You can also try the "STS", or Street Touring Street tire class. Given your
tires, Street Prepared might be too intimidating..... STS is probably
closer to what you have already done.
At 12:29 AM 7/13/2001 Friday, you wrote:
>From: ThoughtBoxLabs@aol.com <ThoughtBoxLabs@aol.com>
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
>Date: Thursday, July 12, 2001 6:38 PM
>Subject: Solo II event
> >I am new to Solo II. So new, I haven't raced yet.
>This may sound stupid. And in a way it is. Due to insurance and site
>issues, dedicated autocrossers do NOT use the "R" word. Really. It is
>autocrossing. Racing is a different sport and we don't race.
> >I have only the bare minimum of handling mods installed on my car (sport
>springs that lower it about 2").
>Good start. When you show up at an autocross, tell them you are in the
>"Street Prepared" category. I assume the springs are a bit stiffer, also.
>That's fine. With a suspension like that and street tires, you will be able
>work on vehicle handling and learn how to make the car dance. A bad thing
>in my book is too sticky on the tires, tottering about on a spongy
> >Engine is mostly stock also.
>Best to leave it so, at least for now. You have much to learn, and more
>power is not going to help you yet. Depending on the car you drive,
>spending money for more power may never be a good autocross investment.
> >Can anyone give me some tips on how to prepare myself and my car (without
>spending buco bucks) for the next >race?
>Get your own helmet and numbers. See if there are numbers issued by your
>local council. Make up magnetics (or static-cling for metal-deprived cars).
>Having your own numbers and helmet relieves you of a lot of hassle. Use the
>time to walk the course. Work the course, also. Ask questions of those
>around you. You may find a novice chair or other person who will take an
>interest in helping you. Stick around for fun runs if they are offered.
>Ride and drive with experienced people. If you are there with a novice
>buddy, don't ride together. Get in cars with veterans, watch and listen.
>Don't forget to hang around and help pick up the course and then tag along
>for pizza or whatever.
>Welcome to the most addictive sport around. Hope you are here for the long
>Phil Ethier Saint Paul Minnesota USA
>1970 Lotus Europa, 1992 Saturn SL2, 1986 Suburban, 1962 Triumph TR4 CT2846L
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