Sunday, February 05, 2006

I want to go racing, how do i get involved?


I can't count the number of times I've been asked this question. Sometimes it's someone who wants to go road racing or rallying, others want to get their kid started in karting. It's really a pretty easy question to answer. Just get out and visit some events! Regional club events are probably the best, as these are the regular guys off the street who are racing as a hobby. Pro weekends are when the teams are paid to win, not to socialize. While you are there, be sure to speak with some competitors. Racers love to talk about their car & are usually happy to share their love of the sport with anyone who is interested. The only thing to remember here is that you also want to be mindful of people's time. The guy who is covered in hot gear oil, or is pulling on his suit to get out on the track may not be the most approachable (who wants to chat in their underwear?)

Depending on where you live, finding an event may be a little tough, as many regular media outlets don't run listings for racing. Here, the internet is your friend. Check out the SCCA site for your local chapter in the United States and up here in Canada you can check out the CASC site for club & event listings. For rally in Canada check out Cars.

There are so many different styles of racing that it can be tough to choose. From oval racing to road course, from open road to performance rally, from autocross to navigational rallies, there really is something for everyone.

Over the coming weeks, I'll tell you about some of the ways you can get involved to see if racing really is for you before you start spending money.

The picture above is Sandy & I in the Tall Pines Rally back in 1995.

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