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What is Solo?

"Solo" is the name used within the SCCA for Autocross.

Solo competition is defined as low speed, participant driving competition where one car at a time negotiates a prescribed course outlined with traffic pylons as quickly and cleanly as possible. During a run, a driver and his/her car are pushed to the limit. A time penalty is added to drivers' times when they hit an outlining pylon. While competing against the clock on the course, a driver is also competing against other drivers in his/her performance category.


Cars are grouped according to performance guidelines set up by the SCCA. Almost any make and model of car is allowed to run in Solo events, the exception being SUVs and other vehicles with a high center of gravity. The majority of cars that run in Solo events are classed in the stock category with no or few modifications. No specialty equipment is needed to run in a Solo event. Drivers are required to wear a properly certified helmet during runs, and Misery Bay provides a few loaner helmets for drivers who do not own one.

Aside from the enjoyment of grassroots motor sports, all participants in Solo events benefit from gaining invaluable driving experience which can help then deal with potentially dangerous situations on the road. In a friendly, competitive and controlled environment, Solo drivers develop a sense of timing, split second judgment, and the rare opportunity to learn how their vehicles feel at the limit of control. This knowledge becomes an instinctive reaction in real life situations on the street.

Registration begins at 8:30 am. Tech inspection is open from 8:30 to 9:30. There is a driver's meeting at 10:00, and the first cars start running at 10:15. Autocross events run all day, so bring a lunch! Events usually end around 4:00 with a trophy presentation. All are encouraged to stay for the awards - we've got lots of fun stuff to hand out!