Is the O'fest auto-x scoring going to be done the same this year as it was last year? Most auto-x's, 'cca or otherwise, that I have participated in, used the time of your best run to determine your position in class. Last year they used a method of averaging all run times to determine driver's position. I would argue this method is less fair to any competitors who auto-x infrequently or perhaps once a year at O'fest, and give an unfair advantage to participants who auto-x regularly. Someone who auto-x's more often is going to be more practiced, and is far more likely to be able to do consistent runs, yielding a much higher average score, than others that might get a good run time but end up with throwaway runs due to lack of practice or inexperience. The skilled AND practiced regular auto-x participants are going to have enough of an advantage as it is, imo. I could understand if there was a concern where competitors doing sluff-runs might give some kind of unfair advantage, but that would only seem plausible in a scenario where competitors get multiple runs to actually get practiced at the course, in-car, which would be beyond the usual 3-4 timed runs, maybe more like 6+ times. I've always thought that auto-x traditionally was about getting the best time, and managing the few runs and walk-through time that you have in whatever fashion you wish to attempt to achieve that. I can see wanting participants to push themselves to get the best run times possible for each run, but since the competition is based on achieving the lowest course-run time, there is no disincentive to go as quickly as one can manage. Averaging run times for best time makes competing more difficult, as one can't afford not to push as hard as possible every run; more typically, you'd use at least one run at something less than attempting 10-10th's to figure out the course, layout, gears, shifting, braking points, car position, etc. As a side note, consistency across run-times reminds me of doing a joint auto-x w/ the Mercedes club 20 years ago. At least around here, they didn't race against the clock, they did regularity runs (I always found that terminology amusing), where the point was not to complete the course in the least time, but to _match_ run times - so they would run the course as slowly as possible trying to maintain a constant speed, and the bimmers were squealin' around the cones as usual - most of us thought the 'regularity runs' didn't look like any fun at all! One other point for the O'fest auto-x - last year the course workers had bright ORANGE (ie, cone-colored) 5-gal. buckets to hold the flags. Just about any other color would be preferable, as that made the course more visually confusing, plus the possibility of mistakenly focusing on a bucket as if it were a course cone (ask me how I know). Besides the dnf, there were several wide-eyed course workers getting ready to scatter as I made a beeline for the bucket with them standing beside it, at least before their frantic waving got me to realize the bright-orange, cone-height thing I was focusing on wasn't a cone!