A reader and Porsche owner tipped us off to this upcoming event at Alameda Point, on the old airfield – Porsche Club of America autocross racing at Alameda Point. The Porsche Club Golden Gate Region proudly announces on their website that:
We are excited to see our first 2009 autocross coming together. As planned, it will be at the Alameda venue on March 21.
Evidently the City is not satisfied with lawsuits over the death of Dr. Attari in the estuary at the foot of Grand Street, or the Nuveen and Vectren lawsuits over Alameda Power & Telecom’s failed telecom division. Now they want to generate some more lawsuits from some weekend-warrior Porsche owner injuring himself or others during a race at Alameda Point.
We’ve got no problem with luxury or exotic car owners testing their cars to their limits, but we question if it’s appropriate to do so on land controlled by the City of Alameda (strictly speaking, the Alameda Re-use and Redevelopment Agency) and we wonder what the liabilities are for the City should someone – a driver or a spectator get injured. To consider just one recent example of the dangers – there was a 6 year-old boy killed in Washington State at a monster truck rally. Autocross looks to be a form of street-racing in a slightly controlled environment – street-racing has produced multiple deaths in Oakland and across the country in recent years. And there is no question at all that this is racing. The PCA website clearly states that :
Autocrossing with GGR
Autocross is a sport where you try to drive around a course in the shortest possible time. The course is laid out in a big empty parking lot and outlined by pylons. The rules are simple: go as fast as you can but don’t knock down any pylons (one second time penalty per pylon). Every autocross is also a driver education class, as there are qualified instructors available at each one. Check out our calendar of upcoming events.
Will I Hurt My Car?
No, Porsches were engineered to be driven this way. Your car has a racing heritage and if you listen, it is begging you to take it autocrossing. Courses are laid out so they do not come close to light poles and other immovable objects. You will wear out tires and brakes faster, but the wear is not significant from a single autocross.
The Autocross is evidently scheduled for two upcoming dates in 2009 in Alameda:
3/21/09 Autocross at Alameda 7am
4/25/09 Autocross at Alameda 7am
5/16/09 Autocross “Porboys Begineer’s AX School” at Alameda 7am
5/30 & 5/31 Autocross at Stockton Fairgrounds 7am
We’re pressing the City for more details on this event, who the backers are and who the people are within City Hall who signed-off on this event.