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One Car at a Time
Written by Michael Fischer   

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Autocross is a one car at a time competitive event in which each driver negotiates his/her car through a course laid out with traffic cones. It is an exciting car handling and control competition held either in a large parking lot such as one of the newly paved MetLife Stadium lots or a road course such as the one at Englishtown’s Raceway Park.
The course is electronically timed and is a race against the clock for the fastest time. Cars are penalized by two seconds for each cone knocked out of the box. Cars are grouped by class, depending on the type of car, to keep the classes competitive among themselves. Awards are given to the three fastest cars in each class and to the fastest overall time.

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Life after Springsteen
Written by Tom Iervolino   

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I was not at the Bruce Springsteen concert but I was at the aftermath. We held our last Autocross event on September 23 at the MetLife Stadium, the morning after the Springsteen concert. OMG!!!! You have never seen so much garbage, beer cans, broken wine bottles, plastic, paper, bags, food, abandoned cars, metal and plastic traffic barriers in your life. This was the lot we were going to hold an AutoX? In just a few hours? Oh yeah, we found one sleeping drunk as well.

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August 2012 Porscheforus – Autocross
Written by Tom Iervolino   

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On June 9 and 10 we held our AutoX School which led directly into the June 10 AutoX event at Lot E, MetLife Stadium. The new AutoX School format was a huge success. The School started off with a social on Saturday June 9 at my home where mostly AutoX novices got to meet and compare notes about their cars and their driving experiences thus far. It was nice for everyone to get together in a social setting and get to meet some of the Instructors and a few Board members. My neighbors frequently see me out side doing something to my car, but it was extra special to see a street full of Porsches of all different years, models and colors.
On Sunday the students arrived at 7:00am for check in and the school commenced at 7:30am sharp. Lou Hudyman covered the basics of an event and then Howard Mintz led everyone on a detailed course walk. Special thanks goes to Perry Aidelbaum for setting a course that was used for the school and then expanded for the
event of the day. After everyone learned how to “walk the course,” it was time to drive. We split everyone into two groups so that one group drove while the other shagged cones and then visa-versa. By the end of the driving session, I saw a lot of smiling faces and a bunch of high-fives. I want to really thank our cadre of Instructors who came out and supported the event. These guys Instructed for two hours straight and still had the energy to compete in a regular AutoX later in the day. It was great to hear the enthusiasm of the Instructors and how pleased they were when their student began to get it and improve. We had 15 seasoned Instructors and some of them are SCCA National Champions.
After a short break, Perry re-configured the course for our scheduled event of the day. We had a great turnout and as you can imagine many (23) registered in the Novice Class. Overall we had 98 competitors with 57 in Porsche Classes and 41 in X-Class.

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The History of Autocross
Written by Tom Iervolino   

 

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Hi gang. By the time you read this we will have completed most of our events for the year with 1 or 2 left. While I was contemplating about what to write for this article, I starting thinking about where and when did Autocross start and I wonder if Autocross is the same around the world? Well, a little bit of research led to more and then some more,……………. You get the picture. So here is a very condensed version of what I was able to find out thus far.
Well, why not start with a definition of Autocross from Wikipedia – the source of many truths and non-truths.
“Autocross”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A Mini Cooper participating in an autocross event. The HS stands for H Stock.
Autocross is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe competition and active participation. An autocross is a timed competition where drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either sealed or unsealed surfaces (sealed or unsealed? Hmm something to consider for NNJR?). Autocross differs from road racing or oval racing in that generally there is only one car on the track racing against the clock rather than other cars. As an entry level motorsport it provides a stepping stone for drivers looking to move into other more competitive and possibly expensive forms of motorsport including rally and circuit racing (….. and DE and/or both DE and AutoX).

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Juicing it up!
Written by Tom Iervolino   

Well, you decided it is time to “upgrade you car” with a few bits and pieces. While this article is not meant to cover what you can and cannot do to move from Stock to Production to Improved, etc… it will cover some relatively easy and somewhat inexpensive changes you can make to help improve your times.

Suspension Change Order and Basics: How about some negative camber? Most notably, camber adjustment is one of the first things people change in order to allow the car to use its tires more effectively. Beyond that, there are a number of things you can do. The general order of changes for tuning a suspension system are:

Spring rates and ride height

Adjust alignment

Select sway bars

Optimize alignment

Tune shocks

Fine tune alignment

Many drivers go through this process and then find themselves back at the first step. This is normal and is all part of tuning.

The car’s suspension geometry and sprig rates determine the car’s basic tendencies. From this point the alignment can be adjusted to make the tires work more efficiently. The testing that determines the best alignment at this point also gives a good indication as to the correct sway bars to be used on the car. After the “correct” sway bars are on the car, the alignment will likely need some adjustment. With the springs and bars selected, the shocks can be tuned to help the car through slaloms.

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