Go AutoX, its fun!

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Chat and Discussion' started by EvoNiner, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. EvoNiner

    EvoNiner Active Member

    Hey guys, i thought you might get a kick out of these as i did too. I stumbled across some AutoX videos that were taken 4 years ago at a VERY cold and slippery AutoX. The first video is my first run, and my second run is in the next video, its to bad they didnt get my other 4 runs to, but the first is a bit of a laugh anyway. The nothing like being able to see you destroy a cone at 1000 frames per second. haha.

    If any of you havent tried AutoX you need to. its SO enjoyable and you really get to know your car in damn near any situation. Its cheap, safe, and a really good time, and for the most part everyones laid back and just enjoy being able to drive their cars. Well, anyways, enjoy!

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  3. spangenb

    spangenb Active Member

    I completely agree that autox is an excellent safety tool. Many times I have had to make emergency reactions on the street and it was no drama because I knew exactly what the car would do.
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  4. EvoNiner

    EvoNiner Active Member

    i completely agree with you! theres been many times i've been in hairy situations where my car starts to loose control, but i know how to save it, and the proper way to react because ive been in that situation more then once.

    btw, is that second video loading or is it just a link?
  5. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    I would if I knew where events were happening close by. But I don't think there's anything close enough to me.

    I did go to the Ecoboost Challenge back before the Fiesta STs showed up on dealer lots. I took the Fiesta ST around 4 times which is the most they'd let me. It was definitely fun and I wouldn't mind doing it again.

    As for cheap, I guess it's cheap if you don't do it real often. Otherwise, low profile 17" tires are not really considered cheap to me because you will be replacing those a lot more often.
  6. EvoNiner

    EvoNiner Active Member

    Cheap in the aspect of racing, it's pretty much the cheapest way to race at an entry level, but teaches you real world skills!

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  7. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    If you don't run your car too hard or too long you have less risk of breaking something and replacing the tires and brakes too soon. But if you do it often like some people I've seen. They are going through at least a set of tires a season, if not more.

    It is definitely fun though. I've been to one event (it was a short road trip away) and rode one lap and watched others drive, but the only time I've actually driven is at the Ecoboost Challenge. I'd run my car every now and then if there was something close that I knew how to find out about. :p I could careless what class they put me in or anything, I'd just be there for my own enjoyment.
  8. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    This is what I bought this car for was to use up. Tires and brakes are wear items to be used up why have a car if not to drive it and this is one of the safest funest ways to explore the limits of You and your car.. not for everyone but We make a weekend out of it . Load the car in the trailer and hook up the truck and off we go. Must times we drive 100 plus miles just to get to the event and spend the day driving and working and just enjoying the gearhead chit chat.. all this for 25 bucks and a legal place to push your car as hard as you want.. Can't beat it .. well there is that one thing but not here ... lol

    Thanks for the Vid's !!
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  9. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    And when you can't find a parking lot any hard water lake can do ... ;)
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  10. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    I Have to agree. Auto-X is the most fun you can for $35-75 (depending on location). I am eagerly awaiting our season restart in April!
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  11. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    Got to run a test-n-tune this weekend. I'm sorely out of practice and there's room for improvement with the car, but I turned in a 4th place Pax finish out of 89 driver. :eek: This is going to be a fun season. :D
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  12. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Nice! Can't wait till the snow is gone and we start running here.
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  13. RodMoe

    RodMoe Well-Known Member

    ^^^^what he said
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  14. eRic

    eRic Active Member

    I'm using my autocross skills to avoid potholes
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  15. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Waco, TX?! Damn man, some of the best ax in the south is around you. They have National SCCA events at College Station and Mineral Wells.

    Go to www.scca.com and look up "what is my region." Click on the link and it will show SCCA regions in your area. Click their web sites and you can get all of the schedules.....easy peasy!
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  16. Sil3nt611

    Sil3nt611 Active Member

    I guess it depends how far I'm willing to drive. If there was something 30 minutes away or less I'd be more inclined to go. But it's either College Station, Ft. Worth, Dallas, or Mineral Wells from what I'm seeing.

    Thanks for the info. For now I'll wait and see where I get as far as getting a job. If I end up having to work a lot of weekends I may never have time. For the moment, I work Saturdays and have no money. :p If I do end up with most weekends off I'll see about making it a semi regular thing when I get my Fiesta ST.
  17. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Yep, a job is a pretty nice thing to have....
  18. Slowclimb

    Slowclimb Active Member

    I drive about 45 minutes each way, the good thing is the lot at Giants Stadium is huge, new and we have a great course designer. Totally worth it. I brought a friend from the UK with me last year and he was dubious about doing it based on my description of "Driving around cones in a parking lot", but I don't think he stopped smiling until the day after the autocross...he said best thing he'd done. LOL - it is so much better to do then describe or hear about.
  19. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    Agreed. I'd guess that at least 90% of the people who try it once, go back for more. I'm having such withdrawals now and last year was the first time I went. I'm so hooked and there are 2 local groups for me and I'm going to try and make it to at least a few of the Giants stadium events. Looking to be a pretty busy summer!:cool:
  20. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    It kills me when I hear people say that they want to come out and watch, and maybe come back to run in another event later. I will try to discourage that every time. As much as I love autocross, it is not a spectator sport. It looks really boring to the casual observer. 35mph in a parking lot, then stand around for 3 hours. I understand why they don't come back. Being inside the car is a must to get an idea of what the sport really is.
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  21. djdennehy

    djdennehy Active Member

    Agreed, by the way, anyone in the Pittsburgh area both North Park and Steel City have posted their schedules for the year, I am planning to run the entire year at North Park and doing the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix weekend as well (my favorite AutoX event).

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