> I want as my daily driver. The goal of stock class autocrossing
> should be to race your own everyday car with as little *additional*
> cost as possible -- not to convince you to sell your car and get a
> beater so you can afford to prep it to the limit of the rules.
The goal of _what level_ of stock class autocrossing? At (normal)
regional level, I might agree with you. At a national level, stock class
is just another class that people spend big bucks to win. I don't see
> I fully appreciate Katie's comments about driving being more important
> than shocks or wheels, but on the other hand, I don't want to spend an
> additional $2000 on shocks and $1600 on wheels just to be sure that
> that guy or gal that's beating me and HAS spent the money really is
> beating me because he/she is a better driver.
Feel free to spend your money how you want to, but I bet a lot of money
that if you put that guy or gal in your car they'd go faster than you.
Either way, you'll know how you stack up without spending $3600.
> I don't think that anyone is complaining about $1K shocks on a $50K
> car, but rather $5K shocks on a $30K car, or $2K shocks on a $20K (or
> $8K) car. Your $500 shocks are reasonable, because they're pretty
> close to what you'd have to pay to get any shocks on the car...
MHO, but I think for anyone other than the top eschelon drivers, spending
more than the cost of Koni Sports (~$600 for most cars i think) is just
peeing in the wind. I think the difference between the shocks is
something that you won't be able to detect until you're trophying in stock
classes at National events.