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"New" Autocross Family Inbound

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:08 pm
by Thomas Guest Jr.
Hello all!

My name is Thomas Guest Jr., and as the title says, I'm heading your way with my whole autocrossing family. A quick bio about me and the fam:

Me: U.S. Marine of about 13 years, SCCA Member for 11 years, experience as Autocrosser(Announcer, Tech, Grid, Safety Steward[Current], Junior Kart Safety Steward[Current], Course Designer[wasn't invited back]), experience as Club Racer Volunteer (FnC, Pit, Grid, Race Chair), experience as Club Race Pit Crew (Chef, Extra Hand, Crew Chief, Drunkard), and occasional PDX/HPDE/Track Event/Time Trial National participant. I've never held a proper administrative "title" in either Carolina Region where I primarily have run, but I've made it a point to be as helpful as possible on racedays with any work that will help the event run smoother. Current car: 1990 Toyota Celica GT

Wife: Marine Wife of 13 years, SCCA Member for 11 years, experience as Autocrosser and begrudging tag along for all the other racing stuff involved in the above experiences. Current Car: 2012 Mazda5 Miniminivan

Child #1: 7 Years old, has been driving an FJC since 5 years and 1 week old. Slow and Steady wins the race.

Child #2: 4 Years old, will be 5 in time to get a few autocrosses in before the move to Cali, is already "racing" on Forza and I'm pretty confident will be the polar opposite of slow and steady anything.

That's us! I'm excited about heading over and getting the kids exposed to some new ways of autocrossing, I'm less excited about buying and maintaining my own kart. (Racing friend in the Carolinas had community karts) My first goal for the few years I'll be over there is the ensure the kids get as much seat time as possible, with my own seat time being second, and the Wife's being third (Her decision, not mine). I do not currently plan on replacing the Celica with something competitive, unless I trip and fall into a couple grand.

I'll be shooting any questions I have onto this forum whenever they popup. I look forward to driving with y'all!

Re: "New" Autocross Family Inbound

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:21 pm
by Anthony P.
Welcome!! you are among friends.

We have a "practice" along with each event, so there is a potential for 20+ runs for a weekend with our typical 13 event lineup plus nearby national events. Hopefully the Jr kart families will chime in soon, if not, we run Jr Karts first at our events on Sunday and your welcome to come and watch / meet the parents. They have a wealth of knowledge and really know their stuff.

Re: "New" Autocross Family Inbound

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:39 pm
by Stephen Yeoh
Welcome. When are you scheduled to join us?

Re: "New" Autocross Family Inbound

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:45 am
by Rick Brown
Semper Fi, Thomas and family, welcome aboard! I think you will fit in quite well here.

Re: "New" Autocross Family Inbound

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:45 am
by Thomas Guest Jr.
July time frame.

Re: "New" Autocross Family Inbound

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:27 am
by Steve Ekstrand
Looking forward to your arrival Thomas!
My son started running a few days after his 5th birthday. He ran straight through til he turned 15 in December and is now trying to make the jump to open KM in a shifter. He's just too big a kid for the junior weight mins. But my wife and I are still very active in the Junior program. We're both JDP SSS's and usually act as the Youth Stewards. I also serve on the SCCA Kart Advisory Committee.

When you're shopping for an FJC kart, The Honda GX50 is now a legal motor along with the Comer C51. The Honda is newer and has better quality control than the Italian Bilge pump. And the Honda is a four stroke, so no oil mix. New to new the Honda is cheaper. Actually MUCH cheaper. But we're all autocrossers, so we generally are cheap and don't buy new. In the used market the Honda might be too new to the sport to be cheaper than the Comer that people are moving away from. I haven't followed the used market lately.

There is an FB group, SCCA Jr Kart Also some info in the forums of Good classifieds in the Ekartingnews forums.

-Steve Ekstrand