In What Class Does My Car Run?
What are the rules for autocross? What modifications can I make?
The National SCCA site has their Solo rule book online. You can download it at:
- Make sure you check in with the Chief of Workers prior to the beginning of your work shift.
- Make sure your station has adequate supplies: extra cones, fire bottle, red flag, two radios, any required report forms and water.
- The red flag must be kept in hand, held against the leg, and ready for immediate deployment.
- Be ready to use the fire bottle if a car spins off course and into the grass.
- Make sure you know your area of responsibility and the location of your radio person.
- Make sure all the cones in your area are in their proper place when you first come on station and periodically check them during your work shift.
- Make sure you read and understand the pylon rules, Sections 7.9.1 and 7.9.2 in the Solo rule book. Most events don't count pointer cones if hit.
- Pay attention to the cars on course for accurate cone counts and your safety. Stand up while cars are on course.
- Replace cones as soon as possible - another car will be through in less than a minute. Radio the Starter before entering the course and let the Starter know you are clear of the course.
- Be prepared for exposure to sun, rain, wind, heat or cold while on station. Note all can happen in the same work heat.
- Do not use cameras or cell phones while on a corner station.
- Do not sit down and do not wander away from your post.
- Do not turn your back to cars on course!
- Do not red flag a car unless instructed to do so by the radio person OR if it is an emergency. However, if in doubt, safety comes first.
- Do not litter.
- Do not pick up hot parts dropped on course because of the risk of burns.
- Do not pick up moving sticks (Snakes!). It does happen.
- Throttle return spring is functioning.
- Brake fluid full and adequate brake pedal pressure.
- Battery tie down in good shape. No bungee cords. It must be bolted down.
- Positive battery terminal covered.
- Properly functioning seat belts.
- All loose articles out of interior, including floor mats.
- All loose articles out of trunk. Are your audio components securely fastened?
- Tires must have measurable tread with no cords showing at any time during competition.
- Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel.
- Wheels are not bent or cracked.
- Hubcaps and trim rings must be removed.
- Flex fans are not allowed.
- Shocks, steering and suspension shall be in good operating condition.
- Seats, seat backs, cushions and head rests are secure.
- Cameras must be securely mounted to withstand driving maneuvers and not obstructing the driver.
- All wheel studs and lug nuts must be present and secure.
- No excessive fluid leaks while the engine is running.
- Steering "spinner" knobs are not permitted.
- Helmet SNELL 1995 or later. Motorcycle and Kart helmets are also permitted. See the "Helmets" page.
While not on the list, remember to torque your lug nuts to the factory recommended specification.
Check all belts and hoses. You will be driving your car hard, so if you have any questionable items, fix them before the event and you will have more fun.
PLEASE READ OUR "SAFETY BLOG" PAGE FOR OTHER ITEMS TO INSPECT YOURSELF BEFORE EVENTS.