September 20, 2007

Autocross requires chops!

Let me put down the Formula 1 crack pipe for a second to tell you how much I sucked at the autocross last Sunday.

I used to be pretty decent at autocross when I did it religiously but it's pretty clear that not going to any at all this season has not done wonders for my cone dodging chops!
I could use my old gripless tires as an excuse but that would be lame...ah, what the hell, truth is the car would not turn, would not stop and I could not get on the power much at all without either the rear slipping or the front washing out.... But back in the days when I had the chops I would have been able to drive around the issues to some extent. Sunday I was late on every cone and I generally completely out of it.

Speaking of chops, take a look at how it's done properly and how a car is supposed to behave over on the Holunfie blog. John Winchester, Kevin Lau and Dan Chang have really taken the rally car thing to another level this year. Too bad they are not going to the SCCA Nationals next week, they would do well for sure. Well done guys!

PS, I did use my Traqmate to start and stop the ChaseCam PDR100 and it was very handy, however I still have not figured out the new autocross/rally feature on the Traqmate 2.0 ...I might have to bite the bullet and actually read the instructions!

PPS. For international readers, Autocross here in the US is, as you can see, a timed slalom on pavement event not a race on a mixed dirt/asphalt track as in the UK. Not to be confused with Rallycross which here is an autocross on dirt but in the UK is the pro version of their autocross.....confused yet?

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