FAST has several types of events. Our regular FAST Open events (which count toward our championship), our FAST Classic events, and Special events. Pre-registration is required for all FAST events, and normally opens about 3 weeks prior to the event and closes 5 days prior. Want a reminder email when registration opens? Sign up for Event Reminders! Complete event information and online registration can be found on our club event list at MotorsportsReg.com.
FAST Open Events:
These monthly events offer great competition, ample opportunities for instruction, and are designed to be very novice friendly. Entry is limited to 100 drivers with usually a very reasonable entry fee. To keep the events manageable and also make them take up only half of your day instead of the whole day, we run them in a “split format” with an “Early Session” and a “Late Session”. Each session operates sort of as a separate event, so you only need be there for one of the two sessions. Each session will consist of two run groups of about 25 cars each. These events will normally include lunch (except at Brooksville where we do snacks instead). These are the only events that qualify for season points in the FAST Championship series.
FAST Classic Events:
These events fit in the schedule between the FAST Open events and are non-points events. They are “classic” because they are the size and format of the events from the early days of FAST. We limit these events to 50 drivers, with a higher entry fee. These events are less novice friendly, and require drivers to have competed in a minimum of 5 prior autocross events. (with any club) They are much more casual events, with less focus on competition and novice instruction. Because the events are kept smaller, more runs are offered. Classic events are run as a single session with three run groups. Normally, two groups run before lunch and one after. We strive to extract maximum fun from minimum time with these events and be done by around 2pm.
These can be just a generic “Autocross”. Not an “Open”, which would count for points in our Championship Series; and not a “Classic” because we don’t want the entry restriction. You might see this kind of event when we’re testing out a new autocross site or something where we don’t necessarily want to do a “big event”, but we do want to allow novices to attend.
More often, they are special casual events held during months that typically see lower attendance. Entry fee will depend on how restricted the number of entries is, and whether the entry fee includes extras, such as t-shirts. We will often do something fun and different for these events, like an Endurocross (where each timed run consists of many laps around the course) a Duel (a tournament format that puts drivers head-to-head against each other with no clocks) a Gymkhana (an unusual course by today’s standards, reminiscent of the early days of autocross, may include complete stops, use of reverse, unusually tight elements and possibly some degree of course memorization required), or something else that is different and fun.