As most of you know, our first
Redwood Region Autocross of 2011,
scheduled for Saturday, March 26,
was cancelled as a result of the
rash of heavy rains that preceded
it. So it's no surprise that
hardcore autocrossers and newbies
alike were excited to hit the
pavement on Saturday, April 9.
Fifty-seven drivers, including many
hit the track to kickoff 2011.
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.