the BMW and Prosche events. If you get a chance to do it, don't pass it up. It's usually really cheap too, I only paid $20 for 8 total runs... ;)
 

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YB Normyl said:
Sweet! Now that looks like real fun. :D Hmm wonder if we could do something like this at a meet?
The only problem is usually finding someplace that will let you use their property for it. There is a fairly big insurance liability issue with it. You won't even get in to watch without signing your life away. It would be a cool thing to do for a meet though. Even if everyone got together and went to one sponsored by some other group.

Not to take anything away from those who like drag racing, I watch NHRA on ESPN all the time, but going fast in a straight line just doesn't compare to going fast through the turns... ;)
 

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Yeah I got to ride around a private road course, Motorsports Ranch up in Fort Worth, TX, about a month ago in a Prosche 911. I think it was pretty much stock except for the racing tires. We were flying around with a Porsche 911 twin turbo and a modified BMW M3 and an SCCA preped BMW M3 doing 130+ down the back straight and into the turns. We were on track for 30 minutes and it was the first time I ever had any sensation of motion sickness. I had some nice bruises on my knees and my right elbow from banging off the center console and door so much. But damn it was fun, I would turn around and do it all again given the chance. Well all except for eating that 1/4 pounder from McDonalds about 10 minutes before I hit the track... :crazy:
 

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Warlord187 said:
I'll have to wait until I get home to watch the vids.

I bet paddle shifters would come in real handy though. :)
Actully, that course, along with most others I've been to with the exception of the BWM Club courses, are too small to worry about shifting in my car. I ran the whole course in first gear. The one lap I did hit second was actually one of my slower laps because I was trying to carry too much speed. On the longer BMW course that I ran, I only had to down shift once and that was in the middle of the braking zone on the back straight. What the car really needs is a manual transmission with shorter gears. Of course with a manual then I'd have to learn how to heal-toe to really be fast...
 

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***UPDATE***

I added some more vids including some in-car footage I took riding along in my buddies MR2. Gives you a better idea of how tight the course is.

In-car 1
In-car 2
Takin out some cones
Good clean run

The MR2 is an '85 with several mods including full suspension and a 20V motor imported directly from Japan. And NO it's not a ricer. :rolleyes:

BTW: the really loud car you hear in the background is a Spec Miata. There were two pretty experienced guys running it putting down some good times. But damn the thing was loud as hell...
 

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Of course with a manual then I'd have to learn how to heal-toe to really be fast... [/B]


I know how to heel-toe....but thats from being in marching band:wink:
That second sent of videos are awesome. Im confused by looking at so many cones. I think i'll stick to tracks with lines.:biggrin:
 

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That second sent of videos are awesome. Im confused by looking at so many cones. I think i'll stick to tracks with lines.:biggrin:
Yeah it can get pretty confusing sometimes. It's really important to walk the course as many times as possible in the morning before the runs start so you have a real good image in your head of the layout. After a couple runs it's really not as confusing as it looks... ;)
 

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the guy in the dynasty HAS ARRIVED!! too bad i didnt notice this post earlier.

anyway yeh i met dbaudiopro there, and had a lot of fun as usual.

as you can see the course was killer (i hated it, and so did my car), and that just made it tougher for us family car guys to compete with the miatas and civics that we all know we're actually completely superior to. j/k.

anyway relatively speaking i didnt do good at all this last time. i was hoping to win novice AGAIN, but third place isnt THAT bad, and im sure on any other course whatsoever i coulda grabbed it.

can we say LESS 90 DEGREE TURNS DAMNIT!

anyway dbaudiopro your car was great, felt stronger than the high 15s ive heard, and stopped like a MOFO. i was so jealous of that. ive run 60-0 in around 140 ft with my disc/drum/no abs, but after i went home i eventually found out your car does it in 112 feet with tires inferior to yours. WOW!!

in my defense i picked up a stiffer rear axle with 10.5 inch discs a few days later, havent put it on yet tho.

you know i dont really care what class they stick me in, because no class is handicapped enough to compensate for the suspension of a stock dynasty, but im pretty happy with my paxes.

last event was 15 out of 50 something, this time a relatively lame 38 out of 67, (worse than my 1st ever event, which was.. 2 events ago), but overall im happy.


anyway i hope to see you out here in San Antonio again sometime, next event is on june 15.

also, im trying to get Argus out here for that event, maybe you can help me persuade him :) then we can get some 1st gen representation out here. :D
 
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