Spent yesterday with Steve from Crazy 4 Carz shooting a show/ tryin it out .......... its not a spectator sport but it doesn't matter if your a pro or a soccer mom ........ George Alderman ran this one
You ever get a ride in the old 1972 LT1 Vette??????Done lots. Won a regional championship in ESP (E-street prepared) in SCCA Solo II. Been around a lot of folks who crossover from open track, club racing, auto-x, hillclimb, etc. I haven't done it competitively in several years, but plan to play again soon. Less damage and disposeables than running the road course though seat time and speeds are less. Therein, the risk is also less. It teaches you the proper ways (there's more than one) and techniques of getting a car around a corner. It made me a better and safer driver.
Two most important things I learned and still use every day....keep your head up, looking forward (the turn, event, obstance after the one you are about to negotiate) and using brakes less.
I think everyone who races (regardless of the discipline) should do it some until they have gained some skills and good habits.
Also, your car doesn't need to have special tires or mods to compete and do well. Only the top players and posers tweak shocks and stuff between runs. No need to change things unless you can say your driving didn't account for lost time on course.
One of the best ideas I heard was to use an old 64 Polara 4-dr, slant-six and put the #1 driver in each class in it for 2 passes and the lowest single-run time wins the overall event....
Lots of adrenaline.....finish a 90-second run and you're usually sweating at the end. There is no downtime on an autox course.
Dream autox car.......M3 or a modern version of the M3 lightweight. MMMmmmm. Nothing like watching a factory-tweaked car lift a front tire going around corners on DOT gumballs. Of course, there are folks who win in the anti-intuitive fashion such as Danny Popp of the Cincy region. The front tires of his vettes were never pointed in the right direction going into or out of each corner as he slung the rear around with his right foot.