AutoX Competitiveness, Eric’s Striving Saga

Once again, Eric, my Contributing Blogger Extraordinaire came through with a great review of the SPOKES/SASCA Autocross Co-Event, which took place last Sunday, November 14th, 2010.  I continue to enjoy Eric’s literary style – I’m sure you will, too.

This past Sunday, I participated in the SASCA/Spokes combined autocross at San Antonio Raceway.  As you can see from the picture of the driver’s meeting, it was fairly cold by Texas standards, starting off in the forties and only climbing into the mid-50s as the day went on.

Brisk drivers meeting, the start of the SPOKES/SASCA 11/2010 AutoX...

Of course, with me being me, I forgot to bring a jacket and spent most of the event rubbing my arms together to keep them warm.  And, of course, I remembered to bring my tire sprayer!  It’s a necessity at most autocrosses down here, but went unused this month.

As usual, my main competition in Super Stock was Peter in his father Ray’s silver Lotus Elise.  As his car was on Toyo R888s and mine was on some old RA1s, I figured the cars were a decent match.

Peter's Lotus Elise, on grid at the SPOKES/SASCA 11/2010 AutoX

But what I wasn’t counting on was the cold affecting my traction that much.  It felt like there was a decent amount of grip out there, but every attempt I made at using my car’s last tenth was rewarded with a boggle or a push through a cone.  Or a spin, as it were in two instances.  Thus, Peter would end up owning me by almost two full seconds.

It wasn’t just me getting chilled by the weather, as you can see from this picture of Tom’s Z car with its own jacket, attempting to keep some heat in the front tires.

Tom's Z car, trying to keep warmth in its tires at the SPOKES/SASCA AutoX Co-Event.

While it wasn’t much of a competition for me, at least I got to give some newbies rides and enjoy the varied machinery that fills the grid of a Spokes or SASCA event, including this beautiful yellow Porsche.

Subtly sweet, golden yellow Porsche coupe at the November 2010, SPOKES/SASCA AutoX Co-Event

One of my passengers even claimed that my car was the most fun ride he’d had at the event.

Eric's ride, Sunshine, his Corvette - on grid at the SPOKES/SASCA AutoX event of 11/2010

Oh well, it’s time for me to hit the tire shop and the alignment rack to see if I can provide that Lotus with something to run against next month.  If I finish second to Peter again, and my math is right, I believe we’ll tie for points and he’ll get the class win for the season because he has more wins.  Anyway, thanks again to Dan for letting me blog in his place, and hopefully he won’t party so late that he can’t make our last event of the year!

Thanks again Eric!  And yes, I DO plan on participating as a competing participant of the next SASCA/SPOKES Autocross Co-Event.  Karlino, Racing Ready & Ready Oil will all be there!  This event will take place at the Blossom Athletic Center parking lot, on Sunday, December 5th, 2010.  We’ll see you there!

Dan

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