Autocross Enthusiasts Take on Buckingham

Autocross Enthusiasts Take On Buckingham

Everglades Region autocross enthusiasts were back in action at Buckingham Airfield on April 29th. 27 entries, including 19 Porsches, tested their driving skills and car capabilities on the challenging Tom-Kring-designed course.

In case you are not familiar with autocross, it’s a driving event in which a car is timed over a course laid out on a paved area and is marked by short, soft road pylons (cones). No passing is allowed and the cars are spread out on the track so as to maintain a safe distance between them. An autocross is often competitive, but is always educational and social.

There are not many requirements to participate in autocross. As a Porsche owner, you already have a car with outstanding performance capabilities. No special modifications or upgrades are necessary to get started in the Stock classes. A technical inspection is required prior to the event with a focus on vehicle safety and you will need an approved safety helmet.

At a typical autocross, you will have an opportunity for five to eight runs on course. Since each run lasts about a minute, your car will be “on track” less than 10 minutes a day. Tires and brakes do get a workout. Caution: this sport can be highly addictive!

Back to the Sunday results, fast time of the day (46.39 Pax) was set by Mike Lawson driving his SSC class, Subaru FRS. Second quickest of the day and number one Porsche was Rad Delgado behind the wheel of his GT3RS, running in the SSP/CSP class (46.428 Pax).

Six of the top seven fast Pax times were set by Porsche pilots. We welcomed three novice drivers who came out for their first taste of autocross. Complete Pax time results can be viewed on this website, click the Driving Events tab and then click Autocross.

Thanks to Porsche of Naples & Porsche of Fort Myers for sponsoring the event. And thanks as always to Gulf Coast Autocrossers for track support, timing and scoring.

Watch for Everglades Region autocross again on our Fall events calendar!