While you guys were at the mall looking at Lambo’s we were out at New Era laying some rubber! Had a shitload of fun today! Brought a bunch of newcomers with me who will be coming back for more. Won my class by a good margin and was able to really lay into it on my last 2 runs.
I’ll 2nd this. However, it’s a big step up cost wise if you’ve got a fast car and push it. WAY more wear on brakes and tires. There’s also a good chance it will forever ruin autocross for you because it’s hard to justify spending your entire Sunday for 5 minutes of seat time after spending a day at a track day doing 5 20 minute sessions on track. You don’t get the timed competition with other drivers at a track day though.
I haven’t outgrown autocross lol. When I say the track was tight, I mean it was setup around a Miata. The overall length was great. Hard to explain unless you’re behind the wheel of a bigger car like mine. The first 2 autocrosses I did I keep my hands at 10:00 and 2:00. The wheel is contoured like that. Probably a lot of cars are like that, I’d imagine. Rarely do I ever have to turn the wheel so sharp that my left hand swings over to the 3:00 position and my right hand is at the 8:00 position during a hard righthand turn and vice versa for a lefthand turn. This past Sunday there were roughly 10-15 times PER LAP that I would have to twist my arms all the way around 180 degrees. It was ridiculous. Slalom sections that I’d enter at a 45 degree angle that a Miata could hit at a 30 degree angle. Not to mention my car has an “AS” classification versus a Miata at an “ES” clasification. Basically I’d have to beat one by 1-1.5 seconds for my pax time to beat them. Obviously I need to get a lot better at the super tight stuff, but it’s just a bear to drive when you’re spinning the wheel so much. You should have seen the guy with the '65 Mustang with the factory steering box. Watching him go through the first slalom with a wheel that looked like it was 8 turns lock-to-lock. I felt bad for him. There were seasoned guys with 20+ years of experience that never made a clean run. I shagged at least 60 cones, no lie.I understand the need for parity in the course and you can’t please everyone, but there were only a few areas where my car could shine and then immediately followed by a “Chicago Box” which killed any momentum.
You know you’re at the wrong course when you see this lol.
Maybe they were limited to the space that they could use?
I remember contacting them years ago to do a track style event and they told me automotive events didn’t fit with their “green and environmentally focused mission”. Just the fact that they’re running there again is awesome.
They couldn’t use the regular section because there is some damage that needs to be addressed. Some of the sealer used in the seams is coming up and they need to tackle it before it gets worse. They never use the whole layout anyway.
Don’t know if the weight thing was for me or Onyx. Are you talking with 1 passenger or 4? I don’t use weight as an excuse because my car probably has more rubber on the ground than most of the other cars there, and it has plenty of power for now.
I’m sure the WNY crew will layout a much different design in 2 weeks.
I have a few new faces already registered for the next New Era event as well. That race I’m going to have a famous nyspeeder as a co-pilot
Weight @ Onyx. Seriously the first time I loaded up with 3 novices I thought it was going to suck. Yeah it adds ~1.5 seconds or more to my time (probably less, if I didn’t talk and point), but fundamentally not much changes, sometimes I’ll end up a couple feet off of the line, but that’s not the course’s fault. I try to grab unloaded runs too.
3400 + 800 = 4200 ish, 235 square 2nd tier tires, -1.1* RF, -0.6* LF is all that can be dialed in, according to this I should be @ 155.6 whp (pink line):
Went to my first ever National event. Not really an Autocross crowd as it was only domestics. Was held at the new UMI Motorsports Park facility in PA. You had to register back in February to get in. It sold out in 2 days. $125 per racer and included a guest. 2 days of Autocross an open house at their manufacturing facility, food/beverage area, car show, etc. Some of the cars were rockets and the course had them flying at the finish. I’m guessing 110+ mph. They kept announcing guys like Fitch and Strano who were the fastest. You could go to the tent and sign a waiver and you’d get in line to go for a full throttle run in their cars.
We are having a Test & Tune / novice school / a lot of repetitive runs not to be taken seriously on Saturday. LATE START.
"A chance to run a course with sample elements repeatedly in order to work on specific skills. Instructors will be available to help you go faster. Entry limit is 40, in order to provide as many runs as you and your car can handle.
Novice School / Test & Tune:
A chance to run a course with sample elements repeatedly in order to work on specific skills. Instructors will be available to help you go faster. Entry limit is 40, in order to provide as many runs as you and your car can handle.
* DISCLAIMER: We are not responsible for the cleaning bill if you get too many runs and you get sick in your car.
* Registration/Tech between 11-12 * Runs from 12-4ish * Event Fees: * Members: $20 * Non-Members: $30
*** NOTE: We are not accepting online payments at this time. Please pay at registration at the event. Cash or CC accepted. ***"
Because it is limited spots on register only if you are going, otherwise you block someone else from going.