|Autocross at Pungo VA|
Coming up on Saturday May 20th, (which is Cher's birthday, which I only know because it is also Katie Nixon's birthday, which I know because I was there!), the Tidewater Sports Car Club TSCC will sponsor a day of instruction for new autocross drivers. This Novice School is now open for registration at this link: Autocross Novice School The event will be held at Pungo Virginia near Virginia Beach. I like to call this spot the PUNGO AUTOCROSS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE (PACE)!
That web page is Motor Sports Registration, which has lists of all kinds of motor sports events all over the country. If you are ever looking for some auto driving action, check it out and I bet you'll find something going on somewhere near you!
In the morning we will check out your car to make sure it is safe (does it have brakes that work? must have seatbelts! no dangerous stuff floating around inside).
After some basic instruction outside of the car, then we'll split the students into two groups, and they will start driving. By setting up a skidpad where you just drive in a circle and feel when your car starts to lose grip and slide, the students will really get the feel of what their cars can do...and what the car WON'T do!
After the skidpad, drivers will practice car control by going in a slalom, and should be able to start slow and gradually build up speed with repetition. Weaving left and right around cones that are in a straight line is harder than it looks, as the car shifts weight back and forth, so drivers have to get the feel for when to hit the gas, when to turn the wheel, when to NOT hit the gas, etc. Most autocross courses will have some slalom sections, so this is a great way to practice this technique.
After the FREE LUNCH (OK, it's included with your registration payment), we'll have students driving a real autocross course, and normally we'll see them continue to get faster with each run for the rest of the afternoon. Compared to a normal autocross competition with only 4 or 5 runs per day, this school will give the student a LOT more seat time, and will enable them to gain confidence in their driving abilities, and make them better/safer drivers in everyday driving too.
Here is the official info on the school: