AutoX/Solo Event – What to bring

Alright, it’s the end of the season and we have a few months off so I thought I’d post about what I like to bring and how I prepare the night before an SCCA Solo Event.  This is being directed towards the driver that is not trailering a vehicle.

To make things easier on you and the event organizer – pre-register!  Many organizers will use sites like MyAutoevents.com and Motorsport.reg to help with event registration.  Pre-registering will save you time & money.  Even if you unsure about the weather still preregister.  Many events allow you to pre-register, but pay the morning of the event.

Most of your packing should be done the day (not night) before.  In past I’d wait until everyone went to sleep and then I’d pack my tools and supplies only to find out that I might have not had everything I needed.  Perhaps a friend had my tire gauge or my hat was in my gym bag and that was still at the office.  Waiting to pack up the night before might not yield you the best results.

Solo event 1991
Solo event 1991

When I first started participating in SCCA Solo events I was 17.  I had a 3″ x 5″ index card with what I needed to pack.  I guess I was a little geeky back then.  Having a list made it easy to gathering everything up.  Today I use Evernote.

To the left is a picture of my 1982 Datsun 280ZX at an Autocross event in 1991.  I believe that it was held at Geneva High School by a region club.

 

 

Here’s my “Master List” of items you should bring.

  • Your driver’s license
  • SCCA membership card
  • Pad and pencil (to draw course map and write down advice)
  • Business cards (You’ll meet lost of new people)
  • Helmet
  • Neck support
  • Driving shoes
  • Numbers and class markings (magnets or decals)
  • Storage bin
  • Tire pressure gauge

    Bill's Evernote Packing List
    Bill’s Evernote Packing List
  • Portable jack
  • Torque wrench
  • Tools in case you need to repair something
  • Portable air tank
  • Chalk or white shoe polish to mark your tires
  • Windex and paper towels
  • Work gloves
  • Painter’s tape
  • Clean towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra clothes, hat, rain gear, umbrella
  • Tarp or garbage bags (to cover things if it rains)
  • Folding chair
  • Drinks (water bottle, Gatorade, soda)
  • Cooler with lunch and/or snacks

This list is a good starting point.  I recommend that you develop your own list and add to it.  For example, some people will bring pressurized sprayer pumps filled with ice water to cool the tires and their intercooler between runs.  You’ll have to see what works for you and what you need during the day.  Here’s the cool thing.  If you forget something – no worries. Solo people are very nice.  Someone will lend you what you need, well maybe not Chapstick though.

During the off-season I’ll be posting a few more articles about my perspective and ideas on SCCA Solo.