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Old 07-28-2003, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default Hampton Roads autocross/road rally events

http://www.odr-scca.org/ is the local chapter of the SCCA. If you go there, click on events. It has a schedule of this year's road rallys and Solo II events. For the unintiated:

Road Rally is where you have a driver and navigator. It is an event more based on directions, time, and distance than speed. I have never done this, but hope to get more info and update this generic description later. I am interested in this myself as it doesn't create as much wear and tear on the car.

Solo II is also known as autocrossing or autoX. A good Solo II newbie guide can be found via this link. This is where you race through a course marked by cones and compete in classes based on your vehicle, tire type, and modifications. An approved helmet must be worn, but other than that, you can pretty much come as you are. You can generally have a co-driver if you are a novice or some events allow passengers to experience the thrill as well. I did this for two years in Indiana with the Indianapolis and Columbus Chapters of the SCCA. I have teh suck, so don't look at me as an experienced co-driver! Wear and tear on your vehicle can be quite high when doing this stuff, so keep that in mind! The Tidewater Sports Car Club also has autocrossing! From what I saw on their site, they are not SCCA, but pretty much stick to SCCA rules.

Rally Cross is autocrossing in the dirt basically. The closest event for this in my first search attempt is with the DC Chapter of the SCCA via this link. Once I get some info back from the local Chapter, I will update the info. I may give this a shot just for fun, though like Solo II, it will be a mother on your car.

Also via the above website it a driving school coming up in August. These are a must if you are really serious about competition. These schools do cost money, but this is as close to the Skip Barber School of Racing that your broke self will ever see.

The Subaru Challenge in Richmond is another autocross event to go to. It isn't sanctioned by the SCCA, but all their rules apply. I will definately go at least.

More info to follow soon, please check back and I will update this post.

After much searching, this is all the local info I could find. I will get in touch with the ODR SCCA and hopefully get more/better info. If I missed something, please post and let me know. Maybe we can organize mini-meets around these events for those that want to race or just go to watch/front.
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Old 07-28-2003, 08:12 PM   #2
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Ron,
If you or any of the other Scooby-heads are interested. Definately go to the school in August. I think it only cost me $20. it's probably less if you're a member of SCCA. I went last year and it was a whole day of track time with real positive feedback from my instructor. (Ed) I highly recomend it to all drivers. let alone all the performance minded Scooby-heads.



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And check out this site. They run at a great place over on NAB Little Creek http://www.tidewatersportscarclub.com/
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i am planning on doing the Surry, With Fringes, Road Rally in Dinwiddie, VA. It starts at the Virginia Motorsports Park then ends in Williamsburg. I will be going with my pops as my navigator hopefully. It is Aug 16th if you wanna do that Ron.

here is a link to the flyer.

mitch are you talking about the Evolution Performance Driving School at pungo next month. if you are a friend and i are planning on doing that as well. but that cost 200 bucks or somethin like that...

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Old 07-28-2003, 11:32 PM   #4
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I updated the top post incorporating the info provided and added a few things. Thanks for the help guys and if anyone finds any more local info, let me know. I think I pretty much got it all, and learned a bunch in the process. With any of these events, if anyone wants to do one, let us all know.

The Subaru Challenge is a definate must for me and I will be making another post closer to the event. I have a feeling knowing the Hampton Roads crowd, that we best get a hotel somewhere away from the "official" hotel though. It will probably get ugly, early as they say.
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From the HMFIC of the local chapter of the SCCA:

Solo II events emphasize low speed (under 60 mph top speed for the fastest Street Prepared/Stock cars) driving skills with one driver competing against the clock at a time (hence the name "solo".) Driver skills and car handling are the keys to better times in Solo II competition rather than additional horsepower. (More HP just moves you up into a different class.) The Solo II course resemble miniature road course with gates delineated by pylons. However, the difference between Solo II and road course is that the driver and car are asked to make directional changes on the average of every 2.5 seconds while on course in a Solo event. A street driven car (w/o nitrous) that can pass a tech inspection (similar to the state inspection) will qualify for Solo II entry. Loaner helmets are available at the event.

Rally Cross events are similar to Solo II events except they are conducted on dirt rather than pavement. The Washington DC Region of the SCCA (www.wdcr-scca.org) holds Rally Cross events with a yearly schedule. Driver protection requirements are more stringent since sliding off course is a real possibility.

Road Rally events are precision driving events. A driver/navigator team is given a set of route instructions including directions and different average speeds to maintain while running each leg of the event. Road Rallies are conducted on public highways at speeds at or below the posted speed limit. The object of the road rally is to precisely navigate the proscribed route using the directions and speeds supplied by the rally master to arrive at each check point exactly on time. Points are awarded for arriving either early or late to a check point. (Typically there are eight check points in regional events and twelve in divisional events.) In the end, the lowest, cumulative score wins (just like golf). Cars are classified according to the equipment used by the driver/navigator team. (See the ODR website's Rally page for class definitions.)
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Old 07-30-2003, 05:41 PM   #6
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Big Dave... No... I was talking about the Novice school. They're having another one October 4th. It was put on by ODR-SCCA themselves and it only cost $20. If it's at all like last years, It gave me a chance to run a course very similiar to the next-days Autocross. I'd love to be able to afford the Evolution driving school. But I now need new struts.
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Unabomber great post...good info for peeps like myself trying to get started in motorsports.
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