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I'm going out to an autocross for the first time this weekend and I have a couple questions so I can be prepared. I've read all the novice autocross guides I could find on the net and still had a few concerns.
I know you have to have all loose items out of your car and I even read that you should take your floor mats out. Do I need to take them out even if they have those clips on them to keep them in place and do I need to take stuff out of my glove box. Also should I take out my spare tire when I get to the track?
I read you need to make sure your battery is secure, is the stock battery box good enough to pass inspection?
Do I need to have vinyl or magnetic letters or can I bring some shoe polish and write my number on my window? or will they have something I can make a number out of?
Lastly, if I'm going to need to take all this stuff out of my car, do I just leave it in the parking lot somewhere, what do most people do?
Thanks for your help, sorry for all the questions.
 

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Re: Newbie Info (beach_dub)

All non secured items must go. I never empty my glove box and only remove my floor mats if they ask me to do so since they are secured in place and cannot creep behind the pedals while I run.
Your stock battery location is fine, as long as its not loose, just check by trying to move it.
Get some low tact tape, it works best (blue painters tape). It wont leave any goo on the doors. Otherwise I would avoid using shoe polish, even a contrasting color of "window chalk" is a better solution if you can find it. But tape works just as well and costs much less.
The location is usually pretty safe. But I suggest you empty out valuables you dont want or need at the autocross, leave it at home, then there is less to have laying out at the event. As for the rest of the stuff, you shouldnt have an issue. I usually leave my camera locked in my car when I am not carring it. When it comes time to run, I leave it with someone I can trust since I know people, but when I was first out I would just put it in a place that wasnt obvious for theft, never had aproblem.
 
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