WRAPUP: We had 3 MINIs competing and a couple more out to watch. The morning started damp, but everything dried out nicely by the first hour. We had a total of 18 runs on the course (which is a very large number). Jim M. was fastest in his 2012 JCW Coupe in 61.854, Richard H. was second in his 2015 MCS convertible at 68.159, and Steve R. was third in a 2002 Cooper in 71.140
Photos by: Steve and Richard
Our first Auto-X event was rained out, so we will be having a make-up event on July 22nd
The Windy City Miata Club has invited the Chicago MINI Motoring Club to attend their Autocross event on Saturday July 22nd
Some FAQs and details are listed on the Windy City Miata Club website
WHEN: Saturday July 22nd 8:00 to 8:30 arrival, till about 5pm
Be prepared to stay the whole day as you will be on rotating shifts for driving, resting, and working
WHERE: Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake
WHAT: Autocross event, competitive but mostly for fun.
COST: $37 for per-registeration opens 2 weeks prior to event, $45 day of event (if there are still openings)
THIS LINK is the full days timing of how the event works plus additional FAQs
You will need to create an account on MotorsporReg to register for the event
Formal registration opens up Friday July 7th at 12:30pm. Spots fill up fast so dont delay.
To register you must click on the calendar date link on the Windy City Miata Club site HERE
You will need to choose a 3 digit race number, but there is a small chance the Miata Club may ask you to change it at a later date if it duplicates one that they are currently using.
If you are new to autocross, we request a few simple things to make their experience better. Let us know when you register (identify your club and experience in the notes). On the day of the event, let us know you are a novice when they check in and place an “X” on both sides of their car (just so we can help).
You will need to complete a “self tech”:
Removal of all loose contents in passenger compartment (including floor mats) and trunk.
Brake pedal feels stiff
Seat belts in good condition
Throttle return spring (safe and positive)
Battery tie down secure
Brake fluid level above the minimum level
No fluid leaks of any kind
Fuel cap (and all fluid caps) tightly secured
Spare tire (and assoc. tools) removed or double checked to be secure.
Wheels and tires
Tires in good condition (e.g. No steel belts or cords showing, excessive wear)
Tire pressure checked (min. 25psi. for street tires, if in doubt ask)
Wheel bearings in good condition, no excessive play
Remove wheel covers or “hub caps”
Lug nuts torqued to spec
Car does not “pull” to one side
D.O.T. rated helmet (Snell SA or M80 for SCCA Competition) note: the club has several “loaner” helmets
Car number visible on both sides of the car. note: the club MAY have tape or shoe polish.
I’ll be there..