New to Autocross?

Here's everything you need to know.

Autocross is a timed event that pits a driver's skill and a car's handling ability against the clock.

A course is laid out using cones and the goal is to travel from the starting line to the finish in the lowest amount of time. A time penalty is incurred when cones are hit, so precision and control are essential. “Autocross” and “Solo” are used interchangeably – “Solo” is the SCCA’s specific brand of autocross.

Autocross is one of the cheapest, safest and easiest motorsports to participate in. Fees are low, and no special safety gear (such as roll bars, fire suits, etc.) is required except a helmet. You don’t need a “race car” to participate. Almost any production car is welcome, from showroom stock to heavily modified. Cars only compete against other, similar cars depending on its original performance and modifications. Cars are never near each other on the course and the speeds are relatively low.

Here's what you'll need:

You will need a current driver’s license to enter an SCCA Solo event. Bring it with you to show the people working registration and you’re good to go.

Helpful Tip: If you are under 18, you will need both your parents to sign a minor waiver for you.
Although autocrossing doesn’t require the same safety gear that you might see in race cars, you will need to make sure that your car is in good shape with no loose/worn suspension parts, battery is securely held in place, tires have no cord or metal showing, brakes and seat belts are in good shape, and no big fluid leaks.

Helpful Tip: When you get to an event, the tech inspector will make sure your car is ready to go.

You will need a helmet when you’re driving on course, but no worries, MBR Region has free loaner helmets available on site. If you bring your own, it has to meet certain safety standards – more than just “DOT-Approved.”

Click Here for Eligible Helmets

Helpful Tip: A tech inspector will let you know if the helmet you brought is acceptable.

Every car is assigned a class depending on its original performance and any modifications made. Click Here for 2019 Solo Street Categories.

All vehicles must display numbers and class letters on both sides, which must be readable by Timing & Scoring, Course, and Grid workers at all times.

  • Numbers must be a minimum of 8″  high with a 1¼” stroke.
  • Class letters must be a minimum of 4” high with a ¾” stroke.
  • In all cases, the height of the class letters must be between 25% and 75% of the height of the numbers.

Painter’s tape works great for this. Just make sure that the color tape you choose is readable on your car (ex: blue tape on a blue car isn’t going to fly).

Our events open at 10AM end usually end around 5PM. Due to the late start, we do not officially break for lunch. We strongly recommend bringing a lunch with you.​

There is no shade at the Speedway, and no seating, other than for spectators. If you don’t have a tent, there’s plenty of people who are willing to share. Just ask nicely.​

Where are the events?

MBR’s events are held at Lake Erie Speedway. The Speedway is a 1/8th mile oval track with banked turns and paved infield, and we use all of it. Oval track racing might not be for everyone, but it’s hard to keep a smile off of your face blasting around the banking and diving off into the infield.

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What about cost?


Non-Members: $55/event

SCCA Members

SCCA Members: $35/event

Questions? Concerns? Ready to join?

Let us know.