Sunday, April 12, 2009

When it rains...

So the 2nd Autocrossers Inc. event was a washout. Initially it looked like we could expect the weather to clear around noon, but ultimately Mother Nature decided that a dry autocross wasn't on the to-do list for Saturday.

Don't get me wrong, I want it to rain. I like it when crops grow, reservoirs fill, and all the other great things that precipitation brings. If I had my way, though, it would only rain while I was not in danger of being cold and wet.

I like autocrossing more than I hate rain, though, so out the door I went at a very early hour.

Truth be told, even after working in the rain for a few hours I really wasn't wet. A few years ago I began assembling a killer raingear setup. Marmot pants, North Face jacket, REI brim hat (I hate hoods), and these great NEOS overboots.

One interesting phenomenon about a rainy autocross is to see who shows up. Who else is hardcore enough to brave the elements, often standing in the cold rain for hours just for 4 minutes or so of driving? You know who you are. And for those who didn't come out, it was a lot of fun. I was even feeling warm again sometime on Sunday afternoon!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hello world.

So, I'm an Autocrosser. If you aren't familiar with autocrossing, it can be difficult to explain, but I'll give it a try. You take a bunch of cones, mark out a course in a gigantic parking lot or airfield, and try to drive around the course as fast as you can. That really doesn't adequately convey the experience. It's some combination of roller coaster ride, speed reading, road rage, and dancing. It is also one of the most fun things you can do in the front seat of a car.

This blog is about me and my motorsports addiction. It'll probably focus mainly on autocrossing, especially since I'm having more fun doing than watching. Formula 1, sportscar racing, and MotoGP will also worm their way in from time to time (and sadly I don't participate in any of those).