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Autocross is a branch of motorsport that involves driving a motor car on a loose surface circuit against the clock. The fastest time in each class will win an award and the fastest time of the day will take a special award.

Autocross is a relatively cheap, friendly branch of motorsport which all the family can be attend. It is a excellent way to learn about control of a car on the limit, on a loose surface for a reasonable price with little risk of damaging the car.

The autocross season usually starts in May and continues until the beginning of October. For the South East of England, the locations vary from the Colchester area to Southsea on the South Coast.

You can compete in autocross from the age of 16. There are qualifications if you do not hold a road traffic act driving licence as it is necessary to prove capability of controlling a motor car. (This also applies to any person without a license.

To be a member of a Motor Sports Association affiliated motor club. You need a National B grade Motor Sports Association competition licence. You will need a crash helmet and fireproof overalls that comply with MSA regulations, and of course a car.

The competition takes place on a temporary circuit usually set up in a grass or stubble field. A competitor will get a three lap practice session and three or four timed runs of three or four laps. The circuits are normally between a half and three quarters of a mile per lap and will contain a variety of bends in this. Circuits are not oval. Two cars normally start at a time but are both competing against the clock rather than each other.

The only dedication for this sport is to have some good clean legal fun. Many competitors have a tremendous amount of fun with a car that is structurally sound but of little value. An example of this was one time at the national championship held in the South East. The car used to win second overall in the national championship and the production class was a 10 year old Cavalier with no special equipment fitted which was driven back to South Wales after 2 days of competition.

Potentials of this sport is to better understand your driving ability, understand the car your in and have fun and be a better driver at the end of the day.

Further Reading
There are numerous clubs around some having a news letter and coverage of this sport can be found in motor magazines.

How much does it cost? Once you are a member of a Motor Sports Association affiliated motor club and have your National B grade Motor Sports Association competition licence Once you have your basic equipment, such as car (most important) your helmet and overalls. Entry fees are in the range of ?35 to ?45 per event.

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