Whether known as Autocross or SCCA Solo, the skills required to be the fastest car around a pylon marked course are the same as at Texas World Speedway. While the competition puts a premium on driving skills – with the fastest time often decided by a blink of an eye – this low-cost, low risk motorsport gets your adrenaline rushing through your system and makes you feel like you’ve just set the land speed record. This is what makes SCCA Solo so attractive and entertaining. Solo is a low risk motorsport due to the speed limits placed on it and is low cost because you can use your daily driver – but, believe me, that does not reduce the excitement level in the least.
How many of you can say that you wouldn’t get a thrill going into a 90° corner at 50 mph, holding the gas pedal to the floor until the very last second and then cramming the brakes to just before full lock-up so that you can negotiate the corner? Imagine what it is like weaving back and forth through a series of cones – with your gas pedal foot to the floor – and still keeping the car under control; you finish the run and are leading the competition by .245 seconds. Will the competition catch you or is your lead of 245 thousandths of a second ENOUGH? This is indeed low cost, low risk motorsports!
Yes, YOU can successfully compete in your mechanically sound daily driver street car! The Houston Region offers Street tire classes, Women’s Classes, Open classes and novice classes. All of these classes are then broken down into like car types and levels of preparation, so your Toyota Camry will not be in head to head competition with a souped up Mustang Cobra. It is not uncommon to see mom or dad competing against their 16-18 year old son or daughter. This form of motorsport has more driver participation than any other form in the country. Each year there is a National Championship held in Lincoln Nebraska, where people from all over the U.S. and Canada (and occasionally from overseas) compete to see who the best drivers in the nation are. Last year there were just over 1,100 drivers competing in Lincoln and this year I expect even more.
What class would my car run in?
SCCA Solo has six major competition categories which are then broken down in classes of like cars.
The major categories are as follows:
This class is comprised of 9 classes, SS and from AS to HS, divided according to performance potential and car type, covering everything from Corvettes to Corollas. Cars are essentially as they rolled off the showroom floor with some generally, minor modifications allowed to expendable parts as defined in the Solo Rule Book and must run on a DOT legal street tires with a treadwear of 200 or higher. These are truly street tires and not the DOT race tires you will find in the other categories. Most of the cars in this category are driven to the event on these tires.
Street Touring Category
Made up of 5 national classes (STU, STR, STX, STS, STF) and our local STO class, this category is intended for the person “off the street” who had performed common hot-rodding bolt on improvements. Most of these cars are used on the street as daily drivers (thus the name for the category) and they must run on DOT legal Street tires with a treadwear rating of 200 or higher. These are truly street tires and not the DOT race tires you will find in the other categories. Most of the cars in this category are driven to the event on these tires.
Street Prepared Category
This is a category which allows a certain amount of “hot-rodding” to the cars, such as wheel size & width, induction and suspension changes. This category has 7 classes, SSP, ASP, BSP, CSP, DSP, ESP, and FSP. There is a noticeable increase in performance over the Street and Street Touring classes. While some of these cars are still used on the street, many become purpose built race cars. Cars in these classes use DOT legal race tires.
Street Modified Category
Like the Street Prepared category, this is a category which allows a certain amount of “hot-rodding” to the cars, however it also allows engine swaps, adding forced induction, and replacement body panels. This category has 3 classes, SSM, SM, and SMF. While some of these cars are still used on the street, many become purpose built race cars. Cars in these classes also use DOT legal race tires.
This category is not intended for the street driven car, though a few competitors do drive their Prepared cars on the street. These cars have their interiors removed, one bucket seat, a roll cage, and extensive engine & suspension modifications. This class is comprised of 4 classes, from CP to FP and they all run on purpose built racing slicks. This category often has SCCA Production and GT class cars in it and once again there is a noticeable increase in performance over the Street Prepared classes.
This is the class where you will find Formula Fords, F440’s, Sports racers, karts and exotic production based home built cars. This class is comprised of 7 classes, from AM to FM and KM. All of these bad boys are brought to the event on trailers.
The Houston Region Solo Program
We invite you to look into this flavor of motorsport. We offer a complete schedule of Solo events; Tours, Divisionals, 12 event Regional series and more. We generally hold the local Regional event on the first Sunday of every month. For more information on current upcoming events, check the calendar on the main solo page, or on DLB Racing.