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1st "real" autocross

Renegade Miata Club autox
Originally uploaded by rotorglow at 25 Apr '08, 7.36pm EDT PST.

I went to my first real autocross a couple of weekends ago. It was pretty great. My dad was in town to take some pix and offer moral and technical support.

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And you missed the important part. How did you do?

Well.....I didn't do great. The course was *very* tight and technical, so it really rewarded raw grip and technique (which I can get, but don't have yet), rather than raw power (which my car has plenty of, at least compared to regular Miatas).

I think I was next to last in my class. But I improved throughout the day and ended up only (?) 10 seconds slower than other Miatas on similar tires. (1:35 vs 1:25 on a 1.0 mile course.) And 20+ seconds slower than Miatas (and Corvettes) on race rubber.

But I did way better than I would have a year ago.

Next one's in June....

To amplify the point: if I was serious, I would have taken off the hard top (an extra 40 pounds, way above the center of gravity), and I would ditch the heavy stock wheels and crappy stock tires.

Weight is the enemy! Especially unsprung weight......


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