I was 90% through registering for my first RallyCross event—a big labor day weekend special—when I saw the small print. “Convertibles allowed ONLY with factory hardtop. No exceptions”. SCCA approved rollbar is good enough for drifting, autox and track days... But not for the much slower-paced RallyCross. Oh. Of course.

This would make perfect sense if there were—I don’t know—massive jumps and banked turns everywhere. But no. It’s not a rally stage, or even rallysprint. It’s literally your standard autox.... But with dirt. Here’s an excerpt from the organization putting on the event-


“A SCCA RallyCross is a test of driving skill on a temporary unpaved competition course marked by cones. We find an agreeable field owner, lay out a circuit less than a mile long, and take turns trying to set the lowest times”

New plan for labor day weekend is to do the usual forest service roads mountain climb, and maybe camp out too. That would let me finally try out some night runs. If I can’t pay to compete on a farmers field, I’ll just have to settle for ripping it up on the side of a mountain with the wind in my hair