Did my first ever AutoSolo last weekend. It was on the Goodwood circuit, and it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that this simple event, which took all day and seemed to have my driving partner and I constantly occupied, was the most carefree and enjoyable day’s motorsport I’ve had in 40-odd years.
So what is AutoSolo? it's a bit like an Autotest, except without the need for the practice and memory training that makes such events a specialised discipline.
AutoSolo simply involves turning up in the car you normally drive and following a relatively simple cone-marked course, while requiring no special helmet or licence.
Other virtues? It’s a stark test that depends at least as much on driver skill as car choice, and you will most definitely discover how your car behaves on the limit (and how good you are at keeping it there).
Marshals – and when you’re not driving you’ll be one of them – set up a course that takes 50-70 seconds to negotiate in an average road car.
The field, 27 entrants in our case, get three timed runs through it, with points being deducted for cones touched. Then the field attacks it three times from the other direction and you stop for lunch.