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ledpocket

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New Guy, is Event 2 right for me?
« on: May 20, 2010, 02:03:05 pm »
Hi.  I stumbled into the scca today, and found out about the wny chapter and your events.

I am definitely interested in checking it out, even racing if possible.

Looking at the rules, I'm not totally clear on whether my car will be allowed.  It is a BMW 135i convertible.  No roll bars, but it does have some sort of pop-up deal if the tires leave the pavement.  It's totally stock from the factory.

Thanks for any input :-)
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JimPerrin

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Re: New Guy, is Event 2 right for me?
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010, 02:37:47 pm »
You'll be fine.  If you want to run, clean out your car so that there isn't anything loose inside, and show up to register before 9am.  If at any point you have questions, you can ask anyone standing around, and they will point you in the right direction.
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JayS

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Re: New Guy, is Event 2 right for me?
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2010, 02:39:38 pm »
You're fine to run with a convertible.

Some good info here:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7

At the bottom of that post s a link to the novice handbook, which will give you all the info you need for your first event.

Some quick pointers.
1. Take an instructor for all your runs the first day. WNY has some great instructors and you'll learn much faster this way.

2. Show up early enough to walk the course at least 3 times by yourself as well as going on the novice walk through (where an experienced autocrosser walks the novices around the course and gives out tips for certain sections). Since you're probably running street tires and not having to change tires at the event 9am is probably a safe bet.

3. Sunscreen. That doesn't get stressed enough in the handbook. You're outside all day. I've seen plenty of cooked novices (as well as veterans) at the end of a sunny day.
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ledpocket

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Re: New Guy, is Event 2 right for me?
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2010, 02:54:26 pm »
Thank You!

Looking forward to Sunday

Edit:  For background, I'm 40, in Orchard Park, and have very little track experience (the 1 day f2000 course at shannonville about 8 or 9 years ago)
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Re: New Guy, is Event 2 right for me?
« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2010, 07:43:57 pm »
Come with some extra air in you tires and as Jay suggested clean out your car interior (including the trunk).  That way if it rains your stuff isn't outside on the grass.  Rain is fun (think snow sliding)
Guaranteed a blast!
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Re: New Guy, is Event 2 right for me?
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2010, 08:38:00 am »
Did you have a good time?
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ledpocket

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Re: New Guy, is Event 2 right for me?
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2010, 10:39:54 am »
I did have a good time :-)

I decided to just be a spectator for a bit, and just watch this time.  5 minutes later I was kicking myself for not coming to race.

I'll be back!

Here are some random pictures I took










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