Recently I came across the fairly active car slalom community here in Austria and I competed in a couple of recent events with my S2000. The last one was even part of the Austrian slalom championship and was very well organised, with almost 100 entries and many spectators. This was actually just two blocks away from my home
The idea behind it is quite simple really: have a large concrete area (parking lots, driving centers), set a slalom course using cones and you're good to go, may the fastest one win. The cars are divided into different divisions:
- all-stock (production) cars: no modifications allowed whatsoever, the only thing you can do is buy good road tires. Semi-slicks are disallowed
- sports: some modifications allowed, but the car has to be street-legal. So you can mount sports suspension, semi-slicks, roll-cages, etc. Still the cars are fairly stock
- race: almost everything is allowed, these are the real monsters
Furthermore the divisions are divided into classes, according to their engine displacement.
I was racing in the under 2L class for production cars.
Here are some general pictures:
I'm in the red S2000 with Nr. 48:
I ended up 3rd in my class and I actually won a small trophy as well
By far the craziest car however, was this one:
That's a little old Fiat 126 with 2 (!) Hayabusa engines, one in the front and one in the middle, AWD and around 400hp. I think this is pretty much an ideal slalom car: small, light, agile, AWD with a lot of oomph. It goes like hell and was 1s faster on a 1min course than everybody else... It drove on two wheels at times...
Anyway, I'm a bit hooked and I'm going to take part in as many slaloms as I can now