Yesterday’s 2009 SPOKES Autocross #1 was well-attended & very competitive. I saw many folks I hadn’t seen in a few months & introduced myself (& my blog) to new faces, as well. I was told there were about 72 entries – not bad. Here’s a panorama shot of one of the grids:
There were some interesting “new” cars out there. By “new”, I mean new to autocrossing, but in many cases they were older model vehicles. They were in the process of getting some new life injected into them. In the process, the owners were having some great fun, getting a baseline to see what they could do prior to modification.
I was lazy & showed up just as people were finishing their lunch break. In other words, I missed the first half. Competitors were getting their cars back on grid & the other half of the group were making their way to their cone watching, grid handling positions.
It was a very breezy day – fine gravel, tire marbles & even, I’m sure, brake dust was constantly blowing across the course into observers’ eyes. It had been colder, medium jacket weather in the morning. Apparently, with a bit warmer temperature in the afternoon, people’s car’s engines weren’t as happy with the warmer temps. I kept hearing the PA announcer drone, “Another 3/10ths slower than his morning run!” Quite a few cars had that same time differential issue. Eventually, some of the cars got more heat in their tires and those times dropped some more. Everybody had a good time and the event was mostly wrapped up by 4:00pm.