Saturday, October 13, 2012

Porsche Club Autocross #2

Our Porsche club held the second autocross event at the Santa Maria airport track on October 6, 2012.  You can find the details about the track and the first event here.  I didn't bring my 914 down because it's a long haul on the trailer and I didn't know if there was a plug available for a top-off charge between sessions.  I found out while I was there that there is a plug at the aerial firefighting station and perhaps I could get a plug at the Jet Center, so I'll think about it for next time.

The track had a different layout this time, with a full lap followed by a half-second lap which crossed over the return run to the finishing straight.  With two cars on the track on each run, we joked that the crossing point was sponsored by Vintage Auto Body.  Luckily, there were no accidents, but several cars forgot to make the turn on the second lap and were red flagged.

Here's a shot of the pit area, I think there were 40 - 50 cars in attendance, a lot of Porsches but also VWs, Subarus, Corvettes and others

There were 3 groups and while your car was not running you were assigned cone or flagging duty.  Each group got 4 runs in the morning, and 3 runs in the afternoon as we were running out of time.  This is the starting grid.

This is the very far end of the track with the big 180.  This was my position as background-checked-and-certified-airport-TSA-security-for-the-day.  I wanted to take a picture of my badge but didn't want to risk ending up in Guantanamo Bay.

Here's video of the most aggressive car making this turn, a bright red Turbo.

There were a blue and yellow 914, had to get a video of the blue one.

We had some spectators from the Jet Center and aerial firefighting station.