In autocross action on the Chesapeake Bay on Sunday May 17th, the NMS FIAT finished 2nd in it's class against a Ford Focus ST and a Chevy Sonic, but still, a good time was had by all! In a few days we should see the final results and I'm interested to see how my PAX time stacks up against the other 130 or drivers, hopefully in the top 50% at least. For now, here's a few highlights of the scenery on the Chesapeake Bay, and some cool cars spotted.
Improving your tires is the easiest upgrade to any car to make it perform better on the ol' autocross course. If you are made of money, feel free to compete on racing tires that cost $250 each. The rest of us normal people have a pretty good time going just a bit slower with a bit more money in our pockets.
Maybe a huge autocross with these hovercraft driving would be fun.
On second thought, maybe some cones made out of concrete so they don't blow away would be a good idea too!
Or....Today's Autocross is brought to you by the letters L, C, and A, and the numbers 1 and 2.
What does LCAC stand for?
A) Larry Cable Air Conditioning?
B) Lettuce Can Always Crunch?
C) Lost Cats Annoy Cucumbers?
D) Landing Craft Air Cushioned?
You figure it out, I give up. As an Army guy, I always guess D.
Before competing you have to empty your car of all that extra "stuff" that might get airborne or jam under your brake pedal under hard driving. Out go the spare tires, floor mats, coolers, food, garage door openers, dogs, Burger King wrappers, etc.
Some drivers will swap wheels for the event, so that explains the tire stack by the truck too.
Here in this one shot you get (closest to camera) a 1958 Morgan from England, a black Porsche from Germany, a mid sixties Corvette from 'Merica, and the short black modified Porsche 914 also from Germany. England, USA, Germany, kind of a WWII re-match, but I think the Germans had faster times.
Anyway, up front, from left to right are a blue Factory Five Cobra replica, a white Factory Five 818 kit car built with Subaru running gear, and an awesome colored Factory Five Cobra replica.
I'm a fan of the Factory Five cars like these, and it's always cool to see folks that really drive their cars and don't just polish them and bring them out of the garage for a car show once a year.
Again, an Abrams tank autocross would be pretty awesome, and I'm pretty sure Isis hasn't developed any armor plated weaponry that could drive as well as these bad boys!
During the last run group some clouds finally showed up, a few rain drops fell, and the temperature went down a lot, so that helped cool things off and make for a fun day.