Breaking News: National Solo Talent Attending MoHud’s MiniCon
MoHud is hosting this year’s “MiniCon” on Saturday, November 14th, 2015. What’s a “MiniCon”? Well, it’s a mini convention of sorts, where the regions of the Northeast Division, commonly shortened to “NEDiv”, gathers to discuss club racing and Solo matters from this past season and the upcoming 2016 competition season. While the content is usually slanted towards the leadership of each region that makes up the division, MoHud’s Jim Garry has lined up some nationally-recognized Solo dignitaries to put on a program for the division’s Solo talent. Please consider coming out and attending, especially if you are a Solo enthusiast!
Come participate in a series of Solo seminars at the 2015 SCCA Northeast Division Mini-Convention, Saturday November 14th at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY.
- Roger Johnson, Course Design Guru. Roger is the most famous solo course designer in the world, literally. He has set up courses internationally as well as many National Championship, National Tour, and Regional courses. Here’s his famous course design manual: http://www.houscca.com/solo/
courses/Course_Design_4-1-2. pdf Roger is coming all the way from Texas to be with us. Let’s give him a large and enthusiastic audience.
- Brian Connors, SCCA Solo Events Board Chairman. Brian will discuss the Solo program, where it is and where it is going. Come with questions and Brian will answer them.
- Raleigh and Velma Boreen, SCCA Region Development Managers. The Boreens will offer information about bringing out the best in our regional Solo programs.
- Solo Competition Driving. Take in the wisdom of a solo zen master as he discusses the deeper part of driving fast on an autocross course. An Evolution Performance Driving School instructor will present this seminar.
- Saturday, Meetings Only (includes sit-down luncheon) – $40
- Saturday, Full Meetings and evening Awards Dinner @ SAM – $100
- Saturday evening, NEDiv Awards Dinner only – $60
- Each registered SCCA member will receive a $15 credit good for any MoHud Solo event during the 2016 Solo season.
Registration is via the MotorsportsReg.com website.
Complete Rules & Regulations
“Solo II is a precision sport, much like, say, archery, riflery or golf. You must be precise and consistent, all the while driving so fast you can barely concentrate.” — Mark Sirota
Solo events (also known as autocrosses) are an all forward motion driving skill contest. Each driver is individually timed to the thousandth of a second, over a short, miniature road course clearly defined using traffic cones. Cars compete one at a time, hence the name “Solo”, in a class with similar cars. An event can be held on any flat paved surface, usually a parking lot, or airport apron or runway.
Solo emphasizes driver skill and vehicle handling rather than just speed. The corners are tight, and there are lots of them, so the driving is exciting and challenging. Solo speeds do not exceed those normally encountered in highway driving.
The skills you learn and practice here; smooth transitions, enhanced braking, and skid correction, will have an immediate impact on improving the safety and skill of your street driving. Solo is an excellent way to teach car control to young drivers in a safe environment.
Solo is also a very social sport, filled with some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. The camaraderie of the drivers is a special part of autocrossing that is profoundly satisfying.
— Solo II Novice Handbook
Online Registration for MoHud autocross events continues to be considered for MotorsportReg.com but it hasn’t gotten the green light yet. When we do go with it, it won’t be mandatory and morning-of registrants are welcomed. You will still need to check in at the timing tent, showing your valid drivers license and SCCA membership card if you claim to be a member, as well as have your car teched if you haven’t opted for annual tech.
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MoHud’s Solo program typically consists of seven to eight points events and a number of additional test and tunes each year. Our seasons run from late-April through mid-October. Points events are always held on Sundays, rain or shine, at several large parking lots throughout the Capital Region. This page will help you get up to speed and cone-hunting with us in no time, including general registration and timeline information, what you’ll need to attend an event, schedules, and the latest news.
For more information or any questions you may have, see below contact information for either of MoHud’s solo program co-chairs. Or try the Solo section of the forums.
- Schedule & Results — find out how badly you got beat, and when the next one will be
- Online Registration will eventually be on MotorsportReg.com
- Driver’s Handbook — get up to speed with what you’ll need and what to expect during an event; also includes driving tips
- Supplemental rules — …and regulations (.xls file)
- Minor waiver — All minors at every event must have a waiver signed by parents
- Directions — to our three current autocross sites
- 2014 Solo rulebook — free download in PDF form at SCCA.com, along with quick reference sheets
- SCCA.com Solo section — news, events, and links from the national offices
- Solo II Novice Handbook — The Kate Hughes, Glen Region SCCA edition available at Tire Rack
Typical Event Schedule
7:45 am — Registration and Tech open
8:30 am — Course open for walking
9:15 am — Registration closed ($10 late fee for late registration until tech closes)
9:30 am — Tech closed
10:00 am — Drivers Meeting
10:30 am — First Car Off
Events are typically run with drivers split into two heats or run groups, based on class. One group will run first, while the other group works, and then they switch. Normally you can expect three timed runs in the morning and three in the afternoon — more if we can squeeze them in, so get to your worker assignments. There is no real scheduled break for lunch so brown bag it – there is no time to go off-site to grab something to eat.
4:00 pm onward — end of event
Feel free to stick around for $2 “Fun Runs” if time allows at the end of the day. We have ended the informal trophy presentation that was normally held after the cones are packed up at the end of the day and are instead presenting year-end season trophies.
To qualify for the year-end championship, you must be a member by the end of the season and have competed in at least three events. Sound rules will be in effect at events. We ask that you please keep the cars as quiet as possible. The speed limit when not on course is a walking speed. Do not speed when arriving at and leaving the event.
To reserve a number for the season, mail your request to Russ Burckhard, Solo Chair, contact info below. Please include the following: first and last name, address, phone number, car make, model, and autocross class, and your SCCA member number and expiration date, if applicable. Number reservation is open to all. Please choose one number AND two alternates. SCCA members who ran with a particular class and number in the previous year are given priority.
SCCA Members — $30 entry fee each day
Non-Members — $30 entry fee each day plus $15 weekend membership
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59 Hoffay Road
Averill Park, NY