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Hooniverse Asks Bonus: What’s the most Hooniversal car you have ever seen at an autocross?

Kamil Kaluski December 14, 2012 Hooniverse Asks 55 Comments

My original question was going to be “What’s the best car you have seen at an autocross?” but than someone would just reply with a picture a Miata or a Lotus and that would have been it. Slowest wouldn’t be appropriate either, as that is driver dependant (i.e. I was very slow in an E90 M3) and “coolest” opens to gate to way too many things.

So, the questions is, much like our Hooniversal Car of the Year Awards™®, what is the most Hooniversal car you have ever seen at an autocross?

I have seen an old Alfa Romeo, a Cobra replica so good that it almost had me fooled, and something without a name that was build from random parts and somehow made it through tech. The above pictured vehicle takes the cake however. Unfortunately I have not seen it in action, but this Citroen and many other cars like it participate in oldtimer races and rallies all over Europe and we’ll have a lot more on that next week, so stay tuned.

  • Panzerwagen

    In high school, I autocrossed a 1978 Mercedes 280E in F stock with crap tires. Against the Mustangs and Camaros, I always came in mid-pack. However, that M110 engine paid the price.

  • http://hooniverse.com/ Tanshanomi

    I've only been to two autocross meets in my life, so I can't answer from personal experience. But ima put the Norton Shrike out there. Because racecar. Homebuilt reverse trike racecar.

    <img src="http://unitas.lunarpages.com/~norton2/genesis_album_files/image064.jpg"&gt;

  • jakebonz

    No, I wasn't actually there, but this is still awesome.

    [youtube 4ksNknSHBLM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ksNknSHBLM youtube]

    • topdeadcentre

      The VIP flags on the fenders make it awesome!

      There needs to be more landau bars in autocrossing.

    • Sjalabais

      This is great! He actually makes this thing look like and throwable.

    • FuzzyPlushroom

      Wait, here? Dang.

    • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

      The Continental kit puts the weight balance at 50/50, y'know….

      This also goes to prove, you'd be surprised even large, lumbering machines can do in experienced/capable hands.

      There is another vid of a mid-70's Town Car doing something similar, but on a much tighter course.

      I have a newfound desire to autocross our 40' motorcoach. It has Koni shocks, now.

      I seriously considered this for a short time.

  • http://www.hooniverse.com LTDScott
    • http://hooniverse.com/ Tanshanomi

      So, how'd you do?

      • http://www.hooniverse.com LTDScott

        Not that great, IIRC, but that had to be like 4 years ago. I have only autocrossed once or twice since then, because after road racing wheel to wheel with LeMons, autocross just doesn't do it for me. As my friend likes to say, autocross is the handjob of motorsports :)

        • http://www.washington.edu/news/archive/52703 mdharrell

          I'll probably never try autocross at this point. The sight of that many cones arrayed against me would simply be overwhelming after last weekend.

        • JayP2112

          I'd autox'd through college and continued when I moved to DFW. 2 years later, I tried an HPDE and one autox after that… I never looked back.

          I'd been pals with some BMW guys here and tried to get them to come to more DEs. They didn't want to have any part of it saying they preferred autox with the club.

          Different strokes.

          • http://www.hooniverse.com LTDScott

            Part of it for me is that I spend SO much time prepping my car for a LeMons race that once I'm done with a race, I don't have much desire to touch the car for at least a few months afterwards.

            That, and I'm a much better open track driver than an autocrosser, but then again maybe I should try autocrossing my race car since it's actually prepped pretty decently.

          • http://www.hooniverse.com Mad_Science

            After Scott's comment, all I can think is "Heh, you said 'strokes' "

        • Andrew

          In my personal opinion (and some experience) autox and w2w are very different disciplines. Autox entirely cerebral- it's all about analyzing the course and your own performance run-to-run. W2w has a mental element as well, but if you're a competent performance driver, placing well is mainly a question of testicular fortitude.

          Long story short, apples =/= oranges, I enjoy both in their own right (plus, as an engineer, the insane amounts of tinkering in autox appeal to me).

          • http://www.hooniverse.com LTDScott

            That's true. I know that autocross is more about precise car control than road racing is. From what I've heard, autocross skills can apply to road racing on a larger scale, but the opposite isn't quite as true (to which I can attest to).

  • $kaycog

    I've never been to an autocross, but if I could go to one, I hope to see Doug. [youtube MX9nCJlYkp4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX9nCJlYkp4 youtube]

  • hwyengr

    I've seen a guy run a 4th gen Caprice Wagon, 100% stock. I swear that thing was going to rub its fenders on the ground with the body roll.

  • scroggzilla

    I've never attended an autocross, but I've watched them on the Tube of Yous and I found this to be entertaining.

    [youtube lqAr9yN72F8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqAr9yN72F8 youtube]

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      Ha ha, he finishes strong with a flourish, I liked it too!

  • JayP2112

    Shameless posting of self:
    I miss that car. :(
    <img src="http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/12448_212087817852_1647966_n.jpg&quot; >

  • racer139

    The hot rod mag guys used a 80's ford ambulance I believe. it was 6 or 7 years ago. no I wasnt there but man it would.have been fun to watch it lumbering through the cones. it stick up a pic but its a pain to do from my phone.

  • BigDaddyStrong

    I'll vote for the '78 Pacer Wagon that I saw once at an SVR-SCCA Solo 2…from behind the wheel.

  • vwminispeedster
    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      I really like how it looks like the wheels are extending out like in Gadget's car in these two photos.

  • Scandinavian Flick

    I've seen quite a few awesome cars at the local autocrosses, but the one that takes this title is a slow little beige diesel VW Rabbit. He pretty much runs the entire course wide open, lifting a wheel on most corners about a foot. He never really gets great times, but it looks like more fun than I can describe. I'm trying to find a pic, and I'll post it if I do.

    Honorable mentions:
    -'57 Bel Air wagon with C4 suspension parts and wheels
    -This Alfa:

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/DsHGM.jpg"&gt;

    -This show-quality Chevelle that get's driven hard:

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/OfLY5.jpg"&gt;

    Photo credit: Steve Harris <a href="http://www.steve510.com” target=”_blank”>http://www.steve510.com

    • Scandinavian Flick

      Oh, and a true hoon idol if there ever was one; Mari Pozzi and her 2nd gen Camaro. It was awe inspiring to see her in action. Her car is incredible and her driving skill is just… wow…

      <img src="http://i.imgur.com/vVSgt.jpg&quot; width="500">

    • Scandinavian Flick

      I'm still looking for that Rabbit, but here's another one I remember seeing; a Lancia Beta Coupe:

      <img src="http://i.imgur.com/ylak6.jpg&quot; width="500">

    • IlkkaH87

      That Alfa looks like god created it.

  • Vavon

    It looks like the different nations of the world completely disagree on what autocross really is…
    <img src="http://c7.img.v4.skyrock.net/1127/78621127/pics/3005828071_2_5_hH7YnpdQ.jpg&quot; width="600/">

    • Manic_King

      Exactly, I planned to ask (American) Hoons how the hell autocross means tarmac racing when everyone knows that motocross means dirt racing…just very confusing for people outside USA. Every time there's talk about autocross I think about awesomeness that is ex Group B monsters:

      <img src="http://www.rallycrossworld.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/00-Alamaki-Niittymaki.jpg&quot; width="599">

      • http://www.hooniverse.com LTDScott

        Here, motocross is motorcycle dirt racing :)

        • Manic_King

          and "motocross" means literally motorcycle tarmac racing in America? :) Would be logical somehow, then.

          • http://hooniverse.com/ Tanshanomi

            No. Motocross is the same in the US as elsewhere — dirt bike racing on a closed circuit with lots of jumps. Unless it's a really, really, small circuit, then it's Supercross. Or partially paved, then it's Supermoto. And if it's actually cross country (which is the origin of moto cross) that's "desert racing" if it's open country, or "hare scrambles" in more wooded terrain*.

            *yes, a hare scramble has other technical qualifications, but it's close enough. Unlike an enduro, the fastest guy wins, so it's a race not a rally.

      • Vavon

        Same here: autocross and maneuvering between cones on tarmac does not compute!

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq

      As they do with football as well.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Never been to an autocross. But I did once waste five minutes watching a,bunch of guys, in the midst of an hours long exercise in setting up a sea of cones, in a parking lot with micrometer precision.

  • AJ Caceres style

    I once did an HPDE back when I had a beater 240sx and there was a guy with a LR3 running around. I had to ask him why. Apparently his mini copper didn't get fixed in time and he had to get on the track. Well after a few scary moments either they told him to stop or he scared himself to much. I was always hesitant on passing him thinking his knew was going to come out of a window prior to a turn due to the vast amounts of body lean.

  • rennsport964

    Toyota X-Runner with shorty street tires. This guy cleans our clock every time because our class is indexed and it's classed as HS.

    [youtube VVZQljxmROM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVZQljxmROM youtube]

  • RichardKopf

    <img src="http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j129/hoopd87/f8e36210.jpg&quot; width=600>

    Shameless self-plug!

    • http://www.hooniverse.com Mad_Science

      Nice!

      Also, your avatar is so troubling.

    • mseoul

      Great Avatar now that you mention it. Not seen that for many years.

  • http://www.blert.net/blog/ Pixel

    [youtube q5KmvO9v6fA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5KmvO9v6fA youtube]

    That is a friend taking a run in my old 1962 Comet. This was his first run and only the second run with the car. He managed to break one of the front hubs so those two runs were the sum total it has ever autocrossed.

    I've also run my xB a few times, until we moved too far from any events.
    <img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3091/3132723965_58f86b1806.jpg&quot; width="500" height="332">

    • buzzboy7

      When I bought my 62 Comet I was watching youtube videos of them and I saw this. Major confidence boost…until I tried going around a corner.

  • JoeDunlap

    Tow truck. Game, set, match. Just mail me the trophy. If that isnt enough, how about a Peterbuilt cab-over? Seen em both utterly (literally) destroy the course.

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  • Maymar

    I've only been to one autocross, and sadly, my decrepit Escort couldn't play (gas leak and unfastened battery). One of the Red Bull Minis showed up. I really, really wish they'd run it.

  • http://www.automobile-catalog.com/ P161911

    I have seen an Aston Martin DB-6 (I think, it might have been a DB-5). I can't remember if the guy actually ran it that day or not, this would have been the mid 1990s. Now I'm going to have to dig though my old pictures to see if I had a camera that day. In the early 1990s there was a AMC Gremlin that showed up pretty rugulary to SOLO II events in Atlanta. I actually ran my 1992 T-Bird S/C 5-speed once. I met a guy at an event in Saginaw that ran a BMW Z1 a couple of times, he worked for the company that did the plastics for the body and had one in the country for a while in the early 1990s.

  • buzzboy7
  • 5keptic

    i don't have any pictures, but a guy used to show up with a somewhat rusty corvair with chopped springs and a gutted interior. He always did well.

    Also a guy with a ford LTD station wagon that was always entertaining.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/jjd241 jjd241

    While this car is nothing special, the clip has a great ending…

    [youtube b5JEo4haM_k http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5JEo4haM_k youtube]

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