HADA doesn’t run to many autoslalom events anymore. They do generally host a CASC-OR Regional event every year though. So even though the HADA series isn’t running anymore (insert sadface here) they did still host a Regional. And since I often think about doing an entire Regional season, I usually try to enter at least one Regional a year to see how I stack up.

A little but of wheel spin off the start line!

A little but of wheel spin off the start line!

Due to the way the Regional series spans events across Ontario, you will generally see people from farther away. Less local racers. This contrasts with club events, which are at the same lot all season, and seem to bring competitors more local to the venue. So it’s also a great way to see some new faces and unfamiliar machines.

A little bit of oversteer.

A little bit of oversteer.

I noticed last year that a friend of mine’s buddy bought a Speedster Miata identical to mine. Well, almost. It already had a lowered suspension and roll bar installed. It looked great! And this year it was competing in the Regional series. So I was excited to see what my car would look like with some light mods.

It turned up looking mighty stout. It had some more work done since purchase. Some 6UL wheels in matte black set the car off real nice. As they do on any Miata. The increased offset along with the lowered stance and rollbar made the car look much more serious.

A little bit of air under that rear wheel!

A little bit of air under that rear wheel!

“That rollbar,” I thought, “doesn’t look like a common HardDog… Hmm.” After introducing myself and chatting for a good while (we were side by side in the paddock) I asked if I could sit in his car to check my head clearance on his roll bar. A revelation!! You see, the owner had done what is called a foamectomy. And as with all -ectomies, the first part of that word is often what is removed. Removing the foam from the back and bottom of the seat massively transforms it. You end up sitting much lower down and by sitting further back into the seat, your body is better supported by the seat. Almost feels like a true bucket seat. Wonderful! And since there was some foam removed from under my butt, lowering my seating position, my head even clears the rollbar. It also helps that the CSC rollbar main hoop is more forward and higher.┬áHaving your noggin hovering an inch or two in front of a thick steel bar is not good for day to day driving. So getting under it is a must for street safety.

A little of lockup on the stop box.

A little of lockup on the stop box.

After that revelation, it was time to get driving. Regional events always bring out the serious folk. It also brings different classing. Classes that I’m not terribly optimized for. This explains why I don’t commit to the entire season. But that doesn’t detract from the enjoyment. The course, while short, was definitely challenging. Courses on this lot always look simple, but every once and a while you’ll get a course that looks as simple, but keeps you hunting for time you know is out there. Slaloms with decreasing cone spaces are always a fun challenge. As is a 180 degree hairpin with complete freedom of line. You get to try to find the balance between speed and distance.

I had fun. (Surprise!)


Link to video

To see all the runs I recorded that day, head over here.