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Introduction to Autocross

Postby Fab » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:21 am

With the beginning of the Slush season and a ton of new faces at Slush #1, I figured it would be a good time to post this.

This is what I usually send to people who want to learn more about Autocross.

Some information on Autocross (aka Solo in the US or Autoslalom in Canada)

Wikipedia entry on Autocross
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autocross

Sea of Cones : A Documentary About Autocross (9:20 min)
http://www.vimeo.com/12067348

MSNBC story on Autocrossing and Family (3:15 min)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/28998725

Speedway Music Video from the SCCA Solo National Championship
With 1,200 drivers it's the largest motorsport event of it's kind.
2009:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzWGwBd0DBg
2010:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTCvudqDqkc
2011:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6yNejk7MwI

Road & Track article on their 2010 SCCA Solo Nationals experience.
http://www.roadandtrack.com/racing/motorsports/the-tire-rack-scca-solo-nationals

An in car video of the fatest STS miata at the 2009 SCCA Solo National Championship (1:19 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyVuW3dBXwQ

Local autocross clubs
http://www.ubcscc.com (UBC Sport Car Club founded in 1956)
http://www.vcmc.ca (Founded in 1982)

To participate you only need a car in working order, 4 decent tires and $25-30 for the entry fee. (No fee for spectators)


And if they say they want to participate



Some reading materials

Speed Secrets - Winning Autocross Techniques by Ross Bentley
http://www.amazon.com/Winning-Autocross-Techniques-Speed-Secrets/dp/0760331561

How to Autocross by Andrew Howe
http://www.amazon.com/How-Autocross-Sadesign-Andrew-Howe/dp/1932494839

Grassroots Motorsports
Periodical devoted to low-cost performance cars, driving skill improvement, and amateur motorsports such as road racing, autocross and rallying.
http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/


And finally

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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby JMac » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:42 am

Excellent resources, Fab! That's a real wealth of great info.
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Mirage » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:44 am

http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Autocross

This one summarizes things quite well.. j/k :)
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Fab » Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:54 am

Mirage wrote:http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Autocross

This one summarizes things quite well.. j/k :)


Haha thanks forgot about that one.

Here are 2 videos in the same category :)

Autocross Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrXwgMSy1Y

Autocross Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1ngA4IHnAQ
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby lowside67 » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:36 pm

Hey thanks for that post Fab. There is a ton of good info in there and even those of us who are perhaps not that new can find some useful information in there.

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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby pistachoo » Tue Oct 26, 2010 2:50 pm

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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Behnam » Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:06 pm

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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Fab » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:29 pm

Added Autocross to win by Denis Grant from farnorthracing.com
http://farnorthracing.com/autocross_secrets.html

Not sure how I could forgot that one.
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Behnam » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:37 am

RWD Suspension setup flow chart - Understeer
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Behnam » Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:38 am

RWD Suspension setup flow chart - Oversteer
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby roastpuff » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:11 am

For the understeer suspension flow chart - and FWD cars - isn't conventional wisdom that a larger rear ARB is preferred for FWD vehicles to cause oversteer?
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby pistachoo » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:21 am

Best mod according to conventional wisdom: fixing the nut behind the wheel.
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Behnam » Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:38 am

My apologies to all FWD cars, including my own Alero, but this mostly applies to rwd (it's based on an M coupe as the image says). I'll see if I can find a FWD equivalent.
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby thenorm » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:06 pm

an auto-x club in washington state made these informative videos

Our procedure may be a bit different in some cases, but i think alot of the underlying points are good.

http://www.vimeo.com/20156452 (Waivers)
http://www.vimeo.com/20156612 (Registration)
http://www.vimeo.com/20156684 (Prepping Car For Tech)
http://www.vimeo.com/20156796 (Tech)



and the pre-tech check list is helpful too
http://www.ssscc.org/info_corner/tech-c ... t-2007.pdf
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Behnam » Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:14 am

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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby pistachoo » Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:21 pm

pistachoo wrote:Another web resource: http://home.pon.net/hunnicutt/perfdriv.htm


Hmm... defunct. But, still viewable in archives here: http://classic-web.archive.org/web/*/ht ... rfdriv.htm
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Re: Introduction to Autocross

Postby Fab » Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:28 pm

Added link to Andy Hollis Street Tire FAQ
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