Text and photos by Ryan Randels.
This past weekend, we had the opportunity to check out an event that we've been itching to become part of for some time now. When our friends at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) mentioned they were invited to participate in an SCCA Rocky Mountain Solo Championship Series 2013 autocross event, we jumped at the opportunity to get onboard. While we were anxious to finally get some of our own Revvolution vehicles involved in this particular event, we needed to complete several final adjustments before they were ready to hit the tarmac. So instead, I grabbed my Canon to try to capture the essence of what this event was all about.
This year, PPIHC and SCCA arranged that, during the Hill Climb's tech inspection, several seasoned drivers from the organization would give ride-alongs to spectators to help introduce future motorsport enthusiasts to the wonderful world of autocross (Auto-X). This is exactly what we now understand SCCA Solo is all about ̶ getting enthusiasts involved at the most basic level.
When we asked Randy Hickman, SCCA Colorado Region Solo Chairman, what it is that defines SCCA, Solo and this event in general, he simply couldn't have put it more eloquently:
"Solo is the Sports Car Club of America's 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. Cars are run one at a time against the clock, and placing is based on times, so risk to competitors and their cars is minimal. Hitting a cone results in a two-second penalty. 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. It is like being in a movie chase scene, only you are holding on to the steering wheel instead of a box of popcorn!
"Rocky Mountain Solo is the combined Solo program the Colorado and Continental Divide Regions of the SCCA presents. Dedicated to grassroots motorsports enthusiasts, the program encourages anyone and everyone to get involved. Solo is the least expensive and safest way to get involved in motorsports. Currently, Rocky Mountain Solo's drivers range in age from six to 84. Not just anyone gets to be an astronaut, but anyone can be a racecar driver! Indulge that childhood dream!
"Solo is remarkable for the sense of community and sportsmanship that exists, too. It's a family sport. There are lots of teams comprised of Dad, Mom, and assorted children, all out for the day, racing together, and in some cases, against each other. It's all in good fun. Miniature golf but with much higher octane. And there are too many stories to count about someone with a car that breaks down, and there stands a fellow competitor holding out a set of keys saying, "Here, drive mine.” It's that kind of a sport."
Here at Revvolution of the Rockies, we don't only look forward to covering local grassroots motorsports events, but we also plan to get involved. Very involved. Stay tuned.
You can find out more information about SCCA Rocky Mountain Solo @ https://www.rmsolo.org