Tired of Quarter-mile Racing? Take Your Mustang to the Autocross

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Autocrossing is the most accessible way to get to know your Mustang without paying too much to play with the cones.

While most Mustang owners are happy to head up to the local drag strip every weekend to test their mettle against all comers, some want more than just quarter-mile victories. They know their ponies can turn a corner, especially the newest ones, but there may not be a track nearby to throw down what they’ve got. Or, there is one, but the fee for a day of play might be a bit much for their wallet to handle.

What can they do then? Ford recommends autocross. All you need to do is find a gathering of cars at a parking lot with a few orange cones laid just so, pay the low entry fee, and get ready to give your Mustang all it’s got.

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What to expect at a given autocross event? Ford says you’ll be going from point-to-point in a sprint, “where a driver’s agility and coordination between gas, brakes and steering all come into play.” All you need to do is thread your Mustang through the path laid out without hitting the cones, otherwise, you’re going to be dinged with penalties on your final time.

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Following the tech inspection and driver’s meeting, you’ll be ready to go out to flex both your and your Mustang’s muscles on the course. And when you’re not out there giving it all you got, you may end up helping keep everything safe. As Ford Performance says, “think of it as an all-day cars & coffee where attendees are actually encouraged to show off what their cars can do, rather than having the long arm of the law ready to ruin your day for peeling out of a car show.” Can’t beat that.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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