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For Austin-area people...
If you're interested in autocrossing some time this year and you're in town this Saturday, you should drop by John and Dan's shop for the Spokes annual tech day. Your car will get "inspected" (wheels pulled on, battery connections checked, etc.). You'll get an orange cone sticker with "08" cut out (vertically), and then you'll be responsible for "teching" your car before each autocross. It's also a chance for you to register as a Spokes member (helping the club and making it easier to sign up for Driveway events) and register for the first event. This will also be a chance for novices to register for the novice school. It's not cheap, but I suspect it will be great for novices... From the Spokes website:

By popular demand, the first "event" of the 2008 Spokes season will be a full day Novice School! Cost is $100 for the day and registration will be limited to 35 entries. Since we expect this school to be in high-demand, here's how we're going to handle registration:

1. First shot at registering for the Novice School will be at the Annual Tech Party at JCAutospec on January 26th (see sidebar for directions and times). Registration will be members-only (you can become a member that day as usual) and you must be present to register, no saving spots for your buddies, etc. Registration will be open to Novices only. If you were considered a Novice last year or have not autocrossed in several years then you are eligible.
2. The day following the Tech Party, registration will open to all Novice members and non-members.
3. If there are still spots after a week, then we'll open the registration to anyone else interested (i.e. experienced drivers).

As you can tell from the event name above, this school is presented by The Driveway Austin. Spokes is handling promotion, registration, and some logistics but this is primarily a Driveway function. Of course, the instructor pool will come from the best that Spokes has to offer so you can expect a top-notch program. Lunch will be provided by The Driveway.

Obviously, the novice school will not be for everyone... But if you're a "novice" who's interested in seriously increasing your skill, it's a great chance.
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xulong From: xulong Date: January 23rd, 2008 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
omg that's my BIRFDAY
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: January 23rd, 2008 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
So does 2 events in 2 years still qualify me as a novice?
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: January 23rd, 2008 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe 6 events is the typical limit, and I suspect if it was 6 events in six years, you could request to still be considered a novice. So, yeah, probably. If you'd like, I can double-check with Rick (club president) / the mailing list.
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