Autocross / Solo
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 concentration and car feedback creates an adrenaline pumping experience.
The SCCA annually publishes the Solo Rules to classify a full range of imported and domestic sports cars, sedans, and purpose-built race cars, as well as to layout the basic rules behind Solo competition. The Solo Car Classifications, are located in the back of the Solo Rule Book, so that you may determine what types of cars are typically competing in Solo. There is a class for just about any vehicle. The organizers of local events are also allowed enough leeway to add classes to suit their particular requirements.
The SOWDiv at this time does not have a Solo Divisional Series due to the SCCA National Solo programs that are offered in our division. Members from around the division are going to the National Solo programs instead.
These programs include, ProSolo, Championship Tour Events and Match Tours. We still get together at these events and have fun. The competition is good because it not only includes the people from our division but from other areas outside our division.
The Contingency awards offered at National level events now exceed what could be offered at Divisional Events. These National level programs are two day events just like the Divisional Events of the past. We hold many of the events at the same locations as past Divisional Events.
<—– See the list of events to the left.
What You Need to Get Started.
Driver’s License: Unless you’re entering one of the Karting classes, you will need a current driver’s license to enter an SCCA Solo event. Bring it with you to show the people working registration you’re good to go.
*If you are under 18, you will need both your parents to sign a minor insurance waiver for you.
Vehicle in good working order: Although autocrossing doesn’t require the same safety gear that you might see in race cars, you will need to make sure that your car (or kart) is in good shape with no loose/worn suspension parts, your car battery is securely held in place, your tires have no cord or metal showing, your car’s brakes and seatbelts are in good shape and it has no big fluid leaks.
*When you get to an event, the tech inspector will make sure your car is ready to go.
Helmet: You will need a helmet when you’re driving on course, but you can usually use a “loaner” helmet provided by the host Region of the event. If you bring your own, it has to meet certain safety standards – more than just “DOT-Approved.” The most common certifications are Snell “M” and “SA” and need to have the number 2005 or higher after the letters. ECE R22.05 certified helmets are also allowed and are common at motorcycle shops.
*If you’re not sure if your helmet is OK or not, show it to a tech inspector who can let you know if it’s acceptable.
Find an event: There is a list of events on this page to help you find your local SCCA Regions and events.
Register: Most Regions ask for online event registration. Some Regions require that you sign up online before coming to an event as they are secure sites and need to know who is coming to the event. Some allow you to just show up and sign up. When you find an event, look for the details about how registration might be unique. Depending on the Region and the location.
**SCCA members are a helpful bunch. If you arrive early and tell someone you have never done it, chances are you’re going to get walked through the process. You’ll probably even make some new friends along the way.