David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Jan. 20, 2013 2:57 p.m.

GRM has gotten involved with The Starting Line, an autocross school hosted by the SCCA, Evolution Driving School and The Tire Rack. The package includes just about everything needed to get started: instruction, helmet, SCCA membership and, of course, a subscription to Grassroots Motorsports.

Details: http://www.sccastartingline.com

SnowMongoose Reader
Jan. 20, 2013 3:02 p.m.

Are you implying I haven't learned enough by reading about Autocrossing online?

EDIT: Predictably enough, nearest event is 1200 miles South of me.
Curse you PNW, guess I'll have to learn the old fashioned way

wbjones UberDork
Jan. 20, 2013 3:27 p.m.

I've been a-x for 10 yrs now .. guess it's time to take a class

carguy123 UltimaDork
Jan. 20, 2013 4:59 p.m.

7 locations for the whole U.S.? Well, I guess it's a start.

iceracer UltraDork
Jan. 20, 2013 9:37 p.m.

i don't need nobody to tell me how to autocross, I know it all.

mndsm PowerDork
Jan. 20, 2013 9:46 p.m.

You're s'posed to hit all the cones, and high score wins....right?

tausif
tausif None
Jan. 21, 2013 2:42 a.m.

Is there something planned for Canada, especially Toronto area. I am also curious if there are a substantial number of GRM subscribers North of the border.

Looking for some autocrosses and autocrossers in CA

ZOO SuperDork
Jan. 21, 2013 5:24 a.m.
tausif wrote: Is there something planned for Canada, especially Toronto area. I am also curious if there are a substantial number of GRM subscribers North of the border. Looking for some autocrosses and autocrossers in CA

There certainly is an active autox scene in ON and Quebec. I am not sure how many Canadian GRMers there are. I am one.

kylini New Reader
Jan. 21, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Too bad I already bought my dad a GRM subscription! This is a hell of a deal for anyone still using a loaner helmet but wanting to race more.

EDIT: didn't notice the price hike if you actually get the helmet. Still, $400 for a day of school, two free events (one which is Nationals), a year of membership, and an open-face helmet ain't bad.

The_Jed Dork
Jan. 21, 2013 9:54 a.m.

OOOH!!

MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME!!!!!

yamaha SuperDork
Jan. 21, 2013 10:03 a.m.
mndsm wrote: You're s'posed to hit all the cones, and high score wins....right?

Sadly, I normally take the opportunity to do this on one of my runs......occasionally, I find out I can go that faster than I thought.

Ashyukun Reader
Jan. 21, 2013 10:28 a.m.
carguy123 wrote: 7 locations for the whole U.S.? Well, I guess it's a start.

And pretty much nothing in the midwest... closest to me is Atlanta, a good haul away from my home here in Lexington.

Though I suppose I could drag a trailer down and bring back something from the mystical land of Atlanta's used car market...

Ranger50 UberDork
Jan. 21, 2013 10:34 a.m.

In reply to Ashyukun:

Pontiac is about the same time too.... But it's Pontiac, the land of asphalt, rust, and many other unmentionables.

81cpcamaro HalfDork
Jan. 21, 2013 10:56 a.m.
mndsm wrote: You're s'posed to hit all the cones, and high score wins....right?

So that's what I have been doing wrong!

I do think the Starting Line is a good idea to help people get into autocross. Wish this was around when I started 11 years ago.

mtn PowerDork
Jan. 21, 2013 12:38 p.m.
Ashyukun wrote:
carguy123 wrote: 7 locations for the whole U.S.? Well, I guess it's a start.

And pretty much nothing in the midwest... closest to me is Atlanta, a good haul away from my home here in Lexington.

Though I suppose I could drag a trailer down and bring back something from the mystical land of Atlanta's used car market...

Nothing in the midwest... except for St. Louis, Pontiac MI, and Milwaukee.

Ashyukun Reader
Jan. 21, 2013 12:48 p.m.
mtn wrote: Nothing in the midwest... except for St. Louis, Pontiac MI, and Milwaukee.

I didn't notice the STL one (the page doesn't display well on the ancient browsers we have at work), but it's still a good haul from here. I probably wouldn't have said anything at all had I not been able to make the joke about getting cars from Atlanta.

Feedyurhed Dork
Jan. 21, 2013 1:00 p.m.

I actually think I am going to do this. I am about half an hour from the Pontiac location and I have already auto crossed there in the past. I think I need all the help I can get after my last season.

hrdlydangerous HalfDork
Jan. 22, 2013 3:19 p.m.

Isn't that DILYSIDave's Civic in the background?

Reference photo...

ransom SuperDork
Jan. 22, 2013 3:47 p.m.
SnowMongoose wrote: EDIT: Predictably enough, nearest event is 1200 miles South of me. Curse you PNW, guess I'll have to learn the old fashioned way

I believe Evolution has made it to the Packwood, WA course before, though without the GRM assocation. Unless I'm mixing them up with a different school, I was on my way to mail in my registration when my E30 was rear-ended and totaled

GameboyRMH PowerDork
Jan. 22, 2013 5:10 p.m.
hrdlydangerous wrote: Isn't that DILYSIDave's Civic in the background?

Yeah but he sold it some time ago.

slantvaliant SuperDork
Jan. 22, 2013 5:41 p.m.

550 miles ... kinda doable ... hmmmm ...

old_gregg New Reader
Jan. 22, 2013 6:37 p.m.

That looks pretty sweet! If only I had $400 to spare I'd be all over it.

fasted58 UberDork
Jan. 22, 2013 6:46 p.m.

Coming from road racing, I tried auto-x w/ mixed results. We didn't really speak the same language and I felt like an outsider.. the progression was kinda assbackwards too but it never clicked.

being SCCA, GRM, have helmet already etc. outside the deal, are there schools otherwise?

White_and_Nerdy HalfDork
Jan. 22, 2013 9:07 p.m.

This looks like a really cool way to go from zero to racer in $325 (or more to get a helmet at the same time, which is also a pretty sweet option). Even now I've never experienced a national level SCCA event, and I've been autocrossing for around 15 years on and off. (Admittedly, I've driven a lot of events among national caliber drivers here in New England.) Hopefully getting shut out by top drivers doesn't frustrate people. From what I've seen, that shouldn't be a problem - they'll be too pumped about getting to drive like a maniac to care. I know I am.

shelbyz New Reader
Jan. 30, 2013 4:21 p.m.

I've been looking into this lately. The Pontiac Silverdome is literally 3 minutes from my G/F's house... I think we both might sign up...

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