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Old 04-28-2006, 11:54 AM
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It sounds like many of you either:
1. Started out in Autocross, and worked your way up to HPDE, Club racing or spec racing, or
2. Autocross on free weekends between track events.

Are there a set of standardized track layouts, or common track elements, that get used in Autocross Layout? Is there any guidance on this, or is it just up to the local club to fit a track for their facilities?

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Old 04-28-2006, 11:58 AM
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the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) does have a book entitled something like design and layout of SOLO II courses. There are no strict limitations for courses except for top speeds and how close to objects you can come and how close together cones are for slaloms. Other tahn that it is pretty much using common sense.
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the standard is there is no standard

track varies event to event, and no two are similar (usually). Its part of the challenge, the track is new and you have 3,4,5,? etc tries to be as fast as you can on it, not 6 x 30 minute sessions
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So true. I am one of the lucky ones. We use an old military airstrip so we have lots of space and tons of runnoff room. And it's only 8 miles from my house! The courses we set up range from 1 mile to 1.2 miles long With both PCA (two regions) and BMWCCA we will almost always get 8 timed runs in. SCCA also uses the site and they do not get as many runs because they have a zillion classes and a zillion cars that show for an event. Our site has an event every Sat/Sun from April into early Nov. The owners of the site have requested that the max speed be kept to 65-70 mph. We have sometimes "exceeded" that by a bit. We are now required to check db on exhausts, but you can still be fairly loud and run.

I did my first event of the season last Sat w/ NCR/PCA. 1.1 mile course and no real places to get on the power. I drove like doo-doo but won my class because the competition was driving even worse. When NCR gets around to posting times I'll provide a link.

Eaawe or whatever he calls himself, actually his name is Kevin is running his Z w/ BMWCCA this Sun and I may go up a heckle him.

Kbrew, thanks for the opinion on the camber thread.
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Are there a set of standardized track layouts, or common track elements, that get used in Autocross Layout? Is there any guidance on this, or is it just up to the local club to fit a track for their facilities?
Way late to the thread, but:

1) 2006 SCCA Solo Rules http://www.scca.com/_FileLibrary/Fil...solo_rules.pdf (see sections 1.3 and 2.1-2.2.)

2) Roger H. Johnson's awesome 121-page Solo Course Design manual: http://www.houscca.com/solo/courses/coursedesign.zip

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Awesome references!! Thank you very much for posting. I still hope to get one organized in the home town... problem is finding enough asphalt.
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Awesome idea Eric.. let me know if you need help with legwork or something. )
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Eric & Rob, also check with other car club regions...BMW, Audi, Miata, etc. Someone up your way has to have an AX series. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer weekend day (if not on track) than to AX. You do learn from AX'ing. In my case I'm still learning.

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There are regular AXs run in Winona and LaCrosse, about 70-80 miles away, and in Minneapolis, about 90 miles away. My old car wouldn't make it that far, hence my desire to have one locally. I'll likely hit some of the Winona/LaCrosse ones next year, I have a neighbor's son who attends.

I'd still like to get one in town, just to guage interest and see how far the motorsports community here extends.
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There are regular AXs ... in Minneapolis, about 90 miles away
I went to one AutoX at the Dakota County Technical College, its actually where cops learn to to police maneuvers... perfect for an autox, and only about 50 minutes from Rochester.

However, it was still kinda lame, sit there all day and only get 8 runs (aka about 8-10 minutes of driving) for $50 or so. The dollars-per-minute of track time is actually far worse at an Autox than any HPDE. I'm never gonna do any parking lot racing in the future, I'd much rather spend money doing BIR and RA and other nearby "real tracks".
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