Seriously, this is important.

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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Not convinced this is for you? Then let's address your excuses:

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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BUT I'M BROKE!!

Trust me, I know broke - and I know it well - and if you're fortunate enough to be able to see this on your screen, I can assure you that you can get involved. Weekend SCCA memberships are inexpensive and in most jurisdictions a yearly membership will get you your first event free. For those who just want to try it once, weekend memberships and entry typically run around $50 (although this may vary up or down).

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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BUT I DON'T HAVE A CAR!!

Yes you do. Stop making excuses.

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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NO REALLY, NO CAR!!

Okay, Okay - that was short sighted of me. Plenty of enthusiasts don't have a car for one reason or another, but not all is lost. This is most definitely a spectator sport, more so than an AutoX event. Fancy seeing an diverse group of cars sliding sideways through dirt? This is you're show - and it's free. Better yet (most) people are more than willing to offer ride alongs if you ask, and if you ask the right person you could be the one of the fastest people around the track. Don't have a snell-rated helmet? No problem, most clubs will have loaner helmets available both for spectator ride-alongs and competitors that don't own one.

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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YOU CAUGHT ME, BUT I WONT BE COMPETITIVE!!

For some reason I think this catches a lot of people up. The principal objective of grassroots motorsports is to get everyone involved. For every prepared vehicle that rolls in on a trailer there is something on the other end of the spectrum. For example a near stock honda civic was among the fastest times of the day. A Chevy Cavalier was highly competitive. As for me? Mid pack, and guess what? I couldn't care less because I was smiling so hard it hurt. I've owned so many cars that could have been epic - 93 Camry, 96 Buick Regal, 99 Taurus - but never got involved in any form of motorsport because I thought they would be useless. There are others on here that can attest, racing what you have can be, and is, extremely rewarding. REMEMBER THE GOLDEN RULE OF SLOW CAR FAST. As a matter of fact this Cavalier was the 2nd fastest FWD car and 12th overall on the day, beating a considerable number of prepped AWD cars. Unlike a lot of motorsports rallycross is more about the skill of the driver than the depth of ones wallet, and you can truly "run what ya brung" and be competitive.

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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BUT MY CAR WILL GET ALL DIRTY!!

Suck it up. (its not that bad, really)

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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SERIOUSLY, WHAT ABOUT MY POOR CAR!?

While this is a semi-valid concern, and you will certainly be putting more stress on your car than normal daily driving, don't let this scare you off either. In all honesty this location (all will be different, obviously) felt no worse than driving over semi-broken pavement in one or two spots and overwhelmingly the course was as smooth as driving on, well, loose dirt and loamy soil. I experienced far more bone-jarring impacts on the street than I did during this event. Organizers are reasonable too - if you see something you think will be a problem, point it out on the course walk and in most cases valid concerns will be corrected. There was a range of cars there from home-built rally beaters to newer cars in immaculate condition. Runs are made with windows up, and besides a little dirt in the floorboards the interior is no worse for wear.

STOP what you're doing - and find your local Rally XS

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BUT I WON'T BE ABLE TO DRIFT MY FWD ECONOBOX!!

Don't worry, you're FWD car will drift with a bit of coaxing and 40psi in the rear tires (check out 00:55 and on).

So, take a break from watching YouTube videos of us Southerners struggling to drive up icy grades - and take a second to look up a local event. Whether its Auto X, Rally X, HPDE, Time Attack, or Drift - there is a form of motorsports for every skill level, budget and interest and its probably closer to you than you think. When it comes to smiles per dollar, rallycross is a clear winner in my eyes.