How to Get to the Track: or, how I learned to stop worrying and love riding shotgun with novices

In 2018 I made it to 22 trackdays (and 20 autox events) and I’m scheduled for over 30 trackdays this year (only 10 autox events though). I’ve found that there are 3 factors that determine how often someone makes it to the track: desire, money, and time. How much time and money you start with are going to be determined…

A Guide to Modern Day Alchemy: or How to transform money into noise, tire smoke, and memories (Part III - Track Night in America)

I’ve been autocrossing for the past 9 years and I’m pretty hooked (read about it in part I here), but I was a little hesitant to head to the track. The increased costs, speeds, and danger initially dissuaded me; however, the idea of lapping a real race track instead of just digital ones in Forza was a siren call that…

A Guide to Modern Day Alchemy: or How to transform money into noise, tire smoke, and memories. (Part II)

After moving to Texas a few years after getting hooked on autocross (read about it in part I here), one of the Subaru forum guys had his regular rally co-driver drop out of an upcoming event. He was already registered for the event and it was already paid for, so any SCCA member could fill-in for free. There weren’t…

A Guide to Modern Day Alchemy: or How to transform money into noise, tire smoke, and memories (Part I)

My introduction to the SCCA was an autocross in 2009, I had just graduated from college and with the money from a new job I bought my first fun car, a brand new 2009 Subaru WRX sedan. My friend and former college roommate had done the same, except he went with a Mazda RX-8. We decided we should meetup and do something…