The Chuckanut Sports Car Club has had a good history of holding fun autocross events throughout Whatcom County. The original series was held in Blaine, then in 2010 the series found home to the old GP property at the Port of Bellingham. In addition to our annual Father’s Day autocross typically held at the Mount Baker Ski Lodge. In 2010 we started a special end of the year event, it is known as the Stars in Reasonably Priced Cars. Only those who won their class throughout the season, and those who volunteered more time and effort than was expected are invited to participate.
We aim to have a great, friendly autocross environment for everyone to come and have fun and learn how to be a better driver.
Autocross, is a low-to-medium speed, timed driving competition. A course is marked out with traffic cones on a large paved surface that is usually fairly flat. Competitors drive through the course one at a time, each trying to be the fastest person to complete the circuit. Timers record laps down to the thousandth of a second, and each person gets multiple tries at the course during competition (Typically 10-12 runs!!). Speeds are around 20 to 60 MPH, with very little risk to either the car or participant.
Autocross rewards precision driving—competitors who incorrectly navigate the course or hit the cones out of their boxes are given time-penalties for that lap. Each driver’s single best lap-time is used to determine class winners. Autocross is an “amateur” sport, there is no prize money, but CSCC presents trophies at each event.
CSCC allows passengers on competition runs, meaning you can ride with other drivers and someone ride with you—one exception for safety, novices are not allowed to ride with novices. Don’t worry about not knowing exactly what to do – our experienced drivers will be glad to help you through the day and give you some driving tips as well.
What do I need to bring to an event?
- Your valid driver’s license
- Entry fees (cash, credit, or checks accepted)
- Currently valid Snell rated helmet—Loaner helmets are available. Helmets with only a DOT rating are not allowed due to our insurance requirements. Helmet Requirements
- Whatever you need to “be prepared” for the weather (umbrella, rain suit, tarp, extra water, food, suntan lotion, etc.)
What type of car can I compete in?
Just about any car can compete in autocross—Anything from stock, fresh off the dealer lot to a hand built modified car. Reminder that all cars are subject to an onsite safety tech inspection. To avoid any surprises on site see section 3.3.3 Safety Inspections in the SCCA rule book (link to https://www.scca.com/pages/solo-cars-and-rules) for more information.
Cars are assigned to classes depending on their typical performance and any modifications they have. People can have fun autocrossing just about anything. The emphasis is on car handling and driver skill – not just horsepower or raw speed. Cars used for autocross range from completely stock or lightly modified to heavily modified. There are many experienced people at every event that can help answer questions about the rules.
What class should I run in?
New to autocross, or don’t want to worry about figuring out which class your car fits into right away? The Novice, and Time Only classes are open to all cars regardless of modifications. We can help class you at registration on site.
Information on upcoming events can be found on our Current Season page
If you have any questions about autocross, feel free to send an email to the Autocross Chair at email@example.com