SoloPro Driving School Raises The Bar
Everglades Region played host to the SoloPro Driving School at Buckingham Airfield on February 11th. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Porsche of Naples and Porsche of Fort Myers, ten drivers had the opportunity to hone their autocross skills in this day long program. On hand to instruct were three national level drivers including:
SoloPro Driving School Founder, Tim began autocrossing in 1994 and has over a decade of professional autocross teaching experience. Some of Tim’s results include the 2011 SCCA Solo National Championship piloting a CSP Miata built by his brother Harry, a 2001 ProSolo Class Championship, 2004 SCCA Solo National Championhip, recipient of the 2004 SCCA Solo Driver of the Year award, and has been runner-up more than a dozen times in Solo and ProSolo National Championship competition. Tim has also competed in rallycross, road racing, endurance karting and motocross. Tim was the Gumout All-Star Challenge runner-up at the 2011 National Championships and 1st runner-up in CSP in both 2012 and 2013.
Neal has been autocrossing since ’97 and has been competing nationally for over 10 years. Starting with his first ProSolo class trophy in 2001, he has earned numerous national-level trophies, culminating in three consecutive 2nd place finishes at the SCCA Solo Nationals. Most recently, Neal over came challenging mechanical issues to finish an impressive 2nd in CSP at the 2014 Solo National Championships. After a decade as a highly-respected regional instructor, he started teaching professionally in 2008.
Jonathan began autocrossing in late 1990’s and has over 5 years of professional autocross teaching experience. Multi-time SCCA ProSolo Class Champion and SCCA Solo Champion. He also has countless SCCA ProSolo and National Tour wins over the years.
The curriculum featured a blend of classroom style chalk talks, group track walks and behind the wheel instruction. Drivers, tires and brakes were put to the test over the course of 30 timed runs each. Things got even more interesting mid-afternoon when rain rolled through the area, providing an opportunity for track time in the wet.
Special thanks to Gulfcoast Autocrossers for lending track and timing support and to Famous Dave’s for delivering lunch to the circuit.
More event photos can be viewed in the Autocross Gallery on this website.
Want to come out and play? Watch the Everglades Region calendar for more 2018 autocross events including “A Taste of Autocross”, for members new to the sport, and a 2-day SoloPro Driving School late in the year.