Known as “Autocross” to the non-SCCA world, Solo is the one motorsport accessible to anyone with a car. Low cost to enter and no more risk to you or your vehicle than you experience driving on the road. Push yourself and your car to the limit without the worry of doing damage!
Cars are divided up into one of the ~40 different classes ranging from daily driver economy cars on street tires all the way to purpose built winged monsters.
The course is setup with pylons (orange cones) laid out over a large paved area and the drivers take turns aiming for the quickest time around the course. Cars are sent one at a time (hence “solo”), and the events are designed to present low risk. You probably won’t get out of 2nd gear, but it’ll feel like you’re flying as you negotiate the course at the limit!
Sounds fun, now what?
- Valid Driver’s license
- Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc.)
- Closed-toe shoes
- Water (stay hydrated!)
- Magnetic numbers if you have them, contrasting masking tape otherwise (something that stands out from the color of your car)
- Packed lunch (nearby restaurants are not always guaranteed, depending on location and timing of the heats)
- Enough gas in your tank to get around
- Tires filled with air to (at least) manufacturer’s specifications
- Helmet (if you have one that meets the requirements – DOT approved is not enough)
- Your LS-swapped Miata. Seriously, if you have one, bring it. We want to see that on the course.
Nice To Bring
- Friends and family
- More sunscreen
- Driving gloves
- More water
- Still more sunscreen
- Portable air pump
- Air pressure gauge
- Umbrella (events are rain or shine)
- Tote (to put all your things in while you’re driving\working – it also helps if it rains)
- Did you pack your sunscreen?
- Torque wrench (highly suggested if you swap wheels)
- Portable action camera (GoPro, Garmin, etc.)
- Folding lawn chair
Do Not Bring
- Drugs and alcohol. That’s fine if you have a prescription for something, but we don’t need anyone under the influence stumbling onto the course or getting behind the wheel.
- Cigarettes, sorta. Smoking is permitted, but only in the “cold” zones (paddock, sidelines). There is no smoking in the grid, in the trailer, or on the course. Vaporizers are fine. We’re not preaching morals here, we’re just concerned about things that could ignite a fuel leak.
- NO2 (NOS, nitrous, etc.) Just don’t.
- Burnouts, [intentional] drifting, drag racing, over-inflated egos, etc. None of this will impress us or improve your finish time.
Check out the Events Schedule to see what we have planned for the year. We have several competition events, a few social events, and some workshops and training events sprinkled throughout the year. Always check back as we will be editing this list throughout the year. Or subscribe to email updates and let us know you’re interested in Solo (Autocross) to stay up to date. You can also subscribe to the official calendar feed (at the bottom of the calendar) to have our confirmed events automatically added to your calendar.
What To Expect At A Points Event
If you have any questions about car classing or anything else, please email an organizer before the event. Arrive at the event by 8AM. We are usually done by 3PM. This will give you enough time to register/check in, prep the car, go through tech, and walk the course.
Remove everything from your car; a tote is very useful to keep all your things together and dry. Listen to the Event Chair and Safety Stewards; they will guide you through the event and answer any questions you might have. There will be lots of walking and standing, so make sure you get plenty of rest the night before and wear comfortable shoes.
Keep in mind that you will be both a worker and a driver. The event is split into two heats; those who drive in the morning have to work the course in the afternoon and vice versa. Heat 1 drivers who abandon their heat 2 work duties will not be welcomed back to a second event.
Did you say “Points” event?
Yes. If you’re a current NEOHIO Region member of the SCCA, then we’re tracking the points you earn at each event. At the end of the season we’ll post results. In February, we’ll present awards to the top drivers at the Banquet. Check out the Rules for more information.
This is a 100% volunteer, club-operated, non-profit organization, with the primary goal to promote motorsports and motorsports awareness in the greater Northeastern Ohio region and beyond. If you’re looking to get involved, you can contribute in a number of ways:
- Join the Solo Planning Committee. Email the Solo Chair to be included on emails and meetings.
- Attend NEOHIO Board meetings. Held every first Tuesday of the month. Check the Calendar or The Blower for the latest meeting info.
- Sign up for core work assignments during registration. These are work assignments that start before the first car gets in the paddock: event coordination, waivers, tech check, course design, etc. Every little bit helps. And we’ll give you a discount, too.
- Become a Solo Safety Steward. Without a Steward our events cannot and do not happen. The training process takes a while, but is vital to our program. Join our mailing list for information on upcoming training seminars.
Waivers & Affidavits
Safety is our first concern, having fun is second. We will not tolerate anything that compromises the safety of any participant or attendant, or anything that can compromise the availability of the site for our club. In order to comply with the insurance policy provided to us by the SCCA:
- All adults must sign an annual waiver and event waiver.
- All minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is not driving.
- Children 12 and under must stay out of the “hot” zone (grid, trailer, course).
- All minors 13 and older that enter any “hot” zones must have an annual waiver signed by both parents, witnessed by a current SCCA member (download waiver here) or a Notary (download Notary form here).
- Guardians with sole custody must also sign and notarize an annual affidavit affirming sole custody (download affidavit here).