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Beginners are welcome! We have loaner helmets, and our instructors are there to help newcomers (and others) learn. Registration is on-site. There is no cost for drivers 18 and under. GWS, CDC, and Syndicate Car Club members pay $25; non-members pay $30.Have questions? See our Autocross Event Guide for information on what we expect from participants and Frequently Asked Questions for other information.
We run rain or shine. We cancel/reschedule an autocross only when weather conditions could represent a hazard to participants, workers, and spectators. If weather forces us to postpone an event we will post a notice on our home page by 5:00 a.m. the day of the event.
Watch this video to learn about autocross.
Autocross is FUN – you owe it to yourself to give it a try. If fun isn't enough, autocross is also a low stress, safe way to perfect driving skills that can save your life if you're faced with an emergency situation on the road. As an added bonus, you also learn more about your car's handling capabilities – something that pays dividends in everyday driving.
All you need to participate is a car that's registered (current license plates are required), insured, and in good mechanical condition. Preparation for an autocross is very simple – remove all loose items from your trunk and passenger compartment (including the glove box), add a little air to your tires and you're ready to go.
Licensed drivers 18 and under participate for free. MBCA, CDC, & Syndicate Car Club members pay $25 per autocross. The registration fee for drivers who are not members of one of the listed clubs is $30, and non-members may only participate in two events during the year. MBCA members are also eligible for a season pass that provides a discount over the per-event registration fees.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. Plan to arrive early enough to sign the event participation form, fill out your timing slip, prepare your car, and have it checked by our tech team. We normally hold a mandatory drivers meeting at around 9:00 a.m. to cover site and safety rules and answer any questions from participants. Participants are encouraged to walk the course after the drivers meeting. Use this Course Walking Tips guide to help you get the most out of your course walk.
We use the number of drivers to determine the size and number of run groups. Drivers can expect at least six (6) runs – three (3) for practice and three (3) for scoring. We normally run all groups through practice and take a break before starting scored runs. Timing errors that result in a no-time do occur. If a no-time error happens during a scored run, the driver(s) will get a re-run. We do not provide re-runs during practice.
A properly designed autocross course guides you safely through a series of exercises designed to help improve your ability to safely control your car. We make every effort to ensure our autocrosses are safe, fair, fun, and a good learning experience for all participants.
We rely on the help of participants when setting up for the day's event. Things go much faster when we have help unpacking, setting up pavilions, placing and marking the cones that define the course, and similar tasks. We also rely on participants to help put everything away at the end of the event – this normally takes a half-hour or so.
During the event participants whose run groups are not on the course must work a post. We have found that replacing downed or displaced cones goes much faster when there are at least two people at course stations.
Scoring: Fastest Time of Day (FTD) awards and finish order for Mercedes-Benz cars are based on raw times. Finish order for non-Mercedes-Benz cars is based on index times derived using the current SCCA® Solo® Rules and PAX/RTP index.
MBCA members who participate in at least five events during the autocross season are eligible for awards based on their standing within their class and group. Standings are based on a numerical score that consists of the sum of each participant's five best scores. We present autocross awards at our annual Holiday Party or at an autocross for those unable to attend the holiday party.
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Licensed drivers 18 and under participate for free. MBCA, CDC, & Syndicate Car Club members pay $25 per event; non-members pay $30.
Autocross is a timed low-to-medium speed driving event held on any large paved area. The course, which is normally different at each event, consists of traffic cones (called pylons) arranged to define elements competitors must negotiate. The objective is to drive the course as quickly as you can without hitting any cones. In a well-designed course, drivers will practice car handling and braking skills useful in everyday driving.
It's FUN! and you will build handling and braking skills that will make you a better and safer driver.
Except for a little wear on your tires, autocrossing should not hurt your car.
Keep your car in safe operating condition. Remove all loose items from your trunk and passenger compartment. We recommend you leave all unnecessary items at home. Bring a large plastic bag or two to cover items (like floor mats) removed at the event. You should also add a few pounds of air to your tires – use (vehicle weight + driver weight)/100 as a good starting point for tire pressures.
Helmets are required. We have loaner helmets available for those who don't have one.
Yes. We cancel an autocross only when weather conditions could expose participants, workers, and spectators to harm. If weather forces us to postpone an event we will post a notice on our home page by 5:00 a.m. the day of the event.
We recommend regular street tires for everyone new to autocross. While DOT approved competition grade tires are permitted, they are not needed to enjoy autocross. SCCA rules may impact the class assigned to non-Mercedes-Benz cars running competition tires.
No, but to participate in more than two events, you will have to be a member of one of the clubs listed under cost above. We would prefer that you join MBCA (dues are $49 per year and membership includes a subscription to the “Star” magazine and the “Metro Tri-Star”). We have membership applications and information at every autocross.
Each cone you knock down or move out of its box adds two (2) seconds to your raw time for that run. Knocking the end cone in the stop garage down or moving it out of its box results in an automatic DNF.
Did Not Finish – no time is recorded.
You will be allowed a re-run if a timing error occurs during a scored run. You will not be allowed a re-run if there is a timing error during practice runs.
Especially helpful for new drivers, defensive driving has something to offer drivers of all ages and experience levels. The event consists of four to seven exercises designed to help students learn more about vehicle dynamics – some of the exercises simulate emergency situations a driver might encounter in daily driving. All exercises are done at low to moderate speeds on courses laid out using traffic cones that serve as pylons.
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