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How good a driver is your wife
You may be in for a long day


Remember... being smooth is everything in auto-cross


GOOD LUCK
You will have a REALLY good time




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I plan on doing my 1st Auto-X ( Solo II ) local SCCA event this March. Being a newbie to this, any tips regarding:

Driving technique, car protection (cones), unwritten rules, things to look for or be aware of, anything else you think would be helpfull to know!

I don't expect to win - just don't want to be too -


PS Adding to the pressure - my wife wants to try it as well!


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It is always great to see another Vette at an Autocross. For the last four year I have been racing two C4 ( one with a LT 1 and the other LT 4). For the last two years I have racing a Race prepared 79 Vette. Well I sold that and my build date is Feb. 19 for my Z06.

One of the best pieces of advice I could give is to get in touch with the local car clubs and see if any will be holding and autocross schools. This is essential because it will give you a chance to test the limits of your car and teach you some tricks to going fast.

One thing that took me a while it figure out is that not all clubs hold responsible good events. One club in my area which I live in New Orleans has distroyed one car at each of their last two events. You can be pretty safe with most Sports Club of America (SCCA) events. Corvette Clubs will vary (Sorry guys). You need to make sure the course is safe. If part of the course puts you near a tree, you may want to give it up a little.

Go out and have fun. Do not be surprised if you get beat by a little lady in a Neon. Also, keep in mind that even though you could arguable have the best car for autocrossing in Super Stock class, there will be someone out there with a very well tuned RX7 or Vette that will slap 5 or 6 seconds on you best time. There is a lot to learn.

If you need any specific detail, feel free to ask me. I will be racing all over the south east and will be racing at the National in Topeka in September.

Good luck I will be in the Black on Black on Black Z06.

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Jose & trumper - Thanks for the advise! The local SCCA club ( FT.Wayne )is doing a 2 day event. 1st day is school and practice. 2nd day is a points event. For my 1st time out, I was thinking about running the 99 Z28 ( wife will drive her 95 Firebird 6cyl). She has not even driven the Z06 yet - I don't trust myself yet to drive the Z06 in AutoX - but will sooner or later. Will let you know how it goes.

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Originally posted by AmishVette:
Jose & trumper - Thanks for the advise! The local SCCA club ( FT.Wayne )is doing a 2 day event. 1st day is school and practice. 2nd day is a points event. For my 1st time out, I was thinking about running the 99 Z28 ( wife will drive her 95 Firebird 6cyl). She has not even driven the Z06 yet - I don't trust myself yet to drive the Z06 in AutoX - but will sooner or later. Will let you know how it goes.

GOOD LUCK and have FUN

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No way would I race my wife...she has a 140 lb advantage over my fat ass.
That's got to be good for a couple of tenths.

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Frank - I'm counting on my "Fat Ass" as an advantage. Should lower my center of gravity thus, increasing my cornering speed! Victory shall be mine!





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If you are going to a drivers school, you might want to reconsider and drive the Z06. You will have instructors there to help you understand both the cars acceleration and suspension. Why learn on the Camaro, with its solid rear axle and front heavy dynamics then switch to the vette.

Also, in Indiana, the Fort Wayne Corvette Club is pretty active. In fact, Grissom AFB is not that far and several clubs have events there throughout the year. The put on two events, one is a smaller lot and the other is on the old jet pad.

Just my 2 cents.

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I agree with Gordy M. If you have any plans of racing the Z06 this season, the school should be a safe way to learn the car. It will also make you better and safer driver on the street. You can always race the Z28 on Sunday.

By the way, that was smart to put the wife in the 6 cyl. On the other hand, if she beats you in the 6 cyl., it will look real bad.

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Thanks for the great advice guys!

I ran my 1st Auto X events this past weekend in my vert and I'm hooked /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif!

My first run on the "fast course" was a 34.799 and my last run of the day was a 29.8 /phpBB/images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif.

I was very happy by the end of the day but now I want a Z06 to run specifically in Auto X events!!!

Jose...I hope it's ok to e-mail you with some real newbie questions. I got some great advice froma guy named Renee at the event I attended. I guess he was 3rd last year in NCCC, I'm not sure what class or anything but he was very helpful!

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The annual Route 66 Corvette Show has an autocross course set up plus an optional class put on by Windy City Corvette Club.
Their phone number is 815-722-VETT or web addy is www.corvetteshow.com.

The show is held at the Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois.

Hope this helps.
 
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