DanielBarker New Reader
1/17/21 2:25 p.m.

Hello, and please forgive me if this is not the right place for this.

Im a 100% novice to all things motor sports. I purchased a 07 MX-5 for my upcoming 40th birthday as I've always wanted to try AutoX / Time Trial type events.

Instead of spending money on car upgrade, I want to invest in coaching and seat time. For a complete novice in New England, SCDA Car Control Clinic appears to be a good start. 

Anyone else start this way? Other thoughts or suggestions?

Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
1/17/21 6:36 p.m.

100% perfect. You'll hear that the best modification you can do is to fix the nut behind the wheel.

Try to learn as much as you can. Ask questions. Remember that your instructors both do this for the same reason you do (they love it) and that they may not be perfect but they are experienced.

I'd love to hear how it goes!


NOT A TA SuperDork
1/17/21 6:54 p.m.

I started doing track days with SCDA at Lime Rock many years ago. As a kid I'd watched races there with my dad and when the internet was invented I found out I could enter their HPDE classes and actually drive at speed on Lime Rock!

The instructors there at that time were very good IMO. Saw most of the same instructors a few years later teaching out at Pocono and sat in on their classroom sessions because it was raining. They were just as thorough, dedicated, and passionate as ever while they were instructing a bunch of entry level new guys with pro-touring point & shoot cars.

I googled to see what the clinic was about. The car control clinic sounds perfect for someone who doesn't have experience "playing" with cars. If you never spent time racing karts, spent hours in snow covered parking lots every winter,  hydroplaned cars on purpose, drifted through corners on dirt roads, and other activities like those the car control clinic should be a lot of fun and a learning experience.

mikeatrpi HalfDork
1/17/21 7:03 p.m.

I've done HPDE with SCDA at Lime Rock.  They're a great group - have fun!

Tom1200 SuperDork
1/17/21 9:45 p.m.

In reply to DanielBarker :

Absolutely this is the best way to get started. The worst thing is thrashing around trying to figure out what's what. Nailing down fundementals will make things so much easier and more importantly a lot more fun.

DanielBarker New Reader
1/18/21 8:36 a.m.

In reply to NOT A TA :

Thank you all for the feedback!  I'll get signed up. 

Looks like I need to get a roll bar in my NC to continue with further courses, so I'll start down that path as well.

As far as general performance driving, nope. I rode motorcycles aggressively in my younger years and then watch a few people hurt badly or killed due to their own arrogance or over estimation of skill and gave up the whole 2 wheels thing. Played in the dirt with Jeeps for a while before my kids were born, but I've pretty much just worked 60 hour weeks for the past 17 years.

WonkoTheSane (FS)
WonkoTheSane (FS) SuperDork
1/18/21 9:15 a.m.

Just as an FYI:  I'm a bit south of you in CT, and we're blessed by one of the best local clubs I've ever been involved in, MassTuning.  As far as I'm aware, a NC or ND do not require additional rollover protection with these guys, as I've instructed in NDs without it.   That may be another choice, and I'd be happy to instruct you.  I track a NA, and I've been instructing with MassTuning for a few years now.

You can find them here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TrackFest or Motorsports Reg.

Don't get me wrong, SCDA is a great organization, and I highly enjoy their days, but just presenting another option in case you want to give this a try and see if it's the lifestyle for you before modifying the car at all.

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