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Old 06-03-2015, 05:54 PM
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Default The SoCal SCCA CAM Autocross thread

Next CalClub region event is in Fontana 1/15/17. Next San Diego region event is 1/22/17

The original post below outlines how the autocross works.


Note, I have edited this first post to better reflect LA region specific info now that I have attended an event.



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I've been having such a great time running with the great group of folks who run in the CAM class down in San Diego that in addition to running with them I thought it would be cool to generate more interest in the LA region. The SCCA autocross courses I've run at El Torro and Qualcomm are the longest and most fun autocross courses I've ever run! They tend to be about 1 minute long with no repeated sections and have more varied course design than a lot of the goodguys or Hotchkis courses. Don't get me wrong those other courses are fun too, but I can't help be really enjoy a longer more varied course.

Logistics and cost.

Saturday's are practice days and require registering far in advance and spots are limited. So far I haven't tried to attend a practice day.

Sunday is the competition day (aka championship day). EDIT: For the LA region you want to sign up online. Online the cost is $30. If you register in person the day of the event the cost is $40 dollars.

Competition day usually you get 3 or 4 timed runs that count towards the win. Extra runs (X runs) are usually available but must be purchased when you sign in at the event. At LA you don't have to work extra for the xruns and you may be able to run them before the end of the day. The cost of the fun runs are in the LA region is $25. So for $55 you will either get 6 or 8 runs on an amazing and long course. Once you are an SCCA member this is the cheapest autocross seat time of any of the events in this area. More importantly, you only have to be onsite for less than half a day to get those runs rather than all day at some other events. Typically I'm at the event for 3 hour or less and that includes plenty of bench racing time with other folks.

You have to be an SCCA member which costs $45-100 depending on a few things and lasts for 12 months from day of purchase. Alternatively you can do like I did and buy a weekend pass for $15 which if you decide to later become a member within either 30 or 60 days will be credited back to you. This is what I did.

Points Cards. If you want to make a run for the season's points in your class you must purchase a points card for the calendar year for $30. In the LA region you don't need a points card to run and this far in the season I don't think it's worth it.

Total cost if you just want to come "try it out" will be $45. but if you get the membership stuff taken care of future events only cost your $30. You can also easily get 6-8 long runs in for $70 if you also purchase x-runs which is less than the going rate for the single day Hotchkis autocross and Camarillo autocross.

You do your 3-4 runs in a single session. Your session lasts about an hour and cars are run through the full line up before you get your next run.

You have to "work" a session (again about an hour). This gets some flack from some people but its not too bad as it gives you a close up view of the action and if your work session is before your run session you can get a great view of the line being taken by the fast guys in your area of the track.

Link to the Orange County page: http://solo2.com/
Link to the San Diego page: http://sdrscca.com/

Video from my run at El Toro in July


Here are some pics and video from my two trips to San Diego:
First Outing:






Second Outing:


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Old 06-04-2015, 11:23 AM
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Hey guys,

I got some updated info on the differences from SD to the LA region and have edited the post above accordingly.

Also, though I would share the LA region's tips for getting started here:
http://solo2.com/newcomerInfo.htm

Also the SCCA CAM rules are here:
http://scca.cdn.racersites.com/prod/...20%283%292.pdf

The CAM rules are pretty broad and forgiving when it comes to car mods which is perfect for the pro touring crowd. Nearly anything goes with respect to performance mods as long as you have 200tw tires and keep the spirit of a street car. If you have questions then read the 2 page rules I linked above.

There are three CAM sub-classes but depending on turnout cars may all be lumped into a single CAM class.

CAMT - Traditional. Body styles originating from 1954 - 1972 with minimum weight of 3,000 lbs and minimum wheelbase of 108"

CAMS - Sport. Minimum wheelbase of 90" and weight of 2,350 lbs or 2,500 lbs if lexan windshield. This class is basically for Cobra's vettes and other short wheelbase or super lightweight cars.

CAMC - Contemporary. Body styles originating from 1978 on with minimum weight of 3,000 lbs and minimum wheelbase of 100"
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:59 AM
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Chad, it's great you are getting this going, I won't be able to make the 12th, but would like to come up another day if invited! Do I have to follow your lead/etiquette and lose the first time on purpose? Anyway just want to add all are welcome in San Diego the 21st, we will have the BBQ stocked!
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Sounds like fun Chad, great info. I'll try to make it out there
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:38 AM
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Hey folks,

The online registration is open for the event 7/12. I just signed up this morning so I'm planning on being there.

Would be great if others can make it out to check it out.

Sing up is here: http://solo2.motorsportreg.com/

If you can't or don't sign up online you can sign up the day of but you will pay a $40 event fee rather than $30 event fee.
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Bump.

If you don't already have plans this Sunday, come on out!
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Bump. Next event is a little over a week away. Lets get some CAM action going!

Register here: https://www.motorsportreg.com/events...9#.VbqShPlVhBc

Edit: Video of last months course is here:
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As usual I like to do events last minute. I just realized this morning that the LA region's autocross weekend this month is this weekend and that with CAM running in the morning on Sunday I can make it.

Anyone else want to join me?
https://www.motorsportreg.com/events...4#.VkYhlLerSUk
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Given my last minute announcement we had a great turnout this past Sunday of CAM cars at the SCCA autocross with 5 of us competing.

Greg even chanced driving Scar in the rain to come out. As he told me himself, it isn't a trailer queen! Efrain came out in his sweet yellow 69. Sal came out to get some payback on me in his twin red 68 Camaro and Kevin was there in his Chevelle.



Scar is one sweet machine. The pain on it is beautiful and it was getting a ton of attention from the rest of the SCCA autocrossers!

It was a great day. Three of us bought x-runs and so we got 8 runs on a super long and fast course, worked our session and were in and out in just over 4 hours and it cost me $55 (I have an SCCA membership). I love all kinds of performance driving but SCCA autocrosses are quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Greg took some time to figure out the course but by the time he got into the x-runs he was laying down some sweet times and had the fastest time of the 5 of us. Here are the results:


My consolation prize was that with Greg initially getting lost on the course I took the "win" in the points runs

Here is video of this awesome course. ignore the out of sync g-meter.


I bought my 2016 points card to make a run at CAM T. Who is gonna help make it a competition??
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The 2016 Cal Club events are as follows:

ACS = Autoclub Speedway
ET = El Toro / Orange County Great Park

January 16-17 - ACS
February 20-21 - ACS
March 19-20 - ET
April 23-24 - ACS
May 14-15 - ACS
June 11-12 - ET
July 9-10 - ET
July 30-31 - ET
August 20-21 - ET
September 24-25
October 22-23 - ACS
November 12-13 - ACS
December 3-4 - ACS
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