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Autocross, Cheap Racing, Having Fun, etc - April 29, 2009, 02:12 PM

A buddy of mine mentioned he wanted to buy an old BMW 3-series, or a similar car (old, cheap, non-road legal), only to race it, have fun with it, pull 180's, 360's, donuts, you get the picture....

So my question is, where can you do that legally around here, personal property, abandoned parking lot, autocross track, large off-road trails, etc? Or illegally, however I doubt anyone would post

I'm just trying to find some more information, anyone, please share?!?!? Thanks


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No such thing, unfortunately.

His only real option is to trailer it to the track and have fun.


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A buddy of mine used to autocross in Richmond.. but that was a few years back... He'd run his VW.



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http://www.bmwcca.org/


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AutoX is fun and relativley inexpensive depending on how built you want your car to be. I've done it a few times in the FoFo, its a blast even with a FWD econobox. Big power isn't even necessary, you won't get to use it. Suspension setup and rubber is the key.
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http://carguys.com/
http://www.mazdadrivers.com/
http://www.audiclubna.org/

All of these orgs put on well organized track days and the price is pretty reasonable.

I've run with all of them and they are great.


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April 30, 2009, 11:38 AM

there are a few places where you can run autox - but you have to get in early for daily registration as lots of folks will sign up for season pass to run ALL of them ie $$ ...

Also, owning a e36 3-Series - it's not the best car - if you want more fun for less $$ - check out a Miata or an older Subi RS 2 door.....


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AutoX and RallyX are good options, although the track ($$$) gets you a lot moar seat time. I've found it to be true that once you go track, you never go back.

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wow, lots of info to go through, thanks everyone!!!


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A buddy of mine mentioned he wanted to buy an old BMW 3-series, or a similar car (old, cheap, non-road legal), only to race it, have fun with it, pull 180's, 360's, donuts, you get the picture....

So my question is, where can you do that legally around here, personal property, abandoned parking lot, autocross track, large off-road trails, etc? Or illegally, however I doubt anyone would post

I'm just trying to find some more information, anyone, please share?!?!? Thanks
Talk to Walka, He autocross's his Mr2 and does pretty well. He goes like every weekend almost.


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Just a fair warning to your friend:

I thought I was so clever when I had my '91 240sx as a track car. It was an old beater that I could have a ton of fun with. NO...it overheated, broke parts all the time, and decided to puke coolant all over the passenger side footwell when the heater core shit the proverbial bed.

I sold it and got an Evo VIII that was reliable and fun.

Old cars are a curse on the track. I spent too much time working on the car in the paddock between sessions and also missed out on sessions when the car didn't want to cooperate.

Lessons learned:

1. Stay as close to stock as humanly possible (making extra power only makes extra headaches)
2. Use good fluids and don't skimp on the changes (after every event flush and fill everything)
3. Only track a car that has a strong community of racers (spare parts at the track FTW)
4. Do research on cars that are cheap to fix (a 240sx with an SR20DET doesn't fit in this category)
5. Assuming you followed number 4, buy extra engines/trans for the car (if you blow it replace it)
6. Tires are expensive so don't get the fancy 17" or 18" wheels (get 15" or 16" and save a butt-load on tires for the season)
7. Suspension and tires are the key to going fast (following #3 makes this cheaper to do)


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What is this autocross you speak of?

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What is this autocross you speak of?

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Here is a video of Walka (Tim) in his Mr2 this past Sunday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg3cTkGd4Rw


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