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    Just been thinking for awhile about getting into the racing/ drifting. not sure where to begin. Any ideas on where to start I'm located in NY. thanks

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    yeah, just one of those things ive always wanted to do.

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    Watch the fast and the furious like 15 times then go practice racing in a school zone.
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    I'm no expert... I'm still learning but...

    easiest is bring yourself and your friends to a local auto-x event. A lot of my friends are now hooked on auto-x locally and we sometimes drive 4+ hours away to check out and take part in some of the larger auto-x events.

    If you've got the $ just prep your car and go to a track day.

    Again make it a social event... bring your friends and have fun racing against each other. Its just that much more fun competing against people you know and talking about what happened with a beer and a few drinks right after.

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    If you're talking about going to the track then I'd recommend some beginner's classes first. You should search for some local drift events or check out a local forum. For drifting though, I would personally buy a beater and find an abandoned lot with a large amount of space, and practice there.
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    If you want to get into drifting, get a new car. The purpose of drifting is to lose grip while maintaining control; AWD is designed to maintain grip.

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    The suggestions for Auto-X are spot-on. There used to be events at the State Fair; I've been to them before. They're pretty fun, and have higher speed stretches than the ones here in the Capital Region. Auto-X is great because you can push yourself and your car to the limit in a controlled environment (so you can get the car dialed in as you'd like). If you get to a test/tune event, you're likely to get more runs than a regular event.
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    I would never track my car. I'd track someone else's instead. Look into arrive-and-drive events. Better theirs than yours.

    Either way, bring your wallet. One way to go about it is to make a budget and then expect to simply spend every last penny you own anyway; this is the most reasonable way to estimate expenses.

    Autox is cheaper. For a hobby I'd do that if I cared about money at all.
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    Search through your regional SCCA events for beginner AutoX events. I did a one-day class for $60, and had a one-on-one instructor the whole time (who professional raced WRXs, so he had lots of insider tips on how to get the most out of the car). The morning was all about in-car instruction, they observed your driving on their course, then offered improvements. The afternoon was just running continuous circuits on the AutoX track to practice. It was really fun, and other than wearing down the outer edges of my front tires quite a bit from understeer, didn't hurt the car at all.

    AutoX is low speed, you'll stay in 2nd gear, and in most cases, never top 45mph, but the tight course increases the sensation of speed, so it's a great adrenaline rush in a relatively safe environment, compared to full track racing anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD_GR View Post
    I would never track my car. I'd track someone else's instead.


    This is precisely what I have done in the past. In the Auto-x events in which I've competed, I've used a friend's track-only vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zax View Post


    This is precisely what I have done in the past. In the Auto-x events in which I've competed, I've used a friend's track-only vehicle.
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    if i was to drift it wouldnt be in the WRX, id buy something else. But im gonna look into autocross events. How much does it usually cost to register for an autocross event. Just curious thanks for all the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btwnWRX11 View Post
    if i was to drift it wouldnt be in the WRX, id buy something else. But im gonna look into autocross events. How much does it usually cost to register for an autocross event. Just curious thanks for all the input.
    You're going to want to check with SCCA. Firstly, there is a membership fee and maintenance for joining SCCA, and the event will cost $$ as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by btwnWRX11
    if i was to drift it wouldnt be in the WRX, id buy something else. But im gonna look into autocross events. How much does it usually cost to register for an autocross event. Just curious thanks for all the input.
    Without an SCCA membership, I think it's like ~$45/day. You can put two "day passes" towards a membership (at least in the past, this was the case); basically, try before you buy.
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