It sounds like the Bama Sols want to find something to do together...
How about racing?
Autocross is wildly addictive fun folks, and we Solfiends have truly excellent ride for this activity. A day at an Autocross event is not only an opportunity to put her through her paces and hopefully embarrass the odd Miata driver, but is a fine social event for hob-nobbing with all kinds of car enthusiasts.
Most of the Sports Car Club of America groups in this area have solidified their schedules for 2007 by now.
I am a member of Tennessee Valley Region SCCA (TVR-SCCA) and Twickenham Auto Club (TAC) in Huntsville AL which are sort of two heads of the same monster and serve North Alabama (but folk from all over are always welcome). TVR-SCCA rigidly follows SCCA rules and event format and TAC has a looser format that usually means you get more runs on the course for the price of admission. Our schedule is as follows:
TAC typically sets up a course and everyone runs it over and over until the end of the event, usually around 5:30. The number of runs is variable based upon turnout, but the field gets at least 6 runs, more if the attendance is light.
Tac# 0 will be Saturday Feb 17th at John Hunt Park (JHP)
This is a Test and Tune event and will have drivers racing for time but the results are not counted for the year's point series - a chance to try out new car mods and get some fresh "seat time" before the real season starts. Y'all Come! Give it a try!
Performance Driving School will be March 23,24,25 at JHP
This is Autocross School for New Competitors and people who want to learn to safely drive a car close to the edge of control - this would be a good entry point for folk who would like to learn the sport. Most SCCA groups run an Autocross school sometime in the spring so there might be one in your area Atlanta, B'ham, Chattanooga, Dothan, and Pensacola are towns that I know have hosted these in the past.
Tac# 1 will be Sunday April 15th at JHP
Tac# 2 will be Sunday July 1st at JHP - Ironman weekend
Ironman weekend is two events back to back - the other event is a Rally-X where competitors drive beater cars on an autocross-like cone course on dirt or sand. Aint doin' Rally-X to my precious Sol, but it looks like lots of fun and I might be picking up an elderly Subaru some day...
Tac# 3 will be Saturday August 11th at JHP
Tac# 4 will be Sunday Sept 16th at Milton Frank Stadium including the Emergency Services Challenge
Police, Fire, Rescue drivers are invited to participate - the Emergency Services turnout tends to be quite good - ever wanna race a cop - and get away with it?
Nite Slalom will be Saturday Oct 6th at JHP
This event is held at night driving by headlights.
Tac# 5 will be Sunday Oct 7th at JHP
Tac# 6 will be Sunday November 18th at JHP
Tac# 7 will be Sunday December 9th at JHP
At an SCCA sanctioned event you get a maximum of 3 runs on a course, then they change it around or run it backwards. A 1 day SCCA event will have 6 runs total. But they will offer fun runs after the event for a small sum for those folk who havent had enough.
TVR#1: 12 May
TVR#2/#3 2-3 Jun
This is also a South East Divisional and National Tour event where competitors may also race for series points in SEDiv and to prepare and qualify for the National Championships in Topeka KS. A great opportunity to see the best drivers from all over the Southeast and neighboring regions - and try to beat them!
TVR#4: 15 July
Test and Tune: 25 Aug
This Test and Tune event is an opportunity to work on last minute setup of your car and get some extra "seat time" before the National Championships. This is not part of the local points series, and although primarily intended to prep our Nationals drivers, all comers are welcome.
TVR #5: 26 Aug
TVR#6: 21 Oct
Here is our website:
TVR-SCCA (Huntsville): http://www.teamtac.org/
Here are websites for other groups in the state or close by:
ALSCCA (Birmingham): http://www.alscca.org/
CR-SCCA (Chattanooga): http://www.rivergate5speed.com/scca/soloii/index.html
Wiregrass-SCCA (Dothan): http://www.sccawiregrass.org/
AR-SCCA (Atlanta): http://www.atl-scca.org/
Gulf Coast-SCCA (Pensacola): http://www.gulfcoastregionscca.org/
Dixie-SCCA (Tallahassee): http://www.dixiescca.com/
Let's get together and race!