Motorsports To Go! January 24, 2021

Welcome to Motorsports To Go! Each week, we will take a look at an upcoming event on We will tell you everything you need to know in order to participate. It’s the easiest way to get out of your recliner and into the driver’s seat. We’ll be covering everything from $25 autocrosses to million-dollar “gentlemen racer” opportunities, all of them explained in simple English via the same basic set of questions. Let’s get started!

What is it? SCCA Autocross Test-and-Tune at… BRISTOL! — register at MotorsportReg.

Well, what is it? Have you always wanted to drive at Bristol? Of course you have — and here’s your chance. Okay, okay, it’s the parking lot at Bristol. Which is still pretty cool.

Where is it? Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, TN

What’s it cost? $55 for SCCA members, $70 for non-members.

What kind of car do I need? Almost anything that isn’t taller than it is wide will do, from a VW Phaeton to a diesel Benz to a standard-ride-height 2WD Chevrolet S-10.

What kind of personal equipment do I need? A DOT-rated or Snell-rated helmet, including motorcycle-rated helmets.

How long will it take? All day!

Will there be someone to answer my questions at the event? Absolutely.

Can I damage my car or get hurt? It’s remotely possible, but if you do it you can tell people, “Oh yeah, I crashed out at Bristol last year.” Just don’t tell them it was in a Ford Festiva.

Why would I bother to do it? IF you want a non-competitive autocross experience, this is a good way to do it.

What’s the hot setup, if I have time and money to prepare? It’s not necessarily a “class killer”, and in fact probably would struggle to be competitive, but a V8-powered Miata would be GREAT!

Give me two tips or tricks to really shine. Always look forward to the next set of cones. It keeps you from getting lost and has the side effect of making you faster. Bringing an air tank will let you adjust tire pressures a bit before driving home on safely and fully inflated tires.

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