Autocross

A COVID-19 Autocross Update

The COVID-19 Coronavirus has had a dramatic, and potentially lasting effect on the world. The way we now conduct business, play sports, leisure activities, shop, dine out, and even how we engage with our friends and families have introduced new sanitary and social distancing measures that incorporate fundamental changes in our behavior that may well become the “new normal”.  Given the very real health concerns associated with COVID-19, we have implemented changes to policies and procedures for our well attended AutoX (AX) activities. These policies, as directed by PCA National, and required for event insurance, will serve to mitigate, as much as practicable, the health impacts to our members, volunteers, and spectators, as well as the staff of the American Muscle Car Museum. They may also serve to streamline and enhance the efficiency of our AX experience.

The new policy is as follows:

Space Coast Porsche Club
2020 Coronavirus Mitigation AutoX Plan

  1. All registration will be done on-line with payment of $50.00. Participant must bring their paid receipt and show at check-in. There will be no on-site registration. Waiver forms will be made available on-line at Clubregistration.net and must printed, signed, and turned in at check in.
  2. No spectators/children or fans will be allowed other than those associated with a Space Coast PCA member. Waiver must be signed at check in.
  3. Participants will receive their credentials, i.e. wristbands, run group, work assignment, etc., in a plastic bag at the designated checkpoint at the AMCM entry location.
  4. All drivers are responsible to tech their vehicles in accordance with a Tech checklist that must be signed and submitted at check in. All drivers must supply and affix their vehicle numbers. No tape will be provided. A cursory inspection will be conducted by a designated AX tech person.
  5. Drivers will maintain at least one parking space between vehicles.
  6. Space Coast PCA will not be providing drinks or food. All drivers must bring their own food and drinks.
  7. Masks are recommended.
  8. Drivers are encouraged to provide their own helmet. Sanitized loaner helmets with a disposable head sock will be available on a limited basis and will used by only one participant for the duration of the event.
  9. The Drivers meeting will be held at the main tent. Social distancing rules will apply.
  10. Instruction will be limited to only one instructor per student for the duration of the event. Drivers requiring instruction must be approved in advance.
  11. Walkie Talkies will not be shared and shall be dedicated to one individual for the duration of the event.
  12. Disinfectant wipes are recommended. Participants bring their own.
  13. Results will be posted online.

Thanks for your cooperation as we work to conduct a safe AutoX experience during this pandemic.

– SPC Autocross Team


SPC Autocross Program

We are excited to announce that the  Space Coast Region autocross venue continues at the American Muscle Car Museum.  The site is amazing! It features a 1/8-mile dragstrip, skidpad, and road course all in one, a driver’s dream come true!  Expect our usual fun and challenging course with approximately 60 second run times.  The events planned for this year can be found on the calendar and will be open to the public with registration on Club Registration.  SPC AutoX events are restricted to PCA members and Porsche cars only, and a maximum of 40 entries per event.

On-site check-in and tech inspection will be open from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM.  A $50.00 driver’s fee must be paid online prior to the event and will not be accepted the day of the event. No food or refreshments will be provided, please bring your own.

  • Location: 3500 Sarno Road, Melbourne Fl 32934
  • Please enter from the East gate, Club 52 Blvd. of the Museum.
  • Note: All participants and spectators must sign a waiver.
  • On-site registration, tech and track walk:  7:15 – 8:30 A.M.
  • Drivers meeting:  8:30 – 8:45 A.M.
  • First cars out: 8:45 -9:00  A.M.
  • Note: Helmets are required: Loaners are available.

Contact Ken Marshall at ken@gloveroil.com and Craig Barrie at  cnbarrie@gmail.com with any questions.

Please review the Space Coast Region Autocross Car Classification rules and car listings for our 2020 season if you are considering bringing your car out to a future event.

The American Muscle Car Museum is at 3500 Sarno Road, Melbourne FL.  Use the Club 52 Sarno Road entrance.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AMERICAN MUSCLE CAR MUSEUM IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC SO THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER THE AUTOCROSS.

Access to the American Muscle Car Museum is only during charity events.  Go to their web site, www.americanmusclecarmuseum.com, to find a charity event in the museum.

See our Autocross Results page for final times and the Competition Report.  And our Event Photos page for pictures from past AX events.

AX at the AMCM

Thanks to Jurgen Schwanitz for putting these two test runs of the March 2019 AX course together side by side for two very different 911’s.

Autocross Defined

When you arrive at the autocross, you’ll see a course set up on a large parking lot. Soft, rubber traffic cones will be used to form the course, which consists of turns, slaloms, and straights. Arrive early — see what goes on, volunteer to get involved!

Prepare your car before you arrive

Ideally, you should prepare your car before you arrive. Remove all loose items from your car — floor mats, driver’s carpet, coffee cups, etc. Check tire pressures. You may arrive early and set your parking spot up with a chair and anything else you feel you may need.

Once you arrive…

Register

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  • Find the registration area
  • Confirm your run group and car number
  • Complete waiver and registration form
  • Sign up for a work station

Bring your family and friends.  Spectators are free and encouraged.

Technical Inspection

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  • Drive the car to Tech Inspection (or, they may find you)
  • Give registration form to the inspector
  • Your car will be inspected for safety
  • Display your car number and class as directed

Driver’s Meeting

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Check the course map at the timing trailer and attend the driver’s meeting where you will learn about the course:

  • Safety
  • Danger zones
  • Tight corners
  • Wet or oil spots
  • Uneven or rough pavement
  • Flagging and corner worker instructions
  • Availability of instructors

Course Walk

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Walk the course with an experienced driver (also known as walking the line).

Study the course map, and then walk the course. If no map is provided, make your own. You will be given 10 – 20 minutes to walk the course before run sessions start. The first problem that confronts every autocrosser is staying on course, so the first step is to learn where it goes.

Walk the line (path through the course) you plan to drive as if you were sitting in the driver’s seat. Check for surface bumps, loose gravel and stones, uneven pavement, joints, etc. Stop and study difficult or optional sections of the course to plan your line. Observe other drivers and note where they hit pylons or have difficulty staying on course. Move around the course to observe problem areas from different locations.

At this point, decide how you want to drive the course (with help from your instructor and/or other experienced autocrossers). How to drive the course calls for a plan. And remember, an imperfect plan is always better than no plan at all.

The question autocrossers ask most often is: “How do I determine the best line or path around the course?”.  Starting off, concentrate only on determining the best line, which may be compared to slalom skiing. In an autocross, we are concerned with three things: time, distance, and speed.

The formula time = distance / speed expresses the relationship of three key factors in autocross. To drive the course in the least possible amount of time, the line must offer the shortest distance and permit the greatest speed. As the formula illustrates, time can be decreased by either shortening the distance or increasing the speed — or better yet, both. Many times it becomes impossible to drive at the highest speed over the shortest distance. When this occurs, the best path is a compromise somewhere between the two extremes.

Once the Competition Starts…

Watch other drivers

What line are they driving?
Where are the braking points?
Where are the shifting points (up and down)?

Now it’s your turn

  • Bring your car to the staging area
  • Proceed to start line
  • Check your seat belt
  • Double-check that all loose objects are out of the car
  • Focus on how you want to drive the course

Starter gives the OK!

  • Launch the car quickly (weigh pros and cons of driveline abuse vs preservation)
  • Look several turns ahead if possible
  • Know where you want to place the car
  • Remember when to brake and shift

If you should spin

  • BOTH FEET IN = depress the clutch and brake fully
  • Stop the car and don’t start again until corner workers re-start you
  • Finish the course and we will give you an applause.

If you see a Red Flag

  • Quickly come to a complete stop
  • Look for corner workers to re-start you
  • Drive the First Run at Reduced Throttle

The Bottom Line…

  • Learn to stay on course
  • Drive a good line
  • Drive smoothly
  • Have a good time!