Redwood Region Autocross - April 9, 2011
 
Tom Strobel
  by Tom Strobel, Redwood Region Autocross Director
  Photos by Barbara McCrory

 

It was a cold 38 degrees when we arrived at the airport track. Several other brave souls showed up at the same time to help with setup. As this was my first event as the new Redwood Region Autocross Director and the first time out with a new registration procedure, we were all quite busy. Basically, with the new procedure, we run cars through the technical inspection before the actual registration. Our first time with the new procedure was a success, with short lines at the registration table and a much smoother time for the registration team. My thanks go out to my daughter Alycia Strobel and Redwood Region Safety Director Mac Cranford for managing a smooth transition and doing their usual excellent job. 

 

David Bunch designed a challenging course, and by 8:15am "the crew" was setting up the cones. Morning runs consisted of a warmup lap followed by a timed lap. The two run groups got two sets of runs each in the morning. The only mishap came when a 914 spewed oil on the track and two buckets of kitty litter were deployed, followed by several minutes of cleanup time. 

After a short lunch with temperatures rising, both the track and the tires were warming up. The start was relocated and we ran two timed laps. The afternoon was clear and sunny: perfect weather. Due to the morning oil incident, the second afternoon run was shortened to one lap. We just squeaked the last car in before our 5:00pm stop deadline. 

 

It was a rough day for the Porsches, as the top 10 finishers were from ESCA. Overall Top Time of Day went to Craig Lamothe, driving a 2010 Stalker. Ladies' Top Time of Day went to my daughter Alycia, who shares my 1979 911SC Targa with me. Grady Carter finished with the fastest Porsche of the day, a 2002 Boxster S. Congrats to all of you! Detailed results from the event are available here.

 

I would like to thank all involved in making this a smooth start to the 2011 Autocross season. Thanks also to the new drivers for their patience. It was definitely not a course for beginners, but we all had fun! 

 

Our next AX is May 7th. Please come give it a try!