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Unread 2012-11-01, 04:28 AM   #1
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Default What car did you start with?

I am just wondering what cars everyone has raced. I am going to be purchasing a car soon that is reasonably priced to start for hopefully next season. Obviously I know you can pretty much race any car but since this can become an expensive hobby I am wondering what everyone started with and possibly what they would recommend for me.

Currently I am looking in to a 91-96 Escort or a Focus. I am planning on running the car completely stock for the first season to focus on my driving first.
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First season of what? Are you talking about SCCA, street racing, or Nascar?
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Autox, you can start with ANYTHING...seriously. It is a matter of getting your driving skills warmed up. Then, as you take rides with others, you will get a better feel of what kind of car you would want to move up to, or down to. You can be FAST in any car in autox...as you will be classed accordingly. It is a matter of how good of a driver you truly are.

I would start in autox for at least a couple of seasons before moving to anything else. Track events can be 10x more fun, but autox will give you the skills to be better, faster and a much better driver overall.
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Miata and an e30 BMW
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I am going to start in autox. I have thought about just using the Audi but its more expensive to fix if it has problems. And it's my daily driver. I am probably going to pick up a car under $2500 to use while I am doing autox.
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i like the miata idea small, cheap, pretty decent handling
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I basically started with this pile of fuck:



Miatas are somewhat popular, locally Minis are very popular.

As said before, start with whatever you have, then go from there. Driving skill is much more important than the car itself.

My turd is way faster than I am, so I am still slowly working on the driver mod.
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I was going to get my Redline into AutoX, It has the Cobalt SS Turbo suspension so it should be a great starter. How would one even go about getting started other than buying a helmet haha
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I believe I did my first Autocross in a 92 Honda Prelude 4WS. Angel is right, you can start with anything at autocross as long as it doesn't have some crazy high center of gravity and is relatively safe, mechanically sound.

Just get out there and drive.
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Make sure your car would pass a safety inspection and that's it. They will be able to help sort out classing your car.

Everyone at an autocross is super nice and super helpful so I'd be extremely surprised if you weren't hooked after going.

The first event of the year is a test and tune. What does that mean? A fuck-ton of runs. Last year I probably ran 20 times over the span of two days. For a person who is new it's a GREAT way to get familiar with how it all works.

BTW OP, my first autox car was a 1991 Nissan Sentra SE-R.
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Did you see the sticky thread in this section?
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Consider a 1st gen Dodge Neon. If you can find an ACR, even better. Cheap, cheap.
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Consider a 1st gen Dodge Neon. If you can find an ACR, even better. Cheap, cheap.
Neons are f'ing boss at AutoX. Miata's should be as well.
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I think they are mostly all broken by now but back when I started autoxing in 2000, those early ACRs were a very popular cheap autocross car. And yes, Miatas are incredibly fun and capable to autocross, especially the ones that came with limited slip.
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I drove autox out in New Jersey with friends once, it was a ton of fun. I was in an '06 Civic si and I had a blast! I've been curious about actually trying it for a whole season. How would I go about getting started in KC?
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I drove autox out in New Jersey with friends once, it was a ton of fun. I was in an '06 Civic si and I had a blast! I've been curious about actually trying it for a whole season. How would I go about getting started in KC?
Very simple. Just show up and drive like hell. I did that last spring and have been hooked ever since. The people there are super nice and you can always find someone that will let you ride with them or even jump in with you to give you tips. The first event is tentatively schedule for the first weekend in April. Check out the MoKan forum (www.mokanmotorsports.com) for more info and to find out when the schedule will be finalized.
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Dude, thanks. I'm about to jump on and check it out.
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