Nigel Pratt
Solo's / AutoSolo's
Matthew Preston

'Solo - motorsport for everyone'
AutoSolo's, to use the MSA's official term, are a new form of LOW COST, non specialist motor sport for the UK, using roadgoing cars, and intended to be equally enjoyable for novices and experienced competitors.

An AutoSolo has a series of timed, all-forwards courses, on hard surfaces. The layouts and routes are made as clear as possible, so you can concentrate on achieving the best times, rather than on remembering your way. Also, compared to traditional autotesting, the tests won't require specialised techniques such as spin turns, tend to be longer, and can involve a little more speed through the corners.

Cars must be taxed, insured, have an MOT certificate if their age requires, and be driven to the event. Safety and organisational requirements are generally similar to autotests, which keeps costs and entry fees low, and helmets and overalls aren't required. AutoSolo's, so far, have run under Clubsport permits, which means you don't need a competition licence, just your membership card of the organising club, or one of the invited clubs. In fact, it couldn't be easier to enter these events......

In the UK, this format was pioneered in 2002 by Bristol Motor Club, followed by other clubs in 2003 and 2004, including Ross and District Motor Sports Club, FDMC, and Dolphin Motor Club.

As one example, FDMC's Spring Solo took place in March 2004, with 60 entries from FDMC and six invited clubs. Two test sites were used concurrently, and one layout from each is shown here:

Spring Solo, upper area, course 2 Spring Solo, lower area, course 3

For action photos and results, see our Report of this event.



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