I decided to try a bit of autocross.

As an owner of a Miata, I’m pretty much obligated to autocross, this this past weekend I did so.  It actually was not my first event,  I’ve done a few events well over 10 years ago when I was racing my Toyota Echo (yes, you heard me correctly),  but it’s been so long, this may as well have been event #1 for me. Accompanying me was my friend, Rory, in his 2013 Mazdaspeed 3.

This event was held by The San Antonio Sports Car Association.  One of two clubs that I have found which hold events near me.  I believe the announcer said there were 138 cars registered, making this the largest autox I’ve been to by far.

Staging, about to go on run #1
Staging, about to go on run #1
Rory's MS3 crossing the finish line.
Rory’s MS3 crossing the finish line.

Unfortunately my last run was cut short when an intake hose blew off the throttle body.  This is a known issue on the MSM, but that loud pop mid run was not a fun thing to hear.

Slight boost leak
Slight boost leak

I didn’t do so hot, in fact I would say I did quite poorly.  Instead of starting slowly and increasing speed throughout the day (like a sane person), I ended up going way too fast and would scrub speed where I was losing control throughout the day.  I was happy enough with my fastest time, but it certainly could have been better.

The nice thing about a big event in a largely populated area is that there’s a nice assortment of interesting cars that show up.

v8 miata
The tag said “CUZV8” … it was certainly fast enough
V8 Swapped 240SX
V8 Swapped 240SX
Stanced NA MIata
Stanced NA Miata
I loved the look of this Fiero.  It also made quite a nice sound.  I regret that I didn't get a chance to chat with the owner.
I loved the look of this Fiero. It also made quite a nice sound. I regret that I didn’t get a chance to chat with the owner.

 

I’m looking forward to the next event,  I’ll hopefully do a little more autocrossing and less drifting than this past one.

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