Kickin' it in the Dirt: RallyCross (5 min read)
Remember those days as a kid, playing in the dirt and having the best time of your life? If you were like me, you made racetracks and highways for your Hot Wheels cars, while getting your Oshkosh jeans so dirty, even Shout couldn’t get it out (sorry Mom). Well, I come to you with good news: you can still play in the dirt. AND because you’re all “grown up”, you can play with real cars, yay!
CalClub Rallycross, or sometimes referred to as CalClub RallyX, is Southern California’s SCCA RallyCross program. What is it, you ask? Some say it’s autocross in the dirt, while others say it’s a mini rally course. Whatever, or however you explain it… it’s fun as hell! You get to romp in the dirt in a legit-manner...need I say more?
Monaco Racing became the “dog tag” sponsor for the 2018 series, so I ventured out to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA to check out their Championship #2.
What is a dog tag sponsor? Quite unique actually, podium finishers get an engraved dog tag, which is pretty cool because it allows you to wear or flaunt as you please. Try hanging a full-size trophy from your rear view mirror, or wearing as a necklace...The dog tag is great for bragging rights and random conversations…”Oh, this this thing..?”
Because I’ve never been to a RallyCross event, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. After watching the first car complete the course, my immediate thought was, “I need to do this!” Just like autocross, you don’t need to have a crazy-fast car. I did see some really cool cars though, but I also saw a Toyota Camry and a Focus sedan. Would you believe me if I said there were Subaru’s at a rallycross event? Of course there were! But it proves my point that you can race anything you want or have. There are several vehicle classes including Stock, Prepared, and Modified classes in both 2WD and AWD. Unfortunately, I was not a participant this time, but rather I was the guy shooting a thousand pictures and videos with my iPhone, while others had super cool cameras. I'll definitely be back with my car next time.
Matt, who organizes the events, was super cool, and I also met a couple of the guys from RallyKings, one of their active sponsors. The whole environment, including participants, workers, and bystanders, made for a really awesome group of people. Just like autocross, participants are required to perform track duty, such as corner worker stations or volunteering in some form. Actually, doing this will probably give you a great advantage, as you'll get to see how other cars maneuver certain turns, while you get a front row seat to the action.
If you've ever though about getting into rally or any type of competitive fun, I highly recommend checking these guys out. For more information, go to calclubrallyx.com.
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Check out the pictures below. (Unfortunately, I was only able to stay for the Stock classes due to time allowance)
Photo Credit: Gian Cardinale