How to Make a Parking Lot More Fun

Want an easy way to add some more excitement to your life?

If so, look no further than SCCA’s East Tennessee Solo events! SCCA, or “Sports Car Club of America,” is one of the most well-known automotive enthusiast groups in the US, and they host a variety of car events throughout the country.

So what is Solo?

BMW M2 at the autocross event in Bristol

Solo, also known as autocross, is a time trial event in which you navigate a customized track made up of orange cones as fast as possible without knocking any of them over. These events are hosted by ETR (East Tennessee Region of SCCA) and typically take place in large parking lots, such as the lot at Bristol Motor Speedway or the Smokies Stadium parking lot in Sevierville. This information and more can be found on the “Solo” section of ETR’s website here.

What should I bring to my first event? The list is simple:

  • Car
  • Helmet (some are provided for free if you do not have your own)
  • Colored masking tape (to display your number and class on the side of your vehicle)
  • Packed lunch
  • Hat and/or sunscreen
  • LOTS of water
  • Full tank of gasoline
Having fun at our first autocross!

With a reasonable entry fee and a controlled environment to drive as quickly as you possibly can, there’s no reason to miss one of SCCA’s Solo events! My first experience in Bristol this March was unforgettable, and I can’t wait to experience it all over again at the next event.

SCCA Solo events are hosted several times throughout the year in the East Tennessee Region. A full schedule of  2018’s events can be found here.


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