Hey there, first off I'm new here and my name is Tony.
My wife and I sold our 2007 Silverado since we have a baby on the way(due in August!), and we ended up settling on getting an 09 Mazda3 i with the touring package and 5spd... so I can have a bit of fun autocrossing it as well
I have not driven in an auto-x event yet, but I went along to one event last year and had a blast riding along in a bunch of different cars(the most awesome by far was a Sunbeam Tiger).
Did a bit of reading and it appears that the MZ3 is actually a decently competitive car in HS... which is the class I plan on running.
I have no intentions of being competitive for a while, especially since it is on the stock 17s with GY Eagle GTs that it came with(brand new)... plan on eventually getting some 16x6.5 aluminum wheels from an earlier MZ3 or newer MX-5 and mounting some good DOT stickies on them.
The only thing I plan on doing to the car is adding a set of either Bilstein or Koni yellows when money allows(probably later this summer).
What I want to have done BEFORE my first event(which is April 15th with the Cincy SCCA) is buy a helmet so I don't have to worry about borrowing one, and flush my brake fluid with some DOT4.
Can anybody recommend a good open face helmet that is reasonably priced and doesn't weigh a ton? Or better yet what kind of place you would go to buy a helmet and try them on? I'm guessing a place that specializes in motorcycles, but is there anywhere else that I should consider checking out?
And to clarify on the helmet ratings... A Snell 2000 rating will be fine for now, though will be useless come 2015... so I'm pretty sure I'm going to settle for nothing less than a 2005 rating. I'm correct on this right?
Here is the car by the way... it's a 2.0l with not a lot of options, it has cruise and a CD player(single disc)... so that's about it AFAIK
. Should be a fun auto-x car... I love the way this thing feels driving.
Maybe after that first event I will get some Hawk HPS pads and new rotors for the front... but for now I'm going to run the car as-is.
And by the way I'm an automotive technician myself and work on all makes and models... driving a few Mazdas at work recently is what really impressed me with them... they're super reliable, very affordable overall, and feel like they handle comparably to some German cars... just without the electrical gremlins :P