Autocross Info / Photos

The Vapor Trail Vettes club puts on several autocrosses each year.  Check the Calendar of Events for information on the next one.

Entry is open to all makes and types of cars.  Everyone must have a Snell rated helmet (currrently 2005 and above), working brakes, seat belts and must complete a tech inspection before being allowed on the track.

When held at the Santa Maria Airport, spectators are not allowed due to TSA rules.  In the morning, the gate will be open from 6:30 to 8:00.  No entry after that will be allowed.  Non-drivers who are with a registered driver and who are willing to work at the safety stations are accepted.

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On August 8th we held our first autocross of the year.  We consulted with health and code enforcement officials to ensure that we were operating within existing rules.  Use of masks when around others was required and we had plenty of hand sanitizer and masks available.  We had one of the biggest turn-outs with over 60 drivers.  Everyone had a great time.


On November 16th we had a member only autocross/training/social event.  Those who participated had a great time, getting in all the runs they wanted with no waiting in line.  The training included the set-up and operation of the timing gear.  As a treat, pizza from 805 Eats was provided and we enjoyed relaxing and listening to others stories.

August 10th was our last autocross of the year.  This course was similar to an earlier layout with a couple of  very tricky sections that caused some drivers to DNF multiple times.  51 Drivers enjoyed a cool, overcast morning followed by bright skies and warmer temps in the afternoon.  As usual, spins/get-offs and the squeal of tires entertained the crowd.  Check out the pictures below.  One VTV member did a flyover and took some ariel photos which you will find at the end of the gallery.  We want to thank everyone who participated, hope that they had a great time and will join us again next year.

Our third autocross was on June 22nd.  We welcomed 48 drivers, many who were returning and several new to our events.  The course had some tricky parts that caught out the drivers, causing more than a few to DNF.  The need to slow down for a sharp 90 degree turn just after the finish line was a fine test of one’s ability to judge the relation between a car’s ability to slow down and its turning capability while on brakes.  Several spins/get-offs and the squeal of tires entertained the crowd.  One driver was able to do a couple of complete 360 degree spins without leaving the course.  We want to thank everyone who participated and hope that they had a great time.

April 27th was our second autocross of the year.  54 drivers arrived to enjoy the day and test their skills.  The times (mostly) dropped during the day, especially in the afternoon when the sun finally made its way through the marine layer.  The club wants to extend a special thanks to Joe and Elisa Garcia of Joe’s Catering (see picture 1 in the gallery) who have catered our events for many years.  This was their last event before heading to Arizona.

We also want to extend a hearty welcome and congratulations to Avianca and Gynneth Harper (see the last pictures in the gallery), who were trying out auto crossing for the first time in their Mazda 3.  They showed great willingness to learn and improvement throughout the day.  In recognition of their braving a full day, they were awarded a special “Most Improved” award.

March 23, 2019, a wet morning, was the first autocross of the year.   45 brave drivers showed up to participate.  The morning session saw a damp to wet track, but the course laid out by Clay Beck proved to be a winner.  It had fast sections as will as a mixture of hairpin turns and slaloms.  The rain and mist started going away by the end of the morning session and by the start of the afternoon, the track was dry and times came down quickly.  The club received a lot of positive feedback for the day and the layout, so Clay is sure to bring it back.


On October 13, 2018 we held the last autocross of the year.  53 Drivers enjoyed the event, despite some timing issues and the large crowd.  Although we only got 9 runs in, everyone gave very favorable feedback.  We hope to see everyone back again next year.

On July 21, 2018 we held the 3rd autocross of the year.  37 Drivers enjoyed the event, (mostly) staying on the track and not hitting the cones.  There were a couple of epic spins, but nothing hurt except driver’s pride!  Pleasant weather helped make it a great event.

On June 9, 2018 we held the 2nd autocross of the year.  38 Drivers enjoyed the event, (mostly) staying on the track and not hitting the cones.  Everyone had a great time.

On May 12, 2018 we held the first autocross of the year.  Drivers feedback was that it was an enjoyable event.


On October  14th, we had the pleasure of hosting the last autocross of the year.

On September  9th, we hosted a trial autocross at a new venue – the Lompoc airport.  This was to see what kind of layout we could do in a different environment.  Those who came had good comments about the event.  For the first time, we were able to have spectators and they seemed to enjoy the event as well.

On August  5th, we had the pleasure of hosting another autocross.  The overcast kept everyone cool and enjoyable.

On June 10, we had the pleasure of hosting another autocross.  43 Drivers enjoyed the event, increasing their skill levels in (mostly) staying on the track and not hitting the cones.  Everyone had a great time.

Pictures from the April 1st, 2017 autocross.

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