As the autocross season progresses, I continue to increase my store of knowledge about driving, on both the road and the track. I'm still driving my 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, on loan from Volkswagen as part of a project to make better drivers. (If you missed the first autocross article in this Automotive Traveler series, I've taken my study of American driving habits to the weekend racing circuit.)
While 16-year-olds across the country are watching Blood on the Interstate with sadistic driver's ed teachers, a hundred of my closest friends are gathering in parking lots bedazzled with orange cones actually learning how to drive. My own driver's ed teacher, Mr. Gordon, led me through the narrow streets of my hometown when I had my "Cinderella" license, but I would have learned much more bumping a few pylons.
Philadelphia's autocross events, organized by the Sports Car Club of America, take place at a number of venues. In the past, races were held in the parking lot of the local Boeing plant and the infield at the former Nazareth Raceway. These days, you'll find enthusiasts gathering at locales ranging from the Dover (Delaware) International
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