Solo II is the SCCA brand name for autocross competition. Solo II events are driving skill contests that emphasize the driver’s ability and the car’s handling against the clock through a course designated by traffic cones on a location such as a parking lot or inactive airstrip. While speeds are no greater than those normally encountered in legal highway driving, the combination of concentration and car feedback provides an excellent competitive experience in learning to control a car at the limit. George Follmer, one of the stars of racing, especially in SCCA’s Trans-Am Championship, began his illustrious racing career with Solo II type events in Southern California. Follmer comments that students with a grounding in Solo II type events come to race drivers’ schools with a greater knowledge of car preparation and driving performance than those who have never tried competing against the clock. You take this knowledge of control and placement into racing and handle a track full of cars with more ease than a novice with no slalom back- ground,” said Follmer of Solo II competition. Over 1000 Regional and Divisional level Solo II events are held across the country at the local shopping center, airport and stadium parking lots where competitors can find a large amount of pavement or concrete to layout their courses. The sport attracts ordinary sports and sports-type cars used for daily transportation as well as heavily modified vehicles used for racing purposes only. It is not uncommon for Detroit Region events to host over 100 cars and the more competitive Divisional events will often attract over 200 competitors. Many of the Detroit Region autocrosses are organized through a multi-club cooperative known as the Detroit Council of Sports Club Clubs (DCSCC). Participating clubs in the DCSCC, comprising of over 1000 participants, indeed Detroit SCCA, Michigan Sports Car Club (MSCC), Corvette Club of Michigan (CCM), Alfa Romeo Owners Club (AROC), and Ford Motorsports Enthusiasts (FE). The local chapters of the VOW Audi Grippe (VAG) and the BMW Owner’s Club are investigating joining DCSCC for the 2000 Season. The Tire Rack SCCA Solo II National Championship, held annually in Topeka, Kansas, is the epitome of Solo II competition. Over 900 drivers, representing nearly every state and Canada, travel to Topeka in September to create the world’s largest autocross competition. Over 50 National Class Champions are owned in the men’s and women’s Solo II classes during this week of intense competition among the best Solo II drivers in the country.