What started out as a blog strictly for my Mini has become more of a blog about all my current projects and motorsports activities.
A little history to start:
I started autoxing casually (2-4 events/yr, if that) between about 2007-2012. I started in a Tarmac Black 2006 Evo IX GSR in SM, which was always on street tires & not competitively modified – probably one of the reasons I autoxed so infrequently. In January of 2013, I purchased a near-stock Wicked White Evo IX MR with about 22,000 miles to replace my GSR. When I swapped over the rear differential, the shop that did it had actually stripped the fill bolt, leaving the car more or less undriveable until I repaired the differential. This turned out to be something of a blessing in disguise.
I finally decided that it was time to get a daily driver. During March of 2013, I purchased a base 2008 MINI Cooper. It was Lightning Blue, with a 6 speed manual. With the Evo down, I decided to take the Mini for a spin at one of the local autox events – and fell in love with competition of autocross again. For the first time, I was driving a relatively competitive car – though not prepped, the Mini handled well and I ended 38th in index overall, winning the regional HS title.
By the end of 2013, I knew what I wanted to do next. I decided to start from scratch: order a brand new MINI, spec’ed exactly the way I wanted, to be competitive in HS, fully prep the car by SCCA’s new street class rules, and give it a run! The 2014 season proved successful as well. I probably autoxed more in 2014 than all my past years combined. I focused on improving as a driver, locking down sponsors, and trying to develop a system/methodology that would make me nationally competitive. I improved greatly in 2014, getting 17th overall in index.
2015 was a blur, getting about as many runs as I did in 2014 on less events – much to do with autocrossing two cars at multiple events. I had finally started to dial in the Evo, and had a good amount of progress in both cars – especially the Mini by the end. While I finished 18th, I had made a lot of improvements in driving overall.
2016 and 2017 passed with a number of failures and successes. The Mini’s prep is complete, with very little change year over year. I’ve put much more focus on getting the Evo ready for STU and track days, and will be my focus moving forward. The Mini is actually up for sale, though part of me thinks I should just keep it.
Most of the focus of this blog has shifted to my motorsport activity in general, and I’m excited to see how the future progresses!