The high speed fun of driving street and rally prepared cars and trucks in wide open fields around a set course is coming back to Claiborne County. The East Tennessee Region of the Sports Car Clubs of America will present event number four August 20.
This is a precision driving competition where the emphasis is on safety and self-competition. Each driver will compete against their own times as well as their fellow driver but one driver was heard saying this during the last event, “I don’t care if I am slow, I am having fun.”
This is the feeling with almost all the drivers who attend the event. Almost all will give beginners tips and advice or even offer a free ride to spectators. The event and venue has been an overall success but the ETRSCCA would like to continue the growth. Locally there are not many drivers participating and one goal is to bring in these people. For only $50 drivers can bring almost any street car or truck and participate in the event. SCCA members admission will be $35. Female co-drivers can enter for $5 off regular prices.
Being a precision driving event, high speeds are not necessarily required to have a good time. The drivers take time about driving and working the course. This involves setting up cones when knocked over and reporting missed gates and such. Safety is the main thing at these events and if a rough spot develops on the course itself it will be addressed immediately.
Four-wheel drive trucks that are not much higher than stock height are allowed but the final decision will be made by safety directors. The same goes for two wheel drive trucks and cars; as long as they do not pose a roll over risk the vehicle will likely be approved for competition.
The event will once again be held at Frazier Motorsports Park at the end of Clayton Reece Lane in Tazewell. For more information search ETRSCCA RallyCross event No. 4 on Facebook. Registration and tech starts at 8:30 a.m. with the event to begin around 10 a.m. immediately following the drivers meeting. Concessions will be provided once again by First Century’s Relay for Life team.
Reach Allen Earl at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @pitchadude.