This was my curse. I was never super competitive in STS2 with my Miata (had a guy in my class that podiums at the Nationals), but I held my own and had good PAX times. Then the mod/speed bug bit, and my mods would have pushed me into SM where an N/A Miata would just get murdered. So, I left AutoX behind and started doing track days.
Some guys are happy in AutoX, others it's like a gateway drug to other forms of racing. Either way, I think it's important to enjoy the car and the racing.
Oh I definitely know that is what it is leading to
However I think autocross is best for me right now because it requires minimal time dedication(more time with wife and baby), minimal $$ to participate(spend more to go faster of course, but it's still plenty fun learning the car as it is), and I'm learning the basics.
I'd like to eventually enter a LeMons race some time for the heck of it, but what I used to be into was 4x4/Jeep offroad stuff.
This was the Jeep that I bought when I graduated high school. I bought it thinking "eh I'm only going to put 31s on it and call it good" then a couple weeks later I left the Chrysler dealer I was working at for my current employer(a LARGE used car dealer... hint hint) with a huge pay raise... so I decided to go for 33s and a small lift...
Then I wanted more and found Pirate 4x4 and decided to learn how to weld/fab/etc(and some of it shows) and put a D60 and D70 under the Jeep, stretched the wheelbase, and all the other stuff that comes with that. Overall it was a solid performing rig. I really needed to add on to the roll cage and I had a winch that I never got around to installing before I sold it... the only mistake I made was that I did this crap to it before it was paid off... so I sold it once I could get what I needed to be rid of the $200/mo payment since the baby arrived and daycare is about $800/mo. The wife didn't make me sell it, I wanted to sell it because I just lost interest in offroading as I couldn't afford to drive out to places and really wheel much, let alone feel like fixing what breaks and do the extensive upkeep when returning. I daily drove it for a year when we moved from VA Beach to Ohio since the only other car we had was my wife's Lancer(I had a 0.5mi commute from our old apartment... ha).
One of my favorite pics... it's a shame it was on a cell phone though:
Compared to a mostly stock Jeep for reference:
So you guys have an idea of where I came from. I have an addictive personality when it comes to automotive stuff... when I want to get into racing again, I'm going to build a buggy with intention of running the King of the Hammers. Watch this video... it is the most badassedness packed into 8 min you'll probably watch online.