This weekend’s autocross at Minter Airfield was amazing! Everyone appeared to have a fantastic time. The weather was great, not a scorcher. The timing equipment held out the entire day without a hitch. Many lap times fell without too much pride hurt. The competition was fierce and friendly. I would like to thank a few folks who made this event a resounding success:
* Greg Fullmer and Charles Rooks – Autocross co-chairs
* Linn and Vernell Christopher – Served up a tasty hot dog lunch
* Mike Thomas – Our announcer and club photographer
* Shanell Rice – Taking on Timing and Scoring, announcer, corner worker pep coach and runner (the basket on her beach cruiser was filled all day long with important items like blue tape for car numbers and tech forms)
* Janice Witteried – Grid Marshall keeping the cars moving in order (she pointed you MOVED), not an easy task
* Kenneth Keenan and Charee Keenan – Loaned us the generator that NEVER QUIT!!
* Betsy Wadman – Handled the craziness that is morning registration and gate entrance
* Pat Wadman – Made sure our corner workers showed up and kept everyone safe
* Spencer and Tammy Harris – Coordinated with the airport on setup and facilities for the event
* Mike McGregor – Making sure we are insured as well as showing up early to help setup
* David Bratcher – Hosting our pre-tech before the autocross
* Minter Field/Shafter Airport (Jonathan Hudson and Kenneth Greene) – For allowing us to hold the event at their facility
* Golden Empire Mustangs – 6 of their members participated
And thanks to all those too many to mention that helped in some way, setting up the course, tearing down the course, handing out waters, etc…
Of course none of this could have happened without the participation of all the drivers that joined us from Golden Empire, Cal Inland and other regions around southern California…
Thank you all!!
PCA Golden Empire Region President
And here’s some photos:
If you never been to Autocross, you definitelly want to make it to the next one! What a fun event it was!
So, what is it anyways? Autocross is a skill driving event in which one car at a time goes through a course which made by using traffic cones to define a variety of turns. The sites are usually laid out on large open parking lots, or on sections of airport runways. The course is set up so that you are operating in lower gears, with a top speed of no more than 60mph or so, depending on the car. The average time of a run on the course is approximately one minute, plus a penalty of two seconds for each rubber cone (pylon) hit. During each run you operate your car at it’s limit of acceleration, turning, and braking…and yours. You maintain complete control of your car while maneuvering through the course in the lowest possible time.
While driving on the street, the time span of most emergencies is only a few seconds. Thus the experience of maintaining control becomes a valuable training session. You will develop a sense of timing, judgment, and ability to interpret your vehicle’s handling characteristics – at safe speeds and in a safe place. Your experiences at an autocross will enhance your driving ability on the street.
So, don’t be shy. Come join us at the next event in March of 2014!