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Autocross

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SPC Autocross Program

We are excited to announce that the  Space Coast Region autocross venue continues at the American Muscle Car Museum.  The site is amazing! It features a 1/8-mile dragstrip, skidpad, and road course all in one, a driver’s dream come true!  Expect our usual fun and challenging course with approximately 60 second run times.  The events planned for this year can be found on the calendar and will be open to the public with registration on Club Registration. All registration and payment is completed online prior to the event, no day of event registrations.  

SPC AutoX events are only open to PCA members driving Porsche cars, with a maximum of 40 entries per event.

On-site check-in and tech inspection will be open from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM.  A $50.00 driver’s fee must be paid online prior to the event and will not be accepted the day of the event. 

  • Location: 3500 Sarno Road, Melbourne Fl 32934Please enter from the Museum's East gate, located on Club 52 Blvd. Please note: The Museum is not open to the public, so there is no access before, during or after the autocross.

  • All participants and spectators must sign a waiver.

  • Registration, tech and track walk:  7:15 – 8:30 A.M.

  • Drivers meeting:  8:30 – 8:45 A.M.

  • First cars out: 8:45 -9:00  A.M.

Helmets SA2015 or 2020 are required. Loaners are available.

Contact Ken Marshall at ken@gloveroil.com and/or

Carmen DeVito at Devito997@gmail.com with any questions.

See our Autocross Results page for final times and the Competition Report.  And our Event Photos page for pictures from past AX events.

Rules, Classes & Tech

The Autocross Rules are built in collaboration with the AMCM team for the safety of all participants and the AMCM staff and facility. Please open up or download and read them.

Cars are classed according to performance so that like cars will compete against like cars and driver skill will make the difference. We use PCA 2022 Parade classification of cars. 

Sxx classes are completely stock from the factory with NO modifications. Pxx classes are modified from Porsche factory delivery. Additionally AMCM requires all cars have mufflers and no slicks are allowed. 

 

 

Tech Sheet to be filled out by the driver prior to the event and brought to the event. Self tech is an honor system, so please do all the checks for everyone's safety.

AX at the AMCM

Thanks to Jurgen Schwanitz for putting these two test runs of the March 2019 AX course together side by side for two very different 911’s. All Porsches can be excellent autocross cars. Our program focuses on driver skill enhancement, safety, and fun. Instructors are provided for novice autocrossers.

Autocross Defined

When you arrive at the autocross, you’ll see a course set up on a large parking lot. Soft, rubber traffic cones will be used to form the course, which consists of turns, slaloms, and straights. Arrive early — see what goes on, volunteer to get involved!

Prepare your car before you arrive

Ideally, you should prepare your car before you arrive. Remove all loose items from your car — floor mats, driver’s carpet, coffee cups, etc. Check tire pressures. You may arrive early and set your parking spot up with a chair and anything else you feel you may need.

Once you arrive…

Check-in

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  • Find the registration table near the trailer

  • Confirm your run group and car number

  • Pick up your participant packet with wrist band, worker and run group assignments

  • Spectators sign the waiver

 Bring your family and friends.  Spectators are free and encouraged.

 Children are welcome but for their safety must be with a parent of guardian at all times. 

Technical Inspection

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  • Take all loose items out of your car

  • Drive the car to Tech Inspection (or, they may find you)

  • Your car and helmet will be inspected for safety

  • Hand in your Tech Sheet

  • Display your car number as directed

                                  Course Walk

Study the course map, and then walk the course. Maps are usually provided by email days before the event. Print it and bring it with you. You have until the driver's meeting to walk the course. The first problem that confronts every autocrosser is staying on course, so the first step is to learn where it goes.

Walk the line (path through the course) you plan to drive as if you were sitting in the driver’s seat. Check for surface bumps, loose gravel and stones, uneven pavement, joints, etc. Stop and study difficult or optional sections of the course to plan your line. If you aren't driving first, you can observe other drivers and note where they hit pylons or have difficulty staying on course. Move around the course to observe problem areas from different locations.

At this point, decide how you want to drive the course (with help from your instructor and/or other experienced autocrossers). The question autocrossers ask most often is: “How do I determine the best line or path around the course?”. Starting off, concentrate only on determining the best line, which may be compared to slalom skiing. In an autocross, we are concerned with three things: time, distance, and speed. The formula time = distance / speed expresses the relationship of three key factors in autocross. To drive the course in the least possible amount of time, the line must offer the shortest distance and permit the greatest speed. As the formula illustrates, time can be decreased by either shortening the distance or increasing the speed — or better yet, both. Many times it becomes impossible to drive at the highest speed over the shortest distance. When this occurs, the best path is a compromise somewhere between the two extremes.

 

Driver’s Meeting (Mandatory)

At the driver’s meeting where you will learn about the course:

  • General Safety

  • Cones / Time Penalties

  • Flag meaning and your response

  • Wet or oil spots

  • Uneven or rough pavement

  • Flagging and corner worker instructions

  • Availability of instructors if you are  a novice autocrosser

 

Once the Competition Starts ...

Watch Other Drivers

  • What line are they driving?

  • Where are the braking points?

  • Where are the shifting points (up and down)?

                               Now it’s your turn

  • Bring your car to the staging area

  • Proceed to start line

  • Check your seat belt

  • Double-check that all loose objects are out of the car

  • Focus on how you want to drive the course

Starter gives the OK!

  • Launch the car quickly (weigh pros and cons of driveline abuse vs preservation)

  • Look several turns ahead if possible

  • Know where you want to place the car

  • Remember when to brake and shift

 If you should spin

  • BOTH FEET IN = depress the clutch and brake fully

  • Stop the car and don’t start again until corner workers re-start you

  • Finish the course and we will give you an applause.

   If you see a RED Flag

  • Quickly come to a complete stop

  • Look for corner workers to re-start you

  • Drive the First Run at Reduced Throttle

The Bottom Line…

  • Learn to stay on course

  • Drive a good line

  • Drive smoothly

  • Have a good time!

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