Autocross is the use of traffic cones to make a mini-road course in a large parking lot or unused airport tarmac and see who can drive the quickest without hitting any cones or going off course. Autocross is one of the most intense and fastest paced forms of motorsports, where drivers can approach (or even exceed) the limits of their vehicle without the consequences of hitting a track barrier or another car. Autocross is a volunteer run organization - this means that everyone running the event is volunteering their time and energy. Competitors will also be assigned work assignments throughout the day, such as working the course, picking up knocked down cones, running grid, and timing & scoring.
We meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Fireside Bar and Grill located at 3939 E. Henrietta Rd, in Henrietta NY at 6:30 pm. Here we discuss club business, review events, plan for new events, and make the decisions that help keep the program running smoothly. Come on down and join us, and even stay for the Finger Lakes Region SCCA general Membership meeting that follows after!
Competitors range from the casual participant who may use the same car they drive to work in, to hard-core drivers who have heavily modified or dedicated autocross cars. In between the extremes, there is classing for different degrees of car modifications. Our region even has an "Open" class where drivers are essentially unlimited as long as they're driving a street legal, production based car on street tires. In addition, we have a Junior Driver program where drivers as young as 5 compete in karts.
You can register the day of the event, where we will help you select your class if you aren't familiar with our rules. In addition, all of our events include online pre-registration, which you will find next to each date, below. The benefit of pre-registration is quicker check in and more time to walk the course and prepare your car.
All competitors must be inspected by a trained tech inspector. The tech inspectors will specifically be looking to make sure your tires are safe, your brake and throttle work, your battery is tied down, and your vehicle is clear of loose items. If you have a helmet, they will inspect it to make sure that it meets the latest Snell, SFI, or FIA standards. A DOT helmet will not pass inspection. Helmets are available to borrow if you don't have your own. For more specific helmet certification information, click here. This information is also available in the most up to date SCCA Solo Rules Handbook.
We recommend that every driver walk the course at least twice, so make sure you arrive early enough to do so. Part of the fun of Autocross is that every course is different, so you only have a short amount of time to figure out the fine details. In addition, our Novice chiefs will lead a course walk before the driver's meeting.
We typically start our driver's meeting at 10 a.m. followed immediately by competition. The Driver's Meeting will outline general operation of the event and assign run groups to the competitors. We usually have 3 run groups per day, with competitors driving, working, and then resting. Competitors usually get 6-8 runs per day depending on the course design and how many competitors we have.
At the end of the day, we finalize timing & scoring and hand out awards for the top-third competitors of each class. In addition, we score the entire season and provide season championship awards at our end-of-year picnic.
Plan to be on site for the entire day. You should bring more fluids than you think you need, food, sunscreen, a hat, and rain gear.