Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Autocross Car Preview

Factory Five and 2 Mustangs = AMERICA!

A quick look at the drivers signed up for this coming weekend's autocross with the Tidewater Sports Car Club shows that we have cars from companies based in several countries. Leading the way are Germany and Japan with 22 entries each, followed by the home team USA with 16 drivers. After that the numbers drop quickly to only 2 Korean car drivers and then 1 from England and the NMS FIAT from Italy. Of course not all these cars are built in their company's home country, so I guess you could count my FIAT as a Mexican car if you want.

Morgan = ENGLAND!

By taking out the driver names and what class the cars are entered in, here's the car info by country. The German entries show a bit of variety with some Porsches, some VWs, and a majority of BMWs.
Down in the Japanese listings, it's a LOT of Mazda Miatas. This brings up one of the common sayings that crops up when car fans talk about the best car to autocross, or to drive on a track, or to modify. The saying is that "Miata is always the answer" because they are so popular and handle well. Even with the Japanese vote split among Infiniti, Subaru, Honda, and Nissan/Datsun, the 12 Miatas make this one model the autocross car of choice.

Volvo = SWEDEN!

Here in the USA there are a variety of Mustang models, and I've included the Briggs Kart and the Factory Five as Americans also. I'm still working on the best way to joke about the WWII winning USA/England team having less popular cars in autocross than the WWII losers of Germany/Japan/Italy, so if you have a good idea of how to say that in a funny way please let me know.
Porsche times 3 = GERMANY!
The Morgan roadster is an awesome car to see on the autocross "pitch", and we might even have another English car driving on Sunday if the Lotus and old Mini show up. So far I haven't seen any Jaguars, Aston Martins, or McLaren cars at an autocross, but I'm sure they are out there. Maybe James Bond takes his Aston Martin out for a spin when he's not busy saving the world.
Datsun/Nissan = JAPAN!

Last but hopefully not slowest, our lone Italian representative is the NMS Abarth, so as long as no other Italians show up I'll be gunning for Fastest Italian of the Day. Just to refresh your memory, the other Italian cars that you can buy in the US right  now tend to be faster and way more expensive than my car, so it would be great to get behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Ferrari, or Lamborghini too.

Tidewater Sports Car Club October Autocross Entries by Country of Origin

2010 Porsche Boxster S Germany
2003 Volkswagen 20th Anny GTI Germany
1999 BMW M3 Germany
2010 Porsche Boxster S Germany
1999 Porsche 911 Germany
2005 BMW 325ci Germany
Volkswagen Golf TDI Germany
1997 BMW 328is Germany
1995 BMW M3 Germany
1994 BMW 325is Germany
2012 Volkswagen Golf R Germany
1973 Porsche Germany
2009 Volkswagen GTI Germany
2008 Volkswagen R 32 Germany
1993 BMW 325i Germany
BMW 323 Germany
1995 BMW 325is Germany
2003 BMW 330ci Germany
1995 BMW 325is Germany
2008 Volkswagen R 32 Germany
2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Germany
2014 BMW 328i Germany
1990 Nissan Skyline GTR Japan
1991 Mazda Miata Japan
2015 Subaru STi Japan
2006 Mazda MX5 Japan
2002 Mazda Miata Japan
2011 Mazda 2 Japan
1991 Mazda Miata Japan
1997 Mazda Miata Japan
1991 Mazda Miata Japan
2001 Mazda Miata Japan
1994 Mazda Miata Japan
2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata Japan
1994 Mazda Miata Japan
2005 Infiniti G35 Coupe Japan
1997 Mazda Miata Japan
1973 Datsun 240Z Japan
1995 Mazda Miata Japan
1995 Mazda Miata Japan
1979 Honda Civic Japan
2000 Honda S2000 Japan
2004 Mazda Miata Japan
2001 Mazda Miata Japan
2012 Ford Shelby GT500 USA
2014 Ford Mustang USA
2016 Ford Shelby GT350R USA
2014 Ford Mustang USA
2012 Ford Shelby GT500 USA
2015 Ford Fiesta ST USA
1996 Chevrolet Camaro USA
2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 USA
1985 Ford Mustang USA
2003 Ford Mustang Cobra USA
1991 Ford Mustang USA
1969 Chevrolet Camaro USA
2006 Firstkart Briggs USA
2002 Chevrolet Corvette z06 USA
2002 Pontiac Trans am USA
2015 Hyundai Elantra Korea
2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Korea
1958 Morgan RDS England
2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Italy

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