Of course, the autocross coverage will never stop for me. I may not always be racing at the events, but I still love to go out, see the cars, support friends and take lots of pictures! Autocross is a great place to find like-minded car people — those who realize that if you really want to race, there’s definitely a way to get out there and do it.
Same, Yet Different
The autocrossing here is quite similar to what I’ve gotten used to over the past few years. Really, it’s not that much different anywhere… Bunch of people, cars of all sorts and a bunch of cones. Good times all around!
It’s different, though, because it isn’t run by the SCCA here. The rules and classes are pretty much the same, and some of the people here even go to the Nationals in the fall. But it’s run and organized by a local motorsports club. Fine by me, really. As long as I get to keep my number and class! (#37 CSPL.)
We’ve Got an “In”
Here, though, it was nice, because we went with some friends. The people we met at the races one Friday night, the ones who are fixing my 240SX, people who autocross too! Go figure, right?
It’s kind of nice, because one of the hardest things for us was leaving all our autocross friends behind. When we started going, we knew absolutely nobody. Over the few years we spent in Arkansas, we went every month like clockwork and slowly made friends. When we left, we were usual fixtures at the events and always had people to see and talk to. (And had begun being good helpers to the new people showing up, my favorite part!)
Basically, I’m super glad we have my 240SX, since we can legitimately hang out with all the Nissan people we seem to get along well with here.
Naturally, my camera was in tow and due for a good workout. I’m still getting used to drag, but autocross was where I developed my love of car photography, so it feels natural to me.
Once I know where I’m set up for the day, I’ll figure out the best plan of attack for the pictures and where the cars will be coming. After that, it’s a matter of getting my settings right and knowing what I’d like to go for.
I think I will autocross here with this group at least once or twice, there’s a lot more space for the cars and the speeds seem faster. It’ll be good for the Miata to get back out there, plus me… I’ve been on an “off” time for seven/eight months now. (Mostly playing photographer, which I love too but is no real substitute for working on my skills. I know… I’m bad. )
Pictures Are Worth…
Mine aren’t worth much, LOL. While I have myself set up in case anybody asks anymore, it hasn’t gone anywhere.
Not that I was expecting it to, ha. I do get compliments yet, so that’s always good to hear… I don’t mind not being anywhere yet though, because I’m still absolutely working on my skills. (Sadly, it was just the other day that I started messing with manual lens focusing. Bad, I know, right?)
Here are some of my favorites, though, from the day: