Thursday, August 13, 2009
This Girl Loves Competition
...where it belongs, in sports...not arts...
This Sunday my sweet hubby and I will head back to the racing grid. We recently decided to make time to race our Mini Cooper with our local SCCA. (Sports Car Club of America) The type of racing we do is called Autocross. If you love sports, cars, and the feeling of freedom as you push yourself you would love doing this.
Our little Mini does hug the turns and corners very well. Personal skill comes into play as you try to maneuver the correct direction and turn and timing as you speed up, slow down, brake and accelerate into the esses and all the while avoiding those orange cones. The cones are both a curse and a challenge. They direct the racer and they cannot be driven over, mowed down or otherwise moved from their spot (Ode to the cone, bow down to it!). There are not lines of cones showing the racer where to go next, so it is important to read ahead for your next move. It can get confusing. Each racer gets 4 runs for their best time. Usually there is time before the grid heats up to walk the course. Once you've walked it and the race goes live you just hope you can stay on course and have a fantastic time!
I'll be racing Open Class (Ladies and Gents mixed) there shouldn't be a difference of how hard one pushes their cars and skills. There is a Ladies class. There are some very fast ladies. In fact there are ladies who can kick the time out of a lot of the men with their cars. It's all in fun. And it is a rush. It is a lovely rush.
Does anyone else race?
DH knows my dream is to have an original old mini to tool around with. I would be the slowest car out there, but boy would that be a fun ride!