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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:11 pm 
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Hello to all. A few of you know me from other boards I use the same screen name. The 'ax' stands, in part, for autocross - the primary motorsport I'm involved with. I've probably spent as many seasons tinkering on the car as driving it in serious competition. Since half my interest is the technical side, I guess that's OK. One day, we're going to make it to a track - I mean a road course. Yes. its been on the drag strip, but the suspension setup is less than ideal for that. One day I'll make it back so I can learn how to cut a decent light before entering a Pro-solo.

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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:12 pm 
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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:49 pm 
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Thanks Shrinker!

Not sure if this is neccessary, but some of the other newcomer's were cajoled for pictures...

Here's a good picture from the rallycross
http://www.plaftaphoto.com/albums/album ... G_0169.jpg
which is on this page (with a couple of more)
http://www.plaftaphoto.com/gallery/album151?page=42

One interesting aspect about rallycross is that since every run counts therefore every cone penalty counts. To win requires a little more conservative strategy than autocross. In most autocross competions, winning is based on the best one of x number of runs. Usually 4-5 on a local level and 3 on a national level.

and here's an autocross photo from my website
EDIT: This link has been hijacked and is a redirect to a vendor site?? O:)
EDIT: Grr... hmmm. Ah. I think its not malicious but an anti-hot linking measure triggered by the hosting service either through their incompetence or mine. I'm sorry. I'll have to figure it out before I post any pics or do an avatar.
In the meantime, just click on the link MSV provides for member's homepage for a few pictures.


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 Post Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:48 pm 
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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:40 am 
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Welcome to the board \:D/ \:D/ \:D/ I have a couple of friends that run SCCA around here. I rode with a couple. It's a blast.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:28 am 
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Looks like you could go a lot faster if they would clean the dirt and gravel off the track! =; Just kidding, that looks like a lot of fun. If they had something like that around here, I'd have to go check it out. The auto cross races I've been to here in Texas were held on asphalt parking lots, looks like the dirt would be a blast. Do you have any video?

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:48 am 
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Welcome!...And that does look like a lot of fun!


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 Post Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:13 am 
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Thanks for the warm welcome. Heh. It is faster on pavement. Much to my surprise I decided pavement events were equal or even more fun than dirt. Good thing too. The rally-cross program is pretty weak in this region. Some years no events at all. Sorry, no video. One person took some and made the equivalent of a video collage - I may have a copy on CD in storage.

Found some sequential photos unfortunately out of sequence. This was a pretty cold auto-x which exaggerated the tire smoke braking into a very tight 90 degree right. The strategy for this turn was to keep it tight, as any speed advantage from staying wide would be lost in the time it takes to cover the extra distance.
http://www.phillyscca.com/photogallery/ ... m=19&pos=4
http://www.phillyscca.com/photogallery/ ... m=19&pos=2
http://www.phillyscca.com/photogallery/ ... =19&pos=19
http://www.phillyscca.com/photogallery/ ... m=19&pos=0


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 Post Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:45 am 
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WR169 wrote:
... I rode with a couple. It's a blast.

Now you need to get behind the wheel! :D

One hard lesson (for me) has been that power to weight is not always your friend. A car with a good balance of power and steering is better to learn with. But you can pretty much run anything, so just show up with whatever you have. Here's a video from Tom G's Super 7 that conveys how it feels.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtRfOHSVg88


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