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    Folgers Subaru Challenge in Charlotte, NC -- anyone?

    Folgers Subaru in North Carolina is hosting a Subaru Challenge event on Saturday, 11/15, at Carowinds.

    2008 Folger Subaru Challenge Event

    Anyone from here planning on going? I'll have my IAG Performance WRX running DS there... maybe it's last hurrah as a DS car...
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    That looks pretty cool. I didn't even know about it until I read your post. Do you know if its like a competition? I have never been on a track before and was wondering if this would be a good place to start. I don't want anything competetive or pressuring. Looks awesome though. If I don't drive I will at least watch.

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    It's mainly supposed to be a fun gathering for Subaru drivers, but it's also somewhat competitive. Unlike a lot of "regular" autocrosses, it's a little more laid back, with ridealongs allowed, so you could ask for an instructor and ride with someone else if you wanted to, so you could get a feel for the course.

    If you come out, you should play too. It's fun to be able to throw your car around in a totally legal venue.
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    I just registered. I am excited, do you know how long it takes to do a lap, and how long the longest straightaway is? I couldn't find that nuch info on it. Is this an annual event?

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    This is the first time it's been held at the Carowinds site, but judging from the size of the lot, it's probably going to be a 50+ second course. No idea on any "straights," as that's really going to be up to the course designers (Steven Rankins and Jon Krolewicz).

    Most area clubs have events every month or so. I'm in Maryland, so I'm not sure how often the clubs in the Charlotte area run, but up here, we're going to be done this weekend, and after that, things don't start up again until spring. I think there's a club in Richmond that is planning on a Winter Series though.
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    Myautoevents.com event page : 2008 Folger Subaru Challenge Event

    Only 37 entries so far!
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    2010 SCCA ESP Northeast Divisional Champion
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    I'd love to go, but alas too far

    additional plans for the 07 or moving to another car?
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    You could always fly in and do the "arrive and drive"... that's what I did for my first Subie Challenge event.

    I don't know what I'm doing with my WRX for next year yet. It's really gonna depend if IAG wants to continue our relationship, and even then, an ESP build isn't going to be cheap. It's still very much up in the air.
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    that would be fun

    ESP would indeed be an expensive endeavor (but )

    it might be time for the SCCA to consider all WRX's for STX???- if the RX8 can play- the 2.5's should as well
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    Numbers?

    Do I have to get a number on my car for this event? If so, where should I get them? Are they provided by Folger Subaru? Thanks for any help.

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    So, kokoshoe, did you make it out? I know some people bailed because of the weather, but it actually dried out and was only a tad chilly.
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    Yeah, I made it. It was really fun. I signed up for another one on December 14 too. I am glad I chose to go. I was the guy that registered under DSP I saw you there with your SCCA National Champion jacket. By the way, do you have any suggestions on a tires? I was sliding constantly on my stock ones. I would like to maintain some durability though. And do you know the best way to reduce understeer? Sway bars? Springs? I'm all stock. Thanks for getting me into the sport; it was a lot of fun and I can not wait to be out there again.

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    Oh, wow, if you were completely stock on street tires, you probably should have been in STX or DS. Maybe next time I'll lobby for an indexed street tire class for people who aren't on race tires like myself and Mark, or even vice versa (an indexed class for race tires/"experienced" drivers).

    Anyway, your streets are probably fine for now, as long as you bump up the pressures for an event. When I run on my streets, I generally put the front pressures up close to the max (41-42psi), and the rears just a few pounds lower. As for mods, you can benefit tons from just getting an alignment and a front sway bar. Initially, it's better to concentrate on driver improvement.

    If you want to stay in stock class (DS), you can do FSB, shocks, and catback exhaust, as well as any DOT tire (including "race" tires like I had -- Hoosier A6 or Kumho V710). If you have the mod bug, you can look at STX or ESP, where you can do some more suspension goodies, brake upgrades, rear sway bar, strut tower braces and the like. ESP also allows intake replacement and catless exhaust, among other things.

    Most clubs run using the SCCA ruleset, which can be downloaded from the SCCA website.

    http://www.scca.org/documents/Solo%2...lo_Rules_2.pdf is the link to the rulebook.

    SCCA - Sports Car Club of America is a page with just general information on autocross (Solo) and has links to classification and other information.
    Karen Kraus
    2005 SCCA FS Southeast Divisional Champion | 2007 SCCA DSL National Champion
    2008 SCCA ProSolo L1 Champion | 2009 SCCA ESPL National Champion
    2010 SCCA ESP Northeast Divisional Champion
    2006 WRX (ESP 34) | 1996 Camaro Z28 1LE (ESP 34) | 1997 Camaro Z28 (DD)

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