Now let’s see the competition results. Each driver had 4 runs.
We will start with the fastest raw time group, class gt3. Michael Oest, aka Michael Fast, the course designer, multi-time class winner, hopped into his own 2019 Mazda MX-5 in run one, locked down the best time of the day, 35.505s, while other drivers were still competing.
Oest might get bored from winning too quickly and then he started driving Guy Ankeny’s 2006 Mazda MX-5 and went 1s faster than his own car! 34.589s！Congratulations! The 2nd place in class gt3 and 4th place overall raw time of the day goes to Guy Ankeny, 35.670s. I think I overheard Guy jokingly said he’s not going to let Oest drive his car again in the future.
M2 Class showed the multi-time national champion Tom Berry taking first place with a 35.605 in Randy Gonzales’s 2017 Chevrolet C7 Z06 Corvette. He is definitely one of the fastest drivers to watch out on course! Randy did a 36.224s in his competition runs the same car. Awesome codriving results.
Greg Noss with his brand new 2021 Porsche Boxster GTS is the untouchable class leader in S3, finished with a 37.268s.
In Class S4, Darren Loher set a 36.761s in the 2013 Porsche Boxster S, 20th out of 93 in raw time of the day. S5 class winner went right after Darren’s tail, finished with a 37.515 in the 2013 Porsche Boxster. Class S6 we have our instructor and return participant Tom Frecentese, didn’t know how but he managed to do a 37.045 in a stock 2021 Mazda MX-5! Driver mod there you go.
Class M3 is the most packed class of the day. Chris Weber put down a 35.834s in his 3rd run, within his gorgeous 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S.
Class M3 2nd place goes to our female driver Ting, 36.887s (@ting, yay that’s me!), in the carmine red 2016 Porsche GT4. Seems like the Bridgestone RE71R worked pretty well on the San Pedro Port surface. My codriver Dung Nguyen (@grip240sx) unfortunately coned his best run 36.809, finished with 3rd place in Class M3. I need to watch out for this codriver, very good competition in between us. Welcome back to autocross Mr. Nguyen!
Sebastian Rios took home 1st place in Class M4 with their beautiful white 2014 Porsche Cayman S. We can see that the newly installed JRZ RS2 dampers custom built by Guy Ankeny on stock OEM springs (legal for SCCA street class) performed flawlessly.
Class M5 is also packed with 10 drivers. Our class leader Yon Visell did a 36.333s with some smokes following him. Love seeing you always pushing harder and harder! You made it! Congrats.
And that wraps up our POC July event at LA ports. Congratulations to all those who trophied! The next event will be on Aug 7th at Fontana, Auto Club Speedway.
Pursuit racing is where two or more competitors are either chasing after each other or chasing after a lead competitor or team.
September 11, 2021, Cal Club SCCA Autocross hosted a pursuit racing during the practice runs for the first time and everyone loved it. Let’s see how it looked like.
From 8:30 AM to 12 PM, the club did a traditional practice 60s course, divided all drivers into 4 run groups and each driver got about 8 to 1.3 million runs.
From 12 PM to 2 PM, the event master Randy Gonzalez, course designer Sam Mayorga and club volunteers extended the lunch break, made 2 start/finish lines on the course, and offered us this heads up pro solo style racing/pursuit racing. Instead of driving against a clock, the drivers were up against another car. The winner takes… a “car” home!
Big thanks to Sam for designing the course again! We had lots of fun both days! But seriously, someone please help this kid out…
Your go-to teacher is Dung Nguyen, the master of moving 2 tires together
Alright, back to cars. While Austin Kirk was busy breaking Maia Kirk‘s shift knob, Maia hopped into her red FR-S and did some fast laps. Good job girl!
I did a couple of matchups with different cars in the GT4, including the new 911 Carrera S, STR MX-5 Miata ND and the Porsche Panamera Turbo. So much fun, and hope the club will host more events like this. Thank you so much starter and volunteers for running it for us. This is why we are a big lovely family and everyone helps each other out in Cal Club.
QV is driving his beautiful Panamera Turbo and giving our dear photographer Ellie a ride. Do you like his custom-built orange wheels?
Jessica Gonzalez did a few laps with her 2013 FR-S and won. The car looks so adorable. Look forward to more add-ons!
Big thanks to Ellie for taking those photos for us on a 107F hot day. You can download your car images for free with code “ellie”. We would also appreciated it if you could purchase some of the photos for only $1.99 each. 100% profit will go to Ellie’s college fund, for her to become a professional photographer. She is an amazing young kid and just submitted her application to college. Good luck Ellie!
What else can we do when it’s 96F out there? Autocross of course. Hot laps for real, and the heat will just keep your tires warm for more grip.
Our photographer Luis once again leads us to the hot course with his camera. Please visit Luis’s Gallery at the end of this article for more of your car’s full-size images. Let’s get it started!
Racing shoes and helmet on, POC instructor coming in style at the driver meeting.
Nic Sanchez laughs at Matt Davis when he tries to describe the width of Nic’s SSC FR-S “tires”
Your winner director, Michael Oest aka Mike Fast. Congratulations Mike for another win at autocross, he did a 35.473s. The red Miata’s transponder tells us that you also went on track the same day. What a champion!
What can we do without her?! Thank you so much Karen Guthorn! You always make our registration smooth and fast.
Sometimes you drive, sometimes you talk. Some people say: Autocross is about 20% driving and 80% social. Sounds legit to me –unless it’s SCCA autocross then it’s 5% driving and 95% chasing the cones ;).
Adam Levine look-alike showed up with his Tesla… They look like a fast couple!
Wait a minute Luis, are we at the LA Auto Show?！
When QV even got the orange-ish zip ties, seat belt, sunglasses, jacket, helmet, collar… you know this driver is seriously powered by ORANGE.
Congrats on 1st place in GT3 class QV! Your 37.191s also is the 6th fastest raw time for the day.
Quynh Nguyen is racing in his 2013 Porsche Boxster S, S4 class. He finished with a 38.401s, which locked him into 2nd place in the S4 class.
Steve Bennett in M3 class, driving a 2020 white Porsche 992 Carrera S, 41.176s.
Most people don’t know, Apple not only makes iPhones, they also make Evo just for fun. Dulantha’s Apple-made Evo going hot on course. 39.436s.
How often do you see the Evo twins on course? #teamblue got 37.968s, 1.5s faster than #teamred
Colin Gressler knows exactly how to be the course worker’s favorite. Thank you for making the numbers so easy to read. In case some drivers do not know, you need to have at least 8” tall numbers on your car, BOTH sides.
Here we have a perfect example, the naughty Golf. Did you seriously put black numbers on a dark blue car?
Destiny is really taking advantage of this convertible. What a good reason to get a roadster. Looks fun!
Yon got very serious and focus. He got 2nd place in the M5 class and 4th place overall raw time for the day, with a 37.046s. Wish you and your car good luck in the September SCCA National event.
Hey, noodle car, 38.553s! Matt, the Optima competitor, go fast at the SCCA Autocross National event this year with Hoosiers!
Tom Frecentese once again got 1st place in the M5 class with his Miata, and 5th fastest raw time for the day. 37.073s
My favorite Cal Club Autocross event master, Randy Gonzalez, you look great in that red C7 Z06. Randy also got 2nd fastest raw time for the day and first place in the M2 class with a 36.482s. Great job!
Nice drive Dennis in the 718 Cayman S. He had a 36.971s and that puts him into 1st place in M4, and 3rd place raw time for the day.
Steve Yellon adding air for his Mini GP3. the mini-fast-van finished with a 41.192s.
What a beautiful shot of the Mustang Shelby GT350R! Fulton got a 37.422s and that is the 8th fastest raw time for the day, and 1st place in M3 class.
That wraps up the August POC Autocross. Congratulations to all those who trophied! The next event will be on Sept 26th at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana CA, and BIG LOT 6!
Three autocross events, same weekend, same location, and the event organizers can never underestimate our drivers’ passion for motorsport. Ask the 1994 Nissan 240sx owner QV about it. How does it feel like to run 3 events on the same weekend? The car looks really happy out there.
Very unusual, but at the PCA riverside autocross, once in a while, you see SUVs come burn some tires. Austin Day, brought this Super Orange cone-color-matched 2020 Porsche Cayenne to the event and put down a 77.999s in competition runs. Watch out folks, you not only need to dodge cones, might also need to dodge Austin’s Cayenne.
Next, we spotted the multi-time winner, Kathy Throp buckled up in James Cuba‘s rotary roadster. Check out this street-legal 400HP Mazda RX7-powered home-built Lotus 7 Replica beast. If you come to SCCA Cal Club Autocross in September, you might see Mr. Cuba and his car in person. And Kathy, sorry to see what happened to your tire, we missed you in the competition runs. Congrats on the 66.1s practice run in your 2000 Porsche Boxster. 1st place raw time in the morning!
Let’s see some twins. Two GT3RS, 2019 and 2007, can you tell which one is which? Thank you, Aaron Beck and Quinton Richard, your cars made beautiful exhaust sounds on course. Never get tired of watching you guys autocross.
Here comes the winner of this event, 2010 Porsche GT3, top time of the day, 67.432s. Multi-time National Champion James Yom showed us that you can still win with a coned run, if you drive fast enough.
Sebastian Rios is the guy to watch out for. He has been doing better and better with their 2014 Porsche Cayman S. Rios took home 2nd place raw time of the day, 68.299! Congratulations!
And the GT4 twins. Did you notice the difference between this white 2020 718 GT4 and the carmine 2016 981 GT4? (Ting: One white, one red?)
Now, Super Street GT4 vs STX FRS (SCCA rulebook), which one is faster?
I did a 70.7s during practice runs in my GT4, and then drove my codriver Dung Nguyen’s newly built 2013 FRS (STX class SCCA), got a 69.9s. Codriver also did a 69.8s in the FRS. Apparently, Dung won our bet with his “GT4 Killer” FRS by 0.9s on a 70s course. Glad to see all his hard work paid off.
Another STX FRS driver, the dedicated course designer, brilliant instructor, fast new star, iracing competitor, and one of the youngest drivers on course, Sam Mayorga, finished with a 70.383s on dead tires. Excellent job Sam. Look forward to your performance at the next event on fresh rubber.
Autocrossers, did you know that you can pay only $10 to experience one of the best Porsche cars offered by Porsche Riverside? Check it out at the next event. I remember seeing a big power sliding with tire smokes during the experience runs. That looks like 50 bucks tire $$$ flying away. Thank you, dear sponsors, for bring us this amazing event and experience!
Steve Wong, this time brought another one of his collections, the 1986 Porsche 911, and demonstrated what CLASSIC means. Great drive and thank you for bringing your neighbors, the Seol family. Kyungjin aka John did a 74.844s in his 2021 Mini Cooper S, and this is just his 2nd autocross.
Jim Storms kept Steve good company, competed in his 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa, CC03 class. Who else is a big fan of those Carreras?
In the CC07 Class, driver AJ Halsey did very well on “looking ahead”. AJ, you look extra cool with the visor down.
Last but not least, let’s check out the Non-Porsche X group cars.
1st place we have Thomas Frecentese in his 2021 Mazda MX5, 68.299s. Tom, is that car still stock? Wayyyy too fast.
Sean Fenstermacher, who barely autocross in the past year, took home 2nd place with a 69.029s. Nicely Done. Sean TEDx talked with Ting, Chris and Dung during lunch break, and analyzed data. Knowledge is important and priceless. If we ever make a documentary for autocross, this footage will be shared with the public.
How green is too green? Jason Flaherty said never. Glad to see that Falken RT660 tires worked so well on your 2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE. 3rd place in X class, 5th overall raw time of the day, 69.105s is your time.
The Yeoh family coming in hot with their 1989 Honda CRX Si. Neelu the daughter (and our instructor) went faster than dad Stephen in the morning. Great Job Neelu! We just need to see this more often! In the competition runs, Neelu managed to do a few 69.2s and 69.3s but unfortunately coned. So, in the afternoon, the dad (69.203s) won and also taught Neelu (70.137s) and Bijan (70.494s) how to keep shaving times even when it’s 95F without AC.
What other cars do you want to see? How about a Supra? The new Toyota Supra already won SCCA prosolo national events (B Street) several times, seems like it’s proved faster than the BMW M2, M2 competition, and some Porsche Caymans. Will we see more Supra at autocross then? Let’s wait for the 2021 SCCA National Solo results in Sept.
Dmitry Vakhlis drove his project car, the 1994 Ford Mustang, even though he had some brake issues, still did a 71.269s. Hope the newly arrived Hawk brake pads work better at the next event.
AND….Who said the panda is lazy? I saw one running nonstop at 95F degrees. Happy Motoring Panda 400!
That wraps up our PCA August event at Fontana CA. Congratulations to all those who trophied! Thank you, Kraig Strom, our highly unpaid PCA autocross director for organizing such a wonderful event. The next one will be on October 24th at Fontana, Auto Club Speedway.
Register at: www.MSREG.com/RSRAutoX Paid course workers, Lunch and coffee included. It will sell out quickly. Sign up early to secure your spot. Registration is only $95.
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Over 180 people brought their race cars for the Pro Solo at the Crows Landing Air facility. The high grip surface ensured that the drivers were able to push their machine to the limits. See the gallery below!