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Old 11-27-2013, 05:26 AM   #1
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Autocross

Anyone out there into autocross? My son and I are interested in giving it a try and the main concern is...what type of car to start with? We're both very tall which narrows down the field. Always open to suggestions.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:10 AM   #2
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Just use what you own, as long as it handles reasonably well. You'll be slotted in the appropriate class, and you'll learn a lot about the way it works. If after a full season you decide that it'll be "your thing" then think about switching to a different car and making modifications.

Honestly, when you start autocrossing, the biggest limitation to your going fast is YOU. Improve that first.
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:34 AM   #3
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Used to autocross. You can autocross ANY car if all you want to do is run your car for fun. IF you want to win championships though, it is like any other type of racing....you need to be in the best car and prepare it, and yourself, to do the best you can. SOME people spend a lot of money and a lot of time prepping a car and traveling to as many events as they can. Some people take it VERY seriously, and it has been a starting point for many aspiring professional racers. For MOST people though, it's just a way to take a car they already own out on a closed course and drive it hard...for fun. If you want to compete for championships, get a rule book, study the classes, figure out where you can get an edge, equipment wise. Spend the money, spend the time, take it serious......it's up to you what you want to make it out to be.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:30 AM   #4
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We don't have a car that would be fun or appropriate...a Murano and Toyota 4x4. We have a few bucks to spend to get a car ($4K) so we thought we'd start out box stock and eventually find a class we'd fit into. Start to learn the basics then up grade the car as time and money allow. We're not real serious about moving up the food chain but prepping a car would be fun. He has mechanical skills and I have money...perfect! My co-worker is an ex-autocrosser and he's pushing us towards an older GTI or a 325i.
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:32 AM   #5
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If you can find an inexpensive MX-5, that would also be another good option.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:44 PM   #6
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I had a ton of fun in college auto crossing my 83 civic wagon. Unfortunately they won't let me run my trihawk these days...

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Old 11-27-2013, 03:57 PM   #7
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How tall is tall? If you are under 6'4" and not all legs, I give a second vote for a miata. At 6'1" I could fit in mine with a helmet on and the top up. $4k will be plenty for the early style (NA) and worth getting the 1.8L. 94 or 95 keep it simple with OBD1. Make sure it has an LSD. Super competitive in stock form (ES) and if you guys decide you want something different next season, it will be an easy sell or modify. If it is over 100k look for proof of a recent timing belt. Not the worst thing to change, and the engines are non interference if it goes, but better to avoid getting a tow home.

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Old 11-27-2013, 07:52 PM   #8
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Wingnut, the Mazda would be the perfect ride but at 6'8" & 6'6", we don't fit. My kid had a couple of Honda CRX's and he managed to wedge himself in so he was comfortable but damn they're small. Yeah, just a little head-room and leg-room would be nice.
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Old 11-28-2013, 07:09 AM   #9
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Old 11-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #10
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The Mini is a cool ride but out of our price range.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:46 PM   #11
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http://www.northamericanmotoring.com...-cooper-s.html

http://www.northamericanmotoring.com...r-5-speed.html
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:50 PM   #12
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Sum-bitch...I never considered that, but I will now.
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:46 PM   #13
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Wingnut, the Mazda would be the perfect ride but at 6'8" & 6'6", we don't fit. My kid had a couple of Honda CRX's and he managed to wedge himself in so he was comfortable but damn they're small. Yeah, just a little head-room and leg-room would be nice.
You might be OK if you ride with the top down.

You might try an older V6 Mustang, cheap to run and you can get experience setting up the suspension.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:27 AM   #14
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The Mustang is another option worth looking into. Thanks!
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:46 AM   #15
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I would suggest attending as many auto-x events as possible, observing and talking to a wide variety of competitors. Lots of possibilities re cars will present themselves.

One other way to get into it would be by purchasing a roadracing or "time attack" car, though that would obviously preclude competing in any sort of "stock" class.

Having done both roadracing and auto-x, I think you will surprised at how helpful the competitors are in getting newbies involved.

It will cost more than you expect, or budget for.
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