By Paul Morrone CFP®, CPA/PFS, MSA
Unless you’re a part of a local car club or know someone who is, chances are you have never heard of an autocross event. Autocross seems to fly under the radar as it doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of the ‘real’ track, and often involves speeds well under 100mph. What many don’t realize, however, is that top speed alone doesn’t make your palms sweaty or your heart beat fast. Think about the last time you found yourself going a bit too quickly on a back road, you were either scared or had a smile on your face and you were probably going no more than 50 miles an hour. Either way the adrenaline was pumping. While it’s certainly fun to floor it in an uninhibited environment, I’d be willing to make the argument that you can have as much fun at half the speed and forget that you’re not seeing triple digits on the speedometer. Plus, if you screw up, chances are you won’t be smashing into a wall, or worse.