Autocross event held at Crowder College - KOAM TV 7

Autocross event held at Crowder College

 An autocross race track temporarily set up within an empty parking lot created a lot of engine revving this weekend at Crowder College.

The Sports Car Club of America sanctioned event involved performance driving through a traffic cone obstacle course, in which drivers aimed to improve their track times.

More than 20 vehicles participated, ranging from Mini Coopers to Corvettes.

The only vehicle requirement is to pass a safety inspection.

There were trophies and cash prizes for those with the best times.  All participants are members of the Ozark Mountain Region of SCCA.

Those behind the wheel say autocross training improves everyday driving skills as well.

"Seat time is your best friend," said Al Hermans, driver.  "The more you drive the car, the more comfortable you feel with it and the more you can do with it.  A lot of it is trusting your car and what it will do for you."

"The car will react the same way in the snow or the ice as it does out here on the limits, so if you can control it out here, you're safe on the ice and snow," said Tim Datema, driver.

Drivers say autocross is a safer racing alternative because cars are spread out along the course rather than racing wheel to wheel.
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