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Autocross event on the 25th
It is less than a week until the Spokes autocross event. decibel45 has signed up, and ivo has asked to be a passenger. I'm still waiting for paradox0220 to sign up.

A rehash of things to bring:

Food, if you're used to eating more than once a day. The event tends to finish in the afternoon (somewhere around 4 or 5pm, IIRC), so we can grab dinner on the way home.
Water, Gatorade, other fluids as desired. It's still hot out there, and it's hotter on the asphalt.
Painter's tape, especially if your car is a light color (my tape will work for dark colored cars, and you're welcome to use it)
A spray bottle with some water and a towel/paper towels for cleaning off the side of the car. This helps the painter's tape stick.
Gas - exactly how much depends on your gas mileage and tank capacity, certainly not more than a full tank of gas. When the Miata was stock, it would burn through about a half tank of gas, driving to the event and running it. That's at 27mpg combined, 12.6 gallon tank.
$25 - entry fee, paid at driver registration.
Tire pressure gauge and battery powered air pump, if desired.
Container to hold your stuff while you're on your runs

If you'd like to caravan down there, leave a comment and we'll determine a meeting place. It takes between an hour and an hour and a half to get there, depending on how you drive. If we meet somewhere to drive down there, I'd like to meet around 6:45am, and be on the road by 7:00.

We want to arrive at San Antonio Speedway somewhere between 8:00 and 9:00, the closer to 8:00 the better. We'll go register for the event and make our payments. Anyone who's car hasn't has a Spokes tech inspection this year will then need to go by the setup to have the car inspected. You'll get a cute little cone sticker. We'll want to be prepping the cars (putting on numbers, checking tire pressure, etc.), and walking through the course. The novice walk through can be very valuable, as can walking through the course with a more experienced driver, especially one who knows your vehicle. Runs happen in three stages, with participants grouped according to class. Novices typically work the first set, and run either the second or third. This means you'll be on the course watching other drivers and cars go by, getting a chance to see how the course works for others before you take your own runs. Once it's time for your class to drive, you'll pull your car up into the "grid." Cars with two drivers will line up on one side (I believe the right, but ask the workers if you're unsure. In this area, they're typically in orange vests). You'll typically get 3-4 runs at this time. At some point in time you'll get a break (three sets of classes with three scheduled blocks - work one, drive one, rest one). If there's time (which they're typically is), everyone will get a second set of runs - sometimes two runs, sometimes three. Once that's done, everything has to be packed up, and we're on our way home.

Vroom.

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nugget From: nugget Date: September 19th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll have a tire pressure gauge and battery powered air pump for all of us to use.

Paradox needs to sign up!
nrubenstein From: nrubenstein Date: September 19th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can we say excessive planning? :)
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: September 19th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Trained into me by my mother, who wants to come watch.
paradox0220 From: paradox0220 Date: September 19th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate to weeny out but... have to be in S.A. at 8 AM?! I'm not sure I would even be considered alive at that time of day.
stickcow From: stickcow Date: September 19th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
lamer.
gev From: gev Date: September 20th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC) (Link)
you gonna be there?
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: September 20th, 2005 12:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Aw, comon. Is that really the best excuse you can come up with? You think I'm alive at that time of day?

And it's not even San Antonio that we're going to. It's some small town on I-10.
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: September 20th, 2005 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Shaunasee's uncle's band is playing in SA that night, so I might go down and watch them and get a hotel somewhere. Which means getting up at say, 7:45. :P
decibel45 From: decibel45 Date: September 25th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess I missed the post a comment if you want to caravan bit, so if you get this give me a call tomorrow AM.
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