As a member of the Sports Car Club of America, Matt participates in SCCA autocross events on a regular basis between April to October. An autocross is a timed course that is comprised of slaloms and turns marked with street cones. Within a controlled environment such as a large parking lot, autocross courses test the driver’s precision, allowing him or her to compete with other drivers in a safe environment. In addition to competing for the best time, drivers must navigate around cones or else receive a 2 second penalty for each cone hit. Drivers must also stay on course or they will receive a DNF (Did Not Finish) for that run.
Matt currently races in the G Stock class with his 2009 Volkswagen GTI and participates in races in the Washington DC Region.
In addition to racing at SCCA autocross events, members are asked to work on the course. Members that are working on the course are responsible for reporting the number of cones hit and if a car goes off course. While working, Matt likes to wear a GoPro camera with a chest strap so that he can record cars on the autocross course. This makes for some fun videos when cars spin out. When driving, the Go Pro camera has a suction cup mount that allows him to attach the camera to the sunroof or window.
GoPro makes one of the most popular HD cameras for motorsports. It’s working out well for the autocross videos because it’s easy to adjust by just suction cupping it to different parts of the sunroof or windows from inside of the car. It also can mount to a helmet, motorcycle, ATV, car, plane, jet ski, boat, snowmobile or other vehicle. He also uses it to make mountain bike videos of some of the local trails.