Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Chuck Bigelow, of Columbus Mississippi, drives his 1973 Porsche 914 through an autocross course during a timed run Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force, Mississippi. Bigelow and 16 other individuals participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. Bigelow ran his fastest time Aug. 13, with a PAX time of 50.883. Bigelow is also an honorary Columbus Wingman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Chuck Bigelow, of Columbus, Mississippi, in his 1973 Porsche 914 waits with fellow drivers for his turn on the autocross course Aug. 12, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Bigelow and 16 other individuals participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. Bigelow ran his fastest time Aug. 13, with a PAX time of 50.883. Bigelow is also an honorary Columbus Wingman. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Eric Davis (left), of Conway, Arkansas, and Brady Loretz, of Sheridan Arkansas, off load a 2005 Honda S2000 from a trailer Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Davis and Loretz were participating in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. Davis had the fastest time of the weekend at 45.083. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Eric Davis, of Conway, Arkansas, prepares his 2005 Honda S2000 for an autocross event Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Davis participated in the autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America, and he had the fastest time of the weekend at 45.083. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Brady Loretz, of Sheridan Arkansas, loosens the lug nuts on a 2005 Honda S2000 Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Loretz participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Brady Loretz, of Sheridan Arkansas, loosens the lug nuts on a 2005 Honda S2000 Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Loretz participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Todd Jardee, of Brandon, Mississippi, prepares to off load his 1973 Datsun 240Z from his trailer Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Jardee along with 16 other individuals participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Kenneth Pitts drives his Chevy Camaro through an autocross course during a timed run Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force, Mississippi. Pitts and 16 other individuals participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. Pitts fastest time of the day was a PAX time of 54.565. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB

Todd Jardee, of Brandon, Mississippi, off loads his 1973 Datsun 240Z from his trailer Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Jardee along with 16 other individuals participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

Autocross comes to Columbus AFB
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Todd Jardee (left), of Brandon, Mississippi, talks with a participant while standing by Jardee’s 1973 Datsun 240Z on Aug. 12, 2017, on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Jardee along with 16 other individuals participated in an autocross event hosted by the Sports Car Club of America. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Mississippi -- Seventeen autocross drivers from the Columbus, Mississippi, surrounding communities and states competed in several categories for fastest times on the flightline at Columbus Air Force Base Aug. 12-13.

The event was sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America. They host the event several times throughout the year at Columbus AFB, with the next scheduled for Oct. 28-29. Walking away with the fastest PAX, or handicap, time of the weekend was Eric Davis of Conway, Arkansas, with a time of 45.083 in his 2005 Honda S2000.

The event was free and to participate, drivers had to have a valid driver’s license or be at least 14 years old with a driver’s permit and accompanied by a licensed driver.

Carlotta Ford, SCCA member, helped with registration over the weekend and was also running time trials.

She said the group likes coming to Mississippi because it provides some great open areas to run.

She said she got into autocross after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. During that time her husband began participating in autocross events on the weekends and she would accompany him.

After she was cancer free and was given the all clear by her doctors, she also began racing.

She said the people in the sport are “just a really good group of people. [The] people you meet out here will help [you out].”