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winter snow autocross

Winter ‘Ice Racing’ Autocross Is A Hilarious, Fun Way to Prevent Off-Season Blues

Every now and then, I’m reminded of the perspective of a first-timer in motorsport. Most often it comes from soothing the tense nerves of a student’s first time on course while I’m instructing them. This time, it came from being parked with some other autocrossers on a snow-covered Road America straightaway. And I was the …

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Subaru WRX autocross

Autocross 101 – How to Get Started in Low-Cost Motorsport with Minimal Risk

It was the year 2000, the new millennium, and we were all super excited that the world didn’t end because of “Y2K.” I was still driving a fairly new 1999 Honda Civic EX, but my roommate had upgraded to a brand-new 2000 Accord EX. Yep, the one with the 200 horsepower V6. I was on …

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integra m3 impact

After Taking an Integra to the Driver’s Side, My Racecar is More Broken Than We Thought

Last month, my friend Taylor was working his way through competition school at Virginia International Raceway. His green BMW 325i was suffering from severe power loss, and to finish out his day and pass the school, I tossed him the keys to my purple E36 BMW M3. He took the M3 out for the final …

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green flag VIR

How to Go Racing: Taylor’s Competition School with the National Auto Sport Association

The idea of “going racing” as a regular human with a regular job making regular money can seem daunting at best and impossible at worst. While we’ve shared snippets of competitive efforts from people who already have racing licenses and some experience, we also wanted to show the process of graduating from someone who does …

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Jordan and Ricky Taylor

Telekinesis Can Make You Faster: Playing Mind Games with Jordan and Ricky Taylor

Author’s note: This article was originally written in 2016. Here, it has been reworked for the Out Motorsports community in 2020. Since many members of this community are grassroots racers themselves, I hope themes in this piece can be applied to your own lives behind the wheel. Shoot, I’ve applied exercises like these to great …

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Plum Crazy E36 M3 VIR

My 2020 Racing Season Was Short, but Ended in a Championship Win

The last time I wrote about a race weekend, I’d returned home from Virginia International Raceway with a broken car that had questionable stopping power. Even though my mechanic was able to put the car back together with ease, I didn’t have much faith in the brakes as the car simply didn’t want to stop …

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2020 Civic Si racetrack

2020 Honda Civic Si Racetrack Review: Solidly Sporty and Value-Packed

Hondas (and Acuras) of all varieties have been popular in autocross and amateur racing for decades. It’s not unusual to hear a small four-cylinder revving and revving, hitting the VTEC cam profile, and revving some more at any event you attend. Older Civics and Integras have become so popular that NASA’s Honda Challenge racing series …

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Oldsmobile LSS rallycross

We Put Six Cheap “Grandma Cars” Through Two Days of Rallycross

Cheap car challenges are becoming a sort of annual tradition around here. When we wrapped up last year’s $1,500 all-wheel drive off-roading trip, the theme of “old lady cars” was already brewing, although I didn’t know what we’d do with them. Regardless, I put out a call at the start of 2020 for the same …

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