October 1st, 2010

Solo is the SCCA brand name for autocross competition. Solo events are driving skill contests that emphasize the driver’s ability and the car’s handling characteristics. This is accomplished by driving a course that is designated by traffic cones on a low hazard location, such as a parking lot or inactive airstrip. While speeds are no greater than those normally encountered in legal highway driving, the combination of action, concentration and car feedback creates a real adrenaline pumping experience.

The SCCA classifies a full range of imported and domestic sports cars, sedans, and purpose-built racecars. There is a class for just about any safe vehicle and if not, we may be able to make one for you. The sport typically attracts ordinary cars used for daily transportation, as well as heavily modified vehicles used for racing only. Owners of “street” cars usually inflate the tires to higher than normal pressures, remove the hubcaps, empty the interior of loose items, buckle the seat belts, and have a go. An approved helmet is required for competitors and loaners are available. There are many attractions to these events such as car variety, competition, and especially the friendships formed and renewed in the paddock.

The Sports Car Club of La Crosse holds several events during the summer months including the SCCA Land ‘O Lakes region championship series. Event locations normally alternate between a paved 5/8 mile oval speedway in West Salem, WI and a training facility at MN Southeast Technical College in Winona, MN. Check out our events calendar or specific event flyers for additional information.

This is one of the most afforable forms of motorsports and many professional drivers get their start here. You can go as fast or slow as you wish, but you will become a better driver either way. Still not sure it’s something you’re ready for? You’re welcome to stop by and check it out or go for a ‘quick’ lap as riders are allowed. Parents or legal guardian will need to sign a seperate waiver for participants or passengers between the ages of 12-18.

Cars from straight off the showroom floor, to full-on purpose built, formula cars and sports racers, SCCA Solo has a class that will put your skill up against similarly prepared and performing cars.

Stock – This category includes mass-produced, common vehicles that may be “daily drivers.” Stock category cars compete in their “factory” configuration with a minimal number of allowances such as spare tire and tools removed, high performance tires, cat-back exhaust systems, standard size wheels and few other modifications.

Street Touring – A large category that spans several smaller categories based on performance modifications, engine sizes, number of seating positions, number of doors, tire performance, suspension, body kits, wings and more.

Street Prepared – Allows any carburetor/fuel injection system and ignition system. Turbo/supercharger hardware has to remain stock, but aftermarket boost control systems and intercoolers are allowed. Exhaust manifolds and systems are free.

Street Modified – Allows anything from Stock, Street Touring, and Street Prepared and just about any engine and drivetrain configuration as long as the engine manufacturer matches the body manufacturer. Four-seaters run in SM and two-seat sports cars compete in SSM. Carbon fiber hoods, cams, turbo/supercharger kits, etc are also welcome.

Prepared – These cars are not for the street; they are virtually race-prepared vehicles for dedicated Solo competition. Gutted interiors and racing slicks are the first visual characteristics of these cars. Convertible cars are required to install roll bars.

Modified – Except for DM and EM classes, these were never street cars. They are specially-built competition vehicles and most of them resemble an open wheel Indy Car or a closed-wheel sports racer. DM and EM cars may have started life on the streets, but just about any engine, drivetrain, or suspension is permitted.


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