Blindman’s Autocross/Gymkhana (Friday)

Blindman’s Autocross/Gymkhana

Held Friday morning in the 5th Street Parking Lot in Ocean City (note: location change) the 2018 ECH Autocross will be more like a gymkhana- a low speed event that will not put any stress on your 356.  Tom Tate and his Merry Band of men have expressly designed this event for folks who want to have some fun with their Tubs. It’s going to be a hoot, and maybe a bit chaotic. How else can you describe an autocross where the driver is blindfolded and the car’s direction is completely decided by a fast-talking navigator?!?

Who do you trust to “tell you where to go”?

Due to the large number of cars entered, you will select a “group” run time (8am, 9am, 10am, or 11am) at registration, and report to the autocross just before your run time.  There will be a short course walk prior to each group.  Complete directions will be in your registration packet.

Entrants will be able to walk the course before the timed runs begin. Cars will be lined up, each with a blindfolded driver and a fearless navigator on board. Helmets are not required. The entire course will be driven in low gear, which should give the navigator plenty of time to vector the driver and avoid contact with cones, each of which carry a two second penalty if hit. The car with the lowest time will be the winner. There will be a single class for all cars. Any and all modifications are permitted, and, in fact are encouraged. We’d love to see what you’ve done to your car, but more importantly, we can’t wait to see how well you listen to your well-chosen navigator! (And by the way: if you want to take home a trophy, practice is encouraged before the day of the event.)

Practice is encouraged!

The course will be set up in the 5th Street parking lot, which is just a few blocks down the boardwalk from our host hotel The Flanders.  This change will benefit the spectators and participants alike.  A great elevated view will had from along the boardwalk ramp rail and folks can walk or bike just down the boardwalk to spectate.  Great entertainment awaits!


AX Chairs Tom Tate and Jeff Leeds

Tom Tate