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: My Autocross Video Thread

03-24-2006, 11:10 AM
Here's a clip from the event last Sunday in the rain. This was my best run. Unfortunately they were having trouble with the timer and my recorded time was way off. And the day was cut short due to lightning.

But anyway... (Right-Click, Save Target As...)

I will say that I was very happy with the way the car handled out there with the KW's. It was very neutral, oversteering at times, but completely predictable. I can't wait to see how it is on a dry course.

slow 2K2GT
03-25-2006, 04:33 PM
Nice run, we are getting all that crap weather here right now. Good to see that you are still able to enjoy the day and the car!

03-25-2006, 04:52 PM
nice run, but im getting snow! again! *shakes fist at spring weather in the mountains*

03-29-2006, 01:07 AM
nice job man! Which tires you running this year? BTW, was it rainging before they started the build of the course? To bad they did not make a little less hard turns on the wet pavement. Like the video, camera kept up real well, which one you using?

Well, sorry so man questions, I am just so ancy to get my car out there with the new mods I put on this year. Just cannot wait! AHAHAHAHAHAH!


03-29-2006, 12:21 PM
Thanks man... I don't mind the questions.

Which tires you running this year?
205/50-16 Yokohama AVS ES 100's. They are not the best choice but I can't justify buying something better until these wear out.

BTW, was it rainging before they started the build of the course?
I wasn't there for that, but I think it was. That would explain why there weren't any white lines this time.

Like the video, camera kept up real well, which one you using?
It's a Sony HC96 MiniDV camcorder. I bought it recently along with a headrest mount. I have a little external mic too but unfortunately it was rattling a lot so I need to fix that.

03-29-2006, 12:27 PM
steve- how much did that cam run you? i'm thinking about picking one up as well for DFWH meets :)

03-29-2006, 12:48 PM
About $600 + some add-ons...

03-29-2006, 12:50 PM
Nice video.

I'm seriously interested in competing in the SCCA runs. Are they easy to learn how to drive, meaning the courses?

The reason I ask is because it was confusing watching you drive. You knew exactly where to go to, which cones to go through, etc. But I didn't. Do they teach how to identify what means what? Also, it was mentioned white lines, so I assume some places use painted lines in addition to the cones to identify the course, right?

03-29-2006, 01:02 PM
Yeah it was confusing to me too, especially this time. You get a chance to walk the course, and they'll normally have a novice walk-through where they teach you what line you should take and so on.

I walked the course just once. And then I worked the course in the first heat and became really familiar with the section I was watching. But I managed to forget the first half of the course and got a little lost out there on my first run. It's normally easier when they have chalk lines in addition to the cones. I still didn't have it memorized on this run I posted (my 3rd run) and so I entered the slalom at the end at a funny angle which slowed me down... oh well. Hopefully I'll be better next time.

03-30-2006, 12:33 AM
Our region makes the very first race a school on Saturday where you get to practice in your car and learn from season racers in solo2. Then the next day (sunday) we have our first points event. I have been watching alot of videos off the net to to keep up on the placemants of cones and that. The best way to run fast is seat time to. You can put on the mods you want but that is just not enough. I could ramble alot about solo2, it is my favorite past time/hobby now. If you can find some guys in your aera to hook up with and enter somes meets, you will see what I mean.

SWortham, thanks for all the replies.

03-30-2006, 10:39 AM
Yeah, I do want to go to a good driving/autox school. They did have a practice the day before this event but I couldn't make it, and again it was raining.

There's also another local club that does some higher speed autocrossing at an old airport... that should be fun. A friend of mine is quite good and got the 2nd best time on his first time out with this club, so hopefully we can go to one of these events together. That'll be a good chance to improve.

03-31-2006, 03:14 PM
Interesting. I've done many a marching band competition at that stadium.

04-03-2006, 08:48 PM
Oh yeah? And this stadium is a lot closer to you than it is for me... you should come out to one of these events. :)

I went again yesterday to Pennington Field. This time the weather was beautiful, my tire pressures were set about right, and the course was very interesting. I was overdriving the car at times and found that it understeered a bit too much in the dry. I also found out that even at -1.4 degrees I still don't have enough negative camber set up front for cornering. My brother took a picture of my car going through a corner which demonstrates that point -- I'll try to get ahold of that picture soon.

Anyway, here's my best run... (Right-click, Save Target As...)

Of course I lost again because I'm horribly outclassed in SM (the Camaro you see & hear in the beginning of the video was my competition).

04-10-2006, 11:49 AM
Here's a few shots from that event...



And this is just a cool shot of my brother. Believe it or not this cone did not fall over and he was not penalized.

04-11-2006, 04:20 PM
hmmm... I see you're in Dallas... i'd love to go out there and do some Autocross with you :-D I've never done it before tho i'd love to get into it! :-P

04-12-2006, 11:24 AM
Well there's an autocross school coming up at Pennington Field May 6th. And there's a regular event May 7th at Texas Motor Speedway.

Details are here:

Hope to see you out there. PM me if you have any questions.

04-12-2006, 11:39 AM
Oh yeah? And this stadium is a lot closer to you than it is for me... you should come out to one of these events. :)

I was in Buffalo for St. Patty's Day weekend to celebrate my mom's 70th birthday; otherwise I may have been there. I try to get out to the DFWHyundai events when I can (and several people talked about going to that autocross), but that weekend I was busy. I'm missing the next DFWH meet as well because we're doing a family thing. Family comes first, or so my wife informs me.

Is there a website that talks about when they do these autocrosses? I'm sure I would suck but it might be fun to watch.

04-12-2006, 12:11 PM
Sure just check out the calendar at They have a complete list of all SCCA autocross events in our region.

04-23-2006, 11:20 AM
Steve, that's great. Thanks for taking the video of it. Stuff like this makes me want upgraded brakes and suspension...

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05-09-2006, 01:05 AM
You're welcome. And I've got some more video. :)

This weekend was awesome. I went to an autocross school on Saturday where I learned from some of the experienced instructors and got around 12 runs I think. It was a lot of racing and I could have kept going but decided to save my tires, lol.

The tiny low-speed practice course we were driving on played in my car's favor. One of the instructors was timing people around a small loop in the course and I was actually the fastest one in our FWD group of 8 including another instructor in his SVT Focus with R-compounds. Of course that loop isn't technically difficult but it's just a testament to the lateral grip my car is capable of. And I typically get whooped in the straights and in some of the more technically difficult areas the experienced drivers prevail. But all the tips and all the practice I got definitely helped.

Then on Sunday there was another race.

Here's a video of my 4th run on Sunday: (right-click, Save Target As...)

You'll probably notice I was slow through the slalom. I was having a problem with my steering locking on me if I tried to go too fast. It's as if the power steering pump can't keep up. I hope I can fix that for the next race.

And some pictures...

06-20-2006, 11:36 PM
There was an autocross last Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway again. Unfortunately I only got one video of it and it was of my worst run, lol. I screwed up going in too fast through the hairpin and had to pull a Michael Schumacher in the middle of the course.

I tried a different camera angle this time too. I want to try mounting a camera to the outside of the car next... those should turn out much more exciting. :)

Kens GLS
06-21-2006, 12:55 PM
Great videos!!

06-26-2006, 12:14 PM

Here's a cool 3-wheelin' pic from that same event...

07-19-2006, 05:23 PM
i have a novice question, is the course always different for every scca solo events? no matter where the location is? thanks

07-19-2006, 05:40 PM
Yep, it's always different. That's why it's important to show up early and walk the course a few times.