Driving season is warming across the United States, and that means autocross. Should you count yourself out of these parking lot activities if your car is soft, old, or American? Hell no.
Two words: autocross everything.
Motor Trend’s YouTube show “Roadkill” has been a consistently excellent source of automotive idiocy for years. In 49 episodes they’ve lived many our jalopy dreams by putting monster engines in weird cars and using a Sawzall with extreme prejudice. Now we get to see their terrible fleet together in a ten-car showdown!
Every year, the nation’s best autocrossers descend upon the Sports Car Club of America Solo National Championships. Racers bring everything from stock-class grocery getters to supercars to highly modified cars built for one purpose: to dodge cones very fast. This supercut of Solo Nats action is downright amazing.
Sometimes, the vehicles off-course are almost as cool as those on-course. This is Todd Roberts’ pit bike from this year’s SCCA Solo Nationals, which features an animated woodcut dolphin which you can majestically ride upon as it bobs up and down.
When was the last time you called your mom? Recently? You should. When was the last time you took her autocrossing? You really should. This guy did in his girlfriend’s borrowed GTI, and he got some pretty momtastic results.
An old Ford F100 is a great truck for hauling hay, cruising main street, or lowering property values in your local subdevelopment. But how is it at autocross?
Here’s more evidence that every car can and should be autocrossed.
Even if you primarily do other forms of racing, autocross can be a great place to shake down a car. You get to toss the car around at its limit like a total hooligan in the company of other car geeks. If things go wrong, you're in good, knowledgeable company. Oh yes, things went wrong when I autocrossed my 944.
Between amateur endurance racing and the Sports Car Club Of America's "Street" autocross classes, there's quite a few series now mandating around 200-treadwear rubber. So, of course, different tire manufacturers are "readjusting" ratings of existing tires to cash in on the action.
There's something about the beautiful sound of a Mark 1 Ford Escort Estate wailing through sweet screeching slides and graceful doughnuts around a parking lot. This isn't your typical afternoon of cone-dodging, however. It's a crazy obstacle course the Brits call an autotest.
The same hands-free phone technology that saves our butts on the road can be a real pain if you decide to race or track your street car. How do you handle a call if you forgot to leave your phone far away in the paddock? Keep driving, of course.
You've probably never heard of the Autocross o Castro, a small dirt buggy race held over the weekend in northwestern Spain. There is no good reason to keep up with such a low-level event. Here's how things escalated um, whoa, escalated really quickly.
Everybody knows autocrossing a pickup truck is the most fun you can have with lateral g-forces three feet off the ground. Oh, you didn't know that? Better take a ride in this classic F-100 pickup and see what it's all about then.
This is the first video I'm seeing of a 2015 Ford Mustang GT doing anything other than a burnout or a well-controlled track run. Turns out the V8 Stang likes to get loose.
"You comin' this weekend?" asked another member of the Spokes autocross group at our Friday group lunch. "You haven't been to an actual autocross in a while. You've been busy with road racing or LeMons or something." Oh my gosh, I thought—I hope he doesn't think I've turned into one of those guys.
Every now and then, something surfaces on the Internet that is so amazing, we stop and wonder how we lived our lives before we knew about it. Today is one of those days. Stop what you're doing because it's time to watch "Thunder on the Streets II."
People have autocrossed all kinds of bizarre cars, but how far could you push that envelope? More specifically, where can we autocross a Horch?
Screw the SCCA and their rules forbidding trucks from auto-cross events, this slammed Scout is seriously tearing it up! You're supposed to annihilate all the cones and cover the course in a smokescreen of tire residue, right?
A Lincoln Town Car isn't the most ridiculous car to do an autocross with, but it's not the first one you'd imagine doing one in. But it looks like fun here for the driver and for those on the pavement. Less so for passengers.