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PITL Autoslalom - Only $40/driver & free for passengers! (Brampton, Ontario)

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Autoslaloms are the least expensive and safest way to experience competition driving with your own regular car. Cost is only $40 per driver & it's free to be a spectator or passenger [:D]

"Push It To The Limit" Performance Driving Autoslalom Series hosts this event at the Bramalea GO station parking lot. No previous training is required only a valid drivers license and your own car. I will be available to coach those who want to learn the ropes and improve quickly. If you don't want to drive that's ok. If you ever wanted to feel what it's like to get a ride in a race car just show up. I know a lot of the regular racers and I can find you a passenger seat in a car driven by an experienced highly skilled driver driving a car with race compound tires that will grip corners far beyond what you think is possible. Loaner helmets are available for those who do not have a Snell M2005 or newer motorcycle helmet.

Here is what typically happens in an autoslalom.

8 am each driver has to register, pay and get a wristband. All spectators must also sign a waiver but they do not have to pay. After registering all drivers must walk the course many times to learn where to go before they first drive the course. Then there is a mandatory drivers meeting. First timed run will begin: Then the drivers line up in their cars in numerical order (number given during registration). Each driver will drive the course one at a time and their lap will be timed electronically. Then the driver will park their car and immediately go somewhere to get assigned the marshalling task of picking up cones that are knocked down in a certain location for about 10 minutes (the details will be explained there). When all the drivers have completed their first timed run they will line up again to begin their second timed run and then marshal again. By the end of the day each driver will get 6 to 8 timed runs. If there is time in the end of the day sometimes they allow fun runs just for practice.

Official website with more info:

http://www.wiredmotorsports.com/pitl/seriesinfo.php

Below is the Wikipedia description of an Autoslalom: ***************** "Autocross (also known as Autoslalom in Canada) is a form of motorsports that emphasizes safe, low-cost competition and active participation. An autocross is a timed competition where drivers navigate one at a time through a temporary course marked by traffic cones, rather than racing on a track with multiple other cars, as in road racing or oval racing. Autocross tends to place more emphasis on car handling and driver skill than on sheer horsepower, and events typically have many classes which allow almost any vehicle, from economy sedans to purpose-built vehicles, to compete. Speeds are slower in absolute terms when compared to other forms of motorsports, usually not exceeding highway speeds, but the activity level (measured in discrete turns per minute) can be higher than even Formula One due to the large number of elements packed into each course. Autocross courses are typically 40 to 70 seconds in length. In addition to being a national-level motorsport in its own right, autocrossing is a good way to learn skills that transfer to road racing, as drivers learn vehicle control and club ethics. Autocross events are usually held in large paved areas like parking lots or airfields. Typically, new courses are created for each event so drivers must learn a new course each time they compete. Prior to driving, a competitor will walk the course, taking mental notes, and developing a strategy to be refined upon subsequent runs...." "One of the primary attractions of autocross is that it is an inexpensive way to get involved in motorsports. The potential for car damage is low because of autocross' low average speeds, lack of physical obstacles, and lack of wheel-to-wheel racing. For this reason, most autocross participants compete in "daily drivers", which is not the case in most other forms of motorsport."

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The above paragraphs were quotes from here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autocross